• Tom Keene

Huntington Library, Los Angeles Arboretum, Descanso Gardens Event and Photography Fees and Costs

Updated: Nov 18

updated November 18, 2022

The iconic Huntington Library is among the most sought after locations to capture both engagement sessions (pre-wedding) as well as wedding day photos. Contact them directly via their email for the most up to date information. As of today March 31, 2022, their location fees are as follows:

A three hour session for portrait photography for the purpose of family portraits, engagement sessions or anything else is $1100.00. You also have the option for a golf cart to take you around the property for an additional $250. If you also want a videographer along for the time it is an additional $250 charge from the venue. If you would like to book us to capture your shoot for up to 3 hours, it would be $500 and that includes unlimited images captured and edited.

The fine details - No tripods or external lights are allowed. No drones are allowed. No flash photography is allowed. A reservation must be made at least 30 days in advance and no further than 6 months.

We understand that this is a very high cost to capture your engagement photos. So go ahead and pull up a chair and sit down. Let's discuss the costs for a wedding.

In order to get married on the Huntington Library grounds you will expect to encounter a starting costs of $50,000. That is just of the ceremony. If you wish to have both your ceremony and your reception here the location costs start at $150,000. It is rather clear that this is only for the elite of the elite and makes this perhaps the most expensive location costs for any venue that we are aware of in California. These costs do not include your food, your DJ or tables.

Whether or not you choose to pursue this location we would love to be there and provide you our photography, videography, DJ/MC and photo booth services. This blog entry is still our most commonly read. With over 650 hits in only 6 months. Let us know what you think and if we could get your any more info about The Huntington Library.

The Huntington Library

1151 Oxford Rd.

San Marino, CA 91108


So, what other options are there to the Huntington Library? We can recommend three options. The Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia, CA and Descanso Gardens in La Canada, California are the two closest options and The Pasadena History Museum is also one we can recommend.

Option 1 - The Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia. As of the time of this writing the costs for up to 14 people is $75 plus entry costs. A photo permit can be requested from their site here. You can view some of our work for both weddings and engagement sessions. It is also a great place to do some family photos.

Option 2- Descanso Gardens in La Canada. The most current costs for photography for this venue can be found here. The costs for 1-5 people are $300 for the permit. 6-10 people costs are $400 as of the time of this blog entry. It is a great location if you can find the time to put it in your wedding day for both the Thursday Club or The La Canada Country Club.

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive

La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91101

Option 3- The Pasadena History Museum in Pasadena. Please visit our most current entry for this location by Tom Keene at LAdigitalPhoto.

Pasadena History Museum

470 W. Walnet St.

Pasadena, CA 91103

Photos below are from Descanso Gardens and the Pasadena History Museum.

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