Vintage Inspired Wedding

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The Vintage inspired wedding of Rosemary and Tim was one of the cutest weddings we’ve coordinated this year.  When we met with the bride, we fell in love with the design.  Vintage, girly inspired is what came to mind and it was even more beautiful when the day arrived. The flowers were a mix of pink and yellow pieces placed in vintage containers collected by the bride.  The guests enjoyed the outdoor ceremony site on the lawn overlooking the Pendleton golf course.  The bride arrived in style in a deep blue vintage vehicle which pulled up to the golf course!  The ceremony was beautiful and intimate. After the ceremony, the couple had a blast during their photoshoot together!  Guests were given a bundtini cake favor laced in a vintage inspired box and signed a “guest book” that was a plate.  This was important to the bride as she would be able to utilize this plate again while cooking and seeing all the wishes her guests left for the couple.  Inside the room, the design was very adorable.  Tables were adorned with pink and yellow floral, lace and the cake table included bundt cakes!  The card box was an adorable wooden box with lace and signage.  The couple joined their guests and had a fabulous sweetheart table with signage and lace.  Our favorite part of the evening was the “first dance” which included the couple’s dance, moving into parent dances (together) then the couple’s daughter joining the couple for the last 30 seconds of the song!  It was wonderful!

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Thank you Vendors!

Third Bloom

Nothing Bundt Cakes Del Mar

Daniel Frazier Photography + Richard Gonzales

DJ Astir

Lotus Den Hair Studio

The History of the White Wedding Dress!

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In 1840, Queen Victoria wore what people describe as a “flamboyant white gown”.  In those days, wearing white clothing signified that you were wealthy and could afford to purchase a dress that you may never wear again.  Wedding dresses were all different colors, shapes, and styles.  Most women wore dresses that they could slightly alter and wear again.  Another famous white wedding dress that presented itself after Queen Victoria was a knee-length white wedding dress designed by the infamous Coco Chanel.  Even so, women still just wore what they would afford, and still only those that came from wealth had the means to wear an elaborate gown on their wedding day.  The white wedding dress tradition is still very, relatively new.  Queen Victoria may have been the first in 1840 but the tradition didn’t really set in and take off until about 1950.  Now most people can’t dream of a wearing a wedding dress that is any other color than white.
However, there are always those that want to start their own traditions and such, so if you’re thinking about wedding in a gown other than white, here’s an old folklore that may help you decide what color to go with.

All photos courtesy of Shadowcatcher Imagery

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Balboa Park Spanish Inspired Prado Wedding

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Paulina and Oscar’s wedding was so many things!  Fun, exciting, beautiful, stylish, big and extravagent!  The day was absolutely spectacular! The wedding ceremony was held at the Saint Francis Chapel with the reception at the Prado’s Grand Ballroom at Balboa Park in San Diego. The Saint Francis Chapel is designed with a Spanish Colonial feel, a perfect touch for their Spanish ceremony. Photographer, Tim Hardy, and videographer, Zeke Torres, captured every moment of this couple’s beautiful day. The bride looked just breathtaking. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour at the Prado with fine drinks, delectable hor’dourves, a mariachi band, and a photo booth provided by A Mobile Photo Booth. The reception was truly beautiful! A table filled with indulging cupcakes from Sprinkles, tall floral centerpieces and purple uplighting surrounding the walls provided a very elegant and stylish feel. Family and friends were definitely an important element to make this wedding unforgettable. Guests received custom hand beaded rosaries and personalized slippers (imported from Mexico City) were provided for all the ladies to ensure comfy feet for an endless night of dancing! Paulina and Oscar had the best of both worlds by having a live band and a DJ provide the music for their special event. The couple shared their first dance together to “Baby I Love Your Way” performed by Kalifornia band,with DJ Christian Ruelas, to back them up. Friends and family soon gathered around to party the night away! We are truly delighted to have had this opportunity to be part of the couple’s wedding day. Thank you Paulina and Oscar for this wonderful experience!  We LOVED helping create the wedding of your dreams and we know that you had an amazing honeymoon in Europe!!

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Vendor Thank Yous: The Prado, Mobile Photo Booth, Tim Hardy Photography, Zeke Torres Videography, Mariachi Zapopan, and St. Francis Chapel.

Special thanks to Tim Hardy Photography who provided all these amazing photos! Tim Hardy is a fabulous photographer in San Diego who is well known in the wedding and event industry.  Tim often shoots for Riviera magazine.  If you need a wedding photographer, we highly recommend Tim Hardy Photography.   His website is shotbyhardy.com

 

Toss Bouquet

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In researching history for wedding receptions in Europe, we discovered some great facts!  One item that we found intersting was the history of the toss bouquet.  Today the toss bouquet is a miniature version of the bridal bouquet and it is tossed to a crowd of single women.  The woman who catches the bouquet is believed to be the next one to marry!  In 14th Century Europe it was believed that no one was luckier than a bride on her wedding day.  In hopes to leave the affair with some type of lucky charm, women would tear at the bride’s wedding dress to take a piece as a keepsake in hopes to capture some of her luck and be the next to marry.  Over a period of time and many torn wedding dresses, the tradition of the bride throwing one of her shoes came about, which then evolved into the traditional bouquet toss that we all know and love. Although the toss bouquet tradition is taking a new form, it is still a memorable part of the reception.  One of our favorite things we have seen at weddings today is the bouquet being presented to someone closest to the bride’s heart such as her mother!  Whichever route you decide to go for your big day, your bouquet will be a part of your wedding you will never forget.

Bouquet by Isari Flower Studio

Photography by Flavio of Leaf Photography

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Out of Africa Wedding

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Christina Horton and Tony Ortiz met when they were only 6 years old!  Their family were close friends so they’d see one another during the summer and some holidays.  Years went by before Christina realized Tony was “the one” for her!  We were so excited when we were chosen as their wedding planners! The wedding of Christina and Tony was a beautiful Out of Africa styled evening.  The guests entered to a grand and gorgeous ballroom for the ceremony. It was decorated in fine seating, exotic trees and lush floral in a color palette of orange, burgundy, eggplant and yellow. The bride’s bouquet was lavished with feathers and animal print ribbon.  The bride was stunning and glowed in her beautiful dress from The Limited.  The ceremony besides teary yet joyful guests included a beautifully adorned broom which the mother of the groom created for the jumping of the broom ceremony.  Following the ceremony guests enjoyed a patio cocktail hour lavished with African inspired elements and appetizers.  Leopard print elements were incorporated within the pillows, the frames, the food trays, votives and more! The black lounge furniture from Tavola Chasie completed the style. Once the reception began, the guests walked into a transformed room with gorgeous centerpieces, amber lighting and 4 delicious food stations.  Authentic Flavors created a customized African influenced cuisine which included vegan and non vegan options.  The dessert table included vegan and non vegan cupcakes, vegan tarts, dark chocolate covered strawberries (hanging on manzanita trees)  and an assortment of popcorn!  Favors were African soaps.  Even the children’s table included safari toys and binoculars. Everything for Christina and Tony’s wedding was just breathtaking! Their one of a kind theme and style shined through in every part of the day.

 

Thank you vendors!

Photography: Desiree Rohles

Videography: Side by Side

Floral: Barliz Flowers

Catering: Authentic Flavors

Officiant: Craig Does Weddings

DJ: MY DJs

Venue: El Cortez

Beverage: Best Beverage

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Coronado + The Abbey. Red + Black Wedding Fun!

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The wedding of Michelle and Nick was gorgeous and they were one of our favorite couples for 2011!  The ceremony was held at Centennial Park in Coronado where guests were able to view the spectacular view of downtown San Diego.

The reception was held at The Abbey in San Diego with a color palette of red and black with some great uplighting that was  provided by Excellent Designs as well as the linens.

The wedding was officated by their close friend Justin who might we add, was so helpful during this special day!.  The Grove Bakery created the delicious cake.

Music for the reception was provided by DJ Impakt & DJ Mahjestik who are also cousins of the bride and also work for Z90… yes the reception was definitely a blast!  The bride looked extra gorgeous thanks to  Michelle Mucho who styled the brides hair and Valerie Vonprisk who provided the makeup artistry.

Transportation was Pacific Limousine.  Gobo Lighting was by Music Phreek.  The Photobooth was by one of our favorites – Lovely Photobooth! These incredible  photos were taken by Brian of  ABM Wedding Photography.   Thank you Nick and Michelle for allowing us to be part of your wedding day!

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Chucks at Weddings!

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Many are unaware of the latest trend in weddings, but Chuck Taylors are becoming a new fashion statement in the industry. Today, more and more future brides and grooms are leaning towards the direction of nontraditional weddings, and instead adding their own style and flare to the celebration. To others, Chuck Taylors are merely associated with athletics, however these “never out of style” All Star sneakers are easily customizable with their bright and flashy colors and various patterns.

Nobody wants a grumpy bridal party, that’s why the new trend for wearing formal shoes is all about feeling comfortable, and the new trend for wearing casual shoes is about having style–all of which is offered for every look if you decide to wear Chucks regardless of the attire. Chuck are cute, unique, and a fun way to add a pop of color and a twist of personality to weddings. More and more weddings are featuring Chucks, and because they’re not only comfortable and trendy, they’re also stylish and practically impossible to pass up!

All photos provided by One Love Photography

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Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, CA

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The gorgeous wedding of Silver and Colin was held at the breathtaking site of Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, California.  The color palette was a tiffany blue and brown.  The bride’s taste was incredible and all the carefully thought out details complimented the entire day!

The bride glowed in her gown which was pressed by Margaret’s Cleaners.

Floral for the wedding was designed by Elizabeth of Barliz Flowers.

Cocktail hour music was provided by the talented flamenco guitarist, Anthony Garcia.  DJ  for the wedding reception was Erwin Millan who frequently DJs at this great venue!  The beautiful ceremony was officiated by Dr. Gail Smith with Weddings Heart to Heart.

All these incredible photos are all courtesy of Andy King Photography!

Thank you Silver and Colin for allowing At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) to be part of such a special day in your lives.  We enjoyed assisting you and coordinating your big day!

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Coordinated by Diana Romero and Robin Villegas of Ah! Le Party

Contact us for all your event planning needs!

www.atyoursideplanning.com

Bride’s Night Out at Fluxx! Wednesday, March 14th!

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An exclusive evening of pampering, music, a fashion runway, Italian delicacies and more at the hottest nightclub in the nation! Complimentary up-dos, makeup application, skin softening treatments and more! Learn the latest trends in the wedding & beauty industries. Win exceptional prizes for your wedding including your make up application, hairstyling, boudoir session, candy buffet, gift cards and more! Fluxx will be open just for you for this spectacular event.

Tickets are available now!
http://abno4.eventbrite.com

*At door ticket price will be $10 ~ Prepaid ticket price is $5 *

Brought to you by:

At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party)
Barliz Flowers
Beauty Addiction (eyelash extensions)
Buca Di Beppo
Exquisite Wedding’s by San Diego Magazine
Flavio Photography
FLUXX
Hyde Edwards Salon
Lovely Photobooths
Makeup by Cynthia
Mia Bella Couture
Mobile Music Plus
Shadow Boudoir
Sweet Thoughts (desserts)
Sweet Ribbon (linens)
Touchstone Crystals

for tickets:

http://abno4.eventbrite.com

The color of the year!

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If you are fan of color trends then you’ve probably heard by now that Pantone, the authority corporation on color, announced Tangerine Tango as the hot and trending color of the year for 2012. This bright orange hue is picked up by not only fashion trends and interior decorating, but of course, weddings! From the bride’s accessories and bridesmaid dresses, to floral arrangements and décor, the possibilities are endless when incorporating the stylish orange shade. This eye-catching color goes great against the contrast of a white wedding gown in an effort to provide an essential pop of color. From subtle accents like jewelry pieces and flower bouquets, to absolutely show-stopping statements like bridesmaid dresses and floor to ceiling draperies, Tangerine Tango is a lively and beautiful color to infuse into your wedding to create a memorable celebration.

Thank you Miguel Pola for the wonderful photos!

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