Finding the One: East Bay Wedding Venues
Check out the East Bay’s most venerable wedding venues.
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Blackhawk Automotive Museum, Danville
This world-class museum showcases a rotating collection of rare and one-of-a-kind vehicles. Ceremonies are held on the mezzanine level while receptions in the main showroom are accented by hot rods.
Reception capacity: 550.
Menu highlight: A duet of filet mignon and halibut served with rosemary sea-salt fingerling potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
Snap-worthy spot: In the center of the black marble dance floor wrapped in an embrace. (925) 736-2280, blackhawkmuseum.org.
Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery, Pleasanton
This venue was designed specifically for weddings, ensuring the ultimate guest experience. The Amber Room’s glowing lights and magnificent fireplace make for a dramatic indoor ceremony, while limestone fountains in the Sun Garden provide an aisle fit for Mediterranean royalty.
Reception capacity: 450.
Menu highlight: Custom “host courses”—entrées that have special meaning to the bride and groom.
Snap-worthy spot: Outside the grand salon, in front of giant wooden doors imported from Brazil. (925) 931-0200, casarealevents.com.
Claremont Club and Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, Berkeley
This elegant and historic hotel is getting an upgrade as it becomes a Fairmont property. A variety of rooms—many of which offer sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay—are available for the ceremony, reception, and brunch celebration.
Reception capacity: 90-480.
Menu highlight: Grilled beef served with creamed horseradish and buttermilk whipped potatoes.
Snap-worthy spot: The Tower Suite at the top of the hotel, at sunset, with a 360-degree view of the Bay. (800) 551-7266, fairmont.com/claremont-berkeley/.
Barrel Room Bliss
Murrieta’s Well, Livermore
A reception in the wine cellar at Wente Vineyards-owned Murrieta’s Well is intimate and special, with its barrel-lined walls and rustic wooden pillars. Vows are exchanged outside on the vineyard patio.
Reception capacity: 110.
Menu highlight: House-smoked pork chop with sautéed greens, white cheddar polenta, and apricot-onion compote.
Snap-worthy spot: On the Spanish staircase leading up to the barrel room. (925) 456-2395, murrietaswell.com.
Golf Course Glamour
Ruby Hill Golf Club, Pleasanton
Couples love Ruby Hill Golf Club for its variety of fairytale like backdrops. Some say “I do” on the grand staircase beneath the dome roof while others opt for the elegant outdoor courtyard.
Reception capacity: 204-300.
Menu highlight: Pan-roasted local sea bass with Meyer lemon beurre blanc.
Snap-worthy spot: Beneath the Heritage oak tree as the afternoon sunlight pours through the branches. (925) 461-3504, rubyhill.com.