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WE WELCOME PAUL BARNETT PHOTOGRAPHY!! 07.30.10

The Bridal Bar is honored to make a picturesque addition to our portfolio of accomplished shutterbugs!

Paul Barnett’s work is evidence of his unobtrusiveness and his quick and spontaneous eye. Paul is invisible during the process, allowing his subjects to be relaxed, and most importantly, be themselves. With predecessors of the photo-documentary movement such as Henri Cartier Bresson and Helen Levitt, Paul’s photographic intuition allows him to release the shutter at the decisive moment.

Paul Barnett’s wedding images embrace the concept of both perspective and attitude.  Based on a mandate to be truly reactive rather than proactive and a dedication to record events as a historian rather than a director. The final result; a collection of photographs, genuine and unrehearsed, that bring to life the small idiosyncrasies that define us as individuals, close family and good friends.

Paul Barnett’s unique style and quality craftsmanship is known throughout North America, Europe and Mexico, as he has been commissioned to photograph weddings from New York, to Hawaii, as well as Copenhagen, Berlin, and London. Paul’s photographs have been published internationally and he frequents the pages of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Inside Weddings and Martha Stewart Weddings.

Equally popular is Paul Barnett’s child photography. A lesson in effortless un-complicated portraiture. Presented as stunning black and white fine art photography, Paul Barnett brings to film that deep penetrating “look” that many times only the parent can see. Based in San Diego, Paul Barnett has become the preeminent choice for those families seeking genuine documentation of the growth and development of those we love.

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SWEETS FROM THE SWEET STUDIO 07.28.10

Our very own “Baking Barrister”, The Sweet Studio was featured for her colorful and perfectly beautiful treats of cookies, cake & desserts.  The incredible display was part of a Circus Wedding Theme for Style Me Pretty‘s bridal inspiration shoot.

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BRIDAL BAR HOME COLLECTION 07.27.10

The Bridal Bar has launched its first product in conjunction with interior designer and television lifestyle expert Jennifer Adams!!!

For More Information Contact The Bridal Bar ~ 858.459.1685

In Stores Late Summer 2010.

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WREN & SCOTT 07.22.10


Our Story: Scott was playing college baseball when a mutual friend of theirs on the Softball team introduced him to me. There was instant chemistry and we have been together ever since. That was in 2001! After graduating from UCSB, both Scott and I returned to Los Angeles to begin our careers. Scott, an avid sports fan, is an Associate Producer for Fox Sports Net. I worked for several years as Business Analyst and Project Manager before moving into Event Planning. Scott proposed to me on my 26th birthday. While opening birthday gifts, he slipped the ring box in the bottom of a new pair of Uggs. When I couldn’t get my foot into the Ugg, I reached into the boot and pulled out a ring box – to only look up and see Scott on one knee.


Since Scott and I both live in Los Angeles, it wasn’t always easy planning a wedding down South, especially when it came to finding the best vendors! After talking – and meeting – with several photographers in the San Diego area, both my Mom and I spoke with Aaron at True Photography. Aaron won us both over! He was so nice, yet very easy to talk to and never pushy. He accommodated all of our needs, and was always available to answer questions. Our photographer Michael even arranged our Engagement shoot over the Christmas/New Year holiday! The wedding was amazing, the shots that Michael and Janice captured are unbelievable! Could not have asked for more! Scott and I feel so lucky that we had such wonderful Vendors, we had a perfect day!

~ Wren

Here at The Bridal Bar, we are thrilled to receive and share successful wedding day stories, we are just so proud to work with and be surrounded by the Best of the Best in the industry!

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WE WELCOME SOBELLE FAVORS!!! 07.20.10

The Bridal Bar is so very proud to add a new delight to our flavor of favors!!!

SoBelle, an alternative approach to favors with the  goal to customize your event with superior designs and styles to match your theme!

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HOT NEW WAYS TO PROPOSE 07.16.10

If you are the kind of guy that likes to do things that are out of the ordinary to add that little extra special touch to life, we guarantee this will make you look like a superstar!

As if proposing to the girl of your dreams wasn’t hard enough on its own, then you have to pick and purchase the right ring and after all of that you now have to find the perfect spot to convert into that moment that will last forever……

When your ready to jump in and propose, The Bridal Bar can be a great resource for you!  Let us help you make a Big Splash with a  Memorable Proposal.

Do something totally different, creative, and special for your proposal with Beach Shoot San Diego. They have made available different activities that are turned into romantic timeless moments for your special day, which they capture all on film for you to review forever!

They are making timepieces that create the couples’ prosterity for the future….when people propose it’s something that is once in a lifetime and they never want to forget a single second of that moment in time.

You can chose one of their very own Message In A Bottle romance packages where the element of surprise denotes the significance of that very special day.

What better way to set the mood with an out of this world experience to tell generations to come, than with a wonderful activity set to navigate into the sunset!!

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WE WELCOME COPY COVE!!! 07.13.10

The Bridal Bar is so very proud to add a new color to our rainbow of invitation studios!!!

#1 place for high quality copying and printing in La Jolla!

CopyCove happy to celebrate 30 years of service!

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SHOES….SHOES….FABULOUS WEDDING SHOES!!!! 07.10.10

As the saying goes….”diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, well not so fast….for some girls….SHOES are a girl’s best friend!!!

With traditions and trends changing ever so fast, we have selected some inspirational shoes with different designs and styles that can fit every bride.

FOR THE TRADITIONAL BRIDE….

FOR THE METALLIC BRIDE….

FOR THE COMFORT SEEKING BRIDE….

FOR THE BALLERINA BRIDE….

FOR THE COLORFUL BRIDE….

FOR THE SPARKLING BRIDE….

FOR THE ROCK & ROLL BRIDE….

Whichever bride you are and what ever your style is, its YOUR DAY….feel free to be free and express yourself how ever YOU want!!

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JULIA & TONY 07.08.10

After all the emotional excitement of saying yes to your beau has finally settled, there are many exciting and important things you will begin to do as a happily engaged couple! One of the most fun-packed things you will be involving yourselves with will be your engagement photo session. You will be able to express yourselves freely and artistically and can use these wonderful images for a number of ideas for your future wedding plans.

You can use them to announce your blissful news or make them into personalized save the dates. You can even create a guestbook for your wedding day or simply keep them as timeless precious memories as Julia & Tony did……

What I really wanted was a sexy shoot. I was looking for pictures that our grandchildren would look at one day and think to themselves…. ‘Grandma and Grandpa were hot!’  In researching engagement photography, I preferred those with vibrant colors, interesting poses and couples that looked like they were having fun. We both had a blast during this shoot! Our friends keep saying it looks like a magazine shoot for 944. The pictures came out exactly how we wanted and I look forward to having them as a lasting memory of our wonderful engagement… and our lack of wrinkles.

- Julia

I would say that thanks to True Photography, we can all say ….mission accomplished!!

CONGRATULATIONS JULIA & TONY!!

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GROOM ADVICE – 2010 Engagement Ring Tips & Trends 07.07.10

What Is A Better Way To Find Inspiration Than The Very Latest Engagement Ring Trends?

Square settings and diamonds are definitely the latest engagement ring trend. Many recent celebrity engagement rings including Mariah Carey, Ashlee Simpson, and Jessica Alba, all feature square central settings and square cut center diamonds. Square shaped diamonds include the Asscher, princess, radiant and cushion cuts.

Art Deco and vintage inspired engagement rings are popular, and this ties in really well with the square shaped central settings. A great advantage to this style of engagement ring is that you have a ring that is classically beautiful and timeless.

Colored diamonds can add a subtle or not so subtle element of color to your engagement ring. The advantage to colored diamonds is that they are the same hardness as traditional diamonds so they wear well. Colored diamonds vary in prices, with pinks and yellows costing more than the traditional blue white, and the champagne and cognacs costing significantly less.


Platinum and white gold bands and settings are becoming increasingly popular. While platinum is a more costly metal, it is much harder wearing, hypoallergenic, and will never wear out. Both white gold and platinum will enhance the size of your diamonds, and will not detract from the sparkle and fire of your stones. White gold is a more cost effective option than platinum, but the white gold needs to be regularly plated with rhodium to maintain a high luxurious shine similar to platinum.

Engraving special quotes, messages, or nicknames on the inside of the engagement ring is becoming increasingly popular and helps to personalize your ring.

Sparkling settings in pave are in trend. Whether your custom made engagement ring is a solitaire, three stone, or five stone, there is always plenty of opportunity to adorn the surrounding setting, shanks or band with sparkle. Pave set diamonds can be a great way to maximize the sparkle factor without a hefty price tag. Baguette set diamonds are also popular set along the band but will be more costly than a pave settings.

Bridal sets look very finished and are becoming increasingly popular in the new year. When designing your own engagement ring you can have your wedding ring designed as a perfect fit at the same time. Choices include having a wedding band that has been worked or engraved to match your engagement ring, pave set diamonds on both engagement ring and wedding ring, or patterned rings that match. The great advantage to bridal sets is that the two rings are always going to sit perfectly together.

Courtesy of groomsadvice.com

Here at The Bridal Bar, we know how nerve wrecking choosing the right diamond and setting to match your bride’s personality and the expression of your love for her can be. We want to help you make the right decision for your heart and your wallet. In addition to the above tips and trends, we also suggest that you Ask The Diamond Guy and get a more precise knowledge on your diamond and it’s setting!!

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