Vanessa Hicks Photography

San Diego Wedding Photographer | Top 5 Wedding Venues in San Diego, California

So, as you may or may not know…

(and if you don’t know, you need to be following me on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with me!),

I have expanded my brand to California!!!

I truly enjoyed my time while we were living in Monterey, and while I of course love it here in Hawaii, I am a firm believer of growth!!

After hitting my one year mark here in Hawaii, I decided to expand my brand to California, with a concentration in the San Diego wedding market, as that is where we are hoping to get stationed when we are done here!

And I’ve already booked my first San Diego Wedding next year for this beautiful couple, so I am just over the moon with joy!!

So, as I prepare for this growth and expansion for Vanessa Hicks Photography in California, I’ve been doing my research and I found the top 5 venues that I want to photograph a wedding at in San Diego!!! These all are so different, but really make my photography heart race!!!!

Hey Babe Ranch – San Diego California

First off, can we just start by saying what an AMAZING name this venue is?!? I mean, I’m just dying! I want to get married all over again to get married at this stunning ranch! There are different areas of this stunning ranch to get married at, and with the views overlooking the rolling hills of California at sunset, I mean, its just wedding heaven! Hey Babe Ranch is so beautiful!

Image via Hey Babe Ranch

Sacred Mountain Julian

Apparently, I am attracted to rolling hills and beautiful sceneries, and Sacred Mountain Julian DOES NOT DISSAPOINT on that front! I think I love venues with an amazing backdrop, because it creates such a stunning memory of your wedding day! From their website:

Sacred Mountain is located in the quaint historical town of Julian in Southern California and is a short drive from San Diego. Sacred Mountain consists of two unique ranches; Sacred Mountain Retreat and Sacred Mountain Private Ranch.  Each of these two private ranches have distinct rustic elegance and charm.  Our property is “awnatural” in beauty, extremely private and with a dreamy atmosphere of  character and tranquility. This country estate celebrates four seasons with distinct natural beauty creating perfect spaces for your wedding vision!

Image via Sacred Mountain Julian Website

Milagro Winery- San Diego, California

I have been DREAMING of shooting at this stunning winery, and I am so excited that I will be heading down to San Diego in September to do JUST THAT!! AHHH!!! With several different locations to get married at, Milagro Winery offers the privacy , the rolling landscape of Romona Valley, lakes, meadows, and of course, vineyards! And the property is over 110 acres big! So much magic can and will be done here! I’m pretty sure the Old Crush House and the Lakeside Dock are my favorite spots!

The Secret Garden at Rancho Santa Fe

Image via Secret Garden Website

WOW! Just WOW is what comes to mind when I see this beautiful ranch wedding venue in San Diego! The green lush on the property reminds me of Hawaii, and the way that the sun sets on the grounds may give Hawaii a run for its money! And it’s only a 5 mile drive to some of the most stunning beaches in California, so that gives you another option for beautiful couple photos as well!

Ponte Winery and Vineyard Inn

Ok, clearly I have a thing for wineries!!! And amazing backdrops! And Ponte Winery in Temecula is STUNNING!!!!! The rows and rows of vineyards, the barrel room, and 300 acres of beauty!! This is one venue I plan to visit when I head out to California this year!

Image Via Ponte Winery Website

That’s it!! Do you know that I am running a VERY AWESOME special for any California Wedding Couples?!?! Shoot me a message and let’s chat about your upcoming California wedding!!!

Vanessa Hicks Photography has been named Hawaii’s #1 Wedding Photographer for 2018 and 2019 by Hawaii Magazine! Also specializes in engagements, couples, family and maternity sessions! Available for travel on all Hawaiian Islands and worldwide! Based in Hawaii and California!

Check out more of my favorite weddings on the blog:

Kristara and Andrew’s La Jolla Elopement

Elisa + Simon’s North Shore Wedding in Oahu

Angela + Tom’s Monterey California Wedding


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