San Diego Courthouse Elopement Photo

Justine + Ryan | San Diego Courthouse Elopement

On 2.22.22 Justine and Ryan headed downtown to the San Diego Courthouse to make it official. I absolutely love the San Diego courthouse. Technically the building where weddings are performed is not the courthouse. The San Diego Administrator’s building downtown is where San Diego civil wedding ceremonies and marriage licenses are issued.

Built in 1938 the design was intended to complement structures in Balboa Park, with a mix of Spanish Revival and Beaux-Arts architecture. Southwestern touches such as a red Mission-style tile roof, glazed Franciscan tile, and arched doors.

A couple details about getting hitched here. If you’re just looking to pick up a license there are 4 more locations throughout the county. They do perform ceremonies, but the most scenic spot is the downtown location. Here are a few more tips direct from the county website. 

    • Both bride and groom must be 18 years or older and have a birth certificate and photo ID. Driver’s license or passport are suitable. Both parties must be present when applying for a license. Neither party is required to be a CA resident to be married in California.
    • Appointments are required. Appointments fill up quickly, so please plan accordingly. Appointments may be made up to 6 weeks in advance. Appointment Link:
    • Both parties must present valid government-issued photo IDs. 
    • Ceremonies are performed in English or Spanish. (Performing a ceremony in any other language is not permissible by County Clerk staff.)
    • Civil Marriage Ceremony fee is $88.00. 
    • For outdoor ceremonies, there is no limit to the number of guests you may have. (For indoor ceremonies up to 30 guests may attend)
Another great thing about getting married here is there are so many nearby places to take couples portraits before or after the wedding. Some of my favorite spots are Sunset Cliffs, Coronado Beach, and Balboa Park.
There’s also an abundance of awesome places to celebrate after you’ve exchanged vows. Celebrate with tacos and margaritas at nearby King & Queen Cantina  or Miguels Cocina. Pop some bubbly and enjoy the view at The Nolen Rooftop or grab a beer at Ketch Brewing just steps away at the Pierside Port. Splurge on a fancy dinner at Born and Raised Steakhouse or Mister A’s– a San Diego classic. (reservations required)
It would be my absolute pleasure to be part of your wedding or elopement. Hit me up and let’s get planning!! 
San Diego Administration Building
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Bride and groom outside of San Diego courthouse
Bride and Groom outside San Diego courthouse
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Bride and Groom in front of art deco elevator doors in San Diego courthouse
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