Here in Southern California, there are plenty of gorgeous locations for engagement photo session. Finding the perfect location may not be that easy for most people. I always suggest my clients to consider what they love doing together or a location that means a lot to them. Some require photo permits, others do not. Following are some of the favorite locations that many couples like a lot, and they are not arranged in any particular order
Santa Monica Pier - a perfect playground for
couple who like hang out at the beach, play rollercoaster and other fun games
Walt Disney Concert Hall - a Los Angeles
landmark iconic location that has unique architectural design, ideal spot for
couple who like urban setting and scenery
El Matador Beach : one of the most gorgeous
beaches in Los Angeles County
Venice Canal - a hidden gem of Los Angeles, where
you can take photo at a boat
UCLA campus - one of the most beautiful campus
in Los Angeles
Art District – this is a perfect spot for
couples who love beer and good food
Greystone Mansion - a super elegant and gorgeous
estate, with beautiful landscape, garden and pools
Descano Gardens - a beautiful picturesque garden
for couple to take a walk and spend time together
Malaga Cove Plaza - a tiny unique shopping plaza
with a European water fountain
Rodeo Drive - an iconic location with European vibe
The Mission - a historic missionary architecture site in San Juan Capistrano is truly a gorgeous location
for couple photo shoot
Victoria Beach - the only beach that has unique famous pirate tower
Noguchi Garden - a lesser known garden in the city of Irvine that has special landscape design
If you are looking for an unique location for your engagement photo session, there are other amazing locations in Southern California that are perfect for engagement photo shoot; please contact us for more details
I always advised my clients that how important it is to have well-planned wedding day timeline. When you plan your timeline, there are many things you need to consider:
1) You need to know how much time you need for bridal getting ready. Are you going to get ready at the venue? at a hotel suite or your home? make sure you need to add your commute time to your timeline.
2) Makeup and hair styling can take at least 2 hours, depends on how big is your bridal party.
3) You need time for photo shoot with your bridemaids before you put your wedding gown on.
4) Do you want to do “first look”? bridal group photo before the ceremony? 5) How about couple portraits?
6) How long is your wedding ceremony?
7) At the reception, are you going to first dance, parent dances? toasts?
8) are you going to have cake cutting? bouquet toss?
Every wedding is different. You can start planning your timeline based on your wedding ceremony start time. Find out how much time you need for each session for your wedding day. If your ceremony going to start at 5pm, then your prep time should start at around 9:30am or 10am. Don’t underestimate how much time you need. Starting your wedding day early is highly recommended.
When you finalize your timeline, you should pass it around to all your vendors, so that everyone understand where and when they are supposed to be at. You should send out the finalized timeline few days before your wedding day.
One of your most important decisions for planning your wedding day is to choose the right wedding venue. You need to consider your available budget, location, amenities, your expected guests count. Many couples are not experienced with event budgeting. In your early planning stage, try talk to your friends who had experience planning their own weddings. Before you make any major decisions or sign any contract, take a serious look at your total budget and make sure it can cover all your anticipated expenses.
Other things you should consider are:
what theme do you want for your wedding day?
do you want indoors? outdoors?
does the venue allow you to hire your own vendors (photographer, DJ, catering)?
In Southern California, you can get married pretty much anytime of the year. However, you should consider the season when you plan your wedding date. If your wedding day is scheduled sometime between December and February, the weather can be pretty chilly, and it will get dark quickly after 4pm, so plan your wedding day accordingly. You should have alternative dates for your wedding, if a venue is not available for your first choice. Consider to book a venue at least 8 months in advance, so you have plenty of time to plan ahead.
Have open mind to search for other lesser known venues. Those popular event sites tend to have more costly rental fee and other service fees and are less flexible to accomodate your special requests. Also, these sites are more likely booked quickly, especially those months between April and October.
When you finally commit to a venue, you should try to get a signed contract or at least a confirmation letter from the vendor. Take your time to review everything on the contract. Even after you’ve placed your deposit to secure your date, contact the coordinator every other month to confirm your reservation. Some venues require clients to choose a list of preferred photographers and videographers, other venues don’t have such policy.
You can find out more details from these links :
12 things to consider for finding a wedding venue
25 best wedding venues here in LA