Sweet Touches at a Loews Coronado Resort Wedding

A breathtaking view of the coronado bridge and downtown San Diego is what some travel the world to see. This is exactly what Katie and Jacob’s guests were able to enjoy during their wedding ceremony and reception! The happy couple traveled all the way from sunny Arizona with their closest family and friends to their destination wedding on the bay at Loews Coronado Resort.

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Amy Millard captured every special moment of the day, starting at the very beginning, and was a joy to work alongside with. The ladies started their day getting ready with hair and makeup by Noelani’s Makeup Artistry. Katie had a small but very meaningful entourage of one – her sister Lauren that today, doubled as her maid of honor! Jacob also had a very important best man – his brother, Josh.

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The couple kicked off their wedding with an intimate first look on a private gondola ride which was amazing! This gondola was inspired by the famous ones of Venice, Italy. The gondolier took them around the San Diego bay to enjoy some alone time before their “I Do’s” were said.

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The beautiful lanterns, florals and ceremony arch were designed by the creative florist, TessFresh. When it came time for the bride and groom to become “Mr. and Mrs.” guests took their seats overlooking a magnificent San Diego day. The weather was gorgeous! The ceremony was officiated by David Cutler and the vows between the couple were beautiful.

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Bruce Battleson of Battleson Entertainment played the music for the ceremony and reception and organized a creative group photo that got everyone excited to dance the night away.

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Baby Cakes provided the delicious cake and yummy cupcakes that matched the sweet decor at the reception. We loved the creative signage the couple included for their day which added personalized elements!

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Thank you Jacob and Katie for allowing At Your Side Planning to coordinate your fantastic wedding day!

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Glamorous Coronado Wedding

Coronado, California – a breathtaking island just minutes from San Diego with world famous beaches and the iconic Hotel Del. This is the city that Rosella and Michael chose to say their “I dos”! And what a perfect Southern California day it was. The couple, along with their bridal party, chose the breathtaking Loews Coronado as the location to get ready for their big day. Holly Ireland Photography started capturing the moments from the beginning along with Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Photo + Video.

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Chic Romance at Vintana

The gorgeous wedding celebration of Robin and Ericson was held at the luxurious venue, Vintana atop the Lexus dealership in Escondido, California. Robin and Ericson met through mutual friends years earlier, then reacquainted at Robin’s 30th birthday celebration in the gaslamp district of downtown San Diego. These two discovered a budding attraction for one another that night and the rest is history! unnamed-2

Their chic celebration was intimate and fun. The couple was surrounded by their closest family and friends who enjoyed the creatively styled reception. Their unique color palette of grays and bright yellows adorned the room. The couple loves San Diego breweries so their reception represented just that in their table names and decor of brewery bottles. Continue reading

Planning an Environmentally Friendly Wedding

Trends are constantly changing but one thing that continues to be on the forefront of most peoples’ minds, especially in recent years, is our impact on the environment. In our day-to-day lives we can participate in helping the environment by recycling, carpooling and reducing usage of electricity. For those of you concerned with the way your life affects the world we all live in, know that you can do more than what you’re already doing and integrate your efforts into special events, such as your wedding day.

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Photo by Torrico Photography; Arrangement by Wholesale Flowers

Whatever part of the world your dream wedding will take place in, keep an eye out for vendors that focus on sustainability. This means that they utilize local resources in an effort to reduce their impact on the environment. In San Diego, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is a wedding location that has an extensively “green” vocabulary. Words like composting, energy control, and reclaimed water are not uncommonly heard here! We know first-hand from working with Omni La Costa that because of their dedication to local farmers and businesses, their catering menu has a distinctively fresh flavor.  Continue reading

Picturesque San Diego Skyline Wedding

It was a picturesque day on the San Diego Bay and we were thrilled to be part of Rebecca and Jonathan’s wedding day! The two had flown in from Arkansas along with many of their closest friends and family to celebrate their union of love in America’s finest city. Rebecca looked beautiful and her personal touches (like her stunning hand made bouquets) made it a one-of-a-kind day for a one-of-a-kind couple! IMG_5974 The two exchanged vows overlooking the beautiful skyline of downtown San Diego and everything was gorgeous. It looked as though it was straight off of a postcard. The venue was Tom Hams Lighthouse which has recently undergone a beautification process. This is now even more of a perfect spot for couples to say their “I Dos”! Continue reading

Trending in 2015

Fashion, food, and decor trends change every season and every year. Weddings are a combination of these things and more! Therefore, wedding trends are constantly evolving. In 2015 so far, we have come to see originality being a top priority of the big day. Every couple wants their special day to be unique and true to themselves, and it has become more apparent that every aspect (from DIY floral arrangements to mismatched bridesmaid dresses) are chosen by couples to stand apart from others so that their wedding day is completely their own.

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Walking down the aisle: a vision seen by all brides long before their wedding day even comes. In order to make the trip down the aisle even more beautiful, brides love the idea of stunning flower petal arrangements adorning the ground. But if there are already petals down the aisle, how will a flower girl come into play? Flower girls can still be a part of the tradition! Flower crowns are extremely popular this year and having your favorite little girl wearing one will be so cute! Ring bearers can also walk down the aisle before you holding a sign that reads “Here comes the bride.” You will be sure to get all the oohs and aahs you’re hoping for!  Continue reading

Magical Engagement Photo Session

Balloons, glitter, flowers and the greatest photography spots in San Diego? It was inevitable that these pictures turned out fantastic! We adore the engagement shoot of one of our favorite couples of 2015 – Will and Jess! Jen of Acqua Photography worked creatively with this couple on capturing the perfect photos. We love the colorful scenes at Balboa Park’s Spanish Art Village, breathtaking shots throughout more of Balboa Park and exciting moments in Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp district. If these images don’t express the excitement and happiness of two newlyweds-to-be, we don’t know what does! We can’t wait for Will and Jess’s wedding this Fall! Thank you so much Acqua Photography for capturing one of the best engagement sessions we have seen!

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El Cortez Winter Wedding

Set the scene: The historical and breathtaking El Cortez Don Room in gorgeous downtown San Diego on a lovely wintery evening. Modern and luxurious elegance is the motif. The night begins as Melissa walks down the rose petal embellished aisle to her elated groom, Prem.

Button_0403The couple traveled all the way from New York City to say their I Dos alongside family and friends from across the globe. The ceremony was held on the terrace with the bright lights of the El Cortez twinkling above. Adorning the chairs and arch were immaculate flowers in romantic hues to enhance the magic of the evening. The joy was overwhelming as this beautiful couple sealed their vows with a kiss. Continue reading

Sweet and beautiful wedding at Tom Hams Lighthouse!

The lovely wedding of Amanda and Tim was intimate and romantic. Amanda and her gorgeous ladies got ready at her parent’s home in the beautiful hills of Mt. Helix in La Mesa, California. This allowed the bride to spend some personal time with those closest to her before the big day.

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Amanda and Tim’s first look was at their church, First United Methodist Church in San Diego.  The couple opted to see one another for a first look for some special time prior to them saying “I do”! The looks on their faces clearly show how eager and excited they were to finally become Mr. and Mrs. Continue reading

Chinese – Jewish Fusion Wedding at The Prado

There are countless ways to wish newlyweds a lifetime of good wishes and luck in their marriage. Ben and Adrianna celebrated their love on their big day with the union of two very distinct cultures. Adrianna’s side of the family may have been blessing the couple by saying “Bainian Haohe (百年好合),” which is one such way of offering congratulations in Chinese. Ben’s family may have been using the congratulatory Hebrew term “Mazel Tov ( מזל טוב) .” Both of these terms of well wishes represent two cultures joined together for this beautiful couple’s wedding day.

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Ben and Adrianna, dressed in time-honored attire, took part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony prior to their wedding ceremony. The Alhambra room of The Prado was filled with gorgeous hues of vibrant reds and gold. Adrianna’s family did a fabulous job of bringing this ancient tradition to life in the heart of Balboa Park. Continue reading