Best Wedding Venues and Photography Moments 2016

Dec 31, 2016

John and the guys enjoy a little treat before the ceremony a the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. The fairmont hotel is a wonderful wedding venue and offers so many great opportunities for wedding photos. The venue is classic and there is so much attention to detail in the architecture of the resort that really anywhere is a good place to shoot.


We were lucky to get to photograph several beautiful couples in some of the best wedding venues in amazing and unique places throughout 2016.  We pulled out some of our favorite wedding photography moments.  We hope you enjoy! We traveled to Mexico for a destination wedding, as well as Napa for a wedding in wine country. We also shot up in Mt. Shasta, and Los Angeles as well as across San Diego county. It is difficult to say what the best wedding venue of the year is, so we decided to list some photos from a variety of awesome and unique locations for a wedding in San Diego, or elsewhere. In the process, it becomes clear that the ways in which many of our clients make weddings are a reflection of who they are as a couple, what they find fun, and/or their cultural backgrounds. The best wedding photography should capture the essence of who you are as a couple in order to be authentic, honest, and meaningful.

Bride and groom embrace in California Tower at Balboa Park San DiegoAmanda and Warren enjoy the view from the newly opened California Tower in Balboa Park. If your wedding venue is located in Balboa Park checkout the California Tower and arrange a private tour. It is a unique place for some couple photos on your wedding day. It is located upstairs inside the San Diego Museum of Man.

Groom stands next to horse in unexpected wedding moment at family's stablesBrice and his friend pose for a portrait at their family’s stables during their rustic and classy outdoor wedding. The unexpected moments sometimes make for great wedding photography and memories. (We have another shot of the horse eating a boutonnière!) We have shot many weddings around Rancho Santa Fe and some of the best venues are often the family’s own back yard/property/estate.Groom lifts bride in air during first dance at destination wedding in Baja MexicoKate and Lance perform an epic first dance

Casa de los Siete Patios, Baja

A detail shot of Groom and Bride's dress and tux and flowersCourtney and Chris hold on tight in a moment before the ceremony

Flying Cloud Farm, Petaluma

Mariachi jumps in air with guitar at Wedding at NTC ChapelHiring a Mariachi band for your wedding ceremony or reception is a great idea and a wonderful way to include some of the local San Diego culture into your special day. This candid wedding photo was taken at North Chapel, NTC Liberty Station. In recent years Liberty Station has become a premier wedding location filled with all sorts of options for wedding venues. There are a few options including the chapel and also Brick.

Bride and Groom sit in pews after their wedding at the Mission San Diego De AcalaCecily and Derek in the pews after the ceremony at the historic Mission San Diego de Acala.    Grandparents kiss during wedding ceremony with guests not noticingGrandma and Grandpa steal a kiss as the ceremony begins.

Rancho Santa FeRed wedding dress hangs in the woods on a pine tree in Mt. Shasta CA at secluded wedding venueKrista’s Red Dress wedding dress hangs in the woods on a pine tree in Mt. Shasta CA at a secluded wedding venue deep in the woods. This was a true Shasta Wedding.

Flower girl watches longingly as bride puts on bracelet before wedding ceremonyFlower girl and ring bearer look on as Jenn gets into her dress

Fairmont Grand Del MarBridal bouquet with succulents resting on agave plant San Diego ca The Inn at Rancho Santa FeSucculent bouquet

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

long bridal veil catches wind in sunlight as bride walks through hotel lobby at L'auberge wedding venueKatelyn’s veil

L’Auberge Del MarGroomsmen sit in pool chairs dressed in suits in downtown LA before their classic weddingGroomsmen by the pool

Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles

Groom with bowtie stands in light in Balboa Park against concrete wallNick in the light

Balboa ParkVintage bottle of whisky is poured at the grand del mar weddingThe Pour

Fairmont Grand del Mar

Wedding photo of Bride and Groom hugging after wedding at Green Gables Estate in San Marcos, CANatalie and Luis, first look

Green Gables Wedding Estate

Wedding photo of Bride and Groom hugging after wedding at Green Gables Estate in San Marcos, CAFlower girl walks into Katie’s portrait

Rancho Santa Fewedding rings on topographical map Mt shasta weddingKrista and Brian’s rings lie on the location of their wedding

Shasta Weddings, Mt. ShastaRustic outdoor Wedding venue in woods with market lightsReception amidst the giant pines

Shasta Weddings, Mt. ShastaBride and Groom hug outside the old school house at a vintage historic wedding venue twin oaksSarah and Eric embrace after their ceremony

Twin Oaks House and Garden Estate, San Marcos

Bride is red wedding dress kisses groom in woods at outdoor wedding surrounded by pine treesKrista and Brian in the afternoon light

Shasta Weddings, Mt. ShastaBride and maid oh honor jump on bed during wedding at Casa De Los Siete Patios in Baja MexicoKate and her Maid of Honor jump the nerves out before the ceremony

Casa de los Siete Patios, BajaRing bearer sleeps at Mission Basilica in San DiegoRing bearer takes a break during the ceremony

Mission Basilica San Diego de AcalaWedding Party laughing outside city hall in Los AngelesRing bearer on the rails

City Hall, Los AngelesRing bearer dances at wedding reception a Green GablesRing bearer clears the floor

Green Gables, San MarcosWedding guests sing and rock out at reception at twin oaks garden estateLast dance of the evening

Twin Oaks Garden Estate, San MarcosGroomsman

Rancho Santa FeBride wearing a satin wedding dress and long veil walks through L'Auberge lobbyKatelyn by the window

L’Auberge, Del MarBridal with simple classy wedding dress in Balboa ParkJackie

Balboa Parkfather of the bride walks his daughter down the isle at outdoor wedding ceremonyKatie pauses to take in the moment before walking down the aisle

Rancho Santa FeBride walks down the isle with her children at the homestead in Oak Glen near riversideChristina is walked down the aisle by her three sons. The emotion on their faces and the face of the mother of the groom (to the right of the frame) really displays the gravity and meaningfulness of this moment in their lives. Their venue was nestled away in the woods up in in the mountains near Riverside.

The Homestead, Oak Glen

Groom looks lovingly at his bride during ceremony on stage at Spreckels Organ Pavilion Warren face says it all.

Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa ParkBride wipes tear during toasts at Fairmont Grand Del Mar weddingJenn wipes a tear during her sister’s toast

Fairmont Grand Del MarOut back at Studio 11 los angeles CAJudy and David take a rooftop break to let their dog run

Studio 11, Los Angeles

Balboa Park hallway photo of wedding party and bride laughingJackie and the bridesmaids

Balboa ParkMacaroons served as late night snack in Los Angeles at Studio 11 Macaroons

Studio 11, Los AngelesBride and groom with wedding party laughing outside disney concert hall los angeles Judy and David, surrounded by their friends

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los AngelesMarried couple kissing with view of downtown san diego in backgroundTahna and Kyle

San Diego Convention CenterBride and Groom in alleyway between brick walls looking into eachothers eyesJudy and David in the alley

Studio 11, Los AngelesCouple kiss at top of outdoor staircase with sky and clouds at First Methodist Church in San DiegoBlue skies and moon for Brianna and Jon

First United Methodist Church of San Diego




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