Exploring the Charm of Martin Johnson House in La Jolla

Nestled in the heart of La Jolla, San Diego, Martin Johnson House stands as a testament to history and beauty. Originally built in 1915 for Scripps teachers and their families, this charming venue is now part of UCSD and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, offering couples a unique setting for their special day.

a bride and groom kissing on a balcony near Martin Johnson House La Jolla

A Coastal Gem with a Rustic Feel

 

Martin Johnson House in La Jolla exudes a laid-back beach vibe with a touch of rustic charm, making it the perfect backdrop for your wedding. As a “blank canvas” venue, it allows you to bring your own style and decorations, giving you the freedom to personalize your celebration.

What I Love about Martin Johnson House As a Wedding Photographer

 

As a wedding photographer, I’ve had the pleasure of capturing countless memories at Martin Johnson House in La Jolla. One of the best things about this venue is its affordability, especially considering its stunning ocean views. The nearby suspension bridge and ocean overlooks provide plenty of photo opportunities, and the shade from the cypress trees is a lifesaver for midday portraits. Plus, the sunset views are absolutely breathtaking.

Indoor and Outdoor Features

 

Inside, you’ll find a small kitchenette and ADA-compliant bathrooms for convenience. Outside, the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Scripps Pier set the scene for a magical day. The rustic cottage and multi-level decks are perfect for cocktail hour and receptions, while the spacious lawn beneath swaying cypress trees is ideal for saying your vows.

Accommodations

 

The exterior upper and lower deck can comfortably accommodate up to 130 people

Cost Considerations

 

With a rental fee of $3,000 per day, Martin Johnson House offers an affordable option for couples. This includes access to the lawn, cottage, patios, and courtyard, as well as the services of a security guard. Events can be held from 2 pm to 11 pm, with cleanup ending by 10 pm.

Get more information here at the venue’s website.

FAQ

 

  1. Can I use my own vendors?  While Martin Johnson House provides an approved caterer list, couples have the flexibility to choose other vendors for their event, provided they obtain a one-day certificate of insurance.
  2. What days of the week can I schedule a wedding? Weddings can be scheduled on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
  3. Can we serve alcohol? Couples may bring their own alcohol, which the venue’s approved beverage provider must serve.
  4. What are the rules regarding music? Live bands and recorded music are permitted until 10 pm, ensuring a lively atmosphere without disturbing neighboring residents.
  5. What are the options for dance areas? While the deck remains a favored spot for dancing, couples have the flexibility to choose between the deck, lawn, or indoor cottage space for their dance floor.
  6. What is the parking situation? Guests must have a parking permit, which can be distributed in advance or by a lot attendant for an hourly fee.
  7. Can we have a rehearsal? Limited to the wedding party, rehearsals must be scheduled with the event manager to ensure a seamless experience.
  8. Are sparkler exits allowed? Unfortunately, for safety and environmental reasons, we do not permit rice, birdseed, rose petals, confetti, sand, sparklers, floating sky lanterns, fire pits, glitter, or tiki torches on the premises.

Martin Johnson House in La Jolla – Your Ideal Oceanfront Wedding Venue

 

Martin Johnson House in La Jolla offers couples a beautiful and affordable venue for their wedding day. With its coastal charm, versatile spaces, and helpful staff, this gem by the sea is the perfect setting for beginning your journey together as a married couple.

Let’s turn your Martin Johnson House wedding dreams into stunning reality! Whether it’s those dreamy sunset shots or candid moments by the ocean, count on me to capture every special detail of your big day. Reach out today to start planning your picture-perfect wedding photography experience!

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