Neighborhood Church Weddings, Palos Verdes, California

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50 Shades of Love is a series of blog posts sharing the love, diversity and magic of today’s weddings captured through the eyes of our camera.

Another beautiful wedding at one of our favorite places, The Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes.  This place is magical…truly a photographers playground!  This unique location has an incredible story behind it too. Here’s a brief summary.

J. J. Haggarty built this mansion in 1927 as his summer residence. This wealthy merchant owned stores and elaborate homes in Los Angeles and New York. His Italian architect designed it in the fashion of villas along the Mediterranean. When the Haggarty business fell upon hard times, the mansion passed through several owners and was finally bought by Harry Wheeler, a mid-west financier who purchased the estate to house his art collection. When he died, his family wanted neither the estate nor his collection and the villa became something of a white elephant on the real estate market in 1949. The asking price then was $250,000 and subsequently was reduced again and again. Executors of the Wheeler estate accepted a bid from the congregation for $60,000 and the Church had a home