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.
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.