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Romantic UC Berkeley Botanical Garden Wedding

Bride and groom holding each other after their UC Berkeley Botanical Garden Wedding

As a SF Bay Area wedding photographer, I love a garden or redwood grove type weddings. There is something very appealing about getting married to the love of your life while being surrounded by nature. Tomoko and Ian had a romantic UC Berkeley Botanical Garden wedding. What a magical place to get married. Their ceremony took place in the Mather Redwood Grove where they were surrounded by their family and friends. Tomoko and Ian exchanged their vows under the magical and majestic canopy of redwood trees.

Guests came from all over the world, and even as far as Japan to see Tomoko and Ian tie the knot. Although the day was overcast and foggy, we managed to capture the beautifully colorful and vivid garden setting. My friend and fellow photographer, Jennifer Longaway helped me out as a second shooter which was fun. Katherine Revoir acted as officiant and created a wonderfully meaningful ceremony. Congrats to Tomoko and Ian!

Flower girl, ring bearer, and wedding attendants carrying a sign reading Here Comes the Bride walk down the aisle before the bride at a UC Berkeley Botanical Garden and Redwood Grove wedding

Ringbearers holding a sign that says Here Comes the Bride at a UC Berkeley Redwood Grove ceremony and wedding

Bride and groom are joined by their family and friends in the amphitheater ceremony at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden and Redwood Grove wedding

Groom exchanges vows with his bride at their Berkeley wedding at the UC Berkeley Mather redwood grove

White rose exchange during a wedding ceremony

Couple exchanging rings during their wedding ceremony at the UC Berkeley Redwood Grove

Mother of the bride and the bride exchange a white rose during a wedding ceremony at the UC Berkeley Redwood Grove

Guests watch a UC Berkeley Redwood Grove ceremony

Family and friends watch during a UC Berkeley Redwood Grove ceremony

Bride and groom raise their arms and cheer at their wedding ceremony at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden and Redwood Grove

Groom dips and kisses his bride as they stand in front of a beautiful arch of pale pink tea roses in the Garden of Old Roses at a UC Berkeley Botanical Garden wedding

Bride and groom walking away, and then bride and groom standing apart and looking at each other

Bride and groom walking together in the Garden of Old Roses at their UC Berkeley Botanical Garden wedding

Bride and groom enter their wedding reception at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Ringbearer deep in conversation with the bride

Group of children raising their hands happily while enjoying a wedding

Close up of the hands of a bride and groom forming heart symbols with their hands

Bride and groom hold hands while standing in front of a Japanese koi poind at their UC Berkeley Botanical Garden and Redwood Grove wedding


About the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden and Redwood Grove

Nestled in the heart of the UC Berkeley campus, the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden and Redwood Grove offers a magical setting for couples seeking a unique and enchanting venue to tie the knot. Among its many hidden gems, the Redwood Grove stands out as an idyllic location for a wedding ceremony, surrounded by majestic redwood trees and lush California native greenery. 

The UC Berkeley Botanical Garden and Redwood Grove are in close proximity to Berkeley, Oakland, Walnut Creek, and San Francisco. Proceeds from weddings and special events help to support conservation and education programs at the Botanical Garden.

The Julia Morgan Hall is a beautiful wedding reception venue conveniently located inside the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. Many couples choose to have both their ceremony and reception at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden to make it convenient for their guests to have all of the wedding festivities in one location.


Redwood Grove Wedding Ceremony

Ceremonies take place in the Mather Redwood Grove and amphitheater. The majestic redwoods provide a breathtaking canopy for couples exchanging vows, making it a truly memorable and romantic setting. The way the sun filters through the branches during the ceremonies is breathtaking and adds to the magical fairytale setting.

When choosing to have your wedding ceremony in the Redwood Grove, you can be assured that you will have a private and secluded ceremony space as the Redwood Grove is closed to the public during weddings. You can choose from either a 2-hour ceremony or 1-hour ceremony depending upon the number of guests and the day of the week. Large weekend ceremonies have capacity up to 200. 


UC Berkeley Botanical Garden Wedding

The UC Berkeley Botanical Garden is a great location for photos after your ceremony at the Redwood Grove. Notable areas are the Garden of Old Roses, Desert of the Americas, Asia collection, and the Australia collection. Please keep in mind that the Botanical Garden is open to the public from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Throughout the year, the Botanical Garden undergoes seasonal transformations. Spring brings vibrant blooms and fresh greenery, while fall showcases a tapestry of warm hues. 


Julia Morgan Hall Wedding Reception

Located across the street from the Mather Redwood Grove and in the main Botanical Garden, the Julia Morgan Hall is available to rent for your wedding reception. Julia Morgan Hall has its own amazing view of the gardens and Berkeley hills, and has capacity for up to 72-82. Designed by Julia Morgan in 1911, this building has been restored to its original grandeur and brought up to modern codes for full  ADA compliance. 


Contact Information

Address: 200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, California 94720
Website: https://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/rentals
Phone: (510) 643-2755


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Lilia Ahner is a wedding photographer based in San Francisco. She loves to photograph Sonoma and Napa wine country weddings. Her mission is to tell your love story and capture the timeless moments, emotions, and details of your wedding day. Her photos are candid, timeless, vibrant, and true to color.

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