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This past weekend we had the pleasure of shooting Jenny and Jeff’s unique and original wedding at the Ralston White Retreat in Mill Valley. We met this awesome couple through a referral from the wedding we shot in Mexico back in April. We knew it was going to be a special event from our conversations with Jenny and we had an amazing time being a part of this day.

From Jenny’s vintage inspired dress, to the beautiful grounds of the Ralston White Retreat, we tried to get everything we saw to fit inside of our cameras :) There’s a beautiful pond as well as trails going through the woods all around this venue. As it turns out, the Ralston White Retreat is a sixteen-bedroom mansion that was originally acquired as a wedding present by the owner to his wife. It was definitely a special treat to photograph in and around this venue.

The grand finale of the evening was the appearance of the Extra Action marching band, in which Jeff is the snare drummer. This group of performers was simply surreal as there were close to 20 people playing everything from wind instruments to a variety of percussion orchestrated together with dancers, all marching from the house to a field on the property. It was pitch black outside by this time but that didn’t stop us from getting some fun shots of the act.

Some favorites from the day:

Photo of a Bride with Vintage Inspired Veil Looking Out the Window

Bride with Bouquet at Ralston White Retreat

Bride's Green Bouquet

Jenny’s head piece was just jaw-dropping:

Vintage Veil on Jenny

Portrait of Groom

Jeff’s off-white suit was a great choice for this venue and surroundings.

Detail Close up of Groom Suit

Loved the grounds of this Mill Valley retreat.

Bride and Groom Wedding Photo at Ralston White Retreat

Bride photo on balcony

Wedding photos at Ralston White Retreat

Jenny was such a natural for the photos.

Vintage Bride at Ralston Retreat

Jenny DuPont on Wedding Day

Bride with Father walking down the isle

Bride and Groom exchanging vows during the ceremony

Bride and Groom exchanging rings

This flower girl was such a cutie!

Flower Girl at Wedding Ceremony

Creative portrait of a bride and groom

Bride at a Piano wedding photo

The interior of this historic mansion had so much character:

Jenny and Jeff's wedding day

Photo of Bride with Vintage Dress

Original DIY Wedding Centerpiece

The centerpieces were hand-made and so unique and original.

Creative and Inspired Centerpiece DIY

This dog came with the grounds – he was a shy one but adorable nonetheless.

Ralston Retreat Dog Photo

Jenny the bride with flowers on balcony

Bride and Groom in the Gardens of the Ralston White Retreat on Wedding Day.

Black and White Photo of Bride with Original Veil

At the pond below the house:

Photo of Bride and Groom at Pond in Mill Valley

Everyone was in tears when Jenny’s sister gave her speech:

Reception toast with tears

Jenny and Jeff had a special set of cards and birdcage for people to write their wishes:

Wedding details

Absolutely delicious vegan cake with custom decorations.

Wedding cake with custom decorations and cake stand

Cake cutting during the reception

Dancing and celebration wedding photography

Bride and Groom's first dance

There was a special area with dozens of masks set up for everyone on this wedding day. It was definitely a lot of fun.

Bride in a bear mask at an outdoor wedding

Extra Action marching band playing in Mill Valley at a wedding

The Extra Action marching band was providing some amazing entertainment into the night.

Extra Action marching band photo

Jeff playing with the Extra Action marching band on wedding day

Bride dancing at an outdoor wedding reception

Musicians and performers of the Extra Action marching band.

Twilight photo of a wedding at the Ralston White Retreat in Mill Valley

Congratulations to Jenny and Jeff on their beautiful wedding day!! We were excited to be a part of it.

Jenny and Jeff’s wedding has been featured on Style Me Pretty!

Jenny and Jeff’s wedding has been featured on Ruffled blog!


To view another gorgeous Ralston White Retreat wedding photographed by Choco Studio visit Ralston White Retreat Wedding Photos

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Mike and Nat are a husband and wife photography team based in San Francisco Bay Area. Their relaxed style allows them to capture authentic moments while creating a stress-free experience. Choco Studio photographs weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Napa, Sonoma, Carmel, and Monterey.