Military Love at Admiral Kidd Club

The Couple

Tim & Kortney were the kindest couple we have had the pleasure of designing with! This couple based in Northern California had secured a gorgeous venue, the Admiral Kidd Club, with the best view of San Diego! We loved meeting with Tim, Kortney and their family as they visited our wonderful city for their destination wedding. It was a great experience working alongside this couple during the designing and planning of their wedding day.


The Morning

The morning of the wedding, Tim & Kortney enjoyed preparing for their day at the Hilton Garden Inn located in Old Town, San Diego. This hotel is a gem in such a historical part of the city. Kortney spent time with her ladies – even her grandmother joined in the fun – while Tim was with his groomsmen. Ellie, of A New Twist, dolled up the ladies with her talented hair and makeup services and they looked amazing!


Tim headed to Presidio Park to await his lovely bride, so the two could spend some moments together for their first look! This historical park was perfect for these lovebirds. It is the site where the San Diego Presidio and the San Diego Mission were founded in 1769 as the first European settlements on the Pacific Coast.


After this exclusive time together, the bridal party joined the couple for group photos along the bay prior to arriving at the Admiral Kidd Club.


The Ceremony

It was a beautiful, fall day with the sun breaking through the clouds creating an incredible skyline view of San Diego – the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. Guests had arrived from all over the world – Japan, Europe, as well as, multiple different countries and states!


Live music by Silverwood Music ensemble filled the air as guests arrived, while vibrant and natural floral from Artistic Floral adorned the ceremony site.


The ceremony was heartfelt and beautiful, as it was officiated by Tim’s youth pastor, Ryan, who traveled down to San Diego from Los Angeles. Family entered first and both sets of parents were acknowledged during the ceremony with a gift presented by the couple.


The father of the bride and father of the groom served the couple communion which was a very important element representing their Christian faith. The ushers were military friends of the groom who did a sword arch for the couple to walk through during the recessional!


Cocktail Hour

The bride and groom reveled in the gorgeous sunset while their guests nibbled on appetizers and drank cocktails inside the room, as well as on the skyline patio.



Magical, market lighting covered the patio where guests enjoyed their small bites and drinks. Guests were also seen playing Jenga and Corn Hole, which the groom created himself, and had a blast!



The Silverwood Music team continued to play for the cocktail hour while Lovely Photo Booths provided a fun photobooth filled with props for the guests. A special thank you to Michael from Lovely Photo Booths – he courageously jumped in to help the day before this wedding celebration due to some unexpected changes.

The Design

The design for the wedding was a vibrant, natural style with lots of garden like touches. The vibrant fall color palette included burgundy, blue, orange and mustard which transformed the space into a very organic, garden like celebration.


Floral dressed up the ceremony, the cocktail hour and the reception area.


Palms were placed in the dinner area to complete the natural ambiance. The arrangements on the columns at ceremony were amazing and were later used to frame the sweetheart table. The rentals from Concepts included linens, chiavari chairs and market lighting that all looked amazing!


The teal and rust colors of the linens tied the design all together. Guest tables were named as dog breeds instead of numbers with pictures of the breed clipped to LED lanterns that served as centerpieces on each table.  The lanterns were decorated with floral by Artistic Floral.



The Dinner

The grand entrance was a blast as the DJ read creative descriptions of each bridal party member (written by the couple) which created a very exciting time for all! Tim gave a wonderful welcome speech once all the guests were inside the room followed by Pastor Ryan saying a blessing over the food before dinner was served. Guests enjoyed their plated dinner and later a s’mores station!  Toasts were a blast especially from father of the bride who had the entire room cracking up.  The best man continued the laughs with his speech and the matron of honor was very sweet and heartfelt – Kortney had actually just been her maid of honor earlier this year! Father of the groom also did a very nice toast for the newly weds.


After dinner, the music from Accent Weddings and Events was on point and everyone had a wonderful time. For the Disney-loving couple they decided to do their first dance to “At Last I See the Light” from Tangled. It was so cute and looked like a moment that literally popped out of a Disney fairy tale with her gorgeous dress and his handsome uniform.The cake from JennyWenny looked amazing and the couple opted to use Tim’s sword to cut into it!


Favors were key chain flashlights and koozies which the guests loved! At the end of the night the guests gathered around the dance floor in a circle and gave well wishes to the bride and groom before the last song “Don’t Stop Believing By Journey”!

Thank You

We truly had a wonderful time planning this amazing wedding with Tim & Kortney! We wish them a lifetime of happiness and many blessings!


Coordination: At Your Side Planning

Ceremony Music: Silverwood Music Ensemble

DJ: Accent Weddings & Events

Officiant: Ryan Teramoto

Photo: Let’s Frolic Together

Florist: Artistic Floral

Beauty: Ellie – A New Twist

Bakery: Jenny Wenny Cakes

Photobooth: Lovely Photobooth

Video: Dis Moi Oui Films

Rentals: Concepts Events

Transportation: SD Van Service





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