Beautiful Vietnamese Wedding with Parisian touches

The Scoop

Met in Las Vegas. Engaged in Paris. Married in San Diego. Three lively cities and two beautiful people. The wedding celebration of Kristen and Lloyd was magical. The Parisian styling, soft color palette, romantic candlelight, and breathtaking floral were some of the amazing details of their celebration. The color palette included soft pinks, peaches and deep blues with natural elements bringing it all together.




Their Catholic ceremony was held at the gorgeous St. Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown San Diego. Nearly 300 guests were in attendance to celebrate Kristen and Lloyd’s special day. Their families were included in the ceremony, making it intimate and special in the elaborate cathedral. Both sets of parents took part in the processional and Kristen’s father addressed all of the guests during the ceremony. The bridal party consisted of the couple’s friends, siblings, an adorable ring bearer, and a darling flower girl. There were 3 extra special bouquets for the church – two were presented by the couple to their mothers and the third bouquet they offered to the Virgin Mary.  This is an important tradition in the Catholic Cathedral because of Mary’s leadership in her example of faith.



The Beach

Following the ceremony, the couple and their bridal party traveled to La Jolla for some fun photo time together near the Scripps Pier. Kristen and Lloyd strolled along the coast enjoying some of their first moments as a married couple by writing their initials in the sand. Their love for each other was beaming like the California sun!




Details + Reception
Since Kristen and Lloyd were engaged in Paris, they included subtle Parisian styling throughout their wedding. Guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour on the rooftop deck at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp looking out at the beautiful city view. Guests had a blast in the photo booth out on the deck!!!! An impressive projection of the couple’s names on both sides of an Eiffel Tower and their wedding date below could be seen on the wall of a nearby building.  


Inside the venue, the ballroom was elegant and romantic with candlelight and lush floral by Splendid Sentiments.


The tables were named after different Parisian landmarks including the Palais Garnier and the Arc De Triomphe. The table names were displayed along with framed Parisian images on each table.


Guests found their place cards in Eiffel Tower holders and the cake topper was a wooden silhouette of Lloyd proposing at the Eiffel Tower.



The Food!

The guests enjoyed a traditional 8 course Chinese dinner starting with a cold platter and finishing with macarons for dessert. All of the delicious courses were served family style on lazy Susan’s at each table. The menu was incredible and guests loved it!

For the grand entrance both the ladies and the gentlemen of the bridal party had coordinated dance routines for their respective songs and they definitely got the party started!! Kristen and Lloyd kept it up with their grand entrance and first dance; they were on the dance floor until the end of the night!! The bridal party knew how to have a great time and enjoyed each other’s company long after many of the family members went home.

Lloyd’s father and Kristen’s uncle both took time to introduce their family’s and acknowledge guests that had come from all over to celebrate the occasion.
711_Kristine_Marie_Photography_Westin_Gaslamp_Quarter_San_Diego_St_Joseph_Cathedral_Wedding_Photographer_Vu.JPGAs guests enjoyed their meals, Kristen and Lloyd greeted all of their guests at their tables. Kristen changed into a traditional Vietnamese outfit for this – which looked stunning!!!!

It was a wonderful day and they were such a fun couple! Thank you Kristen and Lloyd for having us as your wedding day coordinators!!


Coordination: At Your Side Planning

Ceremony: Saint Joseph Cathedral

Reception + Dinner: The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Ceremony Music: Patrick Robell

Reception Music: Dennis Blaze

Catering: Top Catering

Videographer: Andy

Photographer: Kristine Marie Photography

Florist: Splendid Sentiments

Photobooth: Pixster Photobooth

Bakery: Tasty Bakery

Hair: Jenn Hoffman

Makeup: Suzanne Tran

Transportation: Epic Limo


Intimate and Sweet La Jolla Wedding

The Couple

The sweetest and kindest couple, Kristina and Eric were married in La Jolla, California in the Springtime of this year. Kristina looked graceful in her elegant wedding gown with a long, delicate veil.


She enjoyed her morning with her wonderful bridesmaids prepping for the wedding with makeup by Tiffany Stout and hair by Laura Claire. The bridesmaids were in soft blues while the gentlemen were in grays with ties coordinating with the ladies dresses.



The Ceremony

The Catholic ceremony was held at Mary, Star of the Sea with a intimate group of family and friends. This charming church, built in 1938 is part of La Jolla’s history. It was created with a contemporary Spanish Mission style design and is iconic for the La Jolla community.



The couple had a few close family members acting as sponsors; people that the couple respect and admire who have been role models to them as a couple. The sponsors support and contribute to the wedding day. This traditional Catholic ceremony included a cord and veil in their ceremony which the sponsors carried in to the ceremony.  The cord symbolizes the unbreakable bond of marriage while the veil represents the two becoming one. The cutest flower girl and ring bearer were also part of the ceremony!



As they exited, the guest blew bubbles and waved ribbon wands in celebration.


Fun Things In Between

The couple rented golf carts from La Jolla Golf Carts to drive themselves and their bridal party from the ceremony to La Jolla Cove for photos before the reception. This was such a cute and practical idea!


The Reception + Dinner

The cocktail hour and dinner, held at La Jolla Woman’s Club, was a cozy group of close family and friends who enjoyed food by MIHO and beverages by Bar Works. Cocktail hour included fun sliders, fries, and poke while dinner included a variety of tacos, rice, and jicama salad. There were delicious vegan options included in everything too!


Sweet Cheeks curated the delicious assortment of cupcakes and the small cake which the guests savored. Vegan Chocolate with Salted Caramel was the signature cupcake for the bride while Red Velvet with Cream Cheese was the grooms!


Details + Fun Things

Every table was numbered in a very unique way – it included a photo of the bride and groom at the age of each table number. It was so fun to see how they looked as children!


The styling of the wedding included an elegant color palette of ivories, soft blues, and golds with touches of greenery throughout.  Elegant Floral created the beautiful personals and wedding centerpieces with this lovely color palette with hints of grays peeking through.



Dancing DJ Productions created such a fun and energetic environment for this celebration who executed a very fun grand exit of the couple as well. The photo booth was provided by Cake Photobooth which the guests enjoyed during the evening.


Babsie Ly captured all the magical moments throughout the day! Thank you Babsie for all these wonderful photos. Videography was done by Brett Munoz. We wish Kristina and Eric all the best in their lives together. Thank you for allowing At Your Side Planning come on board for your wedding day!



Wedding Team:

Ceremony: Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church

Reception: La Jolla Womans Club

Coordination: At Your Side Planning

Reception Music: Dancing DJ Productions

Caterer: MIHO Catering

Photographer: Babsie Ly

Videographer: Brett Munoz

Florist: Elegant Floral

Makeup: Tiffany Stout

Hair: Laura Claire

Bakery: Sweet Cheeks

Bartender: Barworks

Photobooth: CAKE Photo Booth

Limos: Stay Classy Limos

Golf Carts: La Jolla Golf Carts





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Breathtaking Wedding at Symphony Towers

The Scoop

A busy bride with six children and just two months to plan an entire wedding?! Sure, we would love to help! We met with Bianca for the first time just two months before her beautiful wedding day and clicked immediately. Meetings over coffee or breakfast often set the scene for our planning and mingling. This bride was beautiful, selfless and had impeccable taste so we got right to work! We assisted her with creating the wedding vision and style leading up to the most jaw dropping wedding for the gorgeous couple.



This fun duo begin the day’s festivities at the US Grant in downtown San Diego with their entourage. The bride looked amazing!! Bianca’s natural beauty was enhanced by her personal stylist, Rita. The ladies of the bridal party were styled by Blush and Adore and looked fabulous! Bianca even changed her hairstyle and dress after the ceremony. She was so stunning in both dresses that Matt’s attention was on his bride all night long. Continue reading

The Ultimate Wedding Guide!

Hour upon hour was spent interviewing countless San Diego wedding planners (including AT YOUR SIDE PLANNING), wedding photographers, wedding venues, and wedding DJ’s. They were all asked to provide their expert advice on a particular wedding question related to their profession. We are very happy with the results and feel that this is the Ultimate Wedding Guide for any couples looking for great advice to make that big day extra special!  See article here!


Photo: Holly Ireland Photography
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Horton Grand Irish Love

A whole lot of love, delightful military touches and a little bit of Irish luck! The wedding of Kathryn and Ryan was a  beautiful celebration with these elements and much more. These two lovebirds and their children were blending their family on this special day. Details of the event included an ivory and green color palette for St. Patrick’s Day, special speeches and honoring military traditions throughout the wedding.



The wedding day celebration was held at the Horton Grand Hotel  in downtown San Diego. This charming, boutique hotel in the middle of the Gaslamp district was perfect for this couple’s I-Dos.  The Horton Grand Hotel’s space had a New Orleans style ambiance with brick and market lighting in the outdoor, but private space for this wedding.  The days approaching the wedding were rainy, but the weather cleared up just in time for this perfect Saint Patrick’s Day wedding!

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Urban Garden Wedding at Moniker Warehouse

The Vision

When we began the design with bride Claudia nearly a year ago, we adored everything she had envisioned. We loved the venue space; it was perfect for her idea of a garden like setting with an urban feel. It was also a beautiful concept in which to incorporate elements from the couple’s faith to complete a very perfect and original design.


Imagine the illuminated warehouse filled with a plethora of lavish floral arrangements, terrariums, and candlelight lining the stage. A wooden cross stands in the center of it all, draped  in flowers, awaiting the bride and groom for the ceremony. Continue reading

I Dos on Coronado Island!

Wedding Ceremony

The intimate wedding of Eunice and Allan was celebrated in one of the prettiest areas of California – Coronado Island! These military love birds started their day with exchanging their vows at the NASNI Main Chapel on the North Island military base with their bridal party which included two adorable flower girls and ring bearers .


The chapel was charming and made the wedding ceremony so beautiful. Music for the ceremony was provided by the couple’s close friend Tom Reich and was officiated by Will Christians. After sealing their vows with a kiss the couple exited the chapel in style by walking under a sword arch created y groomsmen in uniform; a military tradition that looked fabulous!


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Bridesmaid Dress Trends For 2017 & 2018

Up until fall, we were seeing a lot of the traditional bridesmaid dresses. But recently we have seen the trend beginning to curve. There are two distinct trends happening from now through the spring of 2018.

The first trend is the casual bridesmaid dress. Bridesmaids gowns are short or tea-length with an A-Line cut and either cap sleeves or ¾ sleeves. They are in solid colors in mainly deep hues of gray, purple, rose, or blue.


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Beautiful Bahia Romance!

It was a gorgeous and sunny day in San Diego. The Bahia was designed beautifully for Bryan and Diana’s perfect wedding day. When we met Bryan and Diana, we immediately adored them and were so excited to help them plan their wedding! Not only did they have a gorgeous location, but a beautiful love story to go with it!


The breathtaking floral by Artistic Florals adorned the property and nothing was left untouched. Diana looked gorgeous! Beauty by L n L Makeup did a fabulous job with the entire bridal party.  At Your Side Planning was honored to coordinate such a special day for this lovely couple. Continue reading