Sweet Italian Love At The Gorgeous El Cortez

It was such a pleasure meeting sweet Italian couple Athena and Frankie 6 months prior to their San Diego wedding. This fun-loving couple are so cute together, and I was so excited they chose At Your Side Planning to coordinate their beautiful wedding at the exquisite Don Room at the El Cortez. In the architecture business, Athena had a natural vision for chic design with clean lines that added an original twist to the already gorgeous Don Room.



Their wedding had a modern, fun, and artistic styling. Our creative bride crafted her own arch out of flowers made from coffee filters. It looked amazing as the couple said their heartfelt vows under Athena’s handmade creation. Adding another personal touch, the Officiant was a close friend of the family.


The artsy, square cake was designed by Fab Cakes in Mission Hills and it lived up to its name, looking fabulous on the gorgeous cake stand by Enticing Tables! The ivory, yellow and blue floral centerpieces by Whimsey Florist were stunning, perfectly incorporating both fun and chic elements of design.


For their guest book Athena and Frank provided pieces of different colored fabric for their loved ones to sign. The couple will turn this into a keepsake quilt! To add to the romantic lighting in the ballroom the bride wrapped candles in velum and incorporated them into the table numbers and decor. The food, catered by Culinary Concepts, was also delicious and beautifully styled. Best Beverage provided fun, refreshing drinks throughout the night including custom Bride and Groom’s cocktails.


Dennis from B’Entertrained was not only a terrific DJ, but was also the guitarist for the ceremony. The bridal party simply floated down the aisle to Dennis’ guitar strings. John B Productions and Ken Ellefsen Photography captured every moment of the day and were both a treat to work with.


The couple greeted every guest with a gift of almonds (also known culturally as “confetti”) which is a very important Italian wedding tradition. The boxes of almonds were each wrapped in handmade fabric doilies knitted with care by a close family member. Athena and Frankie were surrounded by so many friends and family that adored them, this wedding was a true love-fest!


The couple’s grand exit concluded with being driven away by the best limo driver around, Darren of Elite Image Limousine!


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