The Japanese Friendship Garden is tucked away in Historic Balboa Park and is one of San Diego’s most beautiful and affordable wedding venues. In the lower garden, surrounded by a koi pond, the Inamori Pavilion designed by Kotaro Nakamura has been designed in authentic Japanese style called Sukiya and serves as a multi-purpose room for lectures, exhibitions and weddings. Nakamura ensured this building would be authentic by using Alaskan Yellow Cedar for the post and beams that support the structure. My favorite spot for romantic photos is the Earth Bridge! Perfect for intimate photos of the couple that show off the beauty of the lower garden or gather your wedding party for some fun and unique groupings. If you prefer an outdoor ceremony, I highly recommend the Courtyard adjacent to the pavilion or the Ceremonial Door and Charles C. Dail Memorial Gate – a slightly more formal setting, yet still surrounded by the beauty of nature. It’s perfect for ceremonies and makes for a great backdrop for photos. The Ceremonial Gate is a magnificent location surrounded by trees with a view of the towering Corinthian columns of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.
Kirk and Alise were a dream to work with! Their details were so personalized, and their friends and family really cut it up on the dance floor thanks to Mick at Elite British DJ!
Expert planning and coordination by Julie Scrivener, The Best Wedding For You.