Post # 1
My fiance and I are seriously considering the rooftop garden at the Kaiser Center in Oakland for our ceremony but unlike most other venues I am having NO luck finding photos of the space transformed in to a wedding or even a special event. I am grasping at straws and was wondering if anyone is familiar with the venue, if by chance you might know someone who’s been married there, or perhaps know a photographer that has shot a wedding there?
I know it is a long shot but I would just like to see it transformed to get some ideas of what the possibilities are.
I’m totally open to any suggestions you might have for finding photos, I’ve done the obvious…when I asked the property managers about photos from past weddings/events I was told they don’t have any!!!! Can you imagine??!!
Post # 3
Well even searching online was useless for wedding at the garden. Why dont u take your florist with you and tell him to give you an idea on how it would look. Here are some images but i dont think of any use. http://www.kaisercenterroofgarden.com/
Also post it on yelp too maybe someone reads it who had a wedding there. Unfortunately a client of mine getting married in April chnaged their venue as it was a little too expensive for them or I would have been able to show you some images.
Post # 4
Life in Shutter Clicks, thanks for the yelp.com idea. I have spent HOURS searching online for a wedding at the garden and have only come up with one hit and there was only one close up of the couple.
If your client has another change of heart and does end up getting married on the rooftop garden, please share.
Post # 5
I called my client again but she already booked the other venue. Let me know if u need anyother help for the wedding.
Post # 6
Haven’t been on here in a while, but we looked at the Kaiser Center and I do have a friend who got married there so I can see if she has photos. (However, her wedding was when the restaurant was still open so the setup was a little different.)
This was our #2 pick (partly because we live walking distance away!) and the only reason we didn’t go with it in the end was because the boy really wanted a pizza oven at the reception and there was no way to get it up there. (They do have a freight elevator that works for just about everything, but the oven needed to be attached to a car to be moved—augh.) My sense was that they’re just starting to really rent it out for events (for a long time the restaurant handled all of that) so they’re still new to it—however, a BIG plus for us was that they were willing to accommodate pretty much whatever we wanted. There are benefits to being a pioneer! 😉 Piedmont Parties is just a mile away and delivers anything you might want to rent, too.
I still think it’s one of the coolest spots in the city for a wedding!
Post # 7
I understand how unbelievable it may seem that a company that is supposed to host special events wouldn’t have a photo gallery. But it could be that they are new and haven’t built up their portfoliio. I work close by at the big glass Cathedral on Lake Merritt and we haven’t built up our portfolio yet either. I feel my bride’s frustration when I don’t have an amazing photo book to show them. If you can use your imagination and think of it as a blank canvas that might help. The coordinator or event planner there should help you use your imagination, come up with ideas and/or provide you with a good preferred vendor list.
Post # 8
Also, FWIW, the Kaiser Center staff’s primary job is to manage the office building and services for the office tenants—helping with events on the rooftop garden is definitely a secondary function, which is why they don’t have a huge amount of information, I think. (For a while after the restaurant closed, they weren’t renting the space at all.) You might try a Google hunt for the old restaurant, too—it was called Central Park.
But, again, the lack of formal event planning there is an asset as much as it is a frustration! We found very few venues in the area with the same degree of freedom—no catering restrictions, open alcohol policy, no music restrictions, etc.
Post # 9
Thank you Oakster and Katkneisel for your posts.
@Oakster, I totally get that Swig managements job is to manage the office building and cater to the needs of the existing tenants. Just a little frustrating.
@Katkneisel, only expressing a little frustration that an established venue with such a rich history doesn’t have any event photos to share…the difference with Christ the Light is the fact that it is a new venue, don’t you think?
The good news is that Swig has contracted with a venue rental management company that does not have competing priorities in terms of managing a building full of tenants and trying to do one day rentals to couples.
I am still looking for photos so if anyone has any I’d love to see them! Sadly, my imagination works best when the canvas isn’t totally blank.