Every engaged Bay Area couple searches for ways to create a memorable wedding and unique SF wedding photography. Of course, every wedding has its own flavor by definition because of the personal touches a couple adds, but choosing an unusual wedding venue takes that one step further. If you are a couple looking for ways to make your wedding special, read on.
If you’ve ever dreamed of a fairytale wedding, then Children’s Fairyland in Oakland might be the place for you. Since 1948 the park’s famous storybook sets, kid-size rides, friendly animals, and 10 acres of gardens have been drawing families to relive the joys of being three feet tall. It’s a whimsical and colorful place to exchange your vows, then explore the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe or the Alice in Wonderland tunnel. It’s even more magical at night. Fairy lights, anyone?
Gin cocktails with giraffes? Tantalizing treats in a tropical rainforest? Limbo with lemurs? If any of these ideas sound appealing, the San Francisco Zoo will help you plan your dream wedding. Options range from a more elegant affair in the Bernard Osher Great Hall, known for its high beam ceilings, smooth slate floors, and cozy open fireplace. There is outdoor courtyard space, too. Or opt for drinks and a ride on the Dentzel Carousel (believed to have been created in c.1921)…although it’s probably best to ride the carousel first, then have the cocktail.
Gaze at the stars through the floor-to-ceiling windows as you say “I do” during a celestial ceremony in the planetarium: Imagine getting married on a spot-lit stage beneath a 70-foot dome of gorgeous night sky thick with stars, while your guests sit spellbound in comfortable tiered seats. Another ceremony option: the semicircular amphitheater surrounded by trees surrounded by 13 wooded acres in Joaquin Miller Park. The views and the sleek modern architecture make Chabot a worthy contender.
The magic of Disney meets Old World San Francisco charm in this venue, known for its breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Located in a historic brick building along the San Francisco Presidio’s waterfront, the Walt Disney Family Museum has more than 200 video screens sprinkled throughout the museum’s galleries, juxtaposed against the incredible natural surroundings of the Presidio and Marin Headlands. There’s no better place to dance the night away in glass slippers.
What do antique birdcages, vintage signage, old Chesterfield sofas, and Sanford & Son have in common? They all live under one roof in Big Daddy’s Antique’s 10,500-square-foot industrial-chic warehouse in San Francisco. If you’re a fan of the shabby chic aesthetic, this is your place. Check out the galleries here.
Built in 1912, the 16th Street Train Station has been a setting for Hemingway and Gellhorn (starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen), and Rent’s iconic “Tango Maureen” scene. The historic landmark, known for its Romantic Beaux-Arts architecture, soaring 40-foot ceilings, and tall arched windows, has ushered in huge pieces of train history including the first electric trains, in February, 1914. Today it is home to diverse public and private events.
San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers is a remarkable and well-loved Victorian greenhouse. The ornate glass building, combined with a profusion of tropical plants and colorful blooms, creates a spectacularly romantic setting. Imagine an outdoor ceremony with views of the Conservatory Valley flowerbeds and Sutro Tower, outdoors, followed by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres throughout five exhibit spaces filled with exotic plants and flowers from all over the world.
No matter which venue you choose, your wedding will be a special day if you make your choices from the heart. Enjoy your day!
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