Bridges and grottos and trails OH MY! Ferndell Hiking Trail in the Ferndell section of Los Angeles’s Griffith Park is the perfect spot for a woodsy elopement . However, you’ll have to have your elopement ceremony early if you want to find nearby parking spot and avoid being photobombed by hikers.
Keep scrolling to see the hollow tree that looks like a heart.
Would you like to elope near a creek, bike path and hiking trails without having to drive to Griffith Park?
Compton Creek Natural Park in Compton, CA is an oasis of natural beauty and serenity located in the heart of the Hub City. The native plants and tranquil surroundings will provide a picturesque backdrop for your elopement photos.
California has hundreds of miles of the most beautiful, sandy beaches in the world. That’s why couples come from near and far to elope where the sand meets the Pacific Ocean.
When reality TV producer Tony Brown and his bride Debbie Joles (shown above) of the Los Angeles area decided to elope, they chose the Muscle Beach area of Santa Monica Beach. I wrote a short and sweet ceremony for them that incorporated the poem “A Gift From The Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. At the end of the ceremony, onlookers cheered as Tony kissed his bride.
When marriage equality became the law of the land, Tammy M. of Tennessee contacted me about officiating her elopement to her partner Ramona. They and fellow couple Audra and Cathy wanted to come to Los Angeles to elope on the beach. They were all married in back to back ceremonies near the Santa Monica Pier.
Indie rock crooner Ariel Rubin, of Ariel + The Undertow, and her fiance Steve Davis chose Carpinteria State Beach, near Santa Barbara, as the site for their destination elopement. They traveled from the Boston, MA area to combine getting married with seeing the sights of California. They considered many sites, including Joshua Tree National Park before deciding on a beach setting.
Couples elope for varied reasons. Some choose to elope initially and have a grander affair at a later date. However, many couples today are choosing to elope as an alternative to the hustle, bustle, stress and expense of a traditional wedding. An elopement only requires three components; the couple, the officiant and the marriage license. Obtaining a California marriage license is easy. There is no waiting period and the process can be started online. The State of California even offers a confidential license that doesn’t require the signature of a witness to your marriage. However be advised that the confidential license is only valid for marriages in the county in which it is issued.* If eloping is right for you, contact me and let’s discuss a ceremony built for two.
*For a list of links to offices that issue California marriage licenses, please visit my wedding officiant website, http://www.weddingmuselosangeles.com, and click on the the Marriage License Information tab.
Today is National Lighthouse Day. Therefore today’s post is about lighthouse weddings
On August 7, 1789, the United States Congress approved an act for the “establishment and support of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers.” It was two hundred years later that Congress designated August 7 as National Lighthouse Day. (1)
Lighthouses have always represented beacons of of hope, security and safe passage, which may account for their popularity as wedding venues. You may be wondering where to find a lighthouse in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area in which to have your wedding. The answer is you need look no further than the beautiful coastal city of San Pedro, CA.
The Point Fermin Lighthouse of San Pedro was built from California Redwoods in 1874. (2) It is part of the 37 acre Point Fermin Park, located on the southern most point of Los Angeles County.
Ceremonies are not allowed within the lighthouse itself; however the gigantic and lovely fig tree pictured here will provide ample shade for your summertime wedding guests.
From Point Fermin, your guests will have panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, breathtaking views of ocean sunsets, and on a clear day, one can see Catalina Island.
November in Los Angeles is an iffy month weather wise. I’ve been officiating weddings since 2010 and made it through two Novembers. In that time I’ve seen two outdoor weddings moved indoors due to rain and my garden wedding on 11/11/11 was touch and go for awhile until the sun finally broke through.
The moral of this story is, when planning an outdoor wedding in Los Angeles during the months of November through February it’s always a good idea to have an alternative plan. Have tents or an indoor space available just in case. If your plans include a dove or butterfly release, it would be wise to have a unity candle or sand ceremony setup available as an indoor backup. Finally try to book an officiant who will be flexible and calm enough to handle unexpected acts of nature.
I love being out in nature and performing weddings and other ceremonies surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells that are the gifts of Mother Nature. Today’s entry focuses on two beautiful outdoor wedding venues situated in the city of Palos Verdes, CA.
The first is the Roessler Point Gazebo that overlooks Malaga Cove and the cities of Torrance, Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach. This gazebo cannot be reserved for private events so it would not do for a large wedding, however it provides the perfect backdrop for an elopement; that is as long as you don’t mind the occassional wayfarer wandering in while you are saying your vows.
The daytime photo above was taken by me, however this nightime photo was borrowed from the Palos Verdes Daily Photo blog.
The next venue is Farnham Park which is located on the grounds of the Malaga Cove Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. This area features a gorgeous fountain and can be used without a fee or even a reservation as long as your party is under 10, however it is suggested that you do make a reservation with the city to avoid confusion should another wedding party want to use the location at the same time as you do. Larger parties require a permit from the City of Palos Verdes and in some cases a fee is required.
I love San Pedro, CA. I love it so much that I chose it as the site of my wedding in 2006. However I feel that I missed out by having my wedding at the Crowne Plaza Hotel when there are so many wonderful outdoor locations that are just begging to be host to your wedding. In this post I’ll present three: The gazebo at Averill Park, The Pt. Fermin Lighthouse in Pt. Fermin Park and the outdoor stage also in Pt. Fermin Park.
This is the Averill Park Gazebo located on the Weymouth side of Averill Park. The park itself is a beautifully landscaped masterpiece of rolling hills, lush greenery, gentle streams and a waterfall. From the park one can also get a panoramic view of San Pedro Harbor.
Just a short distance away from Averill Park is Point Fermin Park, located on the southern most point of Los Angeles County. Pt. Fermin park not only offers gorgeous views of the Pacifc Ocean and Catalina Island but is also home to the Pt. Fermin Lighthouse which was reportedly built from California Redwoods in 1874.
The lighthouse is a very popular wedding spot but one would also do well to consider the Pt. Fermin outdoor stage which is situated just a few feet away and even comes with built in seats for wedding guests.
Los Angeles offers many picturesque locations for outdoor weddings and photo shoots. One of the most beautiful that comes to my mind is the Korean Friendship Bell located where Gaffey St. meets the Pacific Ocean in San Pedro, CA.
The bell, situated on a bluff that overlooks the ocean and the Port of Los Angeles, was presented by the Republic of Korea to the American people to celebrate the bicentennial of the United States, to honor American veterans of the Korean War and to symbolize friendship between the two nations. The effort was coordinated by Philip Ahn, a Korean-American actor. It was dedicated on October 3, 1976 and declared Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 187 in 1978 (Wikipedia).
Because of its beauty it is a popular wedding site in Los Angeles County, however in my personal opinion the winds are usually so high that guests might have a hard time hearing the ceremony. Therefore I would suggest it as a site for post wedding photos.
Please click here for more information if you’d like to have your wedding at this historic and cultural site.