Montalvo Arts Center (Villa Montalvo) is one of my favorite places to photograph around the South Bay. There are so many different places to photograph on the grounds it really is a photographers paradise. Here is some more information about Montalvo Arts center and a few slideshows from some recent weddings out there.
Montalvo Arts Center is a favorite wedding venue for multiple generations of Californians. At Montalvo you have exclusive use of the grounds, Great Lawn, Villa, Spanish Courtyard and Oval Garden or Love Temple for your dream wedding and reception.
Montalvo Arts Center was previously known as Villa Montalvo, a historic landmark built in 1912 by James Duval Phelan (1861-1930). Phelan, a passionate Californian who had been a three-term progressive mayor of San Francisco, went on to become California’s first popularly-elected U.S. Senator. Villa Montalvo was Senator Phelan’s favorite home and a center of artistic, political and social life in Northern California. Phelan invited leading writers and artists to Villa Montalvo to work on individual artistic projects in an environment rich in dialogue and fellowship. Jack London, Ethel Barrymore, Mary Pickford, Douglass Fairbanks, and Edwin Markham were among Phelan’s many guests.
Here are just a few of the weddings we have photographed out at Montalvo Arts Center (Villa Montalvo):