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LACEY & DAVE 10.15.10

Dave and I met at the wedding of mutual friends, but did not go on our first date for over a year. Due to our mutual friends, Dave and I would constantly encounter each other at football games, BBQ’s and parties in the city of Chicago, where we both currently live. Our first date kicked off a year of love and friendship, and we were engaged on the following Christmas, when Dave proposed on the front doorstep of my family’s home in Encinitas, California.

Since we were planning a San Diego wedding from our home in Chicago, we relied heavily on the internet for locating our vendors. We were stunned when we came across True Photography’s website listed first on our google search of San Diego Wedding Photography. True’s ability to capture couples’ personality in their photos, along with the great locations and vibrant colors had us sold! We couldn’t have been happier with Aaron on the day of the engagement photo shoot. He encouraged us to be ourselves by incorporating a handstand, water fight and lots of laughter into our shoot. We loved our pictures so much that we hired True to design our Save-the-Date. You would not believe all of the compliments we’ve received!

Thank you Aaron and True Photography!  We can’t wait for you to capture our wedding at La Costa Resort and Spa!

~ Lacey (Bride)

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Engagement photo shoot by True Photography…..really brings out the dynamic personalities of these love birds!!

This animated and beautiful couple who is getting married in September was shot all around NTC Promenade

“The Notebook” Part Deux

Our love story starts circa 1992. I was the ridiculously talented eighth-grade star on the boys’ varsity basketball team. Michelle was a mere seventh grader managing the team while juggling a budding career as professional model and concert violinist. Okay, so at least that’s how my memory prefers to remember it.

That time period was a blur-boys were growing up and girls were growing out, hormones were raging out of control and braces were standard issue. I would occasionally catch myself drifting off in practice seemingly more focused on the beautiful lady sauntering the sidelines than anything Coach Lowney was yelling at us.

It was a season of perfection for the mighty Wolves of Lake Ridge. We went undefeated (yet again) and the hero (that’s me) led my team to another championship. I had everything an eighth grade boy desired-a shiny trophy, the adoration of awkward teenage fans, a magnificent banner adorning the gymnasium wall, and a three-month supply of Oxy to battle those humiliating middle school pimples. Life was pretty sweet. Apparently, the only thing missing was my courage-I never did find enough gumption to speak with my future wife that year.

Approximately two years passed until our paths crossed again. I finally found the inner strength to call Miss Couch, who was now a young woman tearing up the soccer fields and basketball courts herself, and express my youthful adoration. We were just minutes into our conversation and things were going perfectly; until she told me she was moving to California in two weeks! ☹

Michelle and I kept in touch corresponding as pen pals for a while. She would send modeling pictures and I enjoyed hanging them up on my bedroom mirror. I’d tell everyone that Michelle was the girl of my dreams, including my girlfriend at the time. That pretty much ended that relationship. Throughout the years when I would think about “Mitch”, my heart would flutter while I’d wonder why our worlds were prematurely torn apart.

A year ago, the Lord sent me an angel. My world turned upside down when our paths amazingly crossed again. We reconnected with each other via Facebook in this technological age and I felt like that 8th grade boy once again-only this time it was, forever.

~ Brant (Groom)

I became obsessed with Exquisite Wedding Magazine and fell in love with the unique, boutique style of the weddings highlighted. I began to notice True Photography as a repeated vendor amongst the many different weddings and ultimately fell in love with the editorial style of images. I knew I wanted my pictures to have the similar feel to timeless art. Aaron Feldman, owner, portrayed a confidence and passion for photography that was undoubtedly addicting. The initial engagement shoot was not only a blast, but our photographer truly gave us free reign to express ourselves as a unique couple. I was a little hesitant at first to present the old school basketball theme, but our photographer was extremely supportive and the images ultimately portrayed the youthfulness and memories that brought both Brant and I together. Thank you to True Photography for making our childhood memories a reality and we look forward to more precious moments to come!

~ Michelle (Bride)

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MARISSA & DANNY 08.31.10

Another amazingly symbolic engagement session moment for The Bridal Bar!

It is so fantastic how the ingenious team at True Photography Weddings makes every emotion-filled romantic moment so visibly felt!!

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APRIL & TODD 08.03.10

We love to see the inner personality  of a couple come alive with their engagement pictures….

Todd and I met with many photographers before choosing True Photography. Upon entering their studio, we felt completely at ease. They were willing to answer our questions and stayed with us for quite a while showing us their work! You can tell right away that everyone there loves what they do, are passionate about it, and also extremely professional. The quality and uniqueness of their work far surpassed that of any other photographer we met with! Todd and I were a bit nervous going into the engagement shoot, but quickly started having fun with it. We were so comfortable with our photographer, and actually didn’t want it to end!

~ April

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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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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!!


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The Bridal Bar is excited to premier the 1st of many short educational clips.  Enjoy!!!

Wedding, Family & Portrait Photography Location Selection by Don Mirra

As a professional photographer in san diego Don will help you understand why family photographs and engagement photographs need a good location. You will understand more about light and that the beach while great might not be the best first choice.

Don Mirra Photography fuses a passionate, artistic eye of composition and light with a photojournalism approach of spontaneity and responsiveness to the “decisive moment”.

Don Mirra Weddings’ expansive line of style, confidence, and experience combined with Don’s comfort in capturing formal and informal images ensures all aspects of your wedding experience are documented while providing the exclusive bride and groom with avant-garde photographic memories.

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