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How to Choose the Right Photographer for Your San Diego Wedding

Your wedding day will be many things: joyful, emotional, exhilarating… and a frenzied blur. After months of planning, the day will feel like it passes in an instant. Once it’s over, your photos will be a lasting memento for you to turn to when you want to relive one of the most special days of a woman’s life. So, in order to guarantee fabulous pictures that you actually enjoy looking at, it’s crucial to choose the right photographer. But how does a busy San Diego bride-to-be find the perfect fit?

San Diego Wedding Photographer

Don’t procrastinate.

The best San Diego wedding photographers book their schedules about a year in advance—so, don’t dawdle. After you set a date and find a venue, nailing down your photographer should be the very next thing on your to-do list.

Put your feelers out.

Start asking around about wedding photographers as soon as you get engaged. Personal references from friends are invaluable, as are online reviews. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations among your wedding vendors as well—for example, your wedding reception venue will likely be able to provide some great information based on their past experience.

Develop a vision.

When you imagine your wedding album, what do you see? Perhaps you envision documentary-style photos of your day, which are entirely candid and un-styled. Or maybe you’re looking for portraiture photography, with lots of traditional poses. And then again, you might want something altogether different and unique. Whatever your vision is, identify it and embrace it!

Do your homework.

Choosing a wedding photographer is trickier than selecting any other component of your big day for one reason: you won’t know what you’re getting until it’s too late. In order to ensure that you’re thrilled with your pictures, it’s crucial that you do your due diligence before—so prepare to scour potential photographers’ website galleries, dig through online reviews and ask around to get a clear picture of their reputation.

Meet them in person.

There’s no substitute for a face-to-face meeting when it comes to getting a feel for a photographer’s energy, vision and personality. You’ll be spending most of your wedding day in their company, so don’t underestimate the importance of a personal connection.

Don’t try to cut corners.

Your cousin may be an aspiring photographer willing to shoot your wedding for free, but remember—you get what you pay for. You certainly don’t have to break the bank for great pictures, but this is one area of the budget where you really don’t want to scrimp. Your wedding only lasts for one day, but the pictures are forever. With a little research, some forethought and a reasonable budget, you’re sure to find an outstanding San Diego photographer who will deliver pictures you’ll be proud to show off for a lifetime!

5 Tips to Plan the Perfect San Diego Quinceañera

For most Latina girls, your fifteenth birthday celebration—or quinceañera—is right up there next to your wedding day as one of the most special days in a young woman’s life. And similar to a wedding, ensuring the perfect quinceañera requires a tremendous amount of forethought and planning. So what’s an almost-fifteen-year-old to do? Keep the following tips in mind while you plan your party, and your San Diego quinceañera is sure to be the fabulous affair you’ve always imagined!

 1.      Set a budget and stick to it.

This is key. Talk to your parents about your vision, but keep in mind that you may have to scale back on some things in order to keep your party from breaking the bank. If you’re going to have padrinos and madrinas help sponsor your Sweet Fifteen, it’s important to find out what these family members or friends are able to contribute before making your budget.

 2.      Choose the perfect venue.

Think of your venue as the foundation of your quinceañera. The event space will be the backdrop of your reception, will be featured in all your photos and will determine your décor options. For these reasons, it’s crucial to choose the right banquet venue. Most quinceañeras are held in event spaces that often serve as wedding venues. Tour several different party venues in San Diego before making your choice, and examine their amenities carefully—when you find the right one, you’ll know!

 3.      Don’t skimp on the photographer.

Your big day will pass by in a blur, and once it’s over all that’s left are your memories… and the pictures! So rather than trying to save money by putting your aunt and her iPhone camera in charge of capturing your party, splurge on a professional photographer. Ask friends for suggestions or check with your San Diego event venue for recommendations. Years from now, you’ll be happy you paid a little extra for quality photos!

San Diego Quinceanera

 4.      Pick the right dress.

Now for the really fun part of planning—dress shopping! Traditional quinceañera dresses are white or pink, but today anything goes. Try on a variety of styles, colors and silhouettes to get an idea of what flatters your body shape and skin tone best. Stay away from anything too sexy and opt for a classy look instead. But most importantly, choose a dress that you feel great in—there’s nothing more beautiful than confidence!

 5.      Don’t forget to have fun!

Your quinceañera is a very special day; so, enjoy it! It’s easy to get bogged down in the details of planning and to stress over all the little things that don’t go exactly as planned. But when it’s all over, the day is really about celebrating your transition into womanhood with your closest friends and family. Relax and enjoy your San Diego quinceañera. Eat, dance, laugh and have a fabulous time—after all, it’s your party!

Real Weddings at Twin Oaks

Congratulations to Paige & Michael!

Married August 17th 2013 at 5:45 pm at Twin Oaks Golf Course.

Congratulations to Paige & Michael on their recent marriage! We were so happy to host their Wedding at Twin Oaks Golf Course this past August. We wanted to wish this adorable couple the absolute best, and give you a taste of how sweet their San Marcos wedding was.

 

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