Top Budget Friendly & Affordable San Diego Wedding Locations

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I am frequently asked if I can suggest wedding locations around San Diego that are affordable, unique and will help a couple stick to a wedding budget. With no affiliation or ulterior motives, below are a few spots that offer beautiful views, are considered the most popular and top wedding locations in southern California for planning a wedding on a budget.

1) San Diego Beaches, including La Jolla & Mission Bay

2) Bahia Hotel & Resort and their Sternwheel Paddle Boat

3) Balboa Park Weddings

4) The Thursday Club

5) Marina Village Weddings & Receptions

6) Admiral Kidd Club overlooking downtown San Diego Bay & Coronado Island

7) Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens

8) La Jolla Cove – Bridge Club at Scripps Park

9) La Jolla Cove and Suites

10) Cuvier Wedding Bowl La Jolla Coast

11) Pala Mesa Golf Resort in North County Fallbrook

12) Hotel Del Coronado Beach Ceremony

13) Soledad Club overlooking Downtown San Diego, Mission Bay & The Ocean

14) Coronado Community Center Wedding

15) Bali Hai Restaurant overlooking San Diego Bay, Downtown and Coronado

16) San Diego Botanical Garden

17) The Prado Balboa Park Wedding & Reception

18) Sunset Cliffs in the Ocean Beach/Point Loma area


Catamaran Resort in Pacific and Mission Beach offers access to their Paddle Wheel Boat

20) Temecula Creek Inn in the North County Wine Region

21) Rancho Bernardo Inn

22) Wilson Creek Winery in North County San Diego

23) Stone Brewery Private Event & Wedding Reception

24) Coronado Destination Beach Wedding

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Point Loma Ocean View Wedding

~Sneak Peak~
After getting ready at the Catamaran Hotel on Mission Bay, Emily & Eric had their wedding ceremony and reception at the Thursday Club in Point Loma. The amazing sunset was just the icing on the wedding cake…

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Del Mar Wedding ~ Pacifica Breeze & Sea Grove Park

Del Mar Wedding ~ Pacifica Breeze & Sea Grove Park

Beach – Family Portraits w 2.5 year old Nate & Baby on the Way

1-2-3…Jump! I think this photo series sums up 2.5 year old children really well. I was cracking up while editing them.

And what’s in here? Hmmmm….only holding still long enough to see if there really is a crab in the rocks. No crab; he told me he did see a pirate.

For more of this maternity/belly/family portrait session at Windansea Beach in La Jolla, click any image to see the full gallery.

Maternity Photos on Windansea Beach in La Jolla

Windansea is arguably the most photogenic beach in San Diego. It’s always different ~ different shades of moss on the rocks, tides and waves with a mind of their own, new shades of blue to take you to Paradise. Oh yeah, and photo opps with Pro-Surfers like Shayne McIntyre!!! We might have been there for Matt & Amiee’s maternity photos, but I’m pretty sure the shot with Shayne will be their favorite!

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Family Portraits at the Beach

The Many Faces of Charlie O’

Hanging out with 10-week old baby Charlie and his parents at their home in Little Italy could not have been better. This kid…oh my gosh…seriously!!! (If you think you can handle the cuteness, click on any image to see the full gallery.)

Belly Photos on the Beach

Before little McKinley makes her way into this world soon, Shannele & Mike wanted to do some family and belly photos on the beach. We actually had to reschedule this maternity photo session from the morning before due to iffy weather. Looks like we made the right call ~ this afternoon at La Coast Walk was amazing! Here is just a sneak peak, with more to come shortly:

Children’s Portraits

Back in December, we ran out of daylight when shooting family portraits for these cuties. So, this was our make-up session for Teddy & Lola’s portraits at the Catamaran Resort(click on images to see the full gallery)

Family Photos on the Beach in La Jolla

This busy family of 7, including baby Lilly and her 4 siblings hit up Windansea Beach and The Shack for some family portraits on the sand before they depart for Japan. They wanted a momento of their time here in San Diego, and all the fun days spent at the beach. Although it was overcast, windy and cold, these kids were so sweet and well behaved – kuddos to their Mom & Dad!

We knew that it was time to wrap it up when a tsunami came through…

and when Lilly said ALL DONE! (ha, ha!)