Post # 1
I’m having an indoor ceremony and reception in downtown LA. We wanted to get some outdoor photos pre-ceremony but unfortunately the area directly around our venue is not very photogenic. Can anyone recommend any outdoor locations around downtown that are a good place for some pre-ceremony photography? Or if anyone knows a downtown hotel that has a pretty courtyard or garden that would be awesome as well.
Thanks so much
Post # 3
We got married at the Los Angeles Library, and that is a beautiful area. There is a long garden that runs along side of it (off of 5th I believe….but I could be wrong), and it is gorgeous, with the tall trees and tall buildings in the background. Inside the library is also amazing if it is open at the time. The atrium, children’s book room, and Rotunda are gorgeous & cute.
There is also a fountain in the front that is very photogenic.
Also, there is Walt Disney Concert Hall, which is an architectural gem & a popular place for a lot of engagement photos I have seen.
I would recommend just walking around downtown and seeing what strikes your fancy. There used to be an art requirement for any building erected down there, so there are a lot of really interesting-looking mini-plazas and pieces down there & something might really strike you.
Also, just check out a few hotels. I know the JW Marriot has a great balcony/pool level, and the Standard Hotel has a great outdoor bar. But all these things may be in use when you are there, so that might affect your pictures.
Post # 4
thank you. That’s really great advice about just walking around. Can I ask you another question? Did you do a hotel room block downtown? If so, which hotel?
Post # 5
Another vote for Disney Concert Hall. Also, Union Station has some pretty courtyard areas. You need permission to shoot inside but not for the outside areas.
Olvera St is closeby too. That could make for some awesome photos.
And the Figueroa Hotel is absolutely beautiful.
Post # 6
Downtown LA has so many great picture spots! it depends on how far you want to travel from your site since parking can be a pain. we did our e-session in downtown. here were some of our considerations:
LA Public Library
This hotel has a beautiful garden; I’ve never been there, but the pics on their site look gorgeous!
Post # 7
@meowkers — We had a block at the Omni, which had great rooms, but not that many guests used them b/c there are just so many hotel options in LA if you have a car, and a lot of guests also had family/friends in LA that they stayed with instead of renting a hotel room.
If you do try to reserve a block, try http://www.hotelplanner.com. You put in your details and hotels “bid” on having you reserve a room with them. Some places have great deals and incentives if you manage to fill your block (and I think blocks start at 10 rooms).