Best Place to Get Married: Marital bliss in the state of nature
Brazilian Room, Tilden Park
This perennial winner gives guests something beautiful to look at when the bride and groom are off being photographed. Ye olde rustic cottage settles on top of a paradisiacal wooded glen surrounded by blooming flowers and cherry trees, and with a view across a green lawn to the Tilden Park botanical garden and forest-clad hills behind. When it's time to take the party inside, there's a large bamboo floor perfect for that fairy-tale dance you've been dreaming of since childhood, and enough room for guests to spread out that you don't have to worry about drunk relatives snaking into your Eden. Huge windows let the last light of the magical hour stream in for that flattering, dreamy, soft-focus look. A lovely wedding with nature as your witness doesn't come cheap: The Brazilian Room can go for $1,850 for a seven-hour weekend slot, and the receptionist's first question when you call to reserve is "Which year?" But hey, you're putting on a wedding. Fork over the cash and let the scenic East Bay hills do the rest.