24Mar

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles | Christine and Jin

By, March 24, 2016

Christine and Jin tied the knot at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. This church, which is one of the most spectacular in America, is located just minutes away from downtown LA, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills. Interestingly, the sanctuary of the church has been featured in productions such as Mr. Deeds, Spider-Man 2, National Treasure, Ugly Betty, and The West Wing. As a ceremony site, the First Congregational Church was especially appropriate for Christine and Jin, because Christine’s dad is the Pastor :)

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Christine and Jin’s photography timeline included a first look prior to the ceremony. This enabled us to capture Jin’s first reaction to his bride in her wedding dress. While shooting, we made use of a wide-angle lens, allowing us to incorporate details of the building into specific portraits.

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To ensure lots of coverage during the ceremony, given the immensity of the room, we actually had three photographers in action.

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The first photographer was located up front, near the pew, capturing the ceremony up close.

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The second photographer was in the balcony, taking overall photos and overhead views of the guests.

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The third photographer was situated in the back, shooting details like the bride’s dress as she walked down the aisle.

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The newlyweds held their reception at Stuart Hall Gallery, situated on the church grounds. One advantage to having the ceremony and reception on the same property is that attendees are able to mingle right away, enjoy dinner and congratulate the newlyweds.

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For more of Christine and Jin’s beautiful church wedding, please click here.

14Jan

Classic Balboa Park Wedding | Teresa and Thomas

By, January 14, 2016

Teresa and Thomas were married at Teresa’s home parish, the beautiful St. Therese Church in Carmel Valley. The church was literally down the street from Teresa’s “getting ready” location: the house she grew up in. The reception took place in the heart of Balboa Park, at The Prado, which features Spanish-Colonial charm and unique architecture. As you can imagine, there were many breathtaking photo locales. We hope you enjoy a selection of our favorite images from their special day!

Wedding photographed of a kissing couple framed in arches at the Alcazar Garden in Balboa Park in San Diego, California.
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Teresa and Thomas went off the beaten path for this epic photo, above. To help capture the magnitude of the magnolia tree, and its exposed roots, we used a wide-angle lens.
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As we were photographing artistic portraits, we were also having lots of fun with Teresa and Thomas, which brought out some real emotion :)
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When you meet this couple, you instantly fall in love with their genuine, inviting personalities. This explains their massive wedding party, and the family and friends that traveled great distances to be a part of their special day.
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Teresa and Thomas used an Old Town Trolley to get their bridal party from the ceremony to the reception, which made for really fun photos.Cocktail hour at the Prado in Balboa Park in San Diego, California Singing mariachi band at cocktail hour of a wedding Reception room at Wedding at The Prado, at Balboa ParkTrue Photography stylized portrait photobooth 0037
During the cocktail hour, we set up a “live” photo booth. We were able to photograph a stylized portrait of each and every guest, including the happy couple. This made for an awesome keepsake!
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Later, during the reception, we snuck Teresa and Thomas out of the room for a few nighttime photos. We used off-camera lighting for added drama.Group photo at the Prado, in San Diego.

Venue: The Prado at Balboa Park
Coordinator: Breezy Day Weddings
Florals: Organic Elements
Hair Stylist: Victoria G Hair Design
Transportation: Old Town Trolley Tours
Makeup: Makeup by Kandice
Bakery: Flour Power
Rings: Pave Jewelers

We had a blast photographing Teresa and Thomas’s spectacular wedding. To see more of this classic wedding, please click here.

21May

Glamorous Hairstyles | Stunning Bridal Hair Photos

By, May 21, 2014

Once you find the perfect wedding dress, it’s time to choose a hairstyle to go along with it! While some brides feel more comfortable with their hair similar to their natural look, others see the wedding as an opportunity to try something completely different, daring, and glamorous. We work with a number of gifted hair designers who transform beautiful everyday styles into sweeping up-dos, shimmering waves, and bouncy curls. And for a dramatic touch, many brides add flowers, jewelry or a veil to complete the look, and to make a statement! If you would like inspiration, and lots of styles to check out, have a look at these stunningly coiffed brides! HairStyle-1 Above image: Hair by Azelle Santa Ana HairStyle-2 HairStyle-3 Above image: Hair by Team Nicole HairStyle-4 HairStyle-5 HairStyle-6 HairStyle-7 HairStyle-8 Above image: Hair by Kelly Zhang Makeup & Hair Studio HairStyle-9 Above image: Hair by Salon Radiance HairStyle-10 Above right image: Hair by Siick Iimages HairStyle-11 Above image: Hair by Tracy Mathis HairStyle-12 Above image: Hair by Beauty Everafter HairStyle-13 HairStyle-14 Want to comb through even more hairstyle photos? We have ’em here!