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.


Vendors We Love: Personal Touch Dining

By, July 29, 2015

Vendor Type: Catering and event management
Why We Love Them: Ultimate professionalism – they have over 25 years of culinary and event expertise, and it shows.
Did You Know? Tracy and her team also manage the events for venues such as Mt. Woodson Castle and Leo Carrillo Ranch
Specialties Include: “Breathtaking weddings, amazing food, and extraordinary events with a personal touch. We do everything from weddings to proms, corporate events, birthday parties, picnics or banquets.”
Things They Love: Baby peacocks, my hardworking staff and office team, Mexican food, maxi skirts, pink and green!

Please enjoy a selection of our favorite images from recent events we’ve worked together. Click here to see more!


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Strike a Pose | Rustic Leo Carillo Ranch Bridal Party Photo with Attitude

By, November 22, 2013

You and your bridal party are dressed to the nines for your wedding day, so of course a mini modeling session is in order for all!

For this Photo of the Week, we bring to you something slightly editorial, and very fun. Heather and Josh tied the knot on Leo Carrillo Ranch‘s beautifully weathered property and their dapper ensembles and elegant satin dresses created the perfect contrast.  In fact, we love the juxtaposition of rustic and glamorous elements. When done the right way, it can look very high-fashion, so we had them all pose with angles and attitude for a touch of drama.

Hasta la vista to boring bridal party photos! These stunners belong in Vogue! ;)


Check out more photos from Heather and Joshua’s wedding!

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