wedding couple receives congrats and hugs from loving parents outside the San Diego courthouse

couples first look at the downtown San Diego courthouse wedding

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San Diego Courthouse Wedding Photography

Dennis Mock

Are you planning on celebrating a simple courthouse wedding celebration with close family friends? Believe it or not, one of my favorite spots to document couples saying "I do" is at the scenic Downtown San Diego Courthouse (Marriage Hut ). Other branches include the Santee Courthouse, Chula Vista Courthouse, Kearny Mesa Courthouse, and San Marcos Courthouse.

The historic 1938 San Diego County Administration Building is located on Pacific Highway across the street from the City Harbor, and the wedding venue is located within the beautiful Waterfront Park. It features fountains, urban walls, and a modern playground.

Over the years, I have photographed more than 250 courthouse weddings, so I can help be your guide, ensuring you enjoy a stress-free wedding day. And if you’re planning a first look or a post-celebration portrait session, I’ll even help you find the perfect second location!

Say "I DO" at the Downtown San Diego Courthouse




After hearing about your plans and priorities, we will create the perfect timeline for you! Seven days before the big day arrives, we will hop on a call to chat about the final essentials and cover any final questions. This ensures not a moment is wasted on your wedding day!


When the big day has finally arrived, all you have to do is be completely in the moment! Celebrate your wedding day stress-free thanks to our planning. Let's start with a first look, remember to bring the flowers!


I’ll begin editing your images with our Signature Color Look and a few black-and-whites. One week after “I do,” you’ll receive your final gallery through which you can relive that magical day for the rest of your life! You'll be able to print, share, and enjoy every special moment. We do offer professional retouched prints and albums.

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second location


After the ceremony wander to a 2nd location.

  • up to 60 minutes
  • Urban Downtown
  • Reception location
  • Balboa Park
  • Sunset Cliffs
  • $350

    Questions text 858-722-5573

    Full Story Package:

  • 90 minutes, so you don't feel rush.
  • Includes beautiful hand-edited digitals.
  • Start 45 minutes before the appt time
  • Online gallery + digital download
  • $475

    Short Story Package:

  • 60 minutes.
  • Includes beautiful hand-edited digitals
  • Start 20 minutes before the appt time
  • Online gallery + digital download
  • $350

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    holds your story

    Printed on archival paper and handcrafted with great attention to detail, our high-end flush mounted albums lay flat and feature customization options from embossing to cameos.

    Your images matter.

    They deserve to be celebrated today and revered forever.

    Dennis mock San Diego photographer


    Dennis Mock's self-proclaimed spontaneity and documentary spirit have earned him dozens of local and national awards from, professional photographer associations (PPSDC, PPC, PPA, WPPI) and companies (Kodak and Fuji).

    His background in sports photography allows him to capture split-second moments of joy or truly spectacular action passes of familial play, and his experience in architectural photography gives him a natural sense of composition.


    Our dates are first come first serve and we do not hold dates without payment. You can make payment in full or deposit $250 now with the balance due 7 days before your day.

    We can send an online payment thru Square to secure your date and times. Your payment and your date will be saved, and we will be off to the races. CA sales tax applies.

    Now BOOKING weddings for 2022. We recommend booking as far in advance as you can, as spots start to fill up quickly!

    CALL TEXT Dennis at 858-722-5573

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    13715 Sparren Ave
    San Diego CA. 92129

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    Dennis, your fun personality brought out the best in all of us. Your pictures were fantastic, You have a special connection with who you’re photographing. It comes out in your work. Thank you again for helping make Cecile and Scott’s day special." - Deb

    Dennis is such a very wonderful, talented photographer. We enjoyed the session with him and he is very accommodating. He is very prompt and yet he never makes you feel like “time is ticking” and you need to hurry up. Very cool guy and very artistic. He would make you do poses you think are awkward but later on turns to be nice! Recommend this guy! - Lesly

    Dennis was such a great part of our wedding! He encouraged us to be ourselves, made us laugh, and brought out the best in everyone. Each picture tells a story and looks beautiful. We couldn't have asked for better pictures, I highly recommend him to anyone looking for professional-quality photos, Dennis won't disappoint! - Scott N, Groom

    Not only does Dennis Mock photographer have an eye for capturing the essence of the moment, but he also possesses the ability to find the perfect backgrounds and compositions" - Kristi

    How do I get married at the courthouse in San Diego?

    CIVIL MARRIAGE CEREMONY - more info at the San Diego Courthouse website:

    Marriage ceremonies can be performed during regular business hours, by appointment only. Private ceremony rooms will accommodate the following number of guests:• Downtown San Diego:Up to 15 Guests • San Marcos: Up to 20 Guests • Chula Vista: Up to 15 Guests • Santee: Up to 20 Guests • Kearny Mesa: Up to 15 Guests. In addition, at the downtown location, ceremonies may be performed outside on scenic County grounds overlooking San Diego Bay. The West Plaza wedding arbor is located inside the Waterfront Park. Your outdoor ceremony may be moved to the East Plaza to ensure that events in the park do not disrupt your ceremony. MORE INFO HERE . Here's the latest link on the Marriage Hut from 10NEWS (7/7/2021)