If you and your spouse-to-be love the great outdoors, there are a bunch of options in the San Diego area. Within a 20-ish minute drive, you’ll find lush forests, open fields, enchanting trails and even hilltops. Here is a highlight of some of our favorite locations.
Marian Bear Park
This is a hidden gem that runs all along the San Clemente 52 Freeway. There are winding pathways, open fields and lots of trees. With hills in the background, the sun sets a little earlier, so you’ll want to start your shoot 1.5 to 2 hours before sunset.
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Torrey Pines State Reserve
At Torrey Pines State Reserve, there are enough nature trails to fill your heart’s desire. All of them have amazing views of the golden coast, but be prepared to walk a little bit.
Los Peñasquitos Canyon
Where the 5 meets the 94 lies a beautiful canyon, with trails and vegetation throughout. Also nearby lies the Synergy Inc. building, which has an interesting facade and unique architecture. It can provide a nice contrast to your photo shoot!
Olivenhain Town Meeting Hall
This cool spot in Rancho Sant Fe feels like a scene out of Little Red Riding Hood. It has a charming wood framed structure, which is surrounded by lush forest and eucalyptus trees. It is a great spot for an engagement shoot!