San Diego Weddings

Three Reasons to Get Married at the Hotel Del Coronado

The iconic Hotel Del Coronado is near the top of our favorite San Diego Wedding venues! Here are three reasons to consider a Hotel Del Coronado wedding!

Jaw-Dropping Beauty

With the stark red and white exterior and the towering spire atop the Grand Ballroom, the Hotel Del Coronado is a beacon of the San Diego coast. From the first glimpse of the hotel as you cross the Coronado Bridge to the minute you set foot inside this historic structure, there is beauty at every turn.

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A Venue for Every Event Size

From the earthy charm of the private Del Beach to the grand elegance of the Crown Room, the Hotel Del Coronado offers a venue for any event of any size!

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For more information on the various venues the Hotel Del Coronado can offer for your wedding, click here!

Amazing Views

Situated right on the beach, the Hotel Del Coronado has no shortage of amazing views!

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Peer to the west to view the cliffs of Point Loma. A look to the east sees more of San Diego’s iconic coastline. Look straight south and, well, the Pacific Ocean ain’t bad at all ;-)

Hotel Del Coronado Wedding Photos

Over the years, we’ve photographed many gorgeous weddings at the Hotel Del Coronado. Browse the gallery below for some of the best Hotel Del Coronado wedding photos!

Five Reasons Why You Should Get Married at Vista Valley Country Club

I’ve lived in North County all my life and, as a photographer, have shot weddings in San Diego at nearly every venue. But a few years back I was booked to shoot a wedding at Vista Valley Country Club. I’d never heard of it but, as it turns out, it has been a hidden gem for decades. Recently, the club has been renovated by new owners and turned into a wedding venue unlike any other in San Diego County.

A Little Slice of France

Vista Valley Country Club and its sister property, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, sit nestled on 450 private acres in a secluded valley in Vista, California, 40 miles north of San Diego. The new owners—self-admitted Francophiles—designed the club to reflect the their trips to France. This Provençal style is mirrored throughout the property, which is decorated with countless French antiques— acquired during the Havens’ French buying trips.

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Amazing Bridal Suite

Every wedding photographer in San Diego has their own personal list of their favorite bridal suites. Near the top of mine is the bridal suite at Vista Valley Country Club. It has everything a bride could want: ample space, beautiful light and gorgeous decor.

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Incredible Ceremony Space

As if the bridal suite weren’t enough, the ceremony space is even more jaw dropping!

Created with historical significance, Vista Valley Country Club's ceremony site boasts 18th Century Gates and Columns imported from Provence, France, unique Antique Stone Windows reclaimed from the 1700 L'Orangerie in the South of France, and shade timbers ordered in the 1730s by George Washington!

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Serenity and Seclusion

Vista Valley Country Club sits in a narrow valley in rural northeastern Vista, between I-15 and Vista proper. Unlike many wedding venues in San Diego, VVCC only hosts one wedding per day, so you’re getting dedicated service from the club’s friendly staff. Because it’s so secluded, it incredibly quiet and serene.

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Great Spots for Wedding Photography

As a wedding photographer in San Diego, I’m always on the lookout for amazing spots to photography my amazing couples. At VVCC, there’s no shortage of amazing locations. Plus, the imported French antiques make your images feel like you’re actually in France!

But my absolute FAVORITE spot on the property is a simple tree on the tee box of the golf course’s 12th hole. The tree sits atop a rise and, late in the afternoon, when the light is just right, its a location unlike any other wedding photo location in San Diego!

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So there you have it—five reasons why you should get married at Vista Valley Country Club!

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St Malo Beach Wedding

I've been blessed to photograph some amazing weddings in California.  But near the top of my favorites list has to be this St Malo Beach wedding in Oceanside.

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Although Brittany hails from SoCal, she and Dave live and work in New York.  One of the first things they did was plan the wedding around her family home in St. Malo Beach.  The private, gate-guarded community is one of the best beach wedding venues in San Diego.

The Mother of All Reception Transformations

Since St. Malo is a residential neighborhood, the only place to have a decent-sized wedding reception is an old, beat-up tennis court.  It requires bringing in everything:  linens, tables, chairs, food...EVERYTHING.  But when you have a stylist and coordinator like Platinum Weddings by Kerrie, the largest and most complex transformations are a breeze.

A Dream Team of Wedding Vendors

Brittany and Dave's St Malo Beach wedding featured a dream team of vendors.  First and foremost, Kerrie Petrie from Platinum Weddings by Kerrie.  Her styling acumen and management skills were just what were required to pull off this amazing event.  Brittany's gown was designed by the one and only Suzanne Neville.  Floral design was done by one of my favorites, Isari Flower Studio.  Catering and bar service was done by Waters Catering.  Entertainment was done by the amazing DeBois Entertainment.  Wedding cake by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

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Rancho Santa Fe Romantic Garden Wedding

One of San Diego's Best Wedding Venues

Tucked away in the hills northeast of San Diego lies one of the area's best wedding venues:  The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.  The property sits like an oracle, raised on a hill at the very western end of the Village of Rancho Santa Fe.  Its grounds, lush with vibrant lawns and colorful plants, make it the perfect place for a garden wedding and reception.

A Great Venue for a Romantic Garden Wedding

There are a handful of areas on the property to hold a wedding.  Los Angeles residents Shelley and Barry opted to hold their wedding ceremony on the lower lawn, which, for the guests, has wonderful views looking back toward the property.  Their reception was held on the Azalea Lawn, tucked away from the rest of the property and hotel guests, underneath soft market lights and surrounded by foliage.

Amazing Wedding Vendors

Their wedding was coordinated and styled by one of my favorites, Molly of Tres Chic Affairs.  Her eye for styling and her ability to manage even the most difficult projects makes her one of Southern California's most sought-after wedding planners.  Cake and desserts were provided by Hey There Cupcake! and the iconic VG Donuts.  Floral design was done by the one and only Bespoke Floral and Event Design.  Finally, hair and makeup was provided by SoCal Hair and Makeup.

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