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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I hope you don’t mind getting wet…

Tara and Nigel came all the way out to San Diego to have their ceremony at the stunning LDS Temple, and then we headed down to Windansea Beach in La Jolla just before sunset to take a few more pictures. I feel so lucky that asked me to take these photos. This is just a tiny sneak peak at the memorable beauty of these North Carolinian’s special wedding and family vacation/celebration…

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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La Jolla Coast Walk Trail & Beach – Engagement Photos

These La Jolla natives picked some of their favorite spots, like the La Jolla Coast Walk Trail & Bridge situated above the La Jolla Caves, as well as Coast Blvd. Park Beach for their engagement photos. Next up…their Windansea Wedding!!!

Vineyards & Windmills at Bernardo Winery

Set among the vineyards and windmills at Bernardo Winery, Steph & Frankie wanted a warm sunset glow feel for Nadia’s portraits. I think we achieved just that! And I had a little fun playing around with some editing techniques too…

Destination Wedding

A small group of friends came into San Diego for an intimate destination beach wedding along the white sands, aqua marine sea and wind shaped rocks of the always amazing shores of La Jolla, California.

Engagement Photos – La Jolla, CA

Family Portraits at the Beach

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: