Stunning Sunset Cliffs Wedding in San Diego

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is one of my favorite spots in San Diego, hands down. I’ve been a handful of times to this gorgeous spot to shoot small weddings, elopements, and adventure sessions, and every time I come back, I’m more excited than the time before. Sunset Cliffs is located right on the coast of San Diego, and it’s a really popular spot for surfers, yoga enthusiasts, and cliff divers, so when Lexi and Daniel reached out to me about their Sunset Cliffs wedding vision, I couldn’t be more excited to go back.

After going back and forth and brainstorming elopement locations in California, Idaho, and Oregon, Lexi and Daniel decided to stay within California, the place they’ve called home for the last 10 years. Originally from Chicago, these two coincidentally moved to San Diego around the same time and met each other while going to school. 

In love with wake boarding on beaches in San Diego, these two knew they wanted something on or near a beach with just the two of them in order to have a “just us” experience on their wedding day. After thinking through a list of locations in California, they realized that Sunset Cliffs in San Diego would be the perfect spot for them, as this is the spot they got engaged at. With Sunset Cliffs stretching over 3 miles long, I knew that I could find their perfect “I do” spot.

Something that’s a little challenging about having a Sunset Cliffs wedding is finding a secluded spot. Even though it’s a large area, it’s very crowded. If you don’t know, Sunset Cliffs is one of the most popular spots in San Diego, and thousands of people travel to see this area of California each year. With many hikes and the natural beauty of Sunset Cliffs, it’s no wonder this area is so popular. We automatically ruled out a weekend wedding, and a sunset wedding, as this is also a very popular spot for those who love watching San Diego’s colorful sunsets, hence the name.

In order to beat the crowds, we woke up super early and decided to have a sunrise wedding at around 5 in the morning. We met up, Lexi changed into her beautiful dress from Lulus, and we made our way to Sunset Cliffs, with nobody there but us and the early morning surfers off into the distance.

We ended up shooting near Luscomb’s Point, an area of Sunset Cliffs named after Happy Luscomb, a dedicated surfer who lives near the area.

It was absolutely amazing to be able to capture Lexi and Daniel exchanging their vows in complete intimacy, hearing nothing but the waves crashing on the bottom of Sunset Cliffs and the occasional laugh. We saw the sun coming up over the horizon and fading into the clouds, seagulls flying around the shore, and surfers catching those first waves of the day. There’s nothing better than a Sunset Cliffs wedding with a only few guests (the surfers), and Mother Nature as witnesses when starting the beginning of forever with your partner, and I’m so honored to be chosen as the one who captured Lexi and Daniel’s perfect Sunset Cliffs wedding day in San Diego.

Need help planning your own California elopement or want a Sunset Cliffs wedding of your own? Check out this blog all about how to elope in California along with a blog post filled with all the best places to elope in California.

A bride and groom hugging at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park in San Diego, California during their sunrise elopement.
A bride and groom sitting and kissing at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park in San Diego, California during their sunrise elopement.
A bride and groom hugging in some wildflowers at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park in San Diego, California during their sunrise elopement.
A couple snuggling at Sunset Cliffs for their elopement in San Diego.
A bride and groom kissing at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, California for their sunrise elopement.
A bride and groom exchanging vows at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park in San Diego, California during their sunrise elopement.

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Snag your FREE elopement guide! The same exact one I send to all my couples, filled with tips and tricks about how to prepare for your dream elopement, whether it’s a sunny elopement in California or a cold elopement in Alaska!

Brianna Parks, a California elopement photographer.

Hey there, I'm Brianna!

I’m a California elopement photographer who had a big traditional wedding, and I can’t tell you how many arguments there were about my day.

I was pressured to pick a certain venue, certain colors, certain guests, and it felt like I was spending thousands of dollars to play host at a party that had nothing to do with the connection between my husband and I.

Don’t fall into the trap society has constructed around big weddings. Instead, buy the plane ticket, get the wedding dress  dirty, and turn your stressed out wedding day into a carefree, adventure filled elopement experience that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Brianna Parks, a California elopement photographer.

Hey there, I'm Brianna!

I’m a California elopement photographer who had a big traditional wedding, and I can’t tell you how many arguments there were about my day.

I was pressured to pick a certain venue, certain colors, certain guests, and it felt like I was spending thousands of dollars to play host at a party that had nothing to do with the connection between my husband and I.

Don’t fall into the trap society has constructed around big weddings. Instead, buy the plane ticket, get the wedding dress  dirty, and turn your stressed out wedding day into a carefree, adventure filled elopement experience that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

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