Photography by: Todd Rafalovich Photography
About the Venue
Berkeley is one of those cities that has a small town feel but is where you know you are close to everything. The hills that surround the town will make you feel as if you are a million miles from civilization. The Brazilian Room is not only a true historic landmark (designed by famed California architect, Alfred Maybeck), it is one of the most popular wedding and event venues in the East Bay.
The building resembles an English cottage and everything from the leaded glass windows to the dark wood shingles bring you that much closer to a little bit of history. A wedding for 120 guests is a perfect addition to this lovely location. The expansive lawn is a wonderful place to hold your ceremony. The lush green surroundings of Tilden Park is a place where the mist and fog roll in gently and create an unmistakable romantic scene.
Real Wedding Inspiration
Working with color: As a wedding venue, this historic site is oozing with warmth and charm. The hardwood floors melt seamlessly into traditional oak wainscoting, while the crisp white cathedral ceiling is accented by dark wood beams. Fall is the ideal time here. The lush green surroundings seem to creep inside through the leaded glass windows creating a perfect backdrop for a celebration that infuses burnt orange, golds, peaches, and corals.
The vibrant orange tones chosen by this couple are amazing. The table linen in "Pumpkin Dazzle" creates a warm and inviting look in this setting. These same color choices could easily be overpowering against a more neutral background. The natural wood chiavari chair paired with a gold topaz cushion creates a soft transition and makes the room look cohesive. The floral arrangements really "POP" without becoming overbearing distractions. The bright green foliage, crimson dahlias, yellow, peach, and coral roses look amazing.
The contrast of color and texture on the tables allows the design to be front and center. A simple menu card has been slipped into the pocket of the gold colored napkin, while the centerpiece is a variegated green base filled with a collection of tangerine, sunflower yellow, and a hint of brown. It is utterly gorgeous. I love the upgrade on the glassware - the bubbled glass is a very unique change which elevates the look of the table.