On any given weekend, Balboa Park can be the perfect setting for that once-in-a-lifetime moment.
Sometimes it’s a bridal party just after the happy occasion. Or perhaps the anxious smiles of a couple posing for those all-important engagement photos.
Susan and LeGrand Redfield were married in the park in 1970. Susan recalls that it was a walk through Balboa Park that gave her the idea for her wedding venue.
“I looked out at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion and I said I want to get married on that stage,” she recalls.
For $25, the park cleaned up the area and set up chairs and for another $25, the organist performed for the ceremony.
Forty-four years later, they are still married and hope they can help raise money for the park they love.
Now, the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is asking couples like the Redfiields to submit their special occasion photos for a special contest held in honor of the 2015 centennial program.
Once submitted, the photographs will be up for votes. Those getting the most votes will be eligible for prizes ranging from the Top 100 to the Top 10 to the Grand Prize of a special item from Charles Koll Jewelers valued at $10,000.
Any photograph earning more than 500 votes will receive an Annual Explorer Family Pass for Balboa Park. The $129 pass is good for general admission to 17 park venues in one year.
There are rules for the contest that involve rights to photographs so you'll want to read them over before entering.
And there is a small fee to enter your photo and a fee for friends and family to vote.
Organizers say the funds raised will support the educational and community programs offered by the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership.
My Balboa Park Wedding: 100 Years of Memories will last until May 25.
Learn more about the contest and prizes here.