Hilton Torrey Pines Wedding : A Photographer’s Guide to an Amazing La Jolla Venue!

May 14, 2020

If you’re planning your big day and interested in having your celebration in La Jolla, then you should consider a Hilton Torrey Pines wedding!

Here’s a rundown of the topics covered in this article:

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Hilton Torrey Pines Wedding Spaces

The Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines has many event spaces from which to choose (download a floor plan here). However, most weddings and receptions take place in just a few spots, which I’ll describe below.

Ballroom Terrace

The ballroom terrace sits between the Parterre Garden and the main ballroom. This outdoor space is perfect for cocktail hour because of its spectacular views!

Parterre Garden

This is the ultimate space at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. For instance, the long walkway leads directly from the hotel down to the ceremony space. It makes the ultimate entrance for any bride! In addition, it overlooks Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean, so your guests will have a magnificent view of your La Jolla wedding!

Photo Spots During Your Hilton Torrey Pines Wedding

There are so many great spots at the Hilton Torrey pines for proper photos of your entire day! Here are some of my favorite photo spots of all the events of your wedding!

Best Spot for First Look Photos

The best spot, hands-down, for first look photos is the foyer outside of the Grande Ballroom. The Hilton refers to this as a “Pre-Function Area” but it’s a foyer 😉

first look hilton torrey pines wedding

The foyer has a section of semi-circular, floor-to-ceiling windows that face the Parterre Garden, which is the main ceremony space. The light is spectacular! In addition, the space is large so there’s plenty of room for multiple photographers to shoot different angles.

Furthermore, if your reception is in the Grande Ballroom, this foyer will be fairly private.

Best Spot for Bridal Party Photos

Your bridal party is such special part of your big day. So the entire group should be photographed in a truly special spot!

bridal party on ballroom terrace hilton torrey pines wedding

My favorite spot at the Hilton Torrey Pines for bridal party photos is the Ballroom Terrace.

Best Spots for Bride and Groom Photos

There are so many great spots to take pictures after your Hilton Torrey Pines wedding. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order.

Lobby Staircase and Balcony

This spot doesn’t sound super interesting, but it is really pretty! There are two main spots I like: the actual staircase and the balcony on the upper level.

The staircase (left) has two flights that lead off the first landing, giving it this amazing geometry! The balcony (right) is semi-circular and has windows all around, so the light is amazing. In addition, there are spotlights that are perfectly placed to illuminate the couple for night shots!

Parterre Garden Walkway

With it’s long, leading line and wonderful greenery, this spot is pretty much a no-brainer!

The terrace near the building offers elevation, so you can get photos from a few different angles! In addition, shooting the other way gives you the Hilton’s amazing architecture as a backdrop!

Hedges Adjacent to Parterre Garden

Along either side of the Parterre Garden are two large rows of hedges that make for great photo spots!

The image on the left is taken on the left side of the Parterre Garden (looking toward the golf course). I like this spot because it has a half hedge on one side. This allows more light in and, in addition, allows for the palm trees in the background to show up.

Similarly, hedge on the right side of the garden features a narrow walkway behind yet another row of tall hedges. This spot is great for those private, romantic bride and groom portraits!

Grande Ballroom Reception Photos : Hilton Torrey Pines Wedding

The Grande Ballroom is the Hilton’s largest ballroom with seating for thousands. Too big? No problem, the air walls can be closed to accommodate any size wedding!

The Grande Ballroom is elegantly adorned, yet simple enough that you can bring in whatever decor you want. In addition, the large pre-function area is a great gathering spot for guests as they enter–perfect for a table with your escort cards!

The Grande Ballroom’s size makes it the perfect space for large, elaborate celebrations. From a huge dance floor to a stage for a 10-piece band, the Grande Ballroom is your spot for a spectacular

Check out these great photo from a recent reception at the Grande Ballroom!

Pros and Cons of a Hilton Torrey Pines Wedding

Here are my pros and cons for a Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines wedding:

Pros

  • Wide variety of spaces that can handle any size event.
  • Ballrooms are blank canvases, so you can add any type of decor you want (see also “Cons” below).
  • Gorgeous grounds and amenities.
  • Guaranteed tee-times at Torrey Pines golf course.

Cons

  • It’s a big property, capable of holding many events at once. So, your wedding may not be the only event on your chosen day.
  • Aside from what’s at the hotel, you’ll need to drive to other restaurants, bars and shopping.
  • The ballrooms are large and essentially blank, which means you have to bring in your own decor.

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