Liza and Michael were married on a crisp autumn afternoon on the golf course of the prestigious Morgan Run Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe. The bride and her beautiful maids prepped for the day at a nearby friend’s home in Rancho Santa Fe.  This chic bride had her own stylists, Brian Bond and Brandon Montillas, on site to get her ready for her dream day.


Jolie Fleur Del Mar created a flawless floral design out of petals that spanned the length of the aisle, leading up to two large arrangements to frame the bride and groom as they recited their vows. The Priest, Bill Murphy of Memorable Marriages, officiated the ceremony perfectly. Guests could really feel the love when the groom shed tears of joy while looking at his beautiful bride. Close family members, including the bride’s son, participated in a unity candle lighting during this emotional ceremony.


Liza, ever the busy bride, collected many of the items we set out on the wedding day including unique stemware that lent an air of decadence. The goblets were used for candles that lit room in a soft warm light. APR linens dressed up the tables with silky textured cream linens and glass chargers with gold embellishments.


The set room was stunning and exactly what the bride had envisioned.  Eccentric International Cakes designed the gorgeous cake, finished with sparkling brooches collected by the bride. The cake table was draped with a feathery pink linen.  Romantic candlelight and a photo of the bride and groom surrounded the masterpiece.


This wedding was a truly family affair, with Liza’s talented mother creating her bouquet and setting up some decor items. The groom’s mom set up an amazing dessert table full of delectable baked goods including traditional Italian cakes, cookies and cannolis, some from Little Italy and some that she lovingly baked herself. The tiramisu was a favorite and a line formed around this delicious table! The entertainer, Tad Sisler emceed the reception. His unique blend of singing – what a wonderful voice he had! – and DJing was a hit with guests. His energy was up and everyone had a great time dancing to his selections.


We wish Liza and Michael the very best in their new life as husband and wife!


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We adore these engagement photos shared with us from Shadowcatcher Imagery! The couple ventured off to the USS Midway and Santa Fe Depot with Heather and Skip of Shadowcatcher Imagery. It suited the couple well since they are both Navy! We are ecstatic for the wedding of Allie and Adrian which is in May at Humphreys on the Bay. Thank you Heather and Skip!


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We wanted to share this wonderful video of the beautiful wedding we coordinated at the gorgeous Paradise Point Resort. Congratulations again Eugene and Becky!

Thank you Dirk from Studio West!


La Valencia Love

Heather and Jason were married at the historical La Valencia hotel in La Jolla, California.  The ceremony took place in the hotel’s garden, overlooking the beautiful La Jolla shores. Heather was escorted by both her fathers down the aisle, decorated with a breathtaking rose petal design by Wholesale Flowers.


On top of each guest’s chair sat a storybook of the couple which included photos of them throughout the years, telling their story. The chairs also had beautiful handmade painted cones that were filled with white rose petals. The ceremony was touchingly officiated by Patricia Coleman of A Wedding Celebration, who was wonderful to work with. Friends of the bride, Mark and Alex, played guitar and cello during the ceremony while Heather and Jason stood under a traditional chuppah from Concepts Event Designs.



During the recessional guests celebrated the union by tossing the white rose petals as the newlyweds exited the ceremony. The couple was able to sneak away and wander throughout the picturesque property to take their very first alone shots as husband and wife!



Both the cocktail hour and reception were held in the Verandah room, which was newly renovated to include gorgeous chandeliers that made the space even lovelier. An interior wall was replaced by windows allowing an unobstructed view of the La Jolla shores. A patio was also put in that allowed guests to enjoy the unparalleled California sunset. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful space and view!


The Verandah room was the perfect size for this intimate wedding celebration. Each table was decorated with large mason jars filled with green limes, glass jars holding an assortment of white flowers,  and a small black bird cage with a candle inside. The tables were named after places that the couple had traveled together and were identified by the couple’s photo on that trip, giving each table a personal touch for guests to enjoy. Adding more life to this sweet day, Heather and Jason hired a live band, The Ultra Tones, who kept the dance party going all night.


Thank you Bobby and Isaiah for the photos!



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Frankie and Claudia have known each other since they were 5 years old! When these two got engaged and brought At Your Side Planning on board, I was thrilled; each time we met they felt like family. They are a fun, young couple with incredible taste.

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The wedding ceremony was held at the stunning  Immaculata Church at the University of San Diego. Floral arrangements by Floral Works of Raphaels were beautifully set out at the altar. The parish was silenced as Claudia’s father escorted her down the aisle, beginning the beautiful ceremony.

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Following the ceremony the couple enjoyed photography and videography time with their family and bridal party. Hugo Benson Photography and Geraldo Sonora Videography captured every moment. Everyone had so much fun laughing with smiles from ear to ear during this time together.

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Afterward the couple joined their guests at the Doubletree in Hazard center. Cocktail Hour was located outside the reception in The Great Room. Guests enjoyed light hors ‘dourves and an open bar while Mariachi music played, creating an energetic atmosphere that was important to Claudia and Frankie. The mariachi group entered prior to the bridal party and started the party right! The escort card table was decorated with a gorgeous manzanita tree dripping with candles.

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The new husband and wife entered the reception to the song Blurred Lines, further setting the tone for an upbeat energetic night. The room was perfect. Soft purple uplighting created a majestic feel and the tables were scattered around the white dance floor, covered in Rosetta linens from Raphaels and chiavari chairs from Concepts.

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Half of the tables had a tall centerpiece with little crystals dangling down and white and light purple flower arrangements on top. The rest of the tables had a shorter version of the arrangement, creating dimension in the room. The couple’s sweetheart table was boasted an exquisite royalty chair by Concepts and was set up on stage in order for them to overlook their guests celebrating joyously. Behind them was a soft white pipe and drape.

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The cake  was a magnificent 5 tiers, identical to the one celebrity Mario Lopez had at his wedding. It was all white with crystal and pearl detail.

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The couple were surrounded by over 300 of their closest family and friends. Everyone had a marvelous time and the party went until 1:00 AM. Each guest was so happy to celebrate this long awaited day with Claudia and Frankie. We wish you both all the best!

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After the gown is boxed up, the tuxes are returned and the tan from your honeymoon fades, you’ll look forward to opening your photo album and reflecting upon the heartfelt memories from your wedding for years to come. And more importantly, you’ll count on your photographer to capture and deliver the most important highlights, from the vow exchange to your first dance!


But, where does that leave the candid moments unfolding in the background? Whether it’s the interactions between your guests or the sweet embrace you share with your parents, hiring a second shooter to work with your lead photographer on your wedding day will ensure that no precious moment goes un-captured!

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Multiple Locations: Wedding photographers are talented, but they don’t have the power of being in two places at once. Ultimately, this forces them to choose between capturing multiple moments that occur simultaneously, like your grandmother’s tears of joy or your parents’ reactions to an emotional part of your vows. An additional photographer can help cover these high points of the day, meaning you can have footage of every special moment, big or small.

Complete Creativity: From the father-daughter dance to the cutting of the cake, your photographer’s schedule will be pretty tight on the day of, meaning they may not have the luxury of testing out a variety of different angles or lighting techniques. A second photographer can use their time to experiment with different compositions and other points of view, complementing the lead photographer’s work for a complete story of your day.

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Stress-Free Schedule: More manpower equals more help and a stress-free wedding day timeline. Say you plan to exchange love letters with your fiancé prior to the ceremony and want both of your reactions captured — however, you’re opening the letters in two different locations. Having an extra team member to assist with documenting those reactions can reduce the stress of traveling from location to location, resulting in a smoother overall schedule.

It’s All in the Details: Remember the gorgeous venue you fell in love with? The only time to capture the full effect — flowers, decorations and all — is right before the doors open to your guests! Fortunately, while your lead photographer is shooting photos of the bridal party and family members, the second shooter has time to sneak over to the venue and cover the little details you spent so much time perfecting, from the intricate centerpieces to the wedding favors handmade by your aunt.

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When deciding whether a second photographer is right for you and your wedding needs, try to remember that you only have one chance to capture your college friends raising their glasses in song and the emotional impromptu speech your sister gave during the pre-ceremony celebrations. These moments only happen once in a lifetime. Two photographers at your wedding means more memories to cherish and stories to tell long after your wedding is over!

Thank you George Street Photo & Video for being a guest blogger and sharing this great advice on why couples need a second shooter!

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Photo stations have become part of the wedding reception culture. Without a doubt when you attend a wedding these days, there will be a photo booth or photo station! They are interactive, fun and a great way for guests to meet one another.

If a professional photo booth is not in your budget, don’t worry! There are many cost effective ways to create your own photo station without breaking the bank. The first step is to scope out your venue and decide on the best location. The ideal spot is somewhere with a solid wall or a place to hang a backdrop. If you choose to use a backdrop you can purchase a solid or designed sheet, curtain or tapestry. You can even make your own by ripping different solid colored sheets into strips and hanging them. Use a bamboo curtain for a tropical themed wedding or make a sparkly curtain with little round mirrors glued to string. Not too crafty? Choose a shower curtain with a map on it and have guests color in where they’re from with markers!


Next, think about the props and outfits you’ll provide for posing with. You want your guests to have fun and dress up for their photos! You can find many things at discount stores, party supply stores, and online sites such as Oriental Trading. Consider items such as sunglasses, hats, boas and crowns. Take a look in your own closet too! You can use items from halloween costumes or accessories or clothing you are waiting to come “back in style!” Personalize your props with a jersey from your favorite sports team or something else that reflects you as a couple.

Thirdly, decide how you would like the photos captured. Options include buying a polaroid camera and film — a unique option but a little on the pricy side. Alternately, you can use a digital camera and purchase an instant printer. These two options are the simplest.


Having a photo station attendant is important as someone will need to take photos and maintain the station. If there are polaroid cameras the film will need to be replenished. This person could be a family member or friend. If you are going to have the photo station open during cocktail hour, be sure to choose someone other than immediate family or bridal party since cocktail hour is usually the time for group photos. There could be a few people rotating to help out at the station so everyone has time to enjoy the reception.

Lastly, once guests take their photo you want to be sure they are saved. You can have an album or scrapbook in which guests can leave a wedding wish, decorate their page and post their picture. If you choose this option be sure to leave pens or markers and glue or tape at the station. If the photo booth was just for fun, the guest can take the picture as a party favor. If you want to give the photos as a favor and create a scrapbook, be sure to have enough film and/or printer paper to make two copies for every photo.


Photo Booths are a big hit at a wedding receptions. Guests create memories, and it can even become a unique guestbook. If you have any questions about how to create your own photo station, please email us and we’d be happy to offer input. Mention this blog!


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