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The Grand Del Mar ~ February 14, 2011
Wedding photography by  Tim Otto Photography
Tim Otto Photography is a pre-screened member of the bridal bar.

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SARAH & SCOTT 05.26.11
La Estancia La Jolla ~ February 19, 2011
Wedding photography by  Tim Otto Photography
Tim Otto Photography is a pre-screened member of the bridal bar.

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Graham & Ever decided that their dreams would come to life in beautiful and enchanting Santa Teresa, Costa Rica where the waves are epic for surfing and the relaxed beach atmosphere is ideal for unforgettable wedding celebrations.
Casa Capitan which boasts the largest and most extravagant house in Santa Teresa, and that’s an understatement, makes it the most amazing venue for quaint weddings of 50 guests or less.
The ceremony took place on the beach at sunset, followed by the wedding reception which was a short stroll up the sandy path through the palms to the house and nestled by the infinity pool.
The hanging lights and votives mixed perfectly with the surrounding palm fronds and myriad of strategically arranged Cali lily, orchid, and hydrangea arrangements, all done in the corresponding colors of white and green.

In lieu of wedding favors, guests signed custom made coasters and dropped the coaster into a bowl for the charity of their choice, including a local school, an environmental cause, and an animal shelter. {Which by the way, is just a magnificent idea!}

Congratulations to Graham & Ever, may they have a long and joyous life journey together!!

~ Don

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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Sarah Keeter arranged to meet Jason Fontana on New Year’s Eve 2009-2010 at Our Lady of the Rosary in Little Italy where they  would exchange their vows ceremony. Mr & Mrs Fontana would then head over to the US Grant to celebrate becoming husband & wife in a festive and fun wedding reception. All the while, every single moment of this most spectacular day was being documented by one of San Diego’s top photographers, Tim Otto of Tim Otto Photography.
We are very happy to share with you, Tim’s beautiful images of this amazing event featured in Inside Weddings Magazine – Winter 2011 Issue
Jason & Sarah Fontana ~ 12.31.2009
Tim’s passion and creativity result in unique and contemporary photographs for all occasions, from intimate weddings on the beach to grand elegant celebrations. His enthusiastic, warm and friendly personality creates a comfortable atmosphere of trust, allowing couples to relax and feel confident that every important and beautiful moment will be captured in an instinctive and unobtrusive style. Tim is respected for his outstanding service and high-quality work, his wedding images have been published in numerous publications, including Grace Ormonde, InStyle, Town and Country and People.

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KC AND GARTH 11.12.10

It was a truly memorable day for KC & Garth at The Pelican Hill Resort

The expectation….

The romance….

The food….

The dancing….
The beginning of a lifetime of unforgettable memories….
And it was all captured by the artistic eyes of  the experts at True Photography

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Adair and Christopher by True Photography

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe ~ May 22, 2010

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JIIN & ALLEN 08.14.10

Allen and I met in Vegas! Yes, Vegas. I guess, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas haha! We met at the club called Tao. The next day, we went on our first date official date. Allen was from San Jose and I was in San Diego, so we did the long distance thing for about a year, until Allen made the move to San Diego. A year later, Allen proposed to me.

It was a pretty easy choice when we decided to go with True Photography. Aaron was the first photographer to call us back, so being prompt was really important to us. Aaron was the only photographer we had spoken to, but because he was so friendly, easy going, seemed to know his stuff, and the photos were amazing, we signed the contract right away.

So many people were like, “Weren’t you guys tired of smiling and taking pictures?” But no, we didn’t even feel like it was any work at all. It was really fun, and a very easy experience. Michael and Eddie were both awesome shooters. Everything went so smooth and felt very organized that we were able to spend a lot of time with our guests.

~ Jiin (Our Bride)

Images courtesy of True Photography Weddings. Especial thanks to all of those who made Jiin & Allens special day a dream come true….Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club, La Fleur, Entertainment at Large- Mike Hogan, Concepts Event Design,  MSI , Raphaels, The White Dress, Wedding Paper Divas, Edelweiss Bakery.

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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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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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NATALIE & BRIAN 07.01.10

We love to share heartwarming stories……

From our Groom, Brian:

Nat and I owe our first real encounter not to fate, not to serendipity, but to our friends Nicole and Dan. Nicole and Dan were Nat and my respective friends during the first year of law school and who were also roommates. At the end of the first year, Dan and I began looking for places to live for the second year of school, and Nic and Nat did the same. I don’t know if it was Dan or Nic, but one of them came up with the brilliant idea that we should all four live together. Little did Dan and Nic know, but that decision would eventually lead to awkward nights of sitting in the living room while the other two roommates openly flirted on the couch.

Dan and I left California for the summer, thus, Nat and Nic were tasked with the job of finding all four of us a place to live. Dan and I gave them one requirement, the house had to be close to the beach. I remember receiving a call on my 23rd birthday from Nic and Nat (whom I hadn’t really met at this time, except in passing) asking whether I would “live in a living room.” They told me that they had found a three bedroom house close to the beach that had “an extra room that I could totally live in.” Due to the houses proximity to the beach, I readily agreed to live in this mysterious extra room that would eventually become known as Bridey’s “closet.” For some clarity, it was called Bridey’s closet because when I built the fourth wall for the room I used a folding closet door instead of the usual bedroom door. The room was actually quite spacious. Those who were lucky enough to have seen “the wall” will attest that Norm Abram (“This Old House” and “New Yankee Workshop” reference) would have been proud.

So, after moving into my new spacious closet, I rolled out of bed one day and found a fiery redhead that I didn’t know sitting on my living room couch.  Although I could be mistaken, by the time I got out of bed Nat had already ran a mini-marathon, completed all of her homework for the next seven weeks (even though the second year of law school didn’t start for another week) and volunteered at no less than three different charities. Given that it was noon, I hadn’t yet brushed my teeth, had a debilitating hangover, was shirtless and in my boxers, I knew that I could desperately use someone like Nat in my life. It didn’t hurt that she was pretty cute, too. I decided then and there to start laying it on thick. Apparently Nat needed a sarcastic underachiever in her life because, after several months of well-planned encounters in the living room and nights of calculated flirting, Nat eventually succumb to the onslaught of awesomeness that I was dishing her way.

From out Bride, Natalie:

We met with quite a few photographers before we came across True Photography. Actually, Brian’s cousin, who is a photographer herself, found them for us, and, based upon the photography she saw on their website, thought they did amazing work. So we contacted Aaron, and set up an appointment.

Upon meeting with Aaron, it became immediately apparent that we had come to the right place. He was easy to talk to, open to our ideas, and had great suggestions. We were sold. And when he told us that our lead photographer, Michael, had spent years photographing Yosemite National Park, I knew that we had found the only wedding photographer on the planet that Brian would actually be excited to work with.

On our wedding day, Michael and Eddie were relaxed, available, and never intrusive. If one of the bridesmaids had a picture idea, they took it, and, if we didn’t have any ideas, they came up with suggestions. We could not be happier with how our wedding pictures turned out! Michael, Eddie, Aaron, and April have been amazing, easy to work with, and so accommodating… and they have given us a lifetime of memories to enjoy. One of the best decisions we made in planning our wedding was choosing True Photography!

It truly was a memorable day!

Venue: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe ~ Wedding Dress: Mariee ~ Hair Stylist: Brides by Blondie ~ Florist: Nancy Stevens ~ Bakery: For the Love of Cake

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