Memorial Day | Love and Valor

By, May 30, 2016

The military presence runs deep here in San Diego, and many of us come from families with military backgrounds. We greatly appreciate all the hard work and sacrifice made by the brave men and women who serve our country, and love photographing weddings for active and retired service members. To pay tribute to our local servicemen from the Army, Airforce, Navy and Marines, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite moments from military weddings throughout the year.

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During Boo and Michael’s wedding at The Westin San Diego (above left), our photographers arrived early, and discovered this American flag mural on a nearby building. We were amazed by the striking visual of Michael’s clean white uniform set against the patriotic hues of the flag.

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You have to love a guy in uniform (above). Before Ashley and Andrew tied the knot at Founder’s Chapel at USD, the bridesmaids pulled Andrew in for one last photo. By having two photographers documenting the day, we were able to capture this moment while Ashley remained hidden from guests.

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After Ayami and Bryan’s ceremony (above left), the new couple made their way through the Arch of Swords. As a comical “welcome to the military” gesture, officers gently swatted at Ayami’s behind. Her candid reaction to the moment speaks volumes! We love freezing moments like these filled with genuine emotion.

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To show our respect and give back in a small way, our studio offers an ongoing 10% discount for all active and retired military couples. To inquire about your own wedding, please visit our Package Customizer for details, and be sure to contact us with any questions.

Military Groom picks up Bride for fun wedding couple portrait under white gazebo

Check out more inspiration from recent San Diego military weddings :)


A Ruby Red Wedding at Orfila Vineyards & Winery | Stephanie and Sean

By, March 26, 2013

Just five months before their big day, Stephanie and Sean booked Orfila Vineyards and Winery for their dream wedding.  Because Stephanie has a passion for wildlife, and Sean loves being active outdoors, the couple had always envisioned an outdoor wedding. Orfila was an ideal location to tie the knot, with its beautifully manicured lawns and view of the San Pasqual Valley agricultural preserve.


Sean began his romantic journey with Stephanie by proposing with a unique family ring, featuring a gorgeous Ruby center stone. Stephanie was so touched by his thoughtfulness that she decided to incorporate the ruby color of the ring into their wedding decor and attire.


To integrate his Jewish heritage, Sean was adamant about hand building the traditional chuppah that they were to be married under.

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Just before sunset, on the gorgeous lawn overlooking our majestic vineyard in the San Pasqual Valley, the couple was married.


Ruby red accents were present throughout the entire event, including the flowers, the love notes written by the 120 close family and friends who attended, and the silk sash that wrapped around Stephanie’s lace wedding gown.

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While guests sipped on award-winning Orfila wines, Stephanie and Sean enjoyed their first moments as husband and wife, and relaxed in our Old World Tasting Room.


Following the cocktail hour, guests gathered for a warm evening reception in our large tent. The tent was draped with market lights, setting the mood for a romantic and vivacious soiree.


Venue: Orfila Vineyards
Photography: True Photography
Bakery: Babycakes
Disc Jockey: Beck’s Entertainment
Caterer: Continental Catering
Linens and Rental: Continental Catering
Event Beverage Service: Orfila Vineyards
Invitation: The American Wedding
Makeup: The Big Day Hair & Makeup by Kristi
Hair Stylist: The Stratford House Salon & Spa
Florist: Third Bloom


The Catch | March 22, 2013

By, March 22, 2013

When we saw this image, we knew we had to feature it as our Photo of the Week. We’ve photographed many weddings where the single guys stand around, and let the garter fall straight to the floor. Typically, the guys make no attempt to even touch the garter, much less catch it mid-air. Clearly, this spirited guest had no qualms whatsoever. You go, man!


Check out more photos from Crystal and Adam’s wedding.