Top Budget Friendly & Affordable San Diego Wedding Locations

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Affordable & Budget Friendly San Diego Wedding Venues

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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

Top wedding photographer La Jolla San Diego - best most affordable wedding locations in San Diego for ocean view sunset wedding on the beachRachel McFarlin Photography

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Featured Photographer in Bridal Magazine

Hey~hey ~ what a day! I was chosen as one of the featured photographers for the current issue of Nuptials Bridal Magazine! The publisher had seen my work at a bridal show and said the my use of colors really caught her eye. There are so many amazing photographers out in the market place, and I’m just really awed that she thought that her readers would like seeing my work.
Check out my images on Pages 6, 12 and the full page spread on 13/14!

Sometimes the stars (or in this case the sun, sand and surf) all align…

Sometimes the stars (or in this case the sun, sand and surf) all align to make the world seem just perfect for a minute. Tracey & Andrew’s family (yes, this is a real family and not paid models) joined me at The Shack on Windansea Beach in stunning La Jolla to capture their family holiday photos. What a joy it was for me.

Bernardo Winery Family Portraits


The M was actually there on the barn wall, just waiting all this time for us to discover it and take the Mitchell family’s picture in front of it. Bernardo Winery

Sunset Family Photos at Windansea Beach

This beach has a life of it’s own. I have been here more times than I can count, and it has never looked the same twice. Never. I love it – love it – love it!

Bernardo Winery & Ranch

Happiness is ~ ~ ~ hanging out with the Roppe’s. And this morning in particular, we spent at Bernardo Winery taking advantage of their fall leaves and old barn wood walls. Besides photos, we spent time getting giddy over the fact that LAURA’S BOOK, “ROCK’N THE PINK” IS NOW AVAILABLE ON PRE-ORDER THROUGH AMAZON. HOLY AWESOMENESS!!! I wish that I had a dollar for every time Laura gave me goosebumps.

Family Holiday Photos with an Urban Twist

So, we took this in Pacific Beach, but you would not know it from the looks of things. We borrowed the exterior of Urban Outfitters for our family portrait photo session.

Family Portraits at the Winery

Last weekend was such a blast for me. I got to work with several of my families that are also personal friends, and who have helped me hone my photo skills over the years. We hit up Bernardo Winery, with their cool barns, vineyards, cobblestone walkways and fall leaves to serve as the backdrop. I am SO glad that we did!

Family Portraits

We intended to take these on the beach, but as happens often with children, they have other plans. Ha, ha! I think that it all worked out for the best actually, as the lighting in the shade provided us with some beautiful portraits!

Holiday Card Family Portrait Time

The Shack at Windansea was the perfect backdrop for the Levine’s Family Portrait on the Beach…

And a little silliness, just for good measure…