23Aug

Groom Inspiration | Photo of the Week

By, August 23, 2017

For our Photo of the Week, we’re bringing a little groom inspiration (groom-spiration?) With his white shawl lapel tux, and black bowtie, our groom Charles hit it out of the park. His ensemble was perfect for his chic wedding to Nikia at the US Grant. A look this classic deserved a solo stylized portrait! 

When photographing Charles, we couldn’t help bringing out his wistful expression and infectious smile. Enjoy :)Portrait of a handsome groom

Check out more of Nikia and Charles’ classic US Grant wedding photos

15Mar

Dressed to Impress | Groomsmen Getting Ready

By, March 15, 2016

We love witnessing the bromance between the groom and his buddies on the wedding day. While the bride is squared away with her ladies, our second shooters typically head over to the groom and his fellas. By having two photographers on the wedding day, our crew is able to divide and conquer, and capture the early moments of the day from both perspectives. The guys often create hilarious and unpredictable moments, leading to unforgettable images to enjoy for years to come.

When we first arrive, the groom and his buddies are usually getting dressed to impress. Once they are prepped and ready, there may be time to kick back, talk smack, or play a competitive game of pool with a beer (or two) to celebrate. We enjoy finding creative ways for the guys to let loose and show off their personalities.

For a stylish collection of dapper dudes preparing to tie the knot, check out some of our favorite pre-ceremony moments.

Groomsmen fix ties in front of mirror

With so many groomsmen and only one mirror (above), we had to get a little creative. After spotting this awesome multi-paned mirror in the lobby, we made sure there was enough prep room for all the guys at Vanessa and Justin’s wedding.

Modern groom before wedding ceremonyGroom buttoning up jacket Groom's watch and bowtie

We love when grooms pick fun, vibrant details to match their personalities. When we noticed Anton getting a bowtie assist from one of his buddies on his wedding day (see above), we couldn’t resist capturing a photo in hopes of learning a trick or two ourselves.

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Sometimes, couples exchange a special pre-ceremony gift, such as during Begum and Michael’s wedding (left) or Katie and John’s (right). We like to capture intimate moments like this, where we can grab the Groom’s reaction as he reveals what’s inside.

Groom shows off fancy watch Groomsmen sit in lobbyGroom laughing as he puts on tie

While Steven and his groomsmen shared a few rounds of jokes, we captured this genuine reaction from the groom, whose laughter couldn’t be contained. By staying alert and focused, we were able to jump on this fleeting moment before it passed.

Groom's colorful Socks and BowtieGroomsmen sit casually on steps

Between funky colored socks, dapper-looking bowties or fancy watches, the groom’s details can be just as colorful and entertaining as the bride’s.

Groomsmen help the groom with his outfitGroomsmen skateboarding down street

Daniel and his buddies are avid skateboarders, and after spying a stack of decks in the corner, we were determined to put them to good use. The group was more than willing to entertain us with some sweet tricks. By letting groomsmen show off their inner daredevils, we were able to document a fun and spontaneous moment.

Groomsmen wearing polka dot socksGroomsmen having fun playing pool before wedding ceremony

For more photos of couples getting ready for the big day, 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 :)
Wedding couple sharing an intimate moment under a veil at St. Therese
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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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Cheering wedding party bboard the Old Town Trolley as bride and groom share a kiss
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.