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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!

Three Reasons to Get Married at the Colony Palms Hotel

Palm Springs has long been a favorite wedding destination. Gorgeous weather, plenty of venues and old Hollywood charm put it high on the lists of couples who want an immersive wedding experience for their guests.

But not all venues are created equal. Some are large resorts with little personality and a lost-amongst-the-weeds feel, while others lack the true mid-century modern vibe that makes Palm Springs famous.

We’ve photographed plenty of Palm Springs weddings, but our favorite venue by far is the Colony Palms Hotel. Read on for why it’s our favorite Palm Springs wedding venue!

Gorgeous Surroundings

Since 1936, the Colony Palms Hotel has been known as one of Palm Springs’ most iconic and luxurious downtown hotels. The property is surrounded by lush vegetation, Spanish-inspired architecture and, of course, amazing views of the surrounding mountains.

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The hotel features 57 guest rooms, suites and casitas, brilliantly colored with original mosaic tiles and fabrics, rich woods, and black-and-white vintage photos. Most guest rooms open to a lush central courtyard and lively pool. Each room offers luxurious linens and modern amenities to enhance your stay.

When it comes to dining, the Purple Palm has it all. The Purple Palm's approachable menu of California fare and their cleverly crafted cocktail list serve as reminders of the Colony Palms' colorful and rambunctious past.

Central Location

Located one block off the city’s main design district, the Colony Palms Hotel just steps from shopping, dining and wandering.

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Palm Springs is a relatively short drive from every major metropolitan area in Southern California. What’s more, the hotel is a 10-minute drive from Palm Springs airport—perfect if you’re expecting guests flying in from out of town.

Intimate Venue

With 57 guest rooms, suites and casitas, the Colony Palms Hotel is the perfect size for most weddings!

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The hotel also offers a full buyout option! So if you’re planning a wedding weekend extravaganza, the Colonly Palms Hotel is the perfect option!

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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