Filming at the Chapel

Wayfarers Chapel is an all glass sanctuary nestled in a grove of towering redwood trees. The Chapel, designed by Lloyd Wright, is constructed of Palos Verdes stone and redwood elements that come together at 30 and 60 degree angles. It opened its doors over 70 years ago and is famous for its organic architecture. The natural elements used in its construction are a unique expression of the sacred space that welcomes all wayfarers along life’s path. With its breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island, the 3.5 acres that the Chapel sits on feature beautifully landscaped gardens with trees forming arbored walkways leading to gardens replicating the forest floor, expansive lawns, an outdoor amphitheater, and a rose garden with a walk of honor featuring engraved pavers.

The Wayfarers Chapel has appeared in many movies, television shows, and music videos, including: The O.C., Lucifer, Beverly Hills 90210, The Bachelorette, Sliders, Revenge, Innerspace, Endless Love, The Colbys, Hunter, The Rockford Files, Marcus Welby, M.D., True Detective, The Cape, World of Dance, “Baby” by Clean Bandit (feat. Marina & Luis Fonsi), “Godspeed” by James Blake for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”, and “Amazing Grace” by Pentatonix.

Please check out our Virtual Tour to experience the the layout of the Chapel and grounds.

Film and photography site location managers are welcome to visit and explore the use of the Chapel and grounds for film, television, and commercial use. Wayfarers Chapel sits within the thirty-mile zone (TMZ) making it a great site option for local shoots. For more information about the use of the Chapel and ground for filming, please contact our Executive Director, Rev. Dan Burchett, at or (310) 377-1650 x6.

Any photography or videography must have prior authorization and a permit.

Any professional photography and videography (any photo/video sessions involving clients and a photographer), including engagement, maternity, and family portraits, are allowed on a limited basis only with a prior appointment and a permit from our Weddings & Special Events Office.

There is a $500 fee associated with these (1) hour sessions on our private grounds. Sessions typically take place on Mondays or Tuesdays between the hours of 9am-4pm. Appointments must be scheduled at least one week in advance of potential photo session.

Photos cannot be taken inside the Chapel…only on our surrounding grounds.

Absolutely no wedding day photography is allowed on our private grounds, with the exception of couples being married at Wayfarers Chapel during their allotted time frame. This includes wedding portraits, wedding party photos, and any photography in which anyone is dressed in Wedding Day attire. Anyone on the property in violation of these policies will be asked to leave immediately.

Prom, Quinceanera, and Graduation photos are not permitted on the property.

For professional photography/videography appointments and permit, please contact the Wedding & Special Events Office (310) 377-1650 ext. 1 (Monday – Thursday 9am-12pm or 1:30pm-4pm)

Wayfarers Chapel is strictly a N O D R O N E Z O N E !