Southern California has some of the most colorful and unique wedding venues in the country! I feel very lucky to have access to such a wide array of incredible spaces, especially around Los Angeles and Palm Springs. There’s something for everyone here! If you’re on the hunt for a colorful wedding venue or are just curious about which vivid locations have caught my eye, here are my top five favorite colorful wedding venues in So-Cal (in no real order!):
5. Valentine by Marvimon – Los Angeles, CA
So-Cal venue powerhouse Marvimon owns several amazing locations around Los Angeles, and while all of them are truly beautiful, the majestic Valentine is my favorite! This 9,000 square foot space is fully green, packed with artwork, and adjacent to DTLA’s Arts District. How incredible is this custom keyhole doorway mural created by Stacy Lynn Smith?!
Valentine also features a vibrant orange sculpture by Tony Brown:
The greenhouse ceremony space is perfect for letting in tons of natural light. The pink keyhole doorway mural is located to the right of this photo out of frame!
Okay, let’s take a look at this mural one more time. We had to move a number of the ceremony benches out of the way to capture these wide shots, but it was 100% worth the rearranging! These doors lead to the reception space.
Speaking of the reception space! The “sunset dining room” features handmade clay murals by Josh Beckman and a full screen projector, so you can entertain your guests with a fun slideshow.
Tony Brown’s orange sculpture is also an entryway for guests – there’s a hidden door!
Added bonus to Valentine – just outside the doors is a beautiful view of the Downtown Los Angeles skyline, plus some fun graffiti for extra pops of color!
4. The Ruby Street – Los Angeles, CA
The owners of Ruby Street originally intended to create a music venue with the old church space in Highland Park, but they quickly realized it was meant for weddings instead. This charming building is tucked away on a quiet residential street and features beautiful stained glass, colorful accent walls, cool wallpaper, and loads of colorful velvet furniture. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing at Ruby Street a number of times since it opened in 2016 – it’s about to get another design refresh for 2020 and I can’t wait to see what updates come along! This teal outdoor wall with a neon nod to The Beatles is such a cool space for a portrait:
Ruby Street also has a bounty of colorful pieces of furniture in stock! I pulled this bright blue velvet cushion of a chair for some flatlays.
This stained glass window is the perfect backdrop for a couple at their reception! Note: this shot was taken earlier in the day – the light gets a little funky as sunset approaches, and it’s difficult to get the nice, even color seen in this photo on a sunny afternoon.
More pretty furniture for details!
The ceremony arch outside isn’t particularly colorful on its own, but that’s an easy fix! Add some streamers and it’s a color sensation!
I love the unique wallpaper around Ruby Street. So whimsical and imaginative!
This giant stained glass window is a main feature in the dancing reception space, but it also makes an amazing backdrop for the wedding party!
How cool is that mirror installation with all the plants and the bright blue couch?
The exterior of Ruby Street is a lovely shade of muted teal and I’m here for it!
3. Sands Hotel & Spa – Indian Wells, CA
Looking for a Mid-Century Palm Springs meets Paris meets Morocco vibe with more pastel pink walls then you could possibly dream of? Well, look no further than the Sands Hotel & Spa! This location is truly a photographer’s paradise, and a stunning location for a wedding or portrait session!
Here’s the entrance to the property, a beautiful black door complete with gold accents and cacti galore.
A light pink wall and bougainvillea makes for a perfect cake-cutting backdrop! Fun fact: I carried this cake quite a distance from the reception space to bring this vision to life for Christine and Alan’s wedding. Worth it!!
The ceremony location is the exterior of the spa; so pretty!
There are even pink tiles on the floor of the spa itself. Perfect for getting ready photos!
The Pink Cabana restaurant has an awesome palm wallpaper, vintage magazine cutouts, pink accents, and I basically want to move in.
In. Love. I also appreciate that they brought the palm wallpaper leaf texture up the side of the ceiling for a nice added detail!
The spa has pink accents everywhere, including these Moroccan doors.
Another shot of the ceremony location in front of the spa entryway! It’s in direct light until the very end of the day unless you’re lucky enough to get clouds in the desert like these two did.
This is the other side of the entrance – another cool black door and plenty of bougainvillea!
2. The Saguaro Hotel – Palm Springs, CA
It doesn’t get more technicolor than the rainbow-hued Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs, CA! This location is absolutely perfect for anyone looking for bright, bold colors. The Saguaro has a few ceremony options, including this patio with a lovely pink wall backdrop!
The exterior of the hotel is easily accessible and a fun spot for portraits. In truth, that rug is dark purple in real life but I always like to make it a dusty rose pink – much cuter!
The hotel is shaped like one big rectangle with the pool area in the middle. Color everywhere!
Another shot at the more-private ceremony option on the patio. You can also get married on the ground level near the pool, but there will be way more people wandering around!
So many colorful backdrops! YES!
1. The Fig House – Los Angeles, CA
You’d never know that this gem is right on a main road in Highland Park! It’s located just between downtown LA and Pasadena, and although it’s a smaller space, there are endless photo opps. HGTV designer Emily Henderson put together a colorful masterpiece and I can’t get enough of it! Jewel tones, custom artwork, geometric stained glass, and tons of modern glamour. Half of the interior space is this light mint color which provides a beautiful backdrop for vibrant pops of color.
The interior dining room is my absolute favorite color – teal! This couple opted to use this space for their ceremony, which is a great solution for larger guest counts.
This magical corner is just to the right when you walk into the main entrance. That window with the pink couch, YES! BYO balloons!
This geometric door is the gate to Fig House’s driveway and makes a beautiful backdrop for photos!
Amira D. Rahim‘s stunning paintings are on display throughout the venue. This painting serendipitously matched the bride’s bouquet!
The exterior of RoomForty’s catering space is painted the same shade of teal from the dining room – another amazing portrait spot!
Here’s another shot of the dining room, this time with a sweetheart table:
The bar area is also gorgeous!
This cool furniture can be moved anywhere the couple wants!
One last view of this magic teal backdrop:
There you have it – my favorite colorful venues in Southern California! Do you have any faves that I missed? Let me know!