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 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. . .
Want a fun LA wedding venue for your wedding day? The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is a backdoor into the history of movies, a great showcase for the industry that helped develop the LA. area that covers all aspects of film art. As a venue, it offers a variety of locales and iconic displays to accompany your wedding, a tour through iconic items and insights into movies old and new. Covering numerous stories, the Academy Museum is easily toured but diverse in its attractions, and hosts stunning locations for your ceremony or reception to take place. The Academy Museum offers a great variety of exhibits to tour at your wedding event, but also hosts a perfect setting for your ceremony. The fifth story boasts a broad and stunning view of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills, framed through a glass dome that provides a picturesque, serene backdrop that would 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. . .
North of Malibu in the mountains of Topanga is the Inn of the Seventh Ray, a great restaurant and a great LA wedding venue. Shortly past the turnoff for the Getty Villa on Pacific Coast Highway, turn to follow the sinuous Topanga Canyon Boulevard as it weaves through the mountains, leaving behind the affluent suburbs of Malibu and melting into wilderness. Then, after a few miles, homes and stores will begin to appear among the trees. Among them is the Inn of the Seventh Ray. The Inn grows out of the forest – it’s cloaked from the main road by a veil of trees and lush vegetation surrounds the dining area. Sparse chaparral canopies of leaves hover above the tables, providing an abundance of shade from the often unrelenting LA sun. Much of the patio floo is covered with simple brick and rock, giving it a rustic and romantic feel. 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. . .
Airport weddings are great for those who want to get married in Los Angeles for legal reasons. Los Angeles County is one of the few places in the United States the issues a confidential license, which is a plus for many couples. Unlike a public marriage license that you obtain by waiting in line at the County Clerk’s office, a Los Angeles confidential marriage license doesn’t require witnesses for your ceremony and doesn’t make your marriage records public once they are filed – only you and your fiancé can access them. In other words, the LA confidential marriage license is great for a private ceremony and those couples that don’t want heaps of junk mail crowding up their mailboxes. And in addition do its diversity of cultures, spirits, atmospheres, and wedding venues, the confidential marriage license is what makes LA County a prime wedding destination. But the confidential marriage license CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .
Hundreds of planes arrive at and depart from the Los Angeles International Airport – better known as LAX – every day. An LAX wedding is perfect for couples in town for only a day but who want to get married in LA. I have performed plenty of impromptu wedding ceremonies at LAX and other airports throughout Southern California. But if you’re in town for only a day or perhaps even just the layover between two flights, why would you want to get married at the airport? Well, besides being a unique wedding venue of its own, LAX is the gateway for out of state visitors to obtain a confidential marriage license. Los Angeles County is the only county in the United States that offers couples confidential marriage licenses. As opposed to public licenses which make your marriage records public information, retrievable by anyone, a confidential marriage license keeps your marriage records private. CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .
Ballrooms and banquet halls are great for king-sized traditional weddings, but what if you want something smaller, more intimate, quirkier perhaps? The Last Bookstore is a perfectly unique LA wedding venue for a small improvised elopement or even a large wedding. A book-loving bride and groom will be enchanted by the Last Bookstore’s vibrant color, unique décor, and funky layout. The Last Bookstore is both massive and cozy. With two stories and rows upon rows of bookshelves stocked with everything from contemporary nonfiction to millennia-old epic poems to premodern classics to postmodern experimental narratives, nearly every conceivable niche of literature is covered. Walking through the store is a journey through unimaginably diverse ideas, stories, and histories. And yet despite the high ceilings and never-ending shelves, it has an almost rustic feeling. Instead of feeling like most mega-stores – a harshly lit Barnes and Noble – the dark wood shelving, cushioned 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. . .
On your wedding day, chemistry can be observed in two forms at the California Science Center. An unusual venue for a Los Angeles marriage? Maybe. But if you want an exciting, quirky wedding, there is no better place. Located in Exposition Park just south of the prestigious University of Southern California (USC), the California Science Center attracts thousands of visitors each year. From the Art of the Brick LEGO sculptures, to microcosms of the world’s foremost ecosystems, and much more, the Science Center is a never-ending source of entertainment. One of its most enduringly popular attractions is the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Although a relatively recent addition to the California Science Center, it has become a staple there. I have visited the Endeavour and can attest to its magnificence. Exhibition Park in itself is also a worthy place for adventure. On either side, the California Science Center is flanked by other CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .
Can you get married at Disneyland? Yes! Many people don’t realize that they can get married at Disneyland until their wedding day has passed, but you can get married almost anywhere. Disneyland is one of the most popular Los Angeles and Orange County wedding venues for good reasons. The fun doesn’t stop once the ceremony is over; you can spend all day exploring the sprawling amusement park. Disneyland has been a popular amusement park and wedding venue since it opened in 1955. Since then, it has grown from a moderately sized park to a sprawling complex with six sister locations worldwide. The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, however, will always be the original. In addition to the main resort, California Adventure provides another unique experience. Adjacent to the main park, California Adventure was established in 2001. Despite its novelty, many of the rides and attractions there have become just as iconic CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .
From the famous to the infamous, you can find almost anyone’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A Hollywood wedding minister like myself can marry you anywhere along the stretch of stars. The Walk of Fame stretches over a dozen blocks along Hollywood Boulevard with numerous attractions (The Egyptian Theatre and Madame Tussauds, just to name a few) and restaurants surrounding it. It is a unique but exciting Hollywood wedding location centered in the city hub. In the fifteen blocks making up the Walk of Fame, over 2,600 stars can be found. Strolling along the boulevard, buskers and street performers abound. Some of the best and luckiest may see their own star of the Walk of Fame some day. A short distance away perched up in the heights of the Santa Monica Mountains sits the Griffith Park Observatory, a quintessential Hollywood landmark and wedding venue perfect for a post-ceremony 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. . .
As an LA wedding officiant, I have been a part of civil ceremonies at every venue imaginable – large ballrooms, small restaurants, very public amusement parks, and intimate backyard hot tubs. But the Getty Center, with its sleek but stunning architecture and its massive collection of artwork, is one of the best and will surely enchant every wedding guest, not to mention the lucky couple. Sustained by the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Getty Center opened in 1997. The complex’s unique white facade is uniquely modern while still calling back to previous eras of human history. The Getty Center finds itself straddling two ridges on the outskirts of the city bordering the prosperous Bel Air neighborhood. Its prime location offers some of the best views in Los Angeles. In the foreground sit beautiful mansions, and in the distance high-rise buildings mixed among the unique neighborhoods that provide Los Angeles with CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .