L.A. isn't exactly a city for love. Hollywood's neon lights and artificial emotions often cast a shadow over what's real, resulting in implausible expectations and unmet desires. The city's sprawling geography and early closing times can also lead to antisocial, loner behavior. Plus, if you do decide to venture out, it doesn't help that the city is so sprawling, it makes spontaneity of practically any kind almost impossible.
With Valentine's Day on the horizon, this all begs the question: What truly constitutes the quintessential L.A. love story? Forget about all those ridiculous rom-com plots (um, traveling across the world to find a man named Damon Bradley because a Ouija board told you to
? No, thanks). In reality, we think it's just about two people with a genuine connection deciding to commit to one another. And, surprisingly, there's a lot more of that going on in L.A. than you may think.
Ahead, meet seven local couples who recently decided to get hitched. Read their stories, and then wipe that cynical, jaded look off your face, and start believing that real love can happen — even in Los Angeles.
Photographed by Molly Cranna