WEDDING photos: San Diego County Administration Building

May 8, 2019

WEDDING photos: San Diego County Administration Building

These two were some cool cats! It was just the two of them at the ceremony! They were celebrating the next day with close family. I was even their witness!! I was so honored and I felt it brought me even closer to them to sign as their witness!

For those of you thinking of doing a San Diego Courthouse wedding, it’s very simple. You arrive to the San Diego County Administration center at your assigned time. You pass through a small security and head upstairs. Check in and pay your marriage license fee and fill some paperwork. Then you in a few minutes you will be called in to get the ceremony done. You can ask for outside, unless it’s raining then they have a room inside.

Ahhhh how cute is this bride!!! I can’t even! And her bouquet, I love how simple it is! She is just too cool! Have you looked at her heels!!! She got them off ASOS, I of course checked online ASAP and unfortunately they are out of the blue :/ but there is black, but the blue are so much cooler!!! Ahh #bridegoals

I seriously wanted to photograph these two ALL DAY!! I could not get enough! The lighting was perfect. FYI their appointment time was 3:30pm and I think we were done with the ceremony by 4pm. We were the last ones for the day, so we got to take our time in front of the arch. Then I moved over to the palm trees 🙂

I mean I just died and went to Hawaii Heaven!! Doesn’t it look like we jet setted over to Maui!?! This is why I keep saying that I love San Diego Courthouse weddings!! The location offers such diverse backdrops, it’s a photographers dream! Is it weird that I want to frame this last photo of her in a 24 X 36 and hang it in my home office? Just a little? She just looks so gorgeous!!

From palm tree oasis, we go to some industrial, minimal backdrops. Again, thank you San Diego Courthouse Admin Center!

Less is definitely more! I love the lines and geometric shapes!

As photographers, you learn to frame your photos to make it look like you are totally somewhere else! It’s super fun and really makes you think creatively!

Formal wedding portraits are the most fun of a wedding. Besides the emotional ceremony, which I will almost always tear up, I love shooting the formal portraits. The more time is allowed for it, the better. I am realizing that I would love to do more elopement style weddings! A few guests, or just the wedding couple themselves. And let’s go the distance, literally, I would love to do a road trip destination for an elopement or fly too, hey I have a passport and a Sentri Card, let’s do this!

For a little cool down, we moved over to the water fountains. Oh ya, they got pitted!! This is a San Diego surf town after all! 🙂 And yes, that is a plan in the background too 🙂 Seriously this place is so giving!! It provides, as my playa people would say!

Circled our way back around the building…

Then we headed a little south and went to Downtown San Diego, The Gaslamp area.

I had always seen this mural painted by Kelsey Montague and I thought it would be a great backdrop pop of color! The bride and groom were all for it!

These are definitely some merry blues!

Then our last stop, was of course, Scripps Beach. The groom told me that he had proposed to his bride to be at the beach in Malibu and so they wanted to circle back and get their toes in the sand! How sweet! As you can tell, they changed into something more casual but still cute 🙂 I think the striped romper was from Target.

There were a ton of people shooting under the pier, so I let them have their sunset photo and then I asked if it was ok for us to shoot under the pier. Which of course they said it was 🙂 Photo courtesy.



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