Unusual Bay Area Venues For Your Wedding

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6 Bay Area locations as original as your dress. 


1. Cornerstone Sonoma (pictured above)

Location: 23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma

Vibe: Alice’s Wine Country wonderland

Perks: Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot’s Red Lantern, a sculpture of steel and ruby crystal droplets, “floats” in a reflecting pond.

The Drift: The nine-acre garden’s whimsical sculptures make strong statements that need no additional flair from an expensive florist. Money in the bank.

Photo courtesy of Kate Harrison.

2. Big Daddy's Antiques

Location: 1550 17th St., San Francisco

Vibe: Sanford and Son’s private vault

Perks: Antique birdcages, vintage signage, and old Chesterfield sofas, all at your disposal

The Drift: The counterpoint to Big Daddy’s 10,500-square-foot industrial-chic warehouse just happens to be its charming time-worn inventory. Can you say, twofer?

3. 16th Street Train Station

Location: 1601 Wood St., Oakland

Vibe: Boardwalk Empire meets Rent

Perks: Romantic Beaux-Arts architecture, soaring 40-foot ceilings, tall arched windows

The Drift: A backdrop for Mumford & Sons music videos and Rent’s iconic “Tango Maureen” scene, this former train station makes your big day 
a part of entertainment history.

Photo courtesy of Clane Gessel

4. The Glasshouse

Location: 2 S. Market St., San Jose

Vibe: A Jay Gatsby event on Wall Street

Perks: Walls and staircases made entirely of glass, and purportedly the largest outdoor patio in San Jose. 

The Drift: As the modern counterpart to the 1924 San Jose landmark, the Corinthian Grand Ballroom, this shiny new venue makes its mark as the city’s very own crystal palace.

5. The Battery Penthouse

Location: 717 Battery St., San Francisco

Vibe: Techies chewing on cigars, drinking Champagne, and talking shop

Perks: Floor-to-ceiling windows, state-of-the-art media technology, Hermès blankets, and jaw-dropping views of the twinkling Bay Bridge and iconic Transamerica Pyramid

The Drift: A Battery membership certainly has its privileges (think guided art excursions and hobnobbing at the über-private Musto Bar), but even if you’re not a card-carrying member of this exclusive social club, you can still say your I Do’s in the modernist penthouse.

6. Winery Ruins at Jack London State Historic Park

Location: 2400 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen

Vibe: Outlander comes to Wine Country

Perks: Note to literature buffs—Jack London lived here.

The Drift: From its 2,000-year-old redwood tree to the romantically crumbly stone ruins (the remains from a 19th century winery), this venue makes you feel as though you’re exchanging vows in the Scottish highlands. Just add fog.

This article was published in 7x7's 2015 Wedding issue.

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