Being the best wedding officiant in LA, I have the chance to explore some of the most unusual and enjoyable places around the city. Angel’s Flight Railway in Downtown Los Angeles isn’t just a stunning, unique and beautiful place to get married – it’s a story to tell, with a history and attraction that few other venues can match. As the world’s shortest railway, stretching diagonally downward from the top to bottom of Angel’s Knoll, a lush hillside park in one of L.A.’s most industrious districts, Angel’s Flight excites the curiosity of people from all around the world without losing any of its charm as a local landmark and effective, if pleasantly brief, mode of transportation. When I’m in the area for a wedding as the best wedding officiant in LA, it’s impossible not to notice and admire the uniqueness of the railway and the surrounding park in the active CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .
As an ordained minister who has officiated thousands of LA wedding ceremonies, I always love a wedding at a city hall. They’re pieces of history that are preserved with time even as new development remakes the face of the city. And luckily for us, we have one of the most stunning city halls in the world right here in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Hall isn’t just the center of governmental activity in the Los Angeles in an area in downtown LA that stands as one of its best hubs of cultural activity. It’s an open, peaceful, and picturesque landmark that towers above the city which provides a perfect space for an intimate wedding ceremony. I’m in downtown Los Angeles on a weekly basis when a couple calls for an ordained minister, and the city hall remains one of my favorite buildings. Your wedding ceremony doesn’t have to CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .
As the best minister for weddings in Los Angeles, I can recommend the Los Feliz Theater as a great wedding venue. The Los Feliz Theater is a historic and important movie theater that regularly screens classic and contemporary movies from around the world. It’s modeled in a gorgeous architectural style that evokes the glamor of mid-century Hollywood design. Opened in 1935, the Los Feliz Theater has been remodeled and used for a variety of purposes, including being one of the primary hosts of the American Cinematheque, which operates the largest of its three screening rooms. As a venue, the Los Feliz Theater boasts a sophistication and spacious interior that pleases both regular visitors and guests of your wedding ceremony. As a minister for weddings, I can imagine the movie curtain as the backdrop for a unique altar. In the center of Los Feliz, one of Los Angeles’s most active and CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .
Wedged among modern skyscrapers, the Los Angeles Central Library is a testament to the city’s history and is one of the best LA wedding venue. Found in the core of downtown, it is a respite from the urban hustle while still being near many of Los Angeles’ hippest areas. Along with other prominent buildings like the City Hall and the less prominent but still beautiful historic structures that color the cityscape, the Los Angeles Library is a vestige of a different era. It was constructed two years before the City Hall, which at the time was LA’s tallest building at just over four hundred fifty feet. Now it’s hardly noticeable in the city’s skyline. Likewise, the prominence of the library in the broader cityscape has been covered up by the surrounding high rises. But when you’re on the ground, it’s impossible not to be struck by its stunning exterior. The CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .
Located just north of Downtown Los Angeles, Olvera Street is a great historic wedding venue. As the best LA wedding minister (I hope), I’ve officiated thousands of weddings and some wedding locations just stick in your mind. Olvera Street is one of those. Always bustling with activity, it’s a fantastic place to experience LA-Mexican culture and to celebrate your wedding day. Olvera Street was the original settlement in what became Los Angeles. Although its days as the center of the Spanish and then Mexican colonial town are long past, it keeps the tradition alive with a jumble of activity. Mexican restaurants, street vendors, and souvenir shops line its promenade, and you can often catch events including live music at its central gazebo. Walking down Olvera Street, you’re greeted with colors and smells. In the vendor kiosks you’ll find all sorts of trinkets, ranging from Mexican flags to specialty candies. If CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .
There are few cool Long Beach wedding venues like the Art Theatre. The Long Beach Art Theatre has been an essential part of the Long Beach community since 1925, having undergone numerous evolutions to its architecture and ownership since, and today it stands as the last remaining independent theater in Long Beach. In their regular programming, the Art Theatre highlights independent films and holds special events like their periodic screenings of classic silent films with live ensembles, which have helped to make them a favorite of local film enthusiasts. Located in the middle of 4th Street’s Retro Row, the Art Theatre has maintained a friendly and often collaborative relationship with local establishments like the next door wine bar Art Du Vin and nearby bookstores and restaurants. As a non-profit theater, the Art Theatre receives donations from many regulars and its dedicated staff and board of directors are more than willing CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .
As a Santa Barbara wedding minister, I’ve been all around the county at the city’s most beautiful wedding venues. But my favorite still is the Santa Barbara Courthouse. Just off of Santa Barbara’s highly walkable State Street, with its Spanish-style architecture and its preponderance of unique little shops and restaurants, is the magnificently designed Courthouse. Someone once called it the most beautiful place in American where you can be sentenced to death. But while capital punishment is currently on a moratorium in California, you can experience the flipside of that coin by getting married there. Santa Barbara is known for its prevalence of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. All throughout the city you’ll find homes, storefronts, apartment complexes, and government buildings reminiscent of the city’s old Spanish mission, with red-tiled roofs and white and beige walls. But few of these rival the beauty and grandiosity of the Courthouse. The Courthouse CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .
As a Pacific Palisades wedding minister, I’ve worked with beautiful Bel-Air Bay Club plenty of times. Above the event center are the lush hills and stunning homes of Pacific Palisades, below are beaches that continue for miles in either direction. The Bel-Air Bay Club, situated on a bluff overlooking Pacific Coast Highway as it winds parallel to the coastline, offers views of it all at its prime location in Pacific Palisades. Built at the end of the Roaring Twenties, the Bel-Air Bay Club has a long history in Los Angeles’ social scene. With red-tiled roofs and a whitewashed exterior it’s reminiscent of the Spanish colonial style, one of the last remaining of its kind that were once so abundant in throughout LA. Their spacious lawns, overlooking the sea and the Santa Monica skyline, are the perfect locations to hold your wedding ceremony. A white carpet draped down the aisle and CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .
The Griffith Park Observatory is a Hollywood wedding venue that provides one of Los Angeles’ best views. Sitting along the face of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park to the north of Downtown Hollywood, Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills, the observatory’s sweeping views of the LA Basin extend from Santa Monica south to Long Beach, Huntington Beach, and beyond. Step away from the observatory and you’ll find numerous trails winding between the rugged chaparral landscape. The towering trees and hill shrubs take you miles away from the city into scenes reminiscent of much larger Angeles National Forest, making it hard to believe that you’re still in the center of California’s largest metropolis. Outside, the Observatory is a great starting point for hikes in the surrounding hills and forest. Paths that wrap around the building branch off into the rugged undeveloped chaparral landscape, leading up to the Hollywood sign (if strenuous hiking CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .
As a Long Beach wedding minister, I have gotten to know the city well. One of my favorite Long Beach wedding venues is the calm and secluded Rancho Los Alamitos The Rancho was built in the early 19th century during the late Spanish rule of the area. At one time, the Rancho was given authority over nearly all of Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Garden Grove, and Stanton. Today, the Rancho is confined to a humble hill in the center of a quiet Long Beach neighborhood, reminding visitors of simpler times. The original ranch house still stands today, enveloped by tree-lined courtyards and lush gardens. The gardens are a memory of what once was ample in the Los Angeles basin. Standing apart from the ostentatious gardens cultivated by the Los Angeles elite of the early 20th century, the Rancho Los Alamitos Gardens display a more authentic natural scene of CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens was founded by railroad magnate Henry Huntington in 1919. Today, after more than 100 years, the Huntington Gardens haven’t lost their charm. This Pasadena civil ceremony venue (actually located in the affluent suburb of San Marino) draws visitors from across the world for its diverse foliage and serene beauty. The Botanical Gardens spread over 120 beautiful acres. It comprises multiple themed gardens, including Japanese, Chinese, Australian, California, desert, and many more. Walking between every garden, you feel like you are walking across countries and continents; it truly is hard to believe that every one of them is in the same sprawling complex. After tying the knot anywhere in the Huntington Gardens, you can spend endless hours exploring the boundless outdoor property. Those who aren’t lovers of the outdoors can step inside to the Huntington Library and Art Galleries, which hold priceless pieces CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .
Located above the sunny Pacific Coast, the Getty Villa is a spectacular Pacific Palisades wedding venue for any and every couple. Although thousands of miles away from Europe, the Getty Villa is reminiscent of an aristocratic European estate. Constructed in the 1950s by oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, the Getty Villa’s facade was modeled after the Greco-Roman architecture of the ancient world. On the inside is a museum dedicated to the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, featuring priceless artifacts and sculptures. Along with its sister museum (the Getty Center, located approximately five miles away), the Getty Villa holds innumerable cultural relics and works of art. Within the Getty Villa’s Courtyard long courtyard stretches a decorative pool and a surrounding garden. Pathways around the pool’s perimeter permit relaxing strolls, during which you and your guests can admire the opulent architecture, the finely maintained garden, and ancient busts and statues. Looking CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .
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