Berkeley Botanical Garden Wedding: Kristen & Brent

Oakland wedding photography

Today I’m sharing Kristen and Brent’s UC Berkeley Botanical Garden wedding ceremony and Terrace Room reception in Oakland. Kristen and Brent are two of the sweetest people you will ever meet and they had a beautiful wedding day very close to home. In fact, the Terrace Room is right across the street from them!

We started the day at their botanical garden wedding ceremony in the Berkeley hills. If you have not checked it out before, I highly recommend the gardens just for a nice afternoon outside. Ceremonies there are held in a redwood grove with built-in amphitheater seating.

They were all smiles from the moment they saw each other from the first time, and their ceremony had thoughtful readings from both of their mothers. They also stashed away two letters to themselves and a bottle of wine to open on an anniversary in the future–their future selves will thank them for thinking of this sweet touch.

Married! We took some family pictures under the trees as well as some bridal party pictures and couple portraits around the redwood grove and botanical garden before heading down to the reception.

This is my absolute favorite spot in the redwood grove. The light comes through just right and it looks (and feels) like we’re miles away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life. My second favorite is the desert and succulent greenhouse because it’s such a unique location. The beautiful florals are by Katharina Stuart.

The Terrace Room has big, vintage windows looking out over Lake Merritt–a view that really cannot be beat. I loved the dark and light color palette of the room paired with the pinks and magentas of their florals and pops of gold. Definitely a great mix with the vintage feel of the room and modern details, like the chiavari chairs.

After all the heartfelt and funny toasts, Kristen and Brent cut their cake and opened the floor with a very sweet first dance. It was such a pleasure to photograph this beautiful East Bay wedding and I’m so happy to have been chosen for their wedding day.

The team that made it happen!

Planning: Hitch Perfect

Venues: UC Berkeley Botanical Garden & Terrace Room (Oakland)

Florals: Katharina Stuart

Hair & Makeup: Prettyologie

DJ: Heart of Gold DJs

Second Photographer: Alison Christiana

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