(Closed) Engagement pics Balboa Park or Pasadena City Hall?

posted 13 years ago in San Diego
Post # 3
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I would go with Balboa, which is bigger and more varied than the Pas City Hall.  Anything you may want at city hall, such as fountains, gardens, or ornate architecture, you can also find, and in different variety, at Balboa Park.  You also could take pics with the old planes at the Aerospace museum.  You may be able to beat the crowds if you get there first thing in the morning.

Post # 4
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn

I haven’t been to Pasadena City Hall, but Balboa is beautiful.  Certain areas can get crowded but you will probably be ok.  As rzblna mentioned, there is so much variety for backgrounds.  You could also go to the zoo there too…

Post # 6
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Balboa park is so beautiful- with all the different gardens and buildings, I think it would be your best bet.  Even if you do have to contend with some people in the background (that’s what Photoshop is for!) it’s like have 10 shooting locations all wrapped up in one!

Also- what time is your shoot?  Perhaps if it’s early or late in the day, the crowds will be thinned out?

I think the crowds will only be a problem if you want really wide angle, far away shots.  Otherwise I think it would be do-able to find areas to shoot.  Plus, people will probably give you a little space when they see the camera.

Post # 7
1 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

How about these places: 

Mission Inn in Riverside, CA: http://www.missioninn.com/ – I went there and it was really beautiful…

Old town Temecula: http://www.oldtowntemecula.com/ – Which is half way between oceanside and Redlands

Oceanside Pier: http://www.beachcalifornia.com/oceansi1.html

Daly Ranch: Escondido, CA: http://p6.hostingprod.com/@fluffysphere.com/blog/2006/04/daley_ranch.html

Downtown Encinitas: http://www.encinitas101.com/

Personally, I think Balboa Park is WAY Over done. Don’t get me wrong- I love the park and it’s totally beautiful, but I’ve seen wedding parties wait for other wedding parties to clear out of an area so they can take pictures and on the weekend it’s just bananas. 

Hope this helps! 

Post # 8
3340 posts
Sugar bee

I love Balboa Park because it’s a huge venue and you have lots of options (the Botannical Gardens, the fountains, the museums, there’s so much!)

So I’m voting for Balboa Park.  🙂

Oh and I might be biased too becausea) My Fiance and I love Balboa and b) My wedding dress is named Balboa (Weird I know!)

Post # 9
4 posts
  • Wedding: July 2007

We had our engagement pics done in Balboa park, on a Sunday early evening in June. It was a little crowded, but the light was great, and you can find some out-of-the-way places (inner courtyards with fountains; neat annexes with arches, etc). The great thing is that there are lots of different colors and architectural features, so it adds a lot of variety to the pictures. Have fun!

Post # 10
495 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Love Balboa! I think the architecture is great and with the gardens you have a lot of diversity in scenery.

Post # 12
3 posts
  • Wedding: June 2021

Balboa- beautiful architechture and gardens- seriously so amazing.

Post # 13
1387 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Definitely Balboa Park!  I live in Pasadena and the fiance and I took some engagement shots at City Hall, but it’s not all that, believe me.  The architecture is nice and all, but there are only so many shots you can get there.  I don’t think it’s worth your drive. 

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