2023 San Diego Wedding Trends

By, March 16, 2023

At True Photography, we love keeping up with the latest wedding trends, and 2023 promises to be an exciting year for San Diego weddings. From bold color schemes to intimate micro weddings, here are some of the top trends we expect to see in San Diego weddings this year.

Bold and Bright Colors

Firstly, say goodbye to pastels and muted tones! In 2023, we expect to see more weddings in San Diego featuring bold and bright colors. Think vibrant jewel tones like emerald green, sapphire blue, and ruby red, paired with gold or silver accents. These bold color schemes can add a pop of personality and excitement to your wedding photos.Bold color table setting wedding trend photographed by True Photography

Micro Weddings

Due to the ongoing pandemic, many couples are opting for smaller, more intimate weddings in 2023. Micro weddings are perfect for couples who want to prioritize their closest family and friends, while still having a beautiful and memorable wedding day. Some popular venues for micro weddings in San Diego include Sunset Cliffs, Balboa Park, and La Jolla Cove.  Check out True Photography’s elopement gallery for more micro wedding inspiration.True Photography photographs an elopement in downtown San Diego

Sustainable Weddings

As more couples become conscious of their environmental impact, we expect to see an increase in sustainable weddings in San Diego. Additionally, couples are opting for eco-friendly wedding venues, locally sourced and organic catering, and recycled or biodegradable wedding favors. Not only does this help reduce waste and carbon emissions, but it can also add a unique and thoughtful touch to your wedding day.Healthy farm fresh wedding appetizers San Diego wedding trend

Mix-and-Match Bridesmaid Dresses

Gone are the days of matchy-matchy bridesmaid dresses! Particularly in 2023, we expect to see more bridesmaids wearing mix-and-match dresses in different styles, colors, and textures. This trend allows each bridesmaid to showcase her unique personality and style, while still maintaining a cohesive look.A classic San Deigo wedding trend of non matching bridesmaid dress captured by True Photography

Interactive Food Stations

Interactive food stations are an overall fun and engaging way to add some excitement to your wedding reception. In 2023, we expect to see more San Diego weddings featuring unique food stations. For example, DIY taco bars, sushi rolling stations, and dessert tables with a variety of sweets and treats.Wedding dessert bar photographed by True Photography

If you’re planning a San Diego wedding in 2023, consider incorporating some of these top wedding trends. From bold and bright color schemes to micro weddings and sustainable touches, these trends can help make your wedding day unique, memorable, and also on-trend. At True Photography, we can’t wait to capture all the beauty and excitement of these upcoming weddings.


L’Auberge Del Mar Wedding

By, March 13, 2023

At True Photography we’ve had the pleasure of working with countless couples in some of the most beautiful venues throughout San Diego. One of our favorites is L’Auberge Del Mar, which offers stunning ocean views and a luxurious atmosphere that truly sets the stage for a memorable wedding day.

L’Auberge Del Mar

Located in the heart of Del Mar, L’Auberge is a luxurious resort that sits right on the beach. From the moment you arrive, you’re greeted with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The landscape provides an impressive backdrop for your wedding photos. We know how important it is for a wedding venue to have both indoor and outdoor options. L’Auberge Del Mar delivers on both fronts. With an elegantly appointed ballroom the venue offers ample space for a grand reception. Additionally, the outdoor terrace is the perfect spot for a sunset ceremony or cocktail hour.L'Auberge Del Mar Wedding sunset ceremony photographed by True Photography

For photography purposes, we love the natural light that floods the L’Auberge Del Mar venue. The light creates a soft and romantic atmosphere that’s ideal for capturing intimate moments. Whether you’re exchanging vows in front of the ocean or celebrating with loved ones in the ballroom, we’ll work closely with you to ensure that every detail is captured beautifully.L'Auberge Del Mar Wedding couple at sunset in San Diego photographed by True Photography

One thing that sets L’Auberge apart from other wedding venues is its incredible attention to detail. From the stylish decor to the impeccable service, everything about this venue exudes luxury and sophistication. We appreciate how the team at L’Auberge Del Mar takes the time to get to know each couple. The staff works tirelessly to bring their wedding vision to life.L'Auberge Del Mar Wedding reception table settings captured by True Photography

The staff at L’Auberge is also fantastic to work with. They are incredibly attentive to detail and also work hard to make sure your wedding day runs smoothly. From the moment you book your wedding with L’Auberge, you’ll be assigned a dedicated event coordinator. They will help with everything from selecting the perfect ceremony site to arranging the catering so that your wedding will run smoothly.L'Auberge Del Mar Wedding cocktail hour appetizers photographed by True Photography

Overall, we highly recommend L’Auberge Del Mar as a wedding venue. The stunning location, variety of photo opportunities, and incredible staff make it a fantastic choice for couples who want a wedding that is truly unforgettable. Whether you’re planning a large, extravagant wedding or a more intimate celebration, L’Auberge has everything you need to make your day perfect. Check out our L’Auberge gallery for more wedding inspiration!


The True Post-Production Process

By, March 01, 2021

To ensure your photos represent the “True” style, they (Best Photographers in San Diego) undergo hours of hands-on care and attention. Our post-production process starts with an amazing photograph. We then take that photograph and bring out the very best within the image. These refined techniques really showcase the art and style of each photo, ensuring that the images will remain timeless, with that extra oomph :) 

This post will walk you thru all the steps taken with the “best of the best” images. 

Step 1 – Portfolio Image Selection
When new photos are ready to be worked on, we start with the Portfolio Selection Process. This involves personally reviewing every photo from your shoot, and deciding which ones best represent your day. You will still have access to every photograph taken, but there are certain shots from your photoshoot that are the clear standouts.

Members of our team, working hard on your photos. When making selections, we make sure to showcase a variety of poses, locations, and lighting. 

STEP 2 – Image Enhancement
Now that we have our portfolio images selected, it’s time to give them the True treatment. In this step, we adjust tones within each photo, correct temperature, and refine the color. We make a lot of small decisions that dictate how far to go, and when to stop.

For example, check out this image taken at Meaghan and Daniel’s wedding earlier this year:

The example above is the original image, right out of the camera. Isn’t it pretty? :) We intentionally exposed it this way, for the highlights, in order to preserve the detail. Had the image been exposed for the mid-tones, all the detail in the sky would be lost, and no amount of post-production would bring it back. 

Next, we identify the areas of the image that will require enhancement.

To address these items, we add our “Secret Sauce.” This consists of applying our custom, painstakingly developed Photoshop presets, as well as expert manual adjustments. We balance the color temperature, bring out the shadows, and restore any lost detail in the highlights, resulting in the image below.

That’s looking better! This is the image after undergoing enhancement. We strive to create images that are bold, crisp and clean, while maintaining natural skin tones.

Step 3 – Image Retouching
With the image looking the way we want it, it’s now time for a little retouching. In this step, we use meticulous Photoshop techniques to remove skin blemishes, fly away hairs, and any other distractions in the image.

We identify areas of the image that will be retouched.

Step 4 – Image Delivery
After identifying the problem areas, and retouching the image, the result is a final product that we are proud to deliver to our clients. Check out the example below to see the results, after the retouch has been performed.

Compare this against the original image from before!

We hope you enjoyed this peek behind the scenes, with a glimpse into the hard work that goes into your finished photos.