The Ultimate San Diego Wedding Photography Checklist: Don’t Miss These Shots

By, June 14, 2023

At True Photography we know that above all your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life. We understand how important it is to capture every moment, big and small, so that you can relive the magic of your wedding day for years to come. That’s why we have created the ultimate San Diego wedding photography checklist, so that you don’t miss any of the essential shots.

Getting Ready

Firstly, the getting ready stage of your wedding day is full of excitement and anticipation. It’s also essential to capture the emotions of this special moment. Here are some shots that you should include in your wedding photography checklist:

  • Bride’s dress hanging up
  • Bride and bridesmaids getting their hair and makeup done
  • Bride putting on her wedding dress
  • Bride and bridesmaids putting on jewelry
  • Groom and groomsmen getting dressed
  • Groom tying his tie

Check out our getting ready gallery for more inspiration!

True Photography captures a shot from the Ultimate Wedding Photography Checklist San Diego


Your wedding ceremony is the heart of your wedding day, and because of this, it’s essential to capture every detail of this special moment. Here are some shots you should subsequently include in your wedding photography checklist:

  • Guests arriving before ceremony starts
  • Bridal party walking down the aisle
  • Groom’s reaction when he sees the bride for the first time
  • Bride walking down the aisle with her father
  • Exchanging of vows
  • Ring exchange
  • First kiss as a married couple
  • Signing the marriage license afterward

Take a look at our ceremony gallery for more images!

A shot from the Ultimate Wedding Photography Checklist photographed by True Photography


Your wedding portraits are the images that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Here are some shots that you should include in your wedding photography checklist:

  • Bride and groom alone
  • Bride and groom with the bridal party
  • Bride with bridesmaids
  • Groom with groomsmen
  • Bride and groom with their parents
  • Bride and groom with immediate family

Check out our couple portrait gallery for more inspiration!

Couple portrait in front of a living wall in San Diego photographed by True Photography


Lastly, your wedding reception is where the real party starts, and it’s essential to capture the fun and excitement of this special moment. Here are some shots to be sure you should include in your wedding photography checklist:

  • Reception venue overall decor
  • Bride and groom’s grand entrance
  • First dance
  • Parent dances
  • Toasts and speeches
  • Cutting of the cake
  • Bouquet and garter toss
  • Dancing and celebration

Browse through our reception gallery for more wedding inspiration!

The first dance from Ultimate Wedding Photography Checklist photographed by True Photography

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and your wedding photos are the perfect way to preserve the memories of this special moment forever. Furthermore, at True Photography, we understand the importance of capturing every detail of your wedding day, which is why we have created this ultimate San Diego wedding photography checklist. By following this checklist, you’ll be sure not to miss any of the essential shots, and you’ll have beautiful images to treasure for a lifetime.


Little Dudes, Big Day | Ring Bearer Inspiration Photos

By, May 19, 2016

Whenever kids are included in the wedding party, we can count on them for fun and memorable wedding photo moments. Besides being adorable, kids add unpredictability and joy to the wedding day proceedings, and deserve their own moment of recognition. In this spirit, we’d like to take a moment to honor a very important guy at the wedding – the ring bearer :) Often partnered with a flower girl, the ring bearer plays a sweet and honorary role in the wedding process, and brings a burst of youthful energy to the wedding day.

In a traditional ceremony, the ring bearer walks down the aisle first, carrying a pillow with the rings tied to it. However, if you have a group of kids you want to recognize, you can have a whole parade of cuteness. These kids can all walk into the ceremony together, with any number of “assistant” ring bearers carrying signs to signal the bride’s arrival. To include the youngest of the bunch, a Radio Flyer wagon makes the perfect “aisle-terrain” vehicle.

We hope you enjoy our selection of recent ring bearer inspiration photos :)

bride kneeling with ring bearer b&w photo of two ring bearers walking down the aisle composite photo of ring bearers with pillows ring bearer with pretend whiskey b&w of dapper ring bearer and flower girl ring bearers holding sign smiling ring bearers making an entrance flower girls escorting ring bearer bride kissing embarrassed ring bearer ring bearer in pink bow tie with sign b&w of ring bearer with flower girl behind two ring bearers in gray suits ring bearer with styled hair walking kneeling groom with ring bearer holding sign

Check out more heartwarming and fun ring bearer photos from recent San Diego weddings.


Candid Emotion | Photo of the Week

By, April 15, 2016

There are many benefits to having two photographers at your wedding. One of the biggest advantages is having the same moment documented from multiple perspectives. For example, at Susan and JR’s wedding at Grand Tradition, all eyes were fixed on Susan as she entered the ceremony site. However, because we had two photographers in action, we were also able to capture JR’s priceless reaction. It’s fleeting, personal moments like this that we feel tell the *true* story of the wedding day, which is why it is our Photo of the Week.

Groom Cries After Seeing Bride

Check out more of Susan and JR’s tropical Arbor Terrace wedding.