San Diego Courthouse Wedding + La Jolla Beach Elopement | Billie Jo + Erik

May 29, 2020

San Diego Courthouse Wedding | BilSan Diego Courthouse Wedding + La Jolla Beach Elopement | Billie Jo + Erik

For those wanting to get married at the San Diego courthouse it looks like starting June 1, 2020 the wait is over! I just checked the San Diego Marriage License website and they state that the downtown office will open up and appointments can be made! Please refer to their website for confirmation and the latest news. As a San Diego wedding photographer, I am so excited to be back at the San Diego Courthouse to be shooting these intimate weddings! Not only the courthouse, but also shooting at surrounding areas for your couples portrait session.

This couples portrait elopement session was taken around some areas in La Jolla. They had their marriage license appointment around midday, so I suggested we start later in the day as there is better lighting. They booked a 2 hour session with me, so we started 2 hours before sunset time. Billie Jo had found me through instagram and had read my post about How to Get Married at the Courthouse and was ready to execute her shoot! I am glad my guide was helpful and she even booked her florist through one of my suggestions, Levant Lane. It was a beautiful bouquet!

I was taken away by the love of these two! Erik was getting deployed in just a few days so it really made this session extra special I wanted them to enjoy their wedding day and this time together before he would leave for a couple months. I also wanted to work diligently to make sure they could see their edited gallery before Erik was deployed.

Covid-19 has caused many challenges in the wedding industry and has forced many couples to postpone or cancel their weddings. Fortunately being able to have your marriage license issued and having a ceremony at the San Diego Courthouse allows for some positivity during these circumstances. At the end of the day, it’s about the two of you and having this intimate wedding or San Diego elopement celebration reminds the two of you that this is about the two of you.

We went to a tree covered area and then over by a meadow and finishing up on the rocks at a cliffside in La Jolla.


Photographer: Melissa Montoya Photography
Dress: David’s Bridal
Bouquet: Levant Lane
Hair: Improving Always
Suit: Express


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