Portola Valley Wedding Venue
945 Portola Road
Portola Valley, California 94028
Saturday morning wedding special: Book a 2-hour ceremony starting at 10am for just $1,200 (that’s a $650 savings off the regular ceremony price of $1,850).
From its breathtaking sanctuary to its wooded grounds, Valley Presbyterian Church draws on the purity of the natural world to enhance your spiritual experience. “There’s a sense of peace here,” explains one congregant. “You feel like a part of nature, and thus closer to God.”
The heart of Valley Presbyterian Church is the awe-inspiring sanctuary. The sanctuary’s simplicity and unpretentious beauty evoke serenity and wonder. Guests enter through four heavy wooden doors, richly carved with images of New Testament figures. Flanking each side of the church are stone planters filled with lush greenery. Oak pews are upholstered in green fabric, and the A-frame pine ceiling is accented by dark beams. Polished riverbed stones in the washed aggregate floor echo the sanctuary’s earthy aesthetic.
However, it’s the soaring sanctuary windows behind the communion table that take your breath away. They frame a grove of majestic redwood trees reaching heavenward, while a filigree of sunbeams streams into the church. Guests face this magnificent forest scene, while from the steps below the communion table the bridal party enjoys its own striking tableau: the six-foot-tall stained-glass panel above the front doors that depicts a simple golden cross in a blue-toned mosaic. When the sun shines through it, the amber cross is reflected across the church onto the view of the redwoods, and seems to float mysteriously in the air—a sparkling vision that heightens the mood of peaceful reverence.
The church comes with the services of a minister, coordinator, organist, wedding hostess and hostess assistant. Every couple that marries at Valley Presbyterian attends a one-day Marriage Preparation Workshop, as well as a separate private meeting with their assigned officiant. All are welcome here, and though a Valley Presbyterian minister will be the main officiant of the wedding, you may invite a guest minister to assist with the ceremony. Also included, but optional, are candelabras and candles, unity candle, silk floral arrangement, pew decorations and aisle runner.
Valley Presbyterian Church believes in giving back to the community, and is known for its outreach and children’s programs. This is a church that actively promotes family, community, and spiritual values—a promising environment for starting a new life together.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Sanctuary holds 225 guests. Call for details.
A $1,000 nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your date. The fee through 2016 is $1,850 for a 2-hour time frame. Fees are subject to change without notice. Couples need not be members of Valley Presbyterian Church; however, it is necessary that the ceremony be a Christian service.
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: n/a
Linens, Silver, etc.: n/a
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: n/a
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: yes
Meeting Equipment: n/a
Parking: lot for 175 guests
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: n/a
View: redwood forest
Alcohol: not permitted
Smoking: not allowed
Music: acoustic only
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no birdseed or rice
Year-round. Ceremonies on Saturday begin at 10am, noon, 2:30pm and 5pm, and on Sunday at 2:30pm and 5pm. Rehearsals take place on the Friday before the wedding.