Redbird LA is an iconic Downtown LA wedding venue that features six main hosting locations and one adjacent venue called Vibiana. This particular wedding was hosted in the gardens, one of my favorite locations on this property. Each area has it's own personality and this one is lush, olive green and full of life. I love that even though it's in DTLA, it doesn't feel like you are. It's an oasis.
The vision for this wedding day was elevated garden party. With beautiful floral designs by Still Carnations and table scapes put together by MJ of Blush Events, this Los Angeles outdoor wedding couldn't be prettier.
Some of my favorite parts of this venue are...
+ The olive groves the line the garden ceremony space are dreamy to photograph.
+ If they are available, you can use the other locations for couples portraits. (they have quite the cool staircase to a beautiful dark walled room)
+ The food is SUPERB. The Redbird is a restaurant first and foremost. Their meals do not disappoint. In fact, even if you don't book here, you probably want to plan a date night soon to try their amazing dishes.
While there are technically seven locations (eight, if you count Vibiana next door), there really are only 5 that work for weddings, two of which are best for intimate gatherings. Here are some quick facts on each space.
The Garden: Outdoor courtyard with olive groves that make for a dreamy backdrop. Seats: max 108
Main Dining Room: The main restaurant dining space with interesting, colorful modern furniture and tiles. This space can be rented in sections for smaller groups or it seats 140 for a total buyout.
West Room: Indoor dining with unique tiles and a balcony over the main dining room. Seats: max 75
Cardinal's Quarters: Dark greenish room with unique fixtures and a cozy, moody ambiance. Seats: max 44
The Nest: Covered outdoor, intimate wedding space that has direct interaction with the chefs for a unique dining experience. Seats: max 36
Vibiana: A catholic church turned event space next to the Redbird that truly gives a grand statement. If you love the food at the Redbird, but need a lot more space, this venue seats 150 to 550 guests.
This venue includes the the main venue space and you must use in house dining, which you'll want to do anyway because the Redbird LA is so delicious. Additional add-ons are renting their getting ready space, but I recommend finding a cool hotel, like Hotel Figueroa, in DTLA.
Each space at the Redbird has a slightly different need from your photographer. Since this wedding took place in the garden, I will share my thoughts on what you'll need to consider for this location.
This is an intimate space. Everything is one area which can make doing a ton of formal portraits with family and the wedding party difficult after the ceremony. The ceremony location will need to be flipped into the reception location, leaving you no easy place to take photos. My recommendation is doing a first look, maybe at the Hotel you two get ready at, and getting your wedding party AND immediate family photos done before the ceremony. This will leave only a handful of extended family photos to be done at the altar after the ceremony. The sooner those are done, the sooner your planning team can get the space set up for reception and you can join your guests at cocktail hour.
Since the garden is an outdoor location, photos are truly a breeze here. All around are pockets of interesting architecture, beautiful greens and dancing shadows. I recommend having your ceremony start when the sun is just passing the main building so that you can have a nice soft light on the space.