Why You'll Love This Place
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Panoramic ocean views and a spectacular “glass church” set high on a seaside bluff amidst redwood groves and landscaped gardens should be enough to entice you to this awe-inspiring wedding venue, but the Wayfarer’s Chapel has so much more to offer.
Designed by noted landscape and structural architect Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, this exquisite glass chapel and its setting are known not just for their startling physical beauty, but for a spiritual grace that is every bit as compelling. For over 70 years this citadel of the Swedenborgian Church has welcomed individuals from all religious backgrounds and beliefs to celebrate their weddings, memorials, baptisms and other important life-affirming occasions in an elegant nature-inspired sanctuary.
Your experience begins as soon as you drive up the hill. The grounds themselves are stunning: Tranquil and serene, they consist of 3.5 meticulously landscaped acres. Arriving guests can congregate briefly in front of the recently constructed Visitors Center before taking the stone walkway from the parking lot past a meditation pond, gardens and stately pines to the chapel entrance. Some might want to linger on the way to chat beneath the trees in an adjacent glade or gaze out contemplatively over the glittering sea. From this high vantage, you can see Catalina Island on a clear day and watch dolphins leap through the waves or pelicans sweep over the ocean swells far below.
The church itself may be even more breathtaking than the grounds. Framed in timber and steel, but walled and roofed in glass, the many-faceted building gleams like a gem. The soaring walls and ceiling, whose panes are slanted at 30and 60-degree angles, catch the light and illuminate every event, no matter what time of day, in a shower of sunshine, moonlight or candlelight. And there’s no need for additional flowers: The interior of the church, like the outside, is garlanded in living greenery and furnished in wood and local Palos Verdes stone. Here the master artist is nature. For example, the massive circular window above the altar creates a living tableau of the surrounding trees and the ever-changing sky.
Within this transparent cloister every moment is picture-perfect, but comfort and ease are also a huge part of the property’s attraction. The bride has quarters where she and her entourage can get ready for the ceremony. Nearby, a breezy colonnade with Pacific views is another gloriously situated spot where the bridal party and guests often relax for conversation and photos or listen for the carillon set in the crown of the chapel’s handsome Hallelujah Tower. It rings after each and every celebration, sending its joyous message out over land and sea.
As a way of saying thank you to our active duty personnel, we offer a $300 discount for weddings. Proof of active service is required.
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- Rental fee varies depending on:
- Day of week
This is a ceremony-only venue and the rental fee varies depending on the day of the week.
The premium ceremony package includes:
- The venue rental fee
- Ceremony rehearsal
- Aisle candles for dusk or evening weddings
- Wedding director
- Aisle florals
- HD videography with live streaming
- Chapel Minister
Note: With the approval of their Chapel Minister, your minister, priest, or rabbi may participate in certain parts of the ceremony such as offering the marriage prayer or a reading from the Bible.
A $200 deposit is required to reserve your date, and the balance of the venue rental fee is due within 15 days.
You must provide a valid California marriage license. If you are already married, you must provide a copy of your legal documents.
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CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Chapel accommodates 100 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: Receptions and meetings do not take place at this facility.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Elopement Packages
- Small Wedding
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2-hour reservations at 10am, noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm. Except no weddings on Sundays at 10am & noon or Wednesdays at noon.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Chapel / Church / Temple
- Historic / Landmark Building
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Forest / Woods
- Fountain / Water Feature
- Landscaped Grounds
- Ocean / Bay
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Catering: no catering allowed
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: n/a
Linens, Silver, etc.: n/a
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: n/a
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: n/a
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: fountain, garden, landscaped grounds; panorama of ocean and coastline
Other: chapel musician, wedding director and minister provided
But take note of the following limitations!
Alcohol: no alcohol permitted
Smoking: designated areas only
Music: acoustic only and provided by Chapel musician
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: Rice, confetti, birdseed, flowers, flower petals, bubbles, balloons, butterflies, birds, etc. cannot be released on the grounds.
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