Some places just seem custom-made for Hollywood weddings. Such is the case of the Wayfarers' Chapel, a strikingly beautiful redwood & glass church nestled in a wooded hillside overlooking the blue Pacific, on the affluent Palos Verdes peninsula.
Architect Lloyd Wright
(Frank's Lloyd Wright's
son) designed this unique glass church in 1946.
And on February 6, 1995, Beach Boys' leader Brian Wilson got married at the chapel. His fellow bandmates attended, as did his daughters, Carnie & Wendy, who sung "God Only Knows." Said Brian: "The vibrations in that chapel were so wonderful."
In 2004, on the Fox TV show "The O.C.", 'Julie Cooper' (Melinda Clarke) was married 'Caleb Nichol' at Wayfarer's Chapel. A year later, when the character of 'Caleb' died, his funeral was held at the same Chapel.
It also appeared in variety of TV shows ranging from "Sliders" to "Hunter".
In 2015, it showed up on Season 2 of "True Detective" as "The Panticapaeum Institute".
three and a half-acre grounds around the church feature flower gardens,
woodsy walkways that smell of pine trees, and an information center dedicated
to the little-known religious philosophy known as Swedenborgism. In this
hushed hilltop oasis, it's sometimes difficult to remember that you are
only minutes away from the downtown rush of the South Bay, and it is not
hard to see why so many couples find this spot an ideal place to tie the
Getting there: Wayfarers' Chapel is located on a woodsy hillside just above Palos Verdes Drive South (near Abalone Cove). A short road leads up from Palos Verdes Drive to the chapel grounds. / Palos Verdes is located about twenty miles south of Hollywood, and can be reached by taking the San Diego (405) Freeway to the Hawthorne Boulevard exit, then heading south on Hawthorne Boulevard (about six miles) into the hills. / To reach the chapel, take Hawthorne Boulevard over the Palos Verdes hill (another five miles or so), to Palos Verdes Drive. Turn left on Palos Verdes Drive, and follow it southeast (about two miles) around past the old Marineland site, between Seacove Drive and Narcissa Drive. Look for the signs pointing out the road leading up to the Wayfarers' Chapel, then turn left (north) into the chapel's parking lot..
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