Design-forward locations for your vows.
Los Angeles has always been a town I associate more with studio backlots and macrobiotic diets than I do romance (no offense Damien Chazelle). So, whenever a friend in L.A. gets engaged, I assume she’ll skip town and tie the knot somewhere that lends itself more effortlessly to the occasion: Napa, Big Sur, and Palm Springs being the usual suspects.
But lately, more and more of my L.A. friends have defied Brides mag clichés and gotten married in the city—which, I figured was a decision motivated more by price and convenience than anything else. Then a friend and editor—one of the chicest and most well-traveled women I know—announced her L.A. nuptials, at an under-the-radar spot called The Ruby Street. And that’s when I decided it was time to look past the tacky Kardashian-inspired Dodger Stadium proposals/bland hotel ballroom receptions and give the city’s wedding scene another shot.
A Google search later, and I discovered dozens of other amazing, design-forward venues like The Ruby Street—places so cool and so Cali that I couldn’t imagine wanting to exchange those vows anywhere else. Here, five standouts from my search—just in time for wedding season.