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Sunset Cliffs San Diego Wedding

When getting married people are always looking to see where to have it, what fits their budget, their style, and so fourth. Some opt for a destination wedding and others in their hometown. For Jamie and Tim it was a a beautiful hometown wedding in San Diego, California that truly defined them and what they wanted for their day!

So I was able to ask Jamie and Tim some questions about their wedding. Hopefully it will inspire some ideas or you may even want to have a Sunset Cliffs wedding of your own. 

Where was your ceremony and reception held?

Our ceremony was held at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, and the reception was a few miles down the road at a place called Marina Village. 

What made you pick the city?

We kept debating whether we should keep the wedding local or have a destination wedding. We decided to keep it local here in our hometown of San Diego because it’s the best of both worlds really. We are blessed to have been born and raised in America’s Finest City. 

What made the ceremony space special?

There is a reason it’s called Sunset Cliffs! The scenery is absolutely majestic, especially during one of its epic multi-colored sunsets. My favorite movie is “Pirates of the Caribbean” so we had some music from the movie playing while guests were gathering. Being outside with the ocean, the cliffs, and the music gave it a “Pirates” feel, but in a romantic way! 

What made the reception space special?

The reception space allowed for us to bring our own food and drink, had different venues you could choose from to fit your theme, number of guests, and budget, was very reasonably priced, and beautiful. We were so happy with the service from Marina Village from start to finish. Most of the places we looked at cost too much and we were not happy with the food they were offering. We wanted a mix of different foods and large quantities of it so finding a place that let us bring our own food and drink was essential. 

Let us know how the ceremony and reception went.

The officiant who led the ceremony was David Cutler of Your Perfect Ceremony. We had a few brief meetings with him, but he is an expert at what he does. He led the ceremony so perfectly that our guests thought we had known him for years. I also had a wedding coordinator just for the ceremony from At Your Side Planning which alleviated a lot of ceremony stress from us! The ceremony was just majestic.

It had rained a few days before and there was a bit of fog earlier on so it gave the ceremony an ethereal feel.  We were lucky to have a lot of friends with talent so many of our vendors like the DJ, MC, food, bartender, etc. were acquaintances or friends of friends so our reception had a very casual, fun, and friendly vibe. We had so much fun! What I loved most was that our dance floor was NEVER empty thanks to DJ Joe Mama

What kind of cake did you have?

My good friend Candis Anderson of May Mays Cakes made us a deliciously gorgeous two tiered marble cake. She is a very special friend and I was honored that she made our wedding cake. Only downside? The only taste I got of it was when my hubby smashed a piece of it on my face during the ceremonial cake cutting. It was so good that it was eaten up by guests in seconds and there was none left for Tim and I after! 

Did you have a color scheme or theme? 

The theme was a very beachy San Diego vibe. We had lots of guests coming in from out of town and we really wanted our hometown to shine. The color scheme was light blue, silver, and beige. Trying to invoke the sand, sea, and “silver” for city lights. 

What type of decor did you have?

Mostly starfish, and shells, but the scenery was so beautiful that we didn’t need much. In addition to Pirates if the Caribbean, I’m also obsessed with the show “Outlander” so our amazing Florists – Tess Fresh Flowers – incorporated some Scottish thistles in the flowers of the wedding arch! 

Did you do any DIY?

I tried to stay away from doing DIY because I just don’t have the time and I’m not super crafty. However, my aunt Judy made my bouquet, the groomsmen  boutonnière, and flowers for our mothers. She did such an amazing job and saved us a ton of money on flowers.    

Bride’s most memorable moment?

Being announced as husband and wife and walking out with my husband to “Sweet Child of Mine.” It was such a great feeling. 

Groom’s most memorable moment?

Watching me walk down the hill with my dad to him and our families during the ceremony. He said, “All I heard was the music and the waves crashing, and all I saw was you.” 

Is there something you wish you had done differently?

I wish I didn’t stress so much and just enjoyed the moment more. It goes by so fast! All the planning and preparation then it’s over in a day! 

What was your budget and guest count?

We set it at $10,000 but it cost just over $11,000 for 120 guests. 

Did you have a honeymoon? If so where?

Yes, we went to French Polynesia. We have both been Polynesian Dancers for many years and have always wanted to go! It was an amazing trip! 

Pictures courtesy of Jamie and Tim! Photographs taken by Jon Nimerfroh of Runaway Bride Nantucket.

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  • Vanessa

    There are so many beautiful places all over San Diego to get married, but I absolutely love Sunset Cliffs. It is breathtaking and so beautiful. And to register for the location only cost a super small parks/recreation fee. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to get married and have a beautiful ocean view with an amazing sunset as they close out their vows.

    • Holly Dayz

      I’ve been to San Diego, but not Sunset Cliffs. Her wedding looked so pretty. Glad you also recommend it.

  • Stacie

    Wow, I would have never guessed this was in the states. So beautiful, like an island wedding!

    • Holly Dayz

      It looked really beautiful. There are so many beauitufl places in the United States. I am glad she showed us another one of those places.

  • Tomiko Harvey

    I had my reception in our backyard in our new home. We had a courthouse wedding and still spent over 10K.. We are going to renew our vows next year in Seychelles.

    • Holly Dayz

      I am sure you had an amazing get down though and made it your own. Seychelles sounds amazing.

  • Carol Colborn

    That was a great location for a wedding. I dreamed of compiling a list of places that are :Best Places for a Wedding” as i saw so many gorgeous spots during our travels.

    • Holly Dayz

      I thought so too. You still could.

  • Lauren Floyd

    My reception venue was the Trolley Barn in Atlanta. And although it was beautiful, the person assigned to oversee it on our wedding day was horrible. It ruined the memory of my wedding. I wish I had done a wedding in California and gave my guests a beautiful reason to see the state.

    • Holly Dayz

      Aww I am sorry that you had a terrible coordinator, but glad you liked the location. Maybe you can do a vow renewal and make better memories.

  • Ivelisse Estes

    Aww this is beautiful! I always love to see how other people have chosen to have their weddings. Blessings to them!


    • Holly Dayz

      I thought it was beautiful too. I loved her cake!

  • Stevo Joslin

    The pictures are stunning! Thank you for sharing everything about Jamie and Tim’s special day. The cake looks delicious, sorry to hear the bride didn’t get to have any! The color scheme goes so well with the local scenery, you guys did a great job decorating. And with the music selection! Thanks for sharing!

    • Holly Dayz

      Very welcome. The cake looked so pretty! They did a great job.

      • Jamie

        Haha thanks Stevo Joslin! I was just happy my guests got to enjoy the cake, and well I guess you can say I did get some cake…when my husband and I smashed the first piece in each other’s faces 😛 .

  • ShaBree Henry

    This was a beautiful wedding. I thought they got married overseas. Thanks for sharing!

    • Holly Dayz

      So many amazing places right in the United States. Sometimes people forget.

  • Joyce Brewer

    I have a friend in CA who’s planning his wedding. I’ll share this with him.

    • Holly Dayz

      Oh that is awesome. I hope they get some ideas or inspiration.

  • Nadalie Bardo

    What a stunning location to say “I do.” I’ve always been a fan of beachside weddings, I love seeing that a cliff is just as stunning of a location.

    • Holly Dayz

      I love the fact that they had the goreous view without stepping all in the sand. Beautiful wedding.

  • Mimi Green

    I love when people make their wedding day their own. I think people get caught up in what others want that they forget what they want. The beach is always a beautiful location.

    • Holly Dayz

      I do too. People do get caught up and it ends up being about everyone else and what they want instead of the two getting married. They did it their way and it looks to have come out great.

  • Kendro

    What beautiful scenery! I never been to San Diego but I hear it’s beautiful and these photos prove that! Gorgeous wedding.


    • Holly Dayz

      San Diego is beautiful. I hope you visit one day. I would love to see these cliffs in person though.

  • Joanna Teris

    Beautiful pictures and wedding. I wouldn’t have thought this was in San Diego. Everything looks spectacular.

    • Holly Dayz

      Cali strikes for another beautiful view!

  • Medha Verma

    I have never been to a destination wedding but what can get better than a hometown wedding in a destination as beautiful as San Diego? The sunset cliffs look pretty amazing and the wedding could not have been anything less than truly memorable. Beautiful pictures !

    • Holly Dayz

      It did look so pretty. I would love to check out these cliffs and see the views.

  • Lisa

    Sounds like a beautiful wedding! ? Can definitely agree that having it in their hometown of San Diego was the best of both worlds! So sad that the bride didn’t get any of her own wedding cake!

    • Holly Dayz

      I know right and the cake was really nice too.

  • Rosemary

    Such a beautiful wedding and it perfectly captured their desires. Love the beachy theme and San Diego atmosphere. I’m so sad they didn’t get to taste their own wedding cake. When I got married, it was special to taste bits of the cake one month later. What a beautiful setting and sounds like a wonderful honeymoon.

  • Astrid Vinje

    This looks like a beautiful venue for a wedding. The scenery is stunning. And it looks like it was a pretty wedding overall. I love visiting San Diego, it’s such a fun city!

  • Jim Whittemore

    Wow, it sounds and looks like you both had such a wonderful wedding together. Love the symbol of going to French Polynesia as well, very creative!

  • Michelle Thames

    I love San Diego! It’s one of my favorite places!!! This wedding looked beautiful! I love beach weddings.

  • Ami Bhat

    A destination wedding itself is so romantic and a place like this amazing. I love that description of all I heard were the waves…..It seems just so perfect. Was a very nice read.

  • Melanie

    Wow, your wedding looks like it was a lot of fun. Too sad though you didn’t get any piece of the cake…I visited San Diego shortly during my exchange semester in the US and I would have loved to stay longer. Unfortunately we only stayed one night but I really liked the vibes of the city. The wedding bouquet looks beautiful and I am quite surprised how you kept the costs low for such an amount of people… Not super low but it’s an amount one can deal with…here in Austria I often hear people talking about spending 30,000 €….and that’s just way too much… Wishing you two all the best!

  • Patricia

    What a pretty place and gorgeous wedding!

  • Jamie

    Thank you for all the nice comments everyone, ! Thank you, Holly for the feature and opportunity to relive our magical day. <3

  • Agness

    This is just a sweet article Holly. Just love reading it.

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