Wedding Venue Highlight: China Cabin in Marin
Just Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay…
After over a decade of photographing weddings in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve come across some pretty unique venues. Here’s one of my faves.
Gold leafing, etched glass windows and waterfront views of the San Francisco skyline are the a few of the many charms that make China Cabin in Belvedere Tiburon a one-of-a-kind Bay Area wedding venue gem.
The Quick Details
A historic landmark, a social saloon from a steamer ship, now sitting on the dock of the Bay.
Natural Beauty: the deck — a great spot for cocktail hour — overlooks the harbor, the Bay, and the San Francisco skyline
Location: Marin, specifically Belvedere Tiburon, a 20 minute drive from the Golden Gate Bridge
Size & Feel: Cozy & intimate but with a wow factor
Guest Capacity: 40-45 seated, 55 standing
Photo Perk: A lot of windows so beautiful natural light!
Historical venues have a special place in my heart! The sense of history of the many stories taken place in the venue adds to its depth and character. Built in 1866, the USS China was a steamer ship traveling between San Francisco and the far east. When it was taken out of commission, the officer's saloon was carefully removed and set on pilings in Belvedere Cove. It has been completely restored to its Victorian era stylings, making it the perfect venue for a classic bride with an appreciation for vintage style.
Though best suited for an intimate-sized wedding or rehearsal dinner, it never feels too tight when you can just step out onto the deck for the fresh breeze and exapnsive views.
Yes the views! They are stunning. Especially as night falls and San Francisco’s skyline sparkles in the distance. This is truly both and indoor and outdoor venue.
China Cabin is close to San Francisco but can feel like a destination wedding as well. And how many wedding venues sit right over the water on a dock?
And if you love historical venues, this place will transport you and your guests back in time to old world elegance. And with all it’s great architectural details, it doesn’t need a lot of decor brought in to fill or fancy up the room.
• Going to the Chapel: China Cabin pairs well with another Tiburon historic landmark, Old St Hilary's, a little non-denominational white chapel up on the hill.
• Cozy Catering Space: Space for a caterer to set-up is quite small, and most will need to set up a tent just off the dock, so it's recommended to work with a caterer that really knows the space!