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We’ve shot at the Marin Art and Garden Center in North Bay many, many years ago at the beginning of our career and were super excited to come back there again. There are eleven exquisitely landscaped acres to photograph at and the grounds are full of gorgeous courtyards, lawns, cute benches, fountains, roses, and gazebos – the photo opportunities are truly countless!

One of the most surprising parts of their landscaping is the rose garden which is actually surrounded by a tall fence. As it turns out, the fence is there to keep all the neighborhood deer from eating the rose plants they so love.


This wide, landscape portrait is probably my favorite from the day – love the reflection in the fountain and all the fall colors!

Marin Art and Garden Center fountain area wedding portrait


Love seeing creative bouquets! Crispy at Natalini Flowers added branches of tangerines and red peppers to these fall-themed bouquets for an extra spicy look:

Fall themed brides bouquet with red peppers and tangerines


One of the quite and serene nooks of the Marin Art and Garden Center:

Bride and groom at Marin Art and Garden Center wedding


And yet another gorgeous corner of the property :) I’ve heard that they sometimes have ceremonies right there by the fountain area. We’ve never seen one, but I can only imagine how pretty it would look:

Marin Art and Garden Center wedding portrait with the fountain reflection


Bride and groom at Marin Art and Garden Center by the Livermore Pavilion


How do you like this fall-themed chuppah? And those marigolds on the grass? We were swooning over all the textures and colors and shoot them from every possible angle :)

Fall themed ceremony details at Marin Art and Garden Center wedding


Walking down the aisle with dad:

Bride walking down the aisle with her dad at Marin Art and Garden Center fall wedding


This one is my favorite candid of the day: love both the emotions and the berries on the chuppah!

Emotional ceremony moment at Marin Center


Their ceremony was on the Gazebo Lawn:

Fall wedding ceremony on the Gazebo Lawn of Marin Art and Garden Center


And the cocktail hour was at the Garden Room Patio – an expansive garden patio enclosed in ivy covered walls. It has a lava rock fountain in the corner and numerous flowers all around.

Wedding cocktail hour at the Garden Room


A few more timeless details of the Garden Room Patio:

Marin Art and Garden Center grounds details


We also loved this gorgeous Yael Designs sapphire engagement ring!

Yael Diamonds wedding and engagement rings at Livermore Pavilion


The wonderful vendors of the day:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Marin Art and Garden Center
Hair & Makeup: Gayle Parker
Florals: Natalini Flowers
Catering: Knight’s Catering
Rings: Yael Designs

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Mike and Nat are a husband and wife photography team based in San Francisco Bay Area. Their relaxed style allows them to capture authentic moments while creating a stress-free experience. Choco Studio photographs weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Napa, Sonoma, Carmel, and Monterey.