Temecula Courthouse Wedding Ceremony

Temecula Courthouse Wedding Photos + Guide

The life of a wedding photographer is wild. You get the NASA-mission-planner brides emailing you years in advance. Then you have the ‘oh-shit-I-forgot-to-book-a-photographer’ brides, like Lydia, who called me the day before her Temecula courthouse wedding with Ryan. Who cares, right? My job? Show up, exude good vibes, and transform crap lighting and locations into something spectacularly rad. The sun was blasting, surroundings uninspiring, but digging deep for cool shots was the game. And Lydia and Ryan? We met on their wedding day, so no sappy stories here. Just a laid-back, genuinely in love couple. Here’s a snapshot of our hour in Temecula. Cheers!

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Shooting in soft golden light with epic mountain backdrops is always great, but you know what? Fishing with dynamite doesn’t make you a good fisherman. This is the reason why I have always felt the best wedding photographers are the ones who can capture authentic emotion and good vibes in the worst light and locations. Now, I am not saying the Temecula courthouse is a bad location for a wedding. Honestly, I have seen much rougher places! But, the Temecula Courthouse is simple, office-style-like. Therefore, if you are planning a Temecula courthouse wedding, make sure to hire a Temecula wedding photographer who can get creative, and who focuses on the most important aspects of your wedding: you and your tribe!

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Getting Married at the Temecula Courthouse – 5 Steps Every Bride Needs To Know!

Planning a destination wedding in Temecula, CA? The Riverside County Clerk’s office in Temecula is where you’ll make it official with a marriage license and, if desired, a civil ceremony. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Marriage License. Riverside County issues both public and confidential marriage licenses. A public license is $90, and a confidential license is $110. It’s recommended to complete an application before visiting the office.
  2. Same-Sex Marriage. California recognizes and issues licenses for same-sex marriages.
  3. Requirements. Both parties must visit the county clerk’s office together, be over 18, and have valid photo identification. If either party has been divorced within the past 90 days, bring a copy of the final dissolution.
  4. Civil Marriage Ceremony. The clerk’s office performs civil ceremonies for $85 at several locations, including Temecula. An appointment is required, but the ceremony can be on the same day as the marriage license issuance.
  5. Returning the License. The completed marriage license must be mailed back to 2724 Gateway Dr, Riverside, CA 92507, within 10 days following the ceremony.

For more information, visit the Riverside County Marriage License & Ceremony page on the County Clerk’s website.

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Congratulations to Ryan and Lydia! I wish you both the absolute best together, and sincerely hope you enjoy these images of your Temecula courthouse wedding as much as I enjoyed capturing them!

Temecula Courthouse Wedding – Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does It Cost To Get Married In Temecula?

The cost to get married in Temecula is $100 for a public marriage license and $110 for a confidential marriage license. Both parties need to be 18 or older, present valid photo IDs, and appear together to obtain the license. If divorced or dissolved a domestic partnership within the last 90 days, a final decree copy is required. Licenses are issued at specific locations and times, and applicants must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Both licenses are valid for 90 days anywhere in California.

Are There Any Great Restaurants Near Temecula and Murrieta For My Reception Dinner?

Yes, there are several highly-rated restaurants in Temecula and Murrieta for a celebratory meal. Below, are the 5 best restaurants for a wedding reception. Honestly, I recommend these spots to anyone who gets married in Temecula, California!

  1. Nonna’s Italian Restaurant. Located in Murrieta, Nonna’s offers a range of delicious Italian dishes in a cozy, family-friendly setting.
  2. Gourmet Italia. Owned by an Italian native, this Temecula restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine made with fresh, high-quality ingredients.
  3. Anthony’s Lounge & Ristorante. A Murrieta favorite, Anthony’s offers a blend of Italian and American cuisine in a classy yet comfortable setting.
  4. Bluewater Grill. Located in Temecula, Bluewater Grill is a top choice for seafood lovers, offering a wide variety of fresh, sustainably caught seafood.
  5. Rustico. A charming spot in Murrieta offering a delightful menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
    Make sure to book a reservation, as these popular spots can get busy, especially on weekends.

Are There Cool Places Near The Temecula Courthouse For Wedding Photos?

Yes! In fact, I know a lot of local spots within 2 miles of the Temecula courthouse that are great for wedding or elopement photos! For example, there are awesome hiking trails off North General Kearny Road that have all sorts of rad spots for wedding photos. The best part? The area is within 5 minutes of the Temecula courthouse! However, you do need to be a reside of Meadowview in order to take photos in that spot. And yes, I live in the area so I know all the cool spots and can photograph your elopement photos without you getting arrested!