Best San Diego Trash the Dress Session Locations

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Brides exert a lot of effort in keeping wedding gowns in perfect condition for their big day. After the wedding, you have the option to keep it, donate, sell, or do something fun, like a trash the dress session! 

Now, you may be wondering, “where are the best San Diego trash the dress session locations?” With so many beautiful photoshoot locations in San Diego, you’ll never run out of places to enjoy this fun photo session. 

Best San Diego Trash the Dress Session Locations

From nature parks to urban streets to serene beaches, San Diego offers a lot of photoshoot locations for getting your dress dirty, wet, or colorful. I’ve scouted and listed some of the best spots around San Diego where you can experience a fun trash the dress session. 

Couple kissing and having their Trash the Dress session on a beach

Del Mar

What I love about Del Mar is that it boasts a two-plus mile sandy beach, offering a great place to walk or run while wearing your wedding dress. 

Get some sand on the train of your dress as you walk hand-in-hand with your partner at Powerhouse Park. Set a picnic spot in the scenic Seagrove Park where you can bask in the sun. Maybe you can chill on the sands of North Beach as your dress meets the waves on the shore.

Let your dog join you for an afternoon of fun while exploring Scripps Bluff Preserve. This is one of the best places in San Diego to get a 360-degree view of the coastline and inland lagoons as you savor the sunset. 


For an elegant way to trash your dress, bring out bottles of champagne to pop, and goof around while your partner showers you with champagne! Express your carefree side as the droplets create a rain-like effect that complements the glowing San Diego skyline. 

If you prefer staying dry, relive your childhood adventures and be a kid-at-heart at the playground of Coronado Tidelands Park. 

You can also go mural hunting around Coronado and make your pictures more colorful by splashing paint to your white clothes. If you want Instragrammable shots with a flare of edgy and urban vibes, I suggest lounging casually in front of the massive concrete pylons of the Chicano Park’s bridge. 

La Jolla

La Jolla is the best San Diego trash the dress session location for adventurous couples! For lovebirds who want to brave the cold, have a snow fight or use ski equipment as props on Palomar Mountain. 

Couple running out of the beach while dressed in their wedding outfits

Have you always wanted to collect beachfront photos and show off some daring moves to trash your dress? I can guide you to the least crowded spots in Windansea to achieve an intimate shoot!

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast like me, I can be your hiking buddy and photographer rolled into one in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.  


Wondering where on earth can you find greenery and gorgeous flowers? Meet Carlsbad— one of the best San Diego trash the dress locations for nature lovers. 

Trash your dress by running at The Flower Field of Carlsbad Ranch. There’s also the San Diego Botanic Garden where you can surround yourself with California native plants and bamboo groves. We can add some rain effects to produce romantic shots that look straight out of movies. 

Be ready for a bit of climbing and let dust add color to your dress while visiting the Annie’s Canyon Trailhead, which also has rock formations that create an excellent contrast to the flowy texture of your dress. 


Do you want to break the idea that your dress limits your movements? Gear up and enjoy a quick game of beach volleyball in Oceanside. You can even transform your dress by deliberately tearing a portion of it. 

Couple kissing in the beach sands while wearing their wedding suit and dress

Another option is to get all-out greasy while riding tractors from the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. Let some coal smear your clothes or faces while taking fiber arts, blacksmith, and forge classes. 

Now, if you want a more relaxing ambiance in San Diego, Oceanside Pier is the place to go. Pair your wedding clothes with sunglasses and sailor’s hat for a day or fishing at the pier, picnic, sailing, and hanging out with harbor sea lions.  

Pacific Beach

Are you curious about what it’s like kissing underwater? Let me take you to Pacific Beach, which offers a lot of spots for you to trash the dress. Feel like a mermaid underwater by allowing the train of the dress to spread out around you. 

Likewise, you can chill on the sands of the North Pacific Beach as the ocean waves splash up onto you. This is great for kissing poses, especially during sunset! 

If you don’t want to get wet, I suggest biking along Crystal Pier or get playful in the neighborhood’s amusement park while a rainbow of arcade lights flash onto your elegant dress. 

Final Thoughts

Whether you want to get greasy at an industrial site or play with the waves, there’s a spot in San Diego that will give the best trash the dress session pictures. If you need help visualizing the shoot, I can help you plan and turn those ideas into memorable images! 

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