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Why We Like This Place
If you’d like to have your ceremony in a very special place, reserve Old St. Hilary’s in Tiburon. This is a simple deconsecrated chapel (built in 1888)—one of the few California examples of Carpenter’s Gothic style to survive in its original condition and setting.
It’s situated atop a knoll overlooking Belvedere, Angel Island and the Golden Gate—a site protected as a rare wildflower preserve. The small white clapboard building with high peaked roof has interior walls of natural redwood, a ceiling of Douglas fir, oak pews and is lit by replicas of the original oil-burning chandeliers. The only original stained-glass window, which is above the door, depicts St. Hilary, patron saint of scholars; the other windows are Gothic arches of amber glass.
Take your vows in an uncluttered space that embraces you with a sense of peace and tranquility. Not only is the church a well-known place for weddings and other kinds of ceremonies, it’s also a popular photo site. And the nave, which has excellent acoustics, can accommodate meetings, musical programs and recordings.
Prices: What's this going to cost?
The rental fee includes 3 hours (maximum) on the day of the event for wedding photography, setup, and ceremony time. Any time over 3 hours runs $300/hour extra. A refundable security deposit is $500; additional insurance is recommended.
Fees for other types of events and photo/movie shoots are negotiable.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 115
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
- Max. Seated Indoors: 0
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 0
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 0
- Max. Seated: 115
CEREMONY OR OTHER EVENT CAPACITY: Total occupancy, 115. No standing room.
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: stationary oak pews
Linens, Silver, etc.: n/a
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: n/a
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: limited parking, shuttle required
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: SF Bay, Richardson Bay and Golden Gate Bridge
Other: concert piano and wedding bell
Alcohol: not allowed
Smoking: not allowed indoors or outdoors
Music: acoustic preferred
Wheelchair Access: yes
Other: decorations restricted; no food/beverages indoors or outdoors; no rice, seeds, grains, petals, confetti or balloons
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