I understand your apprehension and concern with Pudding Creek...
My wife and I are wedding photographers here in Mendocino and have photographer many weddings at different locations in the area. I have to say, none at Pudding Creek but, people do use it for a ceremony location.
I have to agree with what you said about the look of it.
Now, that said, there are a lot of beautiful locations and beaches that you can use for your wedding ceremony.
You may want to consider going south of Fort Bragg a little and using a bluff or beach around the town of Mendocino, like Big River Beach, Portaguese Beach, the Mendocino Overlook, Cypress Grove or the headlands.
Also, there is an amazingly beaurptiful bluff overlooking the coast at the Fort Bragg Botanical Garden (you may have to pay a small fee to be there)...
In short, keep searching, there are lots of areas that are open access and lots of other state park areas, too.
You can go to our website and see examples of all the locations I listed and then go to our "client galleries" link and look at a gallery called "Location Samples"; the photos are all labeled with their locations.
Glass Slipper Photography http://www.glassslipper.biz
Good luck with your search and best wishes!
Baqi & Natalia
Glass Slipper Photography of Mendocino
Thank You for the advice and tips! I will look around :) I hope to find something quickly. It's such a headache to do this from far away! Not as easy as I thought, lol.
Click on each tool to see a sample.