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With its perennially warm weather and plethora of beachside sanctuaries, Los Angeles provides the perfect environment for a proposal. Couples with an affinity for stargazing may gravitate towards Griffith Observatory and Hollywood aficionados will likely make a beeline for the TCL Chinese Theatre, but the City of Angels offers far more than meets the eye in terms of romantic rendezvous locations. Whether your style is al fresco or elegant, Los Angeles' diverse neighborhoods provide a myriad of memorable locales to pop the question. Michele Velazquez of Southern California-based proposal planning service The Heart Bandits and Heather Vaughn, CEO of The Yes Girls Events share their top proposal location picks in the Los Angeles area.
Regardless of your faith or religious preferences, Velazquez insists that one of Los Angeles' most exquisite vistas is proffered by Lake Shrine in the Pacific Palisades. "The tucked-away temple has a beautiful natural spring-fed lake. It feels like you are in another country and is a unique place to bring your sweetie and reflect on your relationship, and then propose!"
Take a hike with your hubby-to-be in scenic Founder's Park, which Velazquez encourages outdoor enthusiasts to investigate pre-proposal. "When people think ocean views, they normally think Santa Monica or Malibu but don't consider this beautiful and affluent area. [The park] has beautiful ocean views and is a hidden gem."
You needn't venture to Rodeo Drive to experience a Pretty Woman proposal. Los Angeles' abundance of stately homes ensures that those in pursuit of luxury will find no shortage of elegant venues perfect for popping the question. "Everyone dreams of seeing a mansion in real life and Beverly Hills is the place to do it. But no one would think they would be proposed to in one! Greystone Mansion is the perfect proposal location because it is tucked away and has amazing views of the city!"
Tapia State Park
"Tapia State Park is perfect for those couples who love the outdoors, lush trees and a private space. It's feels like a different world yet the city isn't too far away for a celebratory dinner after! It's one of our favorite hidden gems," Vaughn insists.
Couples seeking a relaxed resort setting for their proposal will find their match in the scenic, ocean-side Terranea Resort. "Terranea Resort is another favorite and we recommend it to our clients who are looking for upscale, ocean view proposals but desire complete privacy for that intimate 'yes!' moment," Vaughn reveals. "They have some all-inclusive proposal packages that we like to use as a starting point and then we expand on them to make the proposals personalized."