Sandy beaches, magnificent cliffs, elegant venues – it’s easy to see why couples are so quickly drawn to La Jolla Beach wedding and engagement spots! With so many beautiful locations within this San Diego beach town, how do you decide where to take photos?
La Jolla Beach Wedding and Engagement Locations
The beaches and coastline are typically the immediate spots that come to mind when thinking about where to take engagement or wedding photos in La Jolla, but don’t feel limited to those locations! I’ve listed out 16 different locations and venues to consider when wanting to take your wedding or engagement pictures here.
While this may be known as San Diego’s nude beach, hear me out for a minute! This is actually a really awesome place to take photos – NOT because of the lack of clothing.
With the ocean in front of you and the breathtaking cliffs behind you, there’s a good variety of backdrops in this one location. What I also love about this spot is that when it comes to what you can wear for your engagement session outfit, both casual and dressy, flowy outfits work really well. And, because it is a nude beach, there tends to be fewer people around. Just be prepared for a potential hike to get here!
La Jolla Bridge Club
If you’re drawn to the cove and looking for a venue near this, you can’t get much closer to it than at the La Jolla Bridge Club. It’s literally steps away from the cove! One thing to note about this location is that while you do have a private space, there are usually tourists all around the building, since it’s right by the main walking path.
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Not only does this hotel overlook the ocean, you also get a fantastic view of the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course (which is amaaaazing – if I played golf, I’m pretty sure I’d spend all my time on this course)! Overall, this is a beautiful spot for a wedding – if you decide to do a first look there are some great backdrops here, and it’s pretty easy to sneak away to Torrey Pines Reserve for couple portraits!
La Jolla Cove and Park
I’ll be honest, this is not my favorite place in La Jolla to shoot around, but it’s still worth mentioning. It’s typically PACKED with tourists (especially on the weekends), and there’s nothing incredibly unique about this spot. Can we still take beautiful photos of you and your man here? Totally! But just know that I probably won’t recommend this as a top spot to photograph you two at. :)
La Valencia Hotel
With a view of La Jolla Cove, La Valencia is a gorgeous location for a San Diego wedding. It’s pink exterior, unique black and white checkered flooring in the ballroom, and lush greenery helps to set a romantic scene to be married at. Plus, you’re a quick drive away from the beach for couple portraits!
La Jolla Shores
This is probably the most iconic beach location in La Jolla. With Scripps Pier sitting just north of the shores and the cove visible to the south, this spot is truly beautiful. It is a pretty popular location, so if you’re looking to avoid the crowds while shooting here, I recommend a weekday engagement shoot during the winter!
This is probably one of my favorite spots to shoot for a La Jolla beach wedding or engagement session! It’s one of the lesser known locations, in La Jolla meaning that in general, there are fewer people around. This spot is killer for sunset, and if you’re willing to stand on the rocks with the waves crashing behind you, it can look pretty epic!
Martin Johnson House
Cypress trees, a rustic cottage, and views of the beach – the Martin Johnson House is nothing short of charming when it comes to wedding locations! It’s located super close to Scripps Pier and La Jolla Shores, so there are a variety of spots to take photos at.
Outdoor ceremonies held at this modern venue that overlook La Jolla Shores here are absolutely breathtaking. Pair that with palm trees in front of a sunset filled with pastel pinks and purples, and this venue sits near the top of my favorite La Jolla Beach wedding spots.
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Being an art major during college, you could say that I visited MOCA once or twice… (more like 20-30 times haha). This is a fun space for weddings, especially if you have an appreciation for art and want some unique wedding decor as a part of your theme! And, like many of the other venues on this list, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump from the sandy beaches.
Located between the Shores and Blacks Beach is Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier. While you can’t take photos ON the pier (since it’s used for research), you can take pictures under it. Like La Jolla Shores, directly under the pier can be pretty crowded (we’re talking numerous photo sessions going on at once), so I recommend avoiding this spot during the summer months.
Torrey Pines State Reserve
If you want a little more nature in your shoot other than the beach, Torrey Pines might give you the vibes you’re looking for. With numerous paths for us to stroll along in this reserve, I feel like I can go here countless times and am always finding new spots to photograph couples for engagements and weddings!
La Jolla Woman’s Club
If you want a mix of the beach and La Jolla’s village, the Woman’s Club is a perfect combination of the two! It’s a short block away from the ocean, and this historic building is filled with charm, from its traditional arches to the vine-covered pergola. Additionally, there are 2 ceremony sites you can choose to tie the knot at on the property!
Torrey Pines Lodge
This has, hands-down, the BEST view of the Torrey Pines Golf Course. If you’re planning on staying at the hotel the night before your wedding, waking up to a view like this is a pretty great way to start your wedding off on the right foot. And, if we plan to take photos of you and your hubby along the course during sunset, it is absolutely magical. The lodge is designed in a Craftsman style which works beautifully for a variety of classy and elegant wedding themes that couples have here.
If you want to have an intimate ceremony basically steps away from the ocean, the Wedding Bowl (AKA Curvier Park) is a hot spot to get married. It’s so popular that if multiple couples want to get married on the same day, they do a lottery to determine who can use that location!
Similar to Nicholson Point, this beach is definitely not as crowded as some other La Jolla beach engagement locations, but you can get some dreamy photos here! Depending on your engagement outfit and shoe choice, it can be a little challenging to get to this beach (so I recommend wearing flats or going barefoot)! Also, be sure to know what the tide is like, because if it’s high tide, the beach may be non-existent.
As you can see, there are so many various locations for some amazing La Jolla beach wedding and engagement photos. Whether you’re planning to do just your engagement session or wedding here, or if you’re planning to utilize La Jolla for both events, let me know and I can help recommend some great spots!