15400 Montalvo Road
Saratoga, CA 95071
Villa Montalvo, or Mantalvo Art Center, is the second most spectacular wedding location in the Bay Area after the Marin Mansion listed above. Less than
an hour south of San Francisco, it is an oasis of lawn, trees, and a mansion with an elegant veranda in the front, and several patios in the back. I could go on for a few more paragraphs, but you have to
see it to believe it. The afternoon light: INCREDIBLE!|
Notre Dame de Namur University
1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont CA 94002-1908
Ralston Hall, half an hour south of San Francisco, is the location for your dream
wedding. It was built in the 1860s and is over 55,000 square feet. Just for you, it has
a ballroom parlor, dining room, and incredible grounds for your ceremony and
Notre Dame de Namur University used to be called the College of Notre Dame. It is
easy to reach from highway 280, one of the most beautiful freeways in the Bay Area.
Whether you choose Villa Montalvo (another half hour south) or Ralston
Hall, you and your guests will never forget the scenery and ambiance that both of
these Bay Area landmarks provide.
19501 Skyline Blvd
Woodside, CA 94062
Fogarty Winery overlooks Silicon Valley from a wooded retreat on the top of the hills. With stunning views from San Francisco to San Jose, Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards is one of the Peninsula’s premiere wedding locations. Known for its award winning wines, Thomas Fogarty Winery is an intimate, elegant and relaxing setting reserved for memorable special occasions.
Between Berkeley and Orinda
Tilden Regional Park
Berkeley, CA 94708
Book a year in advance! Verdant venue, beautiful whether sunny or foggy! Built by
the WPA with wood from the Brazilian Pavilion at the Golden Gate International
Exposition, the Brazilian Room sits atop a rise, surrounded by trees on three sides,
and facing a beautiful hillside in Tilden Park just over the top of the Berkeley Hills,
Although the legal capacity is over 150 people, it feels crowded with more than 115
Select from their list of caterers
Hacenda de los Flores|
2100 Donald Drive
Moraga, CA 94556
South of Orinda and Lafayette, the Hacienda is a gem set in a suburb half an hour out
of San Francisco. The Hacienda is one of my all time favorite photographic venues.
It's a country estate run by the city of Moraga. Have your ceremony on the lawn
under the trees, and then enjoy a sit down meal at tables around the fountain. The
ballroom is too small for everyone to dance in, but this intimacy encourages the guests
who do squeeze in to have a really fun time. If I could go to a wedding here every
weekend, I'd be in heaven. Accommodates 150 indoors 200 indoors/outdoors, no
The Faculty Club|
University of California, Berkeley
This is the classic location for a UC Berkeley wedding. Have your ceremony in the
glen on the banks of Strawberry Creek, just a few hundred feet from the Campanile.
After champagne on the lawn under oak trees, go inside to the huge but
humble Great Hall. If you or our parents feel a connection with Cal, this is The Place
for your wedding.
UC Berkeley Campus
|Eliot will research the variety of locations available here. They include Alumni
House, The Womens Faculty Club and more. Give me a call (415) 601.4588 and we'll see what works for you.
2750 Adeline Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010
|This stunning mansion, built in 1914, has the charm of old-world
opulence in any room of the four story home. You can fit more than a hundred
guests in the Great Hall, and use other rooms (the library, breakfast room,
dining room) for ceremony, hors d'oeuvres, receiving line. The lawn is
spectacular for your outdoor ceremony.|
The Kohl Mansion is twenty-five minutes south of downtown San Francisco.
Visit the Kohl Mansion, Ralston Hall and Villa Montalvo, all three of which are
within an hour south of San Francisco
|Grand Island Mansion and Spa|
13415 Grand Island Road
Walnut Grove, California 95690-9765
Grand Island Mansion
Grand Island Mansion (Walnut Grove - in the Delta)On a recent Sunday I drove
ninety minutes out of the Bay Area to Grand Island Mansion for a marvelous
wedding. Wow! The Mansion and grounds are paradise in the Delta!!
Have your ceremony on the lawn in front of the Mansion (24,000 square feet, built
in 1917). Then you and your guests can dine in the spectacular two-story indoor
courtyard, which transports you into an opulent languor of eighty years
This is worth the drive from San Francisco or the shorter drive from
50 to 500 Guests. Catering provided.
234 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939-2099
The Lark Creek Inn
This is the wedding location for couples who want to treat their friends and family to
great food. Photographically, it's a challenge, but it's worth it for the food. The
location, a few miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge and a few minutes from Hwy
101, it is convenient to the Wine Country and San Francisco. You and your guests
will be surrounded on all sides, and above, by redwood trees.|
San Francisco, California 94115
|Grand Entrance, marble stairway, view of the Golden Gate
Bridge - what more could you ask. This is one of the great San Francisco wedding
locations. You can have your ceremony inside, in the plain courtyard just outside, or
even at your San Francisco church. Then have your reception inside this grand
mansion. The rooms with tall ceilings are more elegant than I can describe.
During the week this is the School of the Sacred Heart. And, you can
bring in your own caterer.
San Francisco, CA 94115
|After socializing and eating (bring your favorite caterer) in
the rooms on the upper floor, you guests will gather on the main floor. You will
descend the staircase, backlit by the setting sun shining through the landing on the
window, onto the dance floor so you can have your first dance as husband and
Don't confuse this with the Flood Mansion in the next block. Like the Flood Mansion,
the Hamlin Mansion is a school during the weekdays, and you will bring in your own
|Piedmont Community Center|
722 Highland Avenue
Piedmont, CA 94611
| Piedmont Community Center. Don't let the prosaic name fool you - this
is a beautifully simple location inside and out! It's a favorite in the East Bay, and
often books one year out. You'll love the light interior with arched windows. It
includes a tiny stage for your band or DJ. There are several spots for outdoor
ceremonies. The patio is a popular area for receptions, followed by dancing indoors.
105 indoors, 200 indoor/outdoor, no catering restrictions.
|Dunsmuir House and Gardens
2960 Peralta Oaks Court
Oakland, CA 94605
| Dunsmuir House and Gardens (Oakland):The setting, a little valley,
complete with house, creek, lawns, and a bridge, is a popular wedding locale. The
porch of the house seems to have been made for photography, and the surrounding
grass and trees allow one to forget that it is only two minutes from the freeway. If you
want an outdoor wedding and reception in a bucolic expanse, waste no time in calling
to reserve your day. Choose from the list of select caterers.