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. . .
Is there a better place for a Long Beach elopement than Bixby Park? I’d say probably not. When you get married, the first thing you hope for in a wedding venue is that it looks beautiful, but obviously there are other concerns. You want the location of your ceremony to be available, to have a level of privacy and personality beyond its picturesqueness. In this regard and others I can think of few better places to be married than Bixby Park. I would know – I walk through it all the time, on walks to Long Beach’s namesake, a stretch of the shoreline called Junipero Beach, which can be seen from its southern end. But I don’t visit the park just for what you can see from it. What can be seen in it is just as attractive. The first thing you’ll notice about Bixby Park is the way it’s 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. . .
Are you planning on getting married in Los Angeles but don’t know where to tie the knot? LA is such a large city that it can be intimidating to decide on where to go for a day trip, let alone a suitable wedding location. Luckily for you, I can help. As the city’s top wedding officiant and a Southern California native I’ve been a part of over three thousand LA weddings and I’ve been to thousands of marriage venues in every neighborhood in this wonderful urban agglomeration I call home. Below I have complied five of the best areas in Los Angeles for wedding ceremonies, taking into account the diversity that the city has to offer. From skyscrapers to mountain tops, from secluded beaches to ritzy thoroughfares, LA weddings can be happen however you please in these five parts of town. Santa Monica Santa Monica is one of the most 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. . .
The University of Southern California – better known to the world as USC – is a great LA wedding venue. As one of the world’s top universities, USC has been calling the brightest minds for over a century. But more than being a great place for academics, it has a sprawling campus filled with stunning architecture and dozens of beautiful places to get married, both discreetly and in a grandiose fashion. Founded in 1880, the first graduating class of USC had only three students. Today it has nearly fifty thousand students, making it one of the biggest universities in the United States. All across the campus, you can find red brick buildings highlighted with gold highlights. The campus is over a square kilometer, and while many buildings are solely devoted to academics, they provide a beautiful backdrop for any wedding ceremony. Just south of the up-and-coming Arts District and the 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. . .
One of many locations of this franchise, the Fiesta Hall Pico Rivera is a wonderful venue that as the best Los Angeles wedding minister I can safely recommend to any couple. I’ve been part of many lovely weddings here. The Fiesta Hall will plan your wedding down to the last detail. Even the grandest of affairs won’t be lacking, with all the ceremony, seating, reception, and catering arrangements taken care of by their wonderful staff. The larger the wedding, the larger the hassle. But the stress is ameliorated when using the Fiesta Hall’s services. Get married in their grand banquet hall, flanked by row seating or table seating for all your guests. Walk down an aisle strewn with freshly-plucked flower petals to the altar. Afterwards, they’ll take care of the reception while the bride and groom struggle to cut their cumbersome yet delicious cake. The catering services can provide enough 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. . .
In sun-soaked Simi Valley, just after coming out of the San Fernando Valley, sits the Vineyards, one of the best Ventura wedding venues. For over thirty years the Vineyards has been operating as one of Southern California’s best wedding venues, and hundreds of couples have had their Los Angeles marriage ceremonies there. You can be the next. Stroll through its beautifully landscaped grounds, green with well-maintained foliage and yellow with the soft light of the sun. Fountains and archways are plentiful along the path that leads to the wedding altar, where seating enough for dozens can be arranged. Couples can choose between two beautiful outdoor wedding sites: the garden ceremony site, overflowing with deep green vegetation, and the water wall site, with an altar flanked by fountains and an abundance of open space so you can frame your wedding in the endless blue backdrop of the sky. After the ceremony, CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .
Although Diamond Bar isn’t usually thought of as a premier wedding destination, it has some of of the best Los Angeles wedding venues. The Diamond Bar Center is one of them. In the San Gabriel Valley at the edge of the Chino Hills sits the Diamond Bar Center. Unless you’re looking for it, you probably won’t know it’s there. Driving up the hills through the sparse chaparral foliage (and at the right time of year a poppy bloom!) the wilderness opens out in front of you as you reach the Diamond Bar Center. The venue has sweeping views of the valley and surrounding neighborhoods. Beautiful trees and desert plants decorate the campus of the events center and provide cool abundant shade for outdoor weddings. From the Diamond Bar Center, manifold trails begin wave through the hillsides and surrounding landscapes. But if hiking doesn’t sound particularly appealing in your wedding day, CLICK HERE to read More By Clicking Here. . .