UC Botanical Gardens Wedding

UC Botanical Gardens Wedding: Valerie & Chris’s Fall Wedding blends moody vibes with personal touches.

As a wedding photographer and videographer, I’ve had the privilege of capturing countless unique and beautiful weddings. However, some weddings stand out more than others, and Chris and Valerie’s fall UC Botanical Gardens Wedding was an unforgettable event. Their special day was not just a celebration of love, but also a masterclass in how a couple’s personality can be woven into the fabric of their wedding day, creating an experience that’s both deeply personal and visually stunning.


Venue: UC Botanical Gardens

Planner: Janice Clement

Florist: Ida Blooms

Photo & Video: Silver Seas

DJ: Premiere Productions

Cake: Flours by Joelle

Catering: Blue Heron Catering

HMU: D+A Bridal

Bride’s Dress: Wine Country Bride Boutique

Morning Preparations: A Rainy Start

Our day kicked off in a cozy Airbnb in Berkeley. Despite the rainy November weather, the atmosphere buzzed with anticipation. The rain complemented the couple’s color palette of black, red, and maroon, setting the stage for a magical day.

The First Look: Fog and Emotions at Grizzly Peak

We then headed to Grizzly Peak. Thick fog and light rain lent an ethereal quality to the scene. Chris’s reaction and Valerie’s excitement during their first look set a joyful tone. The sun breaking through the fog allowed us to capture breathtaking portraits that echoed the couple’s vibe.

The Ceremony: Moody Vows in the Redwood Grove

The ceremony at the UC Botanical Gardens felt like entering another world. We took quick photos in the gardens, highlighting the beauty around and the couple’s love. Held in a secluded redwood grove, the ceremony’s ambiance was magical, enhanced by the groom’s father officiating, adding a personal touch.

Reception and Celebrations: Nightfall Magic

Post-ceremony, we shot dramatic night portraits in the redwood grove, capturing the couple’s connection. The reception in Julia Morgan Hall mirrored the day’s moodiness. A neon “Till Death” sign added energy to the space. Speeches, cake cutting, and dances filled the evening, each adding to the celebration’s heart.

A Perfect Conclusion: Foggy Night Portraits

We ended the day with fun night portraits against the fog and Berkeley lights, perfectly closing a unique wedding.

Chris and Valerie’s UC Botanical Gardens wedding was a love and personal expression celebration. Capturing their story was an honor. Their day perfectly matched the venue’s aesthetics with their personalities, serving as inspiration for anyone planning their wedding.

Ready to Capture Your Love Story?

Planning your dream wedding? Let me capture your magical moments, whether at the UC Botanical Gardens or another stunning location. Let’s create lasting memories together. Reach out to make your wedding day unforgettable, just like Chris and Valerie’s.