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We created a comprehensive guide for everything you need to know about having your wedding at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park including where to take photos, how to reserve the venue, rental fees, and more.

We’ve photographed several weddings over the years at the Brazilian Room (also often called the Brazil Building) and we love working there. We’re so lucky to have Tilden Park in our backyard and we love that there is a such a great wedding venue tucked within it’s borders. Even better, the Brazilian Room is one of the more affordable wedding venues in the Bay Area.

If you’re interested in other East Bay venues, check out our list of favorite wedding venues in Oakland.

You can view more of our Bay Area wedding work here.

Brazilian Room Wedding Ceremony Locations

The main ceremony location at the Brazilian Room is outside on the patio. The view is beautiful and overlooks the lush tree covered hills of Wildcat Canyon. The patio is adjacent to a large green space, which adds a pop of color to your ceremony backdrop. Due to the abundance of natural scenery, it doesn’t take much to turn the patio into an elegant wedding ceremony site. White chairs and a few floral arrangements are all you need to wow your guests and have them wondering how they can find an opening for their own event.

The Brazilian Room is a beautiful venue both inside and out. The large floor to ceiling windows allow guests to continue to enjoy what nature has to offer during your wedding reception. A reception at the Brazil Room allows you to feel connected to the outdoors while enjoying the romantic comforts of hardwood floors, dark wood paneling and even a large stone fireplace. This venue is a gift from Brazil (a relic of the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island) that allows couples and their families to celebrate the landscape of the Bay Area.

Wedding at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park

Where to take wedding photos in Tilden Park

Tilden Park has so many wonderful areas to take wedding photos and you don’t have to go far to find some great spots. If you’re short on time, even the venue grounds at the Brazilian Room will do nicely. Below are some of our go-to spots for shooting couple, wedding party, and family portraits.

Regional Parks Botanic Garden

One popular area to visit for wedding photos is just down the hill at the Botanic Garden. This is a beautiful labyrinth of plants that contains hundreds of native California plant species from coastal redwoods to California poppies. It’s the easiest spot to access and one of our favorites. Bear in mind there is an additional fee to use the space for wedding portraits.

Bride and Groom wedding photo at the Botanic Garden in Tilden Park

Tilden Park Picnic Sites

In addition to the garden, there are plenty of nearby picnic sites with open meadows and groves of eucalyptus trees. Immediately behind the Brazilian Room is small open space off Anza View Rd. If you follow Wildcat Canyon Rd. towards Inspiration Point, you’ll pass Mineral Springs and the Quarry Trail Picnic Site both of which are nice spots for photos. The latter option climbs a little bit but the Seaview Trail is worth the view.

Portrait of bride in green wedding dress in Tilden Park
Bride and Groom in Tilden Park at sunset

Inspiration Point

While the name certainly elevates your expectations, Inspiration Point in Tilden Park may not be the best spot for wedding photos. It’s a beautiful place don’t get us wrong but with wedding day logistics it can be tricky to truly take advantage of this place. The immediate view from the parking lot looks out over the San Pablo Reservoir and is slightly obstructed by the hillside trees below. To achieve a view that looks out on to the San Francisco Bay you will have to walk quite a bit along the Nimitz Trail for the tree line to fall away. This is a lovely, mostly paved trail but for a quick scenic spot you’re better off finding a different location.

Grizzly Peak

Grizzly Peak, with it’s panoramic views of the Bay Area, is obviously deserving of a mention too. It’s a popular lookout so it can get busy but if you’re up for a small hike there are several spots you can reach with beautiful views.

Wherever you are in Tilden Park, make sure to stay on trails and watch out for Poison Oak! It’s rampant out there and certainly won’t make for a happy wedding keepsake.

Portrait of bride under cherry blossom tree at Brazilian Room

How to Reserve the Brazilian Room

The park service operates an online facility calendar that you can use to check availability. As with most Bay Area wedding venues, Saturdays and Sundays in the Summer months are quick to go and weekend dates in September are a hot ticket and book up quick.

How much does the Brazilian Room Cost?

One perk about using a wedding venue operated by the Parks Department is price. The Brazilian Room is one of the more affordable wedding venues in the area. Couples looking for a good deal can choose to have their wedding on an “off-peak” day of the week (Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday) and can buyout the facility from 8am to Midnight for $900 (catering restrictions do apply). Booking the whole day on Friday is $2900, $3900 on Saturdays, and $3800 on Sundays and Holidays. You can view the full rental fee document here.

Preferred Vendors

The Brazilian Room has a required caterer list here. You must hire a caterer if you’re having an event on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or on a holiday.

The venue also provides a preferred vendor list for photographers, florists, event planners, and DJ’s but you’re welcome to work with other vendors.

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Beautiful Greenhouse Wedding in Pacifica

We all know that the Bay Area has several destinations that draw tourists from around the world. From the Golden Gate Bridge to the pearl necklace lights of Lake Merritt to the bustling sights of the Silicon Valley, we are lucky to live in a place brimming with obvious attractions. However, it is the little known gems off the beaten path that really light us up as photographers. Shelldance Orchid Gardens is one of those places. It is a place where you can have a greenhouse wedding that feels both majestic and intimate, a perfect place to celebrate the first day of the rest of your lives together.

Leah and Tom currently live on the East Coast, but the magic of Shelldance (as well as their family and friends who live in the area) brought them back to the Bay for their wedding ceremony. The couple said their incredibly meaningful, wry and often funny vows to each other in a cozy greenhouse ceremony, surrounded by vibrant plants that matched the beautiful embroidery of Leah’s gown. We knew Leah and Tom were a lovely couple prior to their ceremony but we felt really lucky to be present for their vows which not only covered their steady love for each other but also Tom’s apparently well known fascination with the weather and traffic patterns. The lighthearted and warm nature that was expressed in their vows permeated the entire event, which made the venue feel even more like a secret hideaway just for the couple and their loved ones.

The event was full of lively details that we were happy to capture, from the live plant centerpieces, a sweet food spread by Fogcutter catering and an upbeat performance by Campbell’s Jazz Soup. These details provided a great backdrop for the heartwarming stories and funny anecdotes shared by Leah and Tom’s friends during the reception. Events like Leah and Tom’s wedding remind us just how lucky we are to be wedding photographers, as we get to be witness to the union of absolutely lovely people. #Blessed

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The ceremony took place on the property’s lush lawn overlooking a rustic wine country field. The officiant of their ceremony was Laura’s sister and the readings and music were also given by guests. Having guests be a part of the event is a great way to get everyone involved and cut down on event down time where guests may become distracted. It was beautiful to see the blending of families and incorporating everyone into the ceremony sets a great tone for this modern day Brady Bunch.

Following the ceremony, guests mingled poolside during the cocktail hour while dinner was plated. Guests mingled and enjoyed their delicious food while overlooking a gorgeously refreshing looking pool. We definitely had a bit of home envy with this location.

The evening closed with a twilight toast to their guests and a champagne saber gift to their host and good friend. It was such a pleasure being part of this one. We love working in new places and documenting moments that are so meaningful to our clients.

The Mountain Terrace Wedding

There are so many reasons that we love the Bay Area. We have great weather, great people, a great culture, and of course so many beautiful places at our fingertips. As photographers, especially natural light photographers, this means we’re pretty spoiled. The weddings we shoot tend to be set against a beautiful natural backdrop. Denise and Brittany’s recent wedding at the The Mountain Terrace in Woodside was no exception to this trend. Nestled amongst the trees in the Santa Cruz mountains, The Mountain Terrace, provides a romantic and intimate atmosphere with grand views of the South Bay.

We were so excited to work with Denise and Brittany again after shooting their engagement session in the early Spring. This couple has been together for quite some time and the love and respect that they have for each other is crystal clear. When we arrived we were able to document not only getting ready shots, which included capturing the beautiful lace details of Denise’s wedding gown, but were also present to document the couple’s first look.

After their first look it was time for the ceremony to begin, which was held in the open lawn, with beautifully towering trees providing the natural backdrop. The floral arch, filled with light pink roses, ranunculus and eucalyptus which mimicked the bridal bouquets draped beautifully behind the couple as Denise’s sister performed the ceremony. Family was a huge part of this event, in fact we had to climb up on a ladder in order to get every member of this large and supportive family into the frame for the family photos.

After the ceremony the couple and their family were able to enjoy both the inside and outside features of the Mountain Terrace, with dinner in the late Summer evening on the elegantly set patio followed by cake and dancing inside the venue. Guests were able to get silly and let loose in the photo booth and celebrate with a cookie, brownie, cupcake (or two) from the pastry table.

We loved being a part of Denise and Brittany’s celebration and wish them all the best!

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Kathleen and Joshua knew that this San Francisco landmark was the perfect spot for their nuptials. They started their day at the gorgeous Inn at the Presidio, had their beautiful ceremony at the Chapel of Our Lady, followed by a reception at The Commissary. The presidio is one of those wonderful locations that make you feel like you are out in nature and off the beaten path while still being close enough for you to meander into the thick of the city.

We loved the huge windows in the Chapel of Our Lady, which allowed the light to stream through and provide a warm background to the charming indoor chapel ceremony. Joshua and Kathleen walked out of the chapel through a line of exuberant friends and family members who greeted the new couple with streamers and shouts of joy. We loved capturing the moment that Kathleen walked out of the chapel with her arms outspread with pure exhilaration.

The couple didn't have to travel far to enjoy the rest of their evening at the beautifully appointed Commissary. Their love for San Francisco was evident throughout the night, especially in the elegant wedding cake, which featured the silhouette of the city skyline and Golden Gate Bridge. This wedding was not only elegant, chic and beautifully executed, but there was also an intentional atmosphere of fun that punctuated the event. It’s not everyday that we get to photograph bridesmaids playing a game of cornhole!

We loved working with Kathleen and Joshua and look forward to more weddings with more couples that love living in the Bay Area.