Top Historic Wedding Venues in San Diego

By, April 27, 2023

San Diego is a city renowned for its glorious weather, stunning beaches, and also rich history. If you’re looking for an unforgettable wedding venue, San Diego offers many options. These include some of the most picturesque and historic locations in the country. At True Photography, we have had the privilege of capturing many weddings at some of the city’s most historic venues. In this article, we will share our top five picks for the best specifically historic wedding venues in San Diego.

1. The Hotel Del Coronado

Firstly, we have the iconic Hotel Del Coronado. Built in 1888 The Del is unquestionably an architectural marvel. It provides stunning ocean views and a variety of venue options for your special day. Because The Hotel Del Coronado exudes timeless elegance and sophistication, it’s the perfect choice for couples looking to create unforgettable memories. Be sure to browse through our Hotel Del gallery for more wedding inspiration!Historic Wedding Venue Hotel Del Coronado photographed by True Photography

2. Leo Carrillo Ranch

Secondly we have the rustic Leo Carrillo Ranch. Located in Carlsbad, the ranch was once owned by actor Leo Carrillo. In addition it provides a charming and intimate setting for weddings. The estate offers multiple outdoor spaces for both ceremonies and photos, including a charming barn, tranquil ponds, and also picturesque gardens. The Leo Carrillo Ranch is also the perfect choice for couples looking for a natural and rustic setting for their wedding. Check out our Leo Carrillo Ranch gallery for more images!Leo Carrillo Ranch is one of the Historic Wedding Venues in San Diego photographed by True Photography

3. The US Grant Hotel

Thirdly is the US Grant Hotel, another beautiful historic venue located in downtown San Diego. Built in 1910, this luxurious hotel boasts several event spaces, including a stunning ballroom, terrace, and elegant foyer, all of which create an unforgettable wedding experience. Take a look at our US Grant gallery for more wedding inspiration!The US Grant Hotel is one of the Historic Wedding Venues in San Diego photographed by True Photography

4. The Darlington House

Fourthly the elegant and sophisticated Darlington House, a stunning Mediterranean-style mansion that was built in 1925. The house features beautiful courtyards, romantic fountains, and an opulent ballroom. All of these features create an old-world charm and elegance perfect for your wedding day. Check out our Darlington House gallery for more inspiration!The Historic Darlington House in San Diego photographed by True Photography

5. The El Cortez

Finally we have the historic El Cortez, a landmark building constructed in 1927 in the heart of downtown San Diego. The El Cortez’s blend of old-world charm and modern luxury make it a unique and unforgettable wedding venue. Its penthouse ballroom offers panoramic views of the city, creating a stunning and unforgettable experience. Browse through our El Cortez gallery for more images!   El Cortez is one of the Historic Wedding Venues in San Diego photographed by True Photography

Moreover, at True Photography, we specialize in capturing the beauty and emotion of your special day, no matter which historic venue you choose. With our expert photography services, we will help you preserve your precious memories for a lifetime. Equally important our team of experienced photographers understands the unique character of each venue. Because of this we are able to work with you to create a custom photography plan that perfectly captures your wedding day.

San Diego’s historic wedding venues offer a unique and unforgettable experience for couples. From the timeless elegance of the Hotel Del Coronado to the rustic charm of the Leo Carrillo Ranch, there is a venue for every couple. At True Photography, we are committed to helping you create lasting memories of your perfect day. Contact us today to learn more about our wedding photography services.


A Romantic Wedding from The Immaculata to El Cortez | Coordinated by Bliss Events

By, March 25, 2013

When I first met with Ashley and Bryan, they expressed their desire to have a traditional Catholic ceremony. Ashley recently studied law at the University of San Diego, and she and Bryan fell in love with The Immaculata Church on USD’s campus.

Fortunately, they were able to secure a Saturday in January at The Immaculata where the ceremony would be held.

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Following their beautiful Catholic ceremony, the couple rolled away in a vintage 1951 Rolls Royce Wraith from Elite Image as they sipped celebratory champagne. The next stop was their chosen reception venue – the El Cortez!


During the cocktail hour, Ashley and Bryan did a traditional German Log Cutting.  This is supposed to be the new husband and wife’s first time to overcome an obstacle together as newlyweds.  They sawed through a log together, which was very entertaining for the guests, who were enthusiastically cheering them on. Ashley and Bryan were a great team, cutting through the log impressively quickly!


For the reception itself, the couple had reserved El Cortez, an elegant and quintessential San Diego venue that sits atop Cortez Hill in north-east downtown.


The reception was held in the Don Room, which is one of California’s most exquisitely designed rooms, and can host up to 375 guests.  The gold ceiling and high gloss wood dance floor set an ambiance of sophistication and romance for the reception.


The room was enhanced by the beautiful decor and floral arrangements by Blush Botanicals, the specialty linens from La Tavola and the mood lighting by Tim Altbaum Productions. All of these details set the tone for a spectacular evening.


Ashley and Bryan’s three-tiered buttercream cake was created by Sweet Cheaks Baking Co. The cake was dressed with elegant purple satin ribbon edging, designed to match the colors of the wedding. The circular cake design even mirrored the shape of the Don Room!


Coordinator: Bliss Events
Photography: True Photography
Church/Temple: The Immaculata
Venue: El Cortez
Makeup: Audra Rene Studio
Hair Stylist: Audra Rene Studio
Florist: Blush Botanicals
Caterer: Coast Catering
Transportation: Elite Image
Linens and Rental: La Tavola
Bakery: Sweet Cheeks Baking
Videographer: Taylor Films
Photo Booth: The Foto Box
Tuxedo: A Better Deal Tuxedo
Musician: The Vintage Strings
Wedding Dress: The White Flower Bridal Boutique
Lighting and Decor: Tim Altbaum Productions
Disc Jockey: Tim Altbaum Productions
Invitation: Wedding Paper Divas

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