These Wedding Photos show why Black and White should always be part of Your Wedding Album

San Diego wedding Photographer Tim Otto Photography does it again.  Capturing real people and real emotion at a wedding is a gift and a talent; things Tim clearly possesses.  And there’s always something about black-and-white when it comes to photographing people - it’s strips away all the distractions and allows you to see the energy and connection and the emotions.  Another bonus? A Bride's skin is flawless in black and white and her look transcends current day trends to become timeless. So take a tip from Tim and make sure to add some black-and-white images to your wedding album!


Two of our favorite things come together for a lovely wedding photo

We love it when two of our favorite things come together to make such a beautiful finished product and Tim Otto Photography and the gorgeous La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla are two of our very favorite things and we think it's easy to see why.... 


La Valencia hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla (known affectionately as the Pink Lady) offers some of the most beautiful wedding settings in Southern California. Tim Otto is one of the top wedding portrait, engagement and special event photographers and when these two come together well we're just in awe! 

Love and Laughter Fills Up a Beautiful Old Hollywood Styled San Diego Wedding

Love and Laughter Fills Up a Beautiful Old Hollywood Styled San Diego Wedding! Today's featured wedding is a magical vintage fairytale celebrated at the US GRANT HOTEL.

Says our bride "I can, truly, say that our wedding day was the happiest, most fun day of my life! Actually, everything leading up to the "big day" was so fun! The planning, the showers, the Bridal luncheon, and even just getting ready- I'd happily do it all again! Having an amazing set of vendors was key in the day being low stress, happy, and fun! The U.S. GRANT is incredibly beautiful on its own. I love that every time I walk in the hotel, I feel like I just stepped into a vintage Hollywood party, complete with chandeliers, lounge furniture, and delicious Manhattans. Truly, that pre-existing decor was the inspiration for our wedding. Along with the beauty of the venue, tables, decor, etc.,  I think everyone had a great time, which was VERY important to us! We served champagne at the ceremony, had the U.S. GRANT's special Centennial Manhattans at the cocktail hour, and we had the most amazing band! They had incredible energy and were such a talented, fun set of performers. Honestly, I couldn't stop smiling, and now, when I look back at the day, I can't stop smiling either! Truly, it was the best day ever!" We couldn't agree more!

Featured Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photographer:  Tim Otto photography//Floral Designer: Flowers Annette Gomez//Linens and Coverings: APR Linen Rental//Favors and Gifts: Candee by Sandee//Cinema and Video: Epic Affair//Cake Designer: Michele Coulon Dessertier//Band: Republic of Music//Event Planner:Trena's Special Occasions//Event Venue:US GRANT HOTEL//Lighting: Vario Productions//

Tim Otto Photography and The Great San Diego Engagement Shootout

We had so much fun sponsoring this cute contest with some of the area's top photographers! Here are Victoria and Patrick as captured by Tim Otto Photography on Valentine's Day at The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort Great Engagement Shootout Contest. 

Victoria's Story:

Victoria was born and raised in Las Vegas and went to Boston University for college. She studied abroad one summer in China and fortuitously met Luke Herman, although she actually found him annoying at the time. :P It wasn’t until the many China reunions back in Boston when they bonded and she fully realized the magnificence of Mr. Herman.

Fast forward to 2011… Victoria was in Australia and agreed to go home one week earlier than planned just for Luke’s birthday celebration in Vegas. He had a Facebook event set up for it, so of course Victoria had to creep and see if there would be any potential cuties there. This dude named Patrick Border stood out the most, and when she met him in person for the first time, it was confirmed—target acquired! ;)

Victoria and Patrick’s stories of what actually happened that weekend will forever differ…but what can be agreed upon was that’s when their relationship began to bud. Patrick insisted on continuing to text Victoria afterwards, despite texts costing her 10 cents per text at the time! :o (Victoria eventually got with the times and added unlimited texting just for Patrick.)

Half a year of long distance nonsense later, Victoria moved to San Diego, and it’s been amazing ever since. Victoria and Patrick are thrilled for this new chapter in their lives and so look forward to partying and celebrating their love with their family and friends.

Patrick's Story:

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Patrick had been to Las Vegas numerous times before but had never really Las Vegas’d before, so when grad school buddy Luke Herman announced he wanted to celebrate his birthday in Las Vegas in March of 2011, Patrick had no choice but to join in. After a long and rough trip in Bar Van, Patrick and Co. arrived in Vegas and were greeted by Victoria in the hotel lobby. After sensing an initial spark, Patrick kept his game face on the entire weekend and didn’t let go of the girl, even after leaving Vegas.

He continued to text and message her, even though she was very clear that she leaving Las Vegas for Chicago and then, who knows where. However, after convincing her to come to LA for a Clippers game, and then later to San Diego for his graduate school Prom, Patrick and Victoria became official in May of 2011, with Victoria finally moving to San Diego later that year.

4 ½ years, 2 moves and a cat adoption later, Patrick popped the question to Victoria in Rosarito, Mexico in September of 2015. After taking her time to respond (she loves to point out that she didn’t say yes immediately), Victoria and Patrick are happily engaged and excited to tie the knot in beautiful San Diego at The Darlington House!

And these charming images showcase exactly why you get professional engagement shots done! Thank you Tim Otto!! 


It's the Great San Diego Engagement Shoot Contest! Win a $500 engagement shoot on Valentine's Day!

On February 14, 2016 Valentine’s Day at The Wedding Party EXPO, this ‘Romance’ theme show will have a special Engagement Photo Shoot Prize featuring some of the areas top photographers capturing the love in a FREE engagement session right at the show! 

4 lucky couples will get an engagement shoot right at the show. Each couple gets paired with a top area wedding photographer [like the incredible Tim Otto Photography - see some of his work below]. This photographic artist will spend a little time with you at the lovely Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort get to know you a little and to see your unique beauty in person and then do a FREE engagement shoot in gorgeous pre staged areas designed by Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals! 

Each winning couple gets all retouched engagement photos from the shoot… plus an 11” x 14” print of their fave photo from the shoot … and all images on flash drive……… total value $500! 

 Enter to win just click here!

With decor sponsored by Pop Up Picnic a division of Lauren Sharon Design & Rentals.


A bright and beautiful wedding full of color (and superheroes) lights up the day!

Have you ever walked into a wedding and instantly felt like it reflected the couple you know and love perfectly? That each element shined with the style and energy of your friends who are about to embark on their exciting journey down the aisle?

This super fun [and super in love!] couple’s wedding, planned by local favorite Susanne Duffy of Crown Weddings and Events and shot by the ever popular Tim Otto Photography completely captured this dynamic couples, well...dynamism! 

This bright and happy wedding at the gorgeous and world class Estancia La Jolla was the perfect blend of beautiful bold colors which reflected the bride’s personality, all infused with the undeniable love between these two soul mates. 

With a gorgeous outdoor La Jolla [there's a reason it is called 'the jewel'] ceremony this wedding was nothing short of a modern day fairytale.

After the ceremony guests enjoyed a evening of great food from this world famous resort, great company and music that lasted till the wee hours of the night. 

Oh and one minor thing....apparently the groom and his groomsmen were all super heroes in disguise! It was, by all accounts, a day full of beauty, power, elegance, and, of course, true love!

See the full wedding  and vendor credits here