Outdoor Elopement Venues in Palos Verdes

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.

San Pedro is The City of Love (or at least should be)

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.

How To Choose Your Wedding Day Professionals

Today’s engaged couples have soooo many options  it comes to choosing the right professionals for their wedding day. So how does one select the right DJ, florist, caterer or officiant? Word of mouth is important and so are rating services such as those found on sites like Wedding Wire. The other day a fellow wedding professional posted a very helpful article–designed to help couples through the maze of wedding day options–on her blog. It is linked here with her permission. Enjoy!.

The Korean Friendship Bell: Great location for wedding photos

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.