As a wedding photographer, I’ve had the privilege of capturing love stories in myriad settings. Yet, few places hold the allure and charm of the Brazilian Room in Tilden Regional Park. Nestled amidst the dynamic foggy hills, this venue offers a blend of natural beauty, architectural elegance, and versatility that make it an irresistible choice for couples. Let’s delve into why this venue is an absolute gem.

  1. Architectural Charisma: The Brazilian Room derives its name from its rich history, steeped in the cultural exchange between Brazil and the United States. Its interior features stunning hardwood paneling—including Jacaranda, Imbuya, Brazilian Chestnut, and Mahogany—that once adorned the Brazilian Pavilion at the 1939 Golden Gate International Exhibition on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay. ​​When the Exhibition ended, Brazil gifted the building to the newly formed East Bay Regional Parks District. Through the WPA, American carpenters moved the building into the Berkeley Hills and added an envelope to withstand weather. The Brazilian Room’s elegance, with a Maybeck-inspired Arts and Crafts feel and a fusion of Brazilian and American craftsmanship, offers couples a historic and character-filled wedding and reception venue.
  2. Breathtaking Views: The large, beautiful windows of the Brazilian Room frame stunning vistas of the surrounding hills and lush greenery. Whether the sun is shining or the mist rolls in, these panoramic views create a captivating backdrop for your wedding photographs.
  3. Outdoor Extravaganza: The Brazilian Room’s expansive lawn provides the perfect setting for outdoor festivities. I’ve witnessed the gamut of games from casual frisbee and horseshoes to full on cornhole tournaments.
  4. Dancing Under the Stars: The courtyard offers a magical setting for outdoor dancing. The twinkling lights overhead and warmth of the indoor light glowing from the windows makes for an especially romantic feel. 
  5. Natural Splendor: Just a stone’s throw away lies the East Bay Regional Parks Botanical Garden, a serene botanical garden perfect for capturing intimate family portraits and couples’ portraits amidst the redwood grove.
  6. Seasonal Beauty: Whether you’re exchanging vows in the spring amidst cherry blossoms or tying the knot in the Bay Area’s famously balmy Indian Summer, the Brazilian Room’s diverse gardens ensure there’s always something flowering, adding a burst of color to your wedding day.
  7. Mountain Retreat Vibes: Despite its proximity to the city, the Brazilian Room offers a secluded, at-the-edge-of-the-forest feel. It’s easy to forget you’re in Berkeley and not a tranquil mountain retreat.
  8. Convenient Location: The Brazilian Room is conveniently located near hotels like the Berkeley City Club and Claremont Hotel, ensuring a comfortable stay for out-of-town guests. 
  9. Seamless Transition: Some couples opt for a ceremony at the University of California, Berkeley Botanical Garden’s Redwood Amphitheater, followed by a reception at the Brazilian Room. This seamless transition allows couples to incorporate the beauty of both venues into their wedding day.
  10. Golden Hour Magic: A short drive into the hills above the city during the golden hour provides a breathtaking backdrop for capturing stunning sunset portraits.

In conclusion, the Brazilian Room in Berkeley, CA, is an extremely special backdrop of architectural charm, natural splendor, and timeless beauty for your wedding day. From the majestic hills to the blooming gardens, every element of this venue is carefully curated to ensure your wedding day is nothing short of magical. 

The Brazilian Room hosts wedding fairs a few times in the spring, serving as open houses for couples to tour the facilities and envision their special day. Reservations for the Brazilian Room can be made starting in January for the next calendar year via their online system or by phone. 

I can attest that the Brazilian Room is truly a photographer’s paradise, offering endless opportunities to capture moments that will be cherished for a lifetime.

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