Top 10 Elopement Beach Locations in San Diego | Southern California Elopement Photographer

Updated: Apr 11, 2021

Here it is guys, my top 10 favorite beaches to have an epic elopement wedding or engagement!! We are lucky to be here in San Diego with coasts that span for miles and sunshine for days, I think I can speak for most people when I say the beach is awesome! Calling all my salty haired babes!! You might be thinking how different can these beaches be from each other, it's just sand + water, right?! The reality is we have everything from epic cliffs, trendy coastlines, urban options and beaches that include architecture or something a bit on the quiet side for those looking to escape the crowds. I promise there is something here for everyone! I have included a description of each beach along with lots of examples. Lifestyle & family sessions all work really well within these locations. If you have questions on permits you can visit this link for more info! Now on to the fun stuff...

  1. La Jolla Wind & Sea: Unique rock formations and waves that break at the shoreline, this a great photo spot for elopements, engagements & families! Bonus: you don't have to get married in the sand to be at the beach here, lots of cool rocks overlooking the ocean and much easier to stand in if you are planning on wearing heels :)

2. La Jolla Glider Port/Blacks Beach: San Diego's very own nude beach is probably not the spot you would think of for a romantic portrait session. Good news! You don't have to see naked people if you don't want to because they are down a bajillion steps (ok ONLY 200 lol). If you want an epic cliffside view with hang gliders floating on by in the background? This IS the spot! If you crave a little adventure then I say bring the hiking boots, be ready to see a few nude bodies and you can have the variety of cliffside and beach side photo's. The best part about this beach, if you go down, is that it's generally pretty quite bc access is not the easiest. Great for shy couples! Getting down is one thing and getting back up is entirely another, plan on scheduling a bit more time if you'd love to join the cliffs and beach together. Bring lot's of water for this one :)

3. Scripps Pier & Seaside Forum: Looooooots of architectural elements here, yes there's the beach, but there's also all this other fun stuff to be photographed around. The pedestrian bridge is also very close and adds even more cool lines and shapes. I didn't include photo's of the rose garden but that is here too! Scripps Seaside Forum is a popular wedding venue in San Diego. You can also bring your furry friend along for the last hour before the sun sets!

4. La Jolla Wedding Bowl: Lots of cool variety with this spot and some nearby wedding venues include Cuvier Club as well as La Jolla Women's club OR you can get a permit for the wedding bowl itself. There's a beautiful church nearby with seashells on it, the beach features a large rock wall. This beach has a lot of elements and it's worth noting getting down to the actual beachside from this area would require lots of walking to get to where the stairs are. There is an ice cream truck permanently parked at the top if you want to stop for a quick treat! This area can get crowded and you will surely get cheered on & congratulated by all the people passing by.