AZ Dueling Pianos will add music, magic and mojo to your wedding day!

Unique players, endless song choices, and incredible live music entertainment! That’s AZ Dueling pianos!!

AZ Dueling pianos is hands down the most fun you can have at your cocktail or dinner reception!  Just wait until you see how great it feels to have all generations at your wedding can request songs they love and this amazing act brings it to life at your wedding with energy and talent! Sinatra for Grandma? that’s a yes ‘all the way’! Elton John for your Dad? Pops say ‘hello yellow brick road’! Your gal pals want Lady Gaga? they can ‘just dance’ cuz they were ‘born this way’!

AZ Dueling pianos wedding entertainment and wedding reception music has brought wedding music, magic and mojo to so many satisfied couples, and their great reviews, and tons of experience and joy for life, love and music will have your guests engaging with each other and, most importantly, having the time of their life!

Meet Wedding Photographer Kirstin Burrows

Meet Wedding Photographer Kirstin Burrows! We love Kirstin for her talent and her way with people. Says this talented lady, “I believe in connection, for me it all started with the first time that my husband and I saw each other, we connected over a music-stand and wrong notes which began our crazy unique walk together. We will keep taking this journey together until the walk is a shuffle and it takes longer to complete, but I would not have it any other way with any other person.” View more of Kirstin Burrow’s wedding work on her website.

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Kirstin’s hearts desire is to capture not only the tender connection that only you know about but the essences of your true love. She says, “I understood what the meaning of true love is from my grandparents, that it was about making the simple things special, like the laugh that can lighten a room that changes the littlest moment into the best.  Marriage is forever no matter how difficult or simple the day is, it is about walking through the day together and falling in love all over again.”

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“Love is so much more than what is portrayed in movies. It is meant to fight for one another and build each other up. It is the struggles between the I do and the happily ever-after that I strive to capture.For us the struggles are laundry, our beagles, being parents with the highs and lows, worshiping our savior and walking hand in hand down the streets of the happiest place on earth.”

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10 Reasons You Need a Wedding Planner By San Diego La Di Da Weddings

We asked San Diego based Wedding Planner Lisa of La Di Da Weddings for her top 10 Reasons why you need a Professional Wedding Planner:

  1. A Professional Wedding Planner saves you time – did you know the average wedding takes over 200 hours of planning!? That's a 5 week vacation you could have! 
  2. A Professional Wedding Planner saves you money – a wedding planner is a repeat customer to many vendors and knows all kinds of tip and tricks for cutting costs that you couldn't possibly know your first time out wedding planning!
  3. A Professional Wedding Planner acts as your “Go To” – No more hassling, stressful (and sometimes annoying) questions from vendors, family and friends while you are trying to actually enjoy your own wedding!
  4. A Professional Wedding Planner allows you to have a worry-free day.  You can begin to relax and have fun with your guests.
  5. A Professional Wedding Planner handles any and all crises behind the scenes so as not to have any issues or problems broadcast to you or your guests. 
  6. A Professional Wedding Planner saves your friends and family from having to work on your behalf and missing out on all the fun. Keep your guests as guests and your family as witness to your big day! 
  7. A Professional Wedding Planner recommends vendors you can trust. Wedding planners are always vetting other vendors to recommend to you. Think of a Planner as your conductor for the day. How well can an orchestra play if they've never worked together even once?! 
  8. A Professional Wedding Planner helps keep you within your budget. The closer you get to the big day the more stressed you get and sometimes that can mean unnecessary stress spending or 'wedding creep' - your planner helps keep your eyes on the original goal of the wedding you want. 
  9. A Professional Wedding Planner brings your vision to life. Part conductor, part stylist, part good friend, a real Planner knows it is always all about you!!! 
  10. A Professional Wedding Planner brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise! You do not know what you do not know! 

Thanks Lisa we couldn't agree more!   

Groomer Girl Beauty: the Beauty Professional of Real Celebrities and Movie Stars wants to Make Your Look Your Best at Your Wedding

Groomer Girl Beauty is one of our favorite beauty, hair and makeup people on the planet! This dynamic professional wants only to make you a bridal star, so you can walk the aisle with style and grace! Leah and her Groomer Girl team offer you celebrity style hair and make-up, brought to you, the day of your wedding. Check out some of her famous clients who trust Leah and her Groomer Girl team to make them look great for their big events! 

Bring your inner essence outward so you can shine brightly and radiate your best face on your Big Day! Don’t hesitate to book Groomer Girl and her team today!

With a mission like theirs: "Empowering your bridal process through mind, body and beauty." you know Groomer Girl will take good care of you!! 

David Otero of Movin-Tunes -the music and energy expert for your wedding!

Movin-Tunes is an award winning Turn-Key Entertainment Company owned by David Otero (DJ Simple) that offers entertainment for any occasion. From themed weddings, corporate events, private parties to band-DJ combos. They also offer custom sound mixing, lighting, audio-visual, photo booths and karaoke and work closely with one of the top favorite wedding bands in San Diego, Republic of Music.  [Editors note: we’ve hired David to work some of our most important events and he is amazing.]

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David is known by the performance name DJ Simple, but there’s nothing simple about the ability to read a crowd and create a dynamic, energetic (read highly memorable) wedding reception for your diverse group of guests.  Get in touch with David for a consultation (or meet him in person at the February 25 Wedding Party EXPO at the US Grant where he will be DJ ing the 3:30 pm Presidential Ballroom fashion show on the big stage ) about how to get your wedding reception skyrocketing towards “best wedding ever“ status!

Craft Beers at Weddings - Border X Brewing has the coolest suds for your San Diego wedding reception

So you're marrying a Beer Geek or you are one. Congratulations! Unique, creative, one of a kind Mexican Craft beer is the perfect addition to any San Diego wedding! So here is a mini tutorial on the coolest Mexican inspired craft beer in San Diego: Border X Brewing. Border X creates beer that is not your typical Mexican beer. Oh and did we mention that in addition to their tasting a room, they have an in house kitchen with the best food and beer pairings and the coolest event space too!? Read on beer lover....

A few tips for celebrating a beer focused celebration: Bridal Showers, Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties, Rehearsal Dinners and Day after Celebrations are a given but can you have your Wedding at a brewery? Of course!! We love the idea of a reception inside a brewery [why should wineries have all the fun??!] We suggest adding a fun beer tasting to your cocktail hour, food and beer pairings at your reception, gift baskets of beer for your out of town guests, custom beer bottle labels with your name and wedding date on them, charming hops in your floral arrangements and more. Keep the beer themed design and decor elements to about 20% to weave them into your wedding style without overwhelming the day.

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Photos by  Shewanders

Photos by Shewanders

Adding craft beer to your wedding day? Check out the latest Border X beers made with unique and creative flavors with traditional Mexican culinary elements like cinnamon, figs, clover, bananas, chocolate, malt and of course the most gorgeous hops and brewed with a whole lot of love and passion in the mix. 

Border X's  Abuelita's Chocolate Stout  A sweet stout, made with Chocolate Abuelita bars, lactose sugar, bitter black malt, 7.2-7.5% alcohol. English yeast fermented. Cinnamon & chocolate aroma, with a medium to heavy body, dark chocolatey color and smooth taste.

Border X's Abuelita's Chocolate Stout
A sweet stout, made with Chocolate Abuelita bars, lactose sugar, bitter black malt, 7.2-7.5% alcohol. English yeast fermented. Cinnamon & chocolate aroma, with a medium to heavy body, dark chocolatey color and smooth taste.

Border X's  Abuelos Pale Ale  Brewed with English malts, darker pale color, hopped with home-grown cascade hops and home-grown dehydrated figs. Fermented with English yeast, refreshing full flavor. *Seasonal, brewed in September and available while supplies last only.*

Border X's Abuelos Pale Ale
Brewed with English malts, darker pale color, hopped with home-grown cascade hops and home-grown dehydrated figs. Fermented with English yeast, refreshing full flavor. *Seasonal, brewed in September and available while supplies last only.*

Border X's Blood Saison  7% alcohol. 3rd Place Award winner at the Del Mar International Beer Festival, under "Specialty Beer" Category. Beer inspired by the traditional Mexican drink Jamaica. Tart and red hue made with real hibiscus, agave, and crystal malts. A saison style beer with low bitterness, delicious after taste, and notes that hint to a sour.

Border X's Blood Saison
7% alcohol. 3rd Place Award winner at the Del Mar International Beer Festival, under "Specialty Beer" Category. Beer inspired by the traditional Mexican drink Jamaica. Tart and red hue made with real hibiscus, agave, and crystal malts. A saison style beer with low bitterness, delicious after taste, and notes that hint to a sour.

Border X's Gran Jefe  6% alcohol, slightly higher alcohol percentage than this style usually has. Wheat 60%, and 40% Pilsner malts. Yellowish color, banana and clover esters, slight yeast taste, fermented with Bavarian style yeast. Most popular house brew, good for a hot day. Good introduction to craft beer.

Border X's Gran Jefe
6% alcohol, slightly higher alcohol percentage than this style usually has. Wheat 60%, and 40% Pilsner malts. Yellowish color, banana and clover esters, slight yeast taste, fermented with Bavarian style yeast. Most popular house brew, good for a hot day. Good introduction to craft beer.

Border X's Horchata Golden Stout  If you love the Home made original flavor of the classic mexican drink Horchata, then you will love this beer that captures the essence of tradition and taste. Golden California in color, this 9% alcohol full body beer is made with notes of vanilla bean and whole cinnamon sticks.

Border X's Horchata Golden Stout
If you love the Home made original flavor of the classic mexican drink Horchata, then you will love this beer that captures the essence of tradition and taste. Golden California in color, this 9% alcohol full body beer is made with notes of vanilla bean and whole cinnamon sticks.

Border X's Random Hoppiness  American IPA, brewed with crystal malts, a bit of wheat, and 5 kinds of hops on the boil, on a rotating hopping schedule. Golden pale color, light to medium body. Good introductory IPA beer.

Border X's Random Hoppiness
American IPA, brewed with crystal malts, a bit of wheat, and 5 kinds of hops on the boil, on a rotating hopping schedule. Golden pale color, light to medium body. Good introductory IPA beer.

Border X crafts beer the way Mexican beer should be made the old fashioned way where quality, unique flavor and taste as the utmost goal. Get on down to Barrio Logan for a true San Diego experience and bring your friends!

Border X Tasting Room - Barrio Logan located at 2181 Logan Ave San Diego CA 92113
Open Tue-Wed 4-9, Thu 2-9, Fri & Sat 2-11, Sun 1-6
Phone - 619-501-0503
Brewery - Barrio Logan Production Brewery - By appointment only! 

We are in love with Farms Tables and More rustic wood rentals for your reception

Rustic farm tables (and matching arches, chairs and accoutrements) are the absolute rage in wedding reception decor and these are the best we've seen! Rufina and her team at Farm Tables and More are just the nicest people too - ready to lend a hand in helping you design and celebrate the most gorgeous wedding decor! Check out their stylish pieces and see a bunch of their offerings at the July 31 Wedding Party Bridal Show at NTC Venues at Liberty Station. 

The Fairy Godmother Foundation helping couples in trauma celebrate love

The Fairy Godmother Foundation  in Bakersfield, Ca grants wishes by providing a deserving couple in need with a wedding at little to no cost to them. They provide one wedding a year to a couple facing a serious life altering circumstances or facing a terminal illness. What a sweet way to care for others going through really troubling times. 

How it works: couples must be nominated by others [you cannot nominate yourself] here... and then the Fairy Godmother Board reviews nominations and votes on who will get a wedding!  Check their website (click image above) for more info. 

Signature Cocktails make your unique wedding style and personality come to life!

Bella Beverage Catering knows wedding drinks and cocktails! July 31 at the San Diego Wedding Party EXPO be sure to visit the Bella Beverage Signature Cocktail Lounge and meet owner and founder Blake Baylin (known as the queen of signature cocktails) in person. 

Blake says "Bella Beverage's philosophy is simple.  We are committed to serving you at the highest levels of excellence and etiquette. 
We understand the stresses imposed by planning even the most casual event--obtaining permits and proper licenses, adhering to budgets, and meeting your vision. We also realize that, above all, your event is of the utmost importance. That is why we are dedicated to professionalism on a personal level. Our mission is to help make your event as unique as it is unforgettable, by providing an impeccable, creative, and world-class experience.  We pledge to help make your event memorable with minimal stress; to pour every ounce of our skill, craft, and passion into each drink; to serve every guest with ease and alacrity, respect and responsibility; and to offer nothing but the very best.  Because this is your time, your day, your moment — and why should it be anything less than perfect?"

You'll want to meet and get to know this dynamo and taste her delicious signature wedding cocktails and see how unique drinks [the perfect mix of flavor, color and potency] add to your wedding cocktail hour and reception.

Gold and Bubblegum Pink Dessert table wedding decor idea by La Dolce Idea... how sweet it is!!

Super lovely and talented Sabrina Cadini of La Dolce Idea turns lucky brides' and grooms' dreams into reality. With her excellent eye for wedding decor ideas and her very good taste, this wedding expert has an artist's knack for beautiful wedding settings. Check out this Gold and Bubblegum Pink Dessert Table styled by Sabrina at the lovely La Valenica Hotel.  Known affectionately as 'The Pink Lady' this table set is a perfect fit for La Valencia!] 

Says Sabrina, "I styled this dessert table for a fabulous wedding couple; Yajhaira and Ricardo, who got married at La Valencia. The bride wanted to give sweet wedding favors to their guests and what could be better than a dessert bar? A mix of candy and desserts matching the glam and vibrant color palette (gold and bubble gum pink) were displayed on a majestic wooden table provided by La Valencia against a beautiful mirrored wall adding more depth to the final effect." Enjoy! 


The gorgeous cake pops and chocolate covered Oreos (yum!!) were created by the delicious wedding favor experts at Anjolie's Sweet Treats - the cake pops were finished with gold edible glitter and the sticks were covered with gold crystals to make them sparkle. The chocolate-dipped Oreos looked amazing with the sugar paste roses and gold edible glitter and were gone in five minutes. Sabrini offers a smart wedding planning tip for displaying dessert items: "Use ornate picture frames and insert a nice paper as background. Your desserts will look great in pictures!" Gorgeous photos by True Photography Weddings.  And check out Sabrina's blog here.

The Del Mar Flower Company; those nice people at the flower stand

If you are heading towards the coast for The Del Mar Fair be sure to stop by Highway 101 in Solana Beach and see the friendly people at Del Mar Flower Company. 

The Del Mar Flower Company is a trusted local florist with professional designers who create lovely florals for weddings and any other special event. They offer an expanded selection of beautiful, seasonal, local and imported flowers.  They even offer complimentary event and DIY bridal (who does that!?) consultations. Be sure to stop by and say hi to the friendly folk at this long time iconic shop and take some flowers home just because! 

Pleased to meet you... an interview with uber wedding planners Wynn Austin & Thomas Bui

Wynn Austin of Wynn Austin Events and Thomas Bui of Thomas Bui Lifestyle are the best of friends. They are also widely acknowledged as two of the top event designers and planners in Southern California. We were able to get to know them a little better a while back and learn what motivates these two passionate people who are both so incredibly talented at creating beautiful weddings.  We are so pleased to meet .... Wynn Austin and Thomas Bui...

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Wynn
: I wasn’t sure the exact position I wanted to be in, but I wanted to be in the business world and climb the corporate ladder so I can wear a suit everyday.  Then, when I was in it, I hated the corporate culture and I hated wearing suites.  Thomas: I wanted to be a High-End Fashion Designer, but now I’m a High-End Wedding Designer so I think it’s pretty close to what I wanted to do.

What was your first job ever? 
Wynn
: I was a bank teller   Thomas: I was a pharmacy clerk

Who inspires you?
Wynn
: Steve Jobs, Oprah, and Tony Robbins.  They are three amazing people that overcame adversity and became successful because they stuck to what they believed in.   Thomas: Steve Jobs, Karl Lagerfeld, and Preston Bailey. The vision and the products that they create are amazing, and I love how they dream big and out of the box.

Why do you love what you do?
Wynn
: I love what I do because I love working with couples and getting to know them and their families.  Also, it’s such a thrill to see everything that we planned and brainstorm to come together before our eyes.  I love having the couple see the room for the first time.  Even for me when we are running around all day, and to stand back and see the finished room, it’s an amazing feeling.  This job allows me to embrace my creativity and to design and create things that don’t exist.   Thomas: I love creating new spaces and taking on an element that the client loves and expanding that vision to a higher level that they didn’t know existed.

Did you / do you have a mentor or hero?
Wynn
: My hero is my mom.  I know sometimes I take her for granted but I wouldn’t have all that I have if it wasn’t for her hard work.  I am lucky to have a lot of Mentors! I have my fabulous best friend Thomas Bui to be my wedding mentor in this industry.  I have my friend Mike Bosworth, who is an entrepreneur & author who continues to teach me that I need to work smarter not harder.  My biggest mentor is my husband who’s taught me to think out of my comfort zone.  Thomas: My mentors are my parents

What is your specialty? 
Wynn: My specialty is my passion for design.  I love the design element of weddings and bringing up ideas to my clients that they love.  Also, I would say another specialty is working with people.  I’ve always learned that you have to treat all people with respect. I work well with people, even when something goes wrong or not according to plan, or when we are all under pressure.   Thomas: My specialty is styling weddings & events. 

What do you like most about doing weddings? /  your favorite part of your job?
Wynn
: I love that it’s always a happy event.  Even when I know during the process everyone gets nervous and things can get pretty stressful.  I know that moment will pass and the end result will be a beautiful couple and a beautiful wedding.  On the wedding day there is always so much amazing energy because everyone is excited and happy, and that’s what I love!   Thomas: I love the entire process of planning.  From brainstorming different ideas, showing clients different products, and putting together all the details. 

If you could have a super power what would it be? 
Wynn: I would love to be able to read people’s minds.   Thomas: I want to be able to see the future, and predict the weather way in advance 

What is your most memorable [professional] wedding moment[s]?
Wynn: My most memorable moment happened last week.  It was a Saturday wedding, and the weather was acting up, sprinkling, then clearing up, then sprinkling.  We decided to have the ceremony inside so the chuppah was all set up.  But then the sun came out and the couple really wanted to have an outside ceremony.  Next thing I knew I had 5 handsome groomsmen that came in and picked up the chuppah and carried it outside.  It was crazy but cool at the same time.  Like something out of a movie.   Thomas: My most professional moment was when I was first starting out and I was getting hired for jobs where I was competing against very well known and high end planners.  It was a moment that made me proud because I felt it was a big accomplishment and turning point in my career.

What is the place in the world [where you haven’t been] that you would want to visit the most? And why?
Wynn
: I have so many places on my list.  One place that is on top of my list is Japan.  I love the food and the crazy fashion.  I want to experience the hustle & bustle of Tokyo.   Thomas: I want to go South Africa, it’s always been my dream to experience the safari.

If you could have 6 people to dinner from any time or place in the world who would they be and where would you dine [and on what]? 
Wynn
: My people would be Oprah, Coco Chanel,  F.Scott Fitzgerald, Tony Robbins, Preston Bailey, Steve Jobs.  We  would be dining on French food & wine in a little café in Paris.  Thomas: Coco Chanel, Motzart, Da Vinci, Tom Ford, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Barbara Barry.  We would be dining in a castle in Paris with a tasting menu where everything was infused with champagne.

What’s your best advice to couple regarding your specific field?
Wynn
: Hire a wedding planner that you click with and understand your style.  It’s a long -term relationship.  Also, if you have a planner that understands your priority and can accommodate that.   Thomas: Trust your wedding planner’s judgment.  They do this for a living and you hired them for their knowledge.

Is there any specific music/artist/song that gets your creative juices flowing?
Wynn: Bruno Mars  Thomas: Hip Hop- Pitbull

How do you come up with the inspiration for your work? Designs? Ideas?
Wynn: I get my inspiration from home magazines & books.  Also, fashion magazines.  Sometimes I just browse the mall or boutiques to find inspiration.  Thomas: I read a lot of books and get my inspiration from my travels and from the fashion industry.

What should brides/grooms/curious seekers know about you? 
Wynn
: I’m pretty playful, I like to joke around a lot and make people laugh.  Thomas: I enjoy fashion so I take pride on my style, my manners, and knowledge of etiquette.  I’m also well connected in the community.

What makes your business wonderful and stand out from the rest?
Wynn
: I think Thomas and I have our own style & design niche but we also share a niche of the Vietnamese community.  I think aside from the cultural standpoint, what makes my business stand out is that I’m willing to do and try new things.  So if a couple and I come up with an idea, and I know it’s something that my team can build or make, I’ll toy with the idea and see if we can make it work.  Thomas: I’m one of the few men wedding  planners in San Diego and it’s always been my thing.  I feel like I can bring a masculine feel or element to a wedding in the design.

What advice do you have for brides to be?
Wynn
:  Enjoy the process and don’t put things off.  The sooner you get things done, the less you have to worry about later.  That way you can enjoy  and relax before your wedding.  Thomas: Splurge on your big day for something that you really want because you can’t bring that day back and change it later.  Also, don’t micromanage your vendors, hire professional vendors and trust them.

What do you do in your ‘off time’ that might surprise people about you? 
Wynn: I’m a bit of a nerd so I like to read a lot.  Also my other passion is to cook. Thomas: I love shopping & shoes so I like to go shopping!

What’s your favorite part of a wedding?
Wynn
:  My favorite part is when I send the bride down the aisle.  I love watching her go down the aisle.  That’s the moment everyone is anticipating and that’s the whole reason for the wedding. Thomas: I love seeing everything come together on the wedding day and seeing the couple happy.

Watch local fave Cute Cakes on Cake Wars tonight!

Set your DVR for tonight because local fave Cute Cakes in Escondido is going to be on @foodnetwork! Don't miss Briana and #TeamCuteCakes on #CakeWars! Tune in Monday June 6th (or check your local TV listings for the Season Premier) So thrilled for this great local bakery team and wish @cakes_ondeck14 the best in the competition!

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Heart of gold....a 'local wedding hero' bridal salon saves a traumatized bride's day with an act of kindness and generosity.

With all the stress, details, energy (and money) spent on planning the wedding you want, the very thought that your bridal gown would be stolen two weeks before the big day with no time to have it replaced is just awful. That's exactly what happened to a La Jolla bride recently when she walked outside one morning to find that her car and her bridal gown have been stolen.

But what she never saw coming was an amazing act of kindness from Escondido bridal salon Something Borrowed. Owner Stacy O'Neill of Something Borrowed bridal came to the rescue and offered this traumatized bride her pick from her huge selection of beautiful designer bridal gowns.

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http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/La-Jolla-Womans-Wedding-Dress-Stolen-2-Weeks-Before-Her-Wedding-380896461.html

Well done Stacy!! We've been wanting to create a 'local wedding hero' award for wedding professionals who go above and beyond for some time now and think we just found our first recipient!

A peek at how passionate wedding professionals get together...(and Flamingle!)

When wedding professionals get together to discuss ideas, business and helpful tips with each other you would think they would surround themselves with anything other than things wedding related. But not these passionate  [and amazingly talented] wedding pros! True wedding artists love dreaming about weddings, trying out new wedding styles and designs, working with [and finding new ways to help] wedding couples, and basically staying in love with all things wedding.  Here we showcase a fun and exciting business meeting of Weddings of Distinction, a very select group of wedding professionals who regularly get together to connect and as they did here, 'Flamingle'... just imagine what these love loving pros would do at your wedding! 

Vendor Credits:

Floral, decor & design: Embellishmint Floral + Event Design Studio

Cakes and Desserts: Sweet Cheeks Bakery

Gold Ring Screens: Enticing Tables

Linen & napkins: Concepts Event Design & Rentals

Venue & Food: Tom Ham's Lighthouse

Photography: Laura Christin Photography

Engagement Photography tips from San Diego photography expert Tim Otto

Local photographer Tim Otto knows engagement and wedding photography! Before you head out to capture your love in an engagement shoot keep a few things in mind for the best results, here are Tim’s Tips for Engagement Sessions...

What to wear....Clothing ideas….
Tim has shot hundreds and hundreds of engagement sessions and recommends that couples wear clothing of similar tones and color harmony.  he suggest that couples avoid attire with logos, distracting patterns or stripes, saying "I want the couple to feel comfortable and wear whatever reflects who they are. Different outfit styles are a good option if we plan to visit a couple of shoot locations – starting with a casual style and ending with a more formal, dressed-up look." He recommends that although you don't need to 'match' couples should make sure there is continuity between their outfits.
 
Adding some fun stuff for style, how props can add to your shoot...
Fun items that reflect your life together can be used in your engagement session. Tim says..." I have had couples bring signs, bikes, pets, motorcycles, guitars and books – I can incorporate just about anything that is meaningful to both of you. Sometimes girls will do a practice hair and make up trial for the engagement session to make sure all is good for the wedding. This is just an optional idea but it can help with the confidence in how you feel being photographed."

Where oh where shall we shoot? Locations For Your Session....
Tim Otto knows his locations for great engagement shoots, (Editor's note: most photographers will keep their favorite spots a secret but that's one of the things we love about  this talented photographer: he's always willing to share ideas to help everyone have a better wedding!) he says "I like to do the sessions at places meaningful to the couple, or I have some favorite San Diego engagement locations. Little Italy is a fun spot it has different-colored walls and storefronts make for great backgrounds. Balboa Park has so many unique areas. It has amazing architecture, incredible doors, fountains, rod iron gates, strange tree roots, wood bridges, botanical gardens… just about everything is there. Windansea and La Jolla Cove are great locations for beach photos with the seascape of rocks, beach and ocean; they also feature some wonderful sunsets. Downtown San Diego in the Gaslamp Districtmakes for some great urban photos.There are so many incredible things to photograph down there, including trolleys, taxis, train tracks, fountains, metal art sculptures, brick buildings and cool doors… lots of great urban texture. It might be my favorite engagement location in San Diego. Centennial Park is another good spot. Located on Coronado, it has a stunning view of the San Diego Skyline. There is also a small little beach that is nice to use. The Historic Hotel Del Coronado makes for another great location with it's beautiful white sand, rocks and amazing sunsets."

All of Tim Otto Photography's Wedding Packages include an Engagement session!

For more info check out our website at www.timotto.com