Megan and Darrin traveled from Arizona to San Diego to get married last month and I’m pretty sure they chose the best place. Small intimate weddings are my favorite weddings to photograph because I get to spend the entire time with the couple and the whole affair is simple and sweet and the focus isn’t lost in the shuffle of the day. It was an honor to be a witness and to be a part of their day.
Elopements are definitely my jam!
Hasselblad H1, Kodak Portra 400
This San Diego downtown wedding was fun, glamorous, and filled with the perfect people to make this wedding and party unforgettable.
Alison and Shaun started their day getting ready at the Sofia Hotel. The city provided the perfect background for their first look and bridal party pictures. The ceremony was held at Symphony Towers and the reception followed at Luce Loft.
I shot this wedding with Logan Cole
Coordination & Design- Beau & Arrow Events
Drinks- Kevin’s Bartending
Catering- Curiocity Food Truck
DJ- Injoy Entertainment
Contax 645 Kodak Portra 400
If you’re a bride and you’re looking for the perfect wedding dress I’ve narrowed my favorite designers and dresses. I hope you find something new, something that excites you, something that inspires you to think out of the box, but above all I hope you find something that you love!
as an everyday dress, I’d say that Free People is a little on the expensive side. But as a wedding dress, I’d say the price is perfect! The dresses are beautiful, unique, very bohemian, and just the right amount of umph to be used on your wedding day. It’s perfect for an elopement to city hall, a small- intimate beach wedding, a quick trip across the border to Mexico for a beach or desert wedding… the ideas are endless!
Here are two of my favorites
image from Free People website
image from Free People website
Rock and roll meets mellow hippie with a price that will allow you to afford the perfect photographer to capture your insanely cool wedding. This dress was under $200 and it matched this courthouse elopement perfectly.
you can see more of this dress here
The perfect dress and the perfect price tag! This dress would be perfect even without the price! It’s beautiful for your perfect day and could even be worn again.
Stone Fox Bride
A whole lotta edge combined with a whole lotta beauty. These dresses are for the modern day hippie and their whole collection is to die for.
image from Stone Fox Bride website
Romantic, dreamy, long, flowy, vintage… Sarah Seven is all this and more!
Delicious golds and sequins and lace and just the right amount of glam to please anyone. These are the type of dresses that can be worn at a fancy affair or a romantic wedding for two at city hall.
image from BHLDN website
image from BHLDN website
image from Claire Pettibone website
Did I miss a favorite designer or dress of yours? I’d love to hear about this amazing designer or dress in the comment section!
These two designers totally slipped my mind and I just had to add them because they are some of my absolute favorite dresses/ designers:
Daughters of Simone – I love their bohemian/ hippie vibe and their dresses have the right amount of fun and funk to wear for any type of non-traditional wedding.
It’s no secret that San Diego is a great place to get married. Sunny, beautiful, and you can pretty much count on the weather being 72 degrees Fahrenheit about 90% of the time. Of course San Diego has it’s bad days, otherwise known as May gray and June gloom, where you’re probably not going to see the sun near the cost for those months. But inland, pretty much sun and fun all the time. But where to get married in San Diego can be a bit daunting. So many options!
Being in San Diego and photographing weddings for the last four years I’ve accumulated a few favorite venues. Of course my preferences are for outdoor weddings where there’s plenty of natural light but I do have a few favorites that offer a different feel and options for your wedding day.
because posts are much better when there’s something pretty to look at… an image from an upcoming post
Side note: I’m not on any list of preferred vendors so I do not benefit in any way through my recommendations. These are just the venues that I have had experiences with and that I thought were great. I don’t know all the specifics for each venue so visiting their site or contacting them directly will be your best bet if you have any specific questions.
For each venue I’ll provide the direct link and on some I’ll provide a link to images if I shot there just so you have an idea what the venue looks like.
Outdoor/ Ranch Venues:
Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park– offers an outdoor area filled with desert plants, bougainvillea, and grass for your ceremony and reception along with cute adobe style houses to get ready and hang out with your wedding party. It has everything you need for your entire wedding.
Bandy Canyon Ranch– a very large property that offers a few different locations and looks for your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. It even has cabins for friends and family to stay. There’s history here and I have weakness for old things with a story. Amazing venue!
Villa de Flores– has a beautiful, large grassy area that allows for your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception to be within yards of each other for closeness and ease. It has a rustic, Italian, countryside vibe.
The Humphrey’s Estate– although not technically in San Diego, it’s about 50 minutes away but well worth the drive. It’s a large property and allows for different sections for your ceremony and reception. There’s so much you can do and places for photographs.
The Condor’s Nest Ranch– it’s ranchy, it’s funky, and it has a ton or options to customize your day. Located about 30 minutes from San Diego.
The Lafayette Hotel– super cute, funky, and dare I say a little hipster?, and with an amazing pool smack dab in the middle of it all. This is a quaint venue that offers closeness of your family and friends with the hotel rooms being a few feet away.
images coming soon
Urban/ Loft Venues:
Luce Loft– probably one of my favorite spaces. If I could live here I would! It’s definitely urban and you really get that downtown San Diego vibe. It’s rustic, it’s urban, and small enough to feel close to friends and family yet it offers enough space for sections or vignettes for lounging, drinking, and chatting.
Historical/ House Venues:
The Darlington House– located in La Jolla, it’s a large historical house that offers the choice of an indoor or outdoor wedding. I’d highly suggest outside but the light the comes into the house is almost as good as taking pictures in natural light. You can’t go wrong either way.
Old but goody Venues:
San Diego Courthouse– to me this is a classic elopement venue. Fun, historical, and you can create any look you’re going for with your wedding attire alone. Plus it’s close to many areas for bride and groom photos- there’s boats, downtown San Diego, the ocean, Old Town San Diego, and the list goes on.
Although not in San Diego at all but if you’re adventurous and want to experience another country, Mexico is 30 minutes away and can provide a fun and memorable wedding experience. A couple favorite wedding venues in Mexico are included below. I may have to do a separate post for Mexico and include a lot more amazing venues.
Cabanas Cuatro Cuatros– tented cabins, vineyards, two large boats that sit on land (you have to see it to understand the beauty and awe), a large row of olive trees for a rustic dinning area (think long tables under the olive tree with hanging lights!) and a ceremony site that offers a beautiful view of the pacific ocean… seriously the perfect place to get married!
images on The Venue Report
La Villa del Valle– the food alone will be worth the drive and this venue offers a gorgeous space for your entire wedding- a pool area, rustic dinning area where you can have hanging lights, a ceremony area overlooking the vineyards, and did I mention the food?!
images coming soon on The Venue Report
It was great to shoot Ashley & Andy’s Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park Wedding with my friend Katie. It was the perfect, sunny San Diego day filled with love, laughter, bougainvillea, and the sweetest couple ever.
shot on Contax 645 Kodak Portra 400 & Canon Mark II