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