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Archive for November, 2011

Del Mar

This upscale beach town in San Diego County is known for thoroughbred racing and a quaint downtown with good shopping and excellent restaurants. The beaches here are some of San Diego’s best and with a permit, you can get married on one.


L’Auberge Del Mar

The upscale resort L’Auberge in the heart of Del Mar is a favorite wedding venue among San Diego wedding photographers, known for sunsets, ocean views and sophisticated hospitality. This venue is convenient for beach weddings or events on one of their on-site terraces. It also happens to be home of Kitchen 1540, one of the top restaurants in Del Mar.

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The Grand Del Mar

This brand new, enormous, mediterranean-style resort in Del Mar was the first hotel and spa in the U.S. to receive Forbes’ highest triple five star rating. This upscale San Diego wedding venue, which cost 270 million dollars to build, has been the site of celebrity events and weddings.


Grande Colonial Hotel

This historic hotel in the heart of downtown La Jolla can be an ideal location for couples planning a small wedding who may also be interested in doing their wedding portraits on the beach. Many of the hotel rooms also have amazing views of the ocean.


The Lodge at Torrey Pines

You dont’ have to be a golfer to understand the beauty of this world-famous location perched on the Torrey Pines cliffs above Black’s Beach and the ocean. Everything at this high-end La Jolla venue is big, and they can handle weddings of any size.


Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa

This large resort in La Jolla has a quaint and charming feel and reminds me a lot of high-end resorts I’ve photographed in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The wedding ceremony sites and reception options here all very different from one another and each offer their own unique qualities.


Darlington House

This Historical site in the middle of a quiet neighborhood in La Jolla is a villa available for weddings under 200 people. It has an eclectic mix of cultural influences and aside from hosting your wedding at a private home, this is probably the most unique wedding venue in La Jolla.


Kenny + Mei Zee | Austin, Texas Wedding

When I met this couple at their wedding venue, the Barr Mansion, in the winter while in Austin to teach a photography workshop, it was gray and cold and the reception hall was being rebuilt after a devastating fire. But by the time the wedding day came, this place surrounding this old Victorian house was transformed and I was excited to shoot there. Just as Mei Zee was about to put her wedding dress on, a guy in a white tank top was pulled over by police in front of the house, given a drunk driving test and subsequently arrested as we all watched from the second floor windows. During the ceremony, noises from the tow truck made people laugh as a worker prepared to take the guys car away. Photos by Brett Butterstein and Christopher Capozziello.

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Hotel Del Coronado

Named the “number-one wedding destination in America” by the Travel Channel, the Hotel Del Coronado is a famous, beautiful wedding venue for indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions. This hotel is one of San Diego’s best places for beach weddings.


La Jolla Wedding Bowl

This small public park on a bluff above the ocean has incredible views and lots of potential for amazing wedding ceremony photos. It is a ceremony-only site and requires a city permit.

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