Los Angeles Wedding and Engagement Photography Wishlist

One of my most popular blog posts was one I wrote with a list of some of my favorite places in Los Angeles for weddings and engagement photos. And after writing that I actually got to check of a lot of the places I wanted to photograph with great clients last year: engagements at home, a coffe shop, a library, Union Station and weddings at a vineyard, a backyard, City Hall and the Natual History Museum, among many other great venues. So since putting my wishlist out there last time was such a success, I’m doing it again with a few carry overs and a few new ideas for this year!

Los Angeles wedding photographer Jessica Schilling Pinterest dream list of wedding clients

I put every cool wedding thing I see, from dresses and shoes to decor and DIY crafts, on the Pinterest board “weddings I’d love to shoot” so that is a great place to start for my types of dream weddings and clients, or just for inspiration on various things I find pretty and awesome.

Some other items on my wedding wishlist for this year include:

More tattoos!

Los Angeles indie offbeat alternative wedding photographer for cool tattooed couples

More elopements!

More same sex couples!

Picnic park engagement photos with adorable same sex couple by LGBT friendly Los Angeles photographer Jessica Schilling

Other trends and things I love seeing and would love to photograph more of, in no particular order: confetti, succulents, garlands, sparklers, metallics, short dresses, ombre,  lantern lighting ceremonies, backyard weddings, globe string lights for outdoor receptions, lofts and galleries, industrial settings, exposed brick, big graphic word signs, live musicians, handcrafted backdrops, and pets. And I’m sure there’s more that I’ll add later!

warm southern California wedding details like succulent bridal bouquet and fruit and pie buffet

For venues, I would love to photograph weddings at some places that are quintessentially LA to me, like the Smog Shoppe, Marvimon House, or Huron Substation. I love that all of these places have outdoor courtyards and indoor reception areas, a nice mix of gardens and more industrial or rustic looks, all at the same spot. And ever since I came across the Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim on a wedding blog, I’ve been pining (pun intended) over the idea of a woodsy wonderland wedding there.

On trips to Joshua Tree, I’ve realized how cool a wedding out in the middle of the desert would be, and would also love to find some weddings in Palm Springs at venues like the Parker, or the Viceroy, or the ACE Hotel, one of which is also opening in LA soon. The Temecula vineyard wedding I did last year was wonderful, and more photographing in more vineyards in Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, Ojai, and Paso Robles would be great.

For engagement sessions,  I’ve been wanting to photograph some downtown locations such as the Bradbury building, Disney Concert Hall, Angels Flight, and the Arts District. I’m also a fan of nature and open areas, such as the LA River Glendale Narrows, Griffith Park, Paramount Ranch, and Tree People Park, which would also be great for a smaller wedding.

Los Angeles indie wedding photographer Griffith Park, Paramount Ranch, Tree People, LA River

So that’s my ambitious wishlist of 2013 Los Angeles wedding venues, locations, themes, trends, and ideas! What’s on yours?


Elissa - I love this idea! I want to do this too. I made a wishlist a while back and I’ve gotten a few of those checked off, but my list is always growing :)

sam - i hope your wishes come true! have a great year jessica, this is a lovely idea

Adam Ward - Such a cool idea. I’ll have to out together a list of my own.

nadine - the photo on the bridge is lovely!

Joseph West - Wish lists are the best thing to keep you motivated. Love the idea.

sachin - That is an awesome board Jessica! Great idea!!

Alyssa - That’s a great idea for a Pinterest board. Maybe I’ll rename my wedding details board that.. then it doesn’t look like I’m planning a wedding or anything ;) I’m still dying to shoot my first elopement.

Luis Godinez - your wishlist is my wishlist. can we share. I want almost everything u do. :)

Kelsie Taylor - love this! i want so many of the same things as you.

Sarah Rominger - This is a really great idea – by putting it out there, I know the right people/opportunities will come!

Gemma Williams - This is a brilliant idea :) I am going to get thinking about my wishlist now!

Houston Wedding Photographer - I just love how simple and honest couple..

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