Montalvo Arts Center & Villa | San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photographer

Last week I had the opportunity to tour the breathtaking Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga. You'll find the center at the end of a winding road lined by beautiful homes and towering oak trees. One of the more exclusive and high end venues in Silicon Valley, Montalvo Arts Center exudes luxury and historic charm reminiscent of a true Italian villa. The villa itself is decorated with 100+ year old wisteria that comes to life during the spring bloom. Year round the landscape remains lush and green with shade trees and sprawling lawns. Throughout the villa you will find hand carved doors, a light drenched spiral staircase, floor to ceiling windows,  beamed ceilings, beautiful wood casings, fountains, and individual rooms filled with charm and character. For a wedding each room and space can be given a unique purpose, from cocktail hour in the courtyard to cake cutting under an antique chandelier.

The venue offers a choice of ceremony locations. You can either opt to have your ceremony in the Oval Garden (best for it's proximity to the cocktail and reception spaces) or over in the Love Garden. The Love Garden will require a bit of a walk but the wow factor is huge with a long path leading directly to the alter. Either space would be wonderful but from a photography perspective I have to say that I'm smitten by the idea of a Love Garden ceremony. Umbrellas are provided to create shade for your guests.

Receptions are held almost exclusively outdoors on the front steps and outdoor spaces of the villa with views across the main lawn down towards the Love Garden. Large clear tents are available in case of rain allowing you to remain outdoors to enjoy the beautiful views.

The venue can accommodate up to 300 guests, but it sounds as though 200-250 would be more comfortable and allow for ideal use of the spaces.

Montalvo Arts Center offers a massive chef's kitchen and they do require that most couples use a preferred caterer (exceptions can be made). Worry not, as their preferred caterer list is extensive and offers plenty of options.

One thing that I found unique and special outside of the sheer opulence and beauty is the fact that some proceeds from wedding and events held at the center go towards community outreach, including camps and classes for underprivileged youth. To learn more about holding your wedding at the Montalvo Arts Center, please contact Tiffany and team at