Out of Africa Wedding

Christina Horton and Tony Ortiz met when they were only 6 years old!  Their family were close friends so they’d see one another during the summer and some holidays.  Years went by before Christina realized Tony was “the one” for her!  We were so excited when we were chosen as their wedding planners! The wedding of Christina and Tony was a beautiful Out of Africa styled evening.  The guests entered to a grand and gorgeous ballroom for the ceremony. It was decorated in fine seating, exotic trees and lush floral in a color palette of orange, burgundy, eggplant and yellow. The bride’s bouquet was lavished with feathers and animal print ribbon.  The bride was stunning and glowed in her beautiful dress from The Limited.  The ceremony besides teary yet joyful guests included a beautifully adorned broom which the mother of the groom created for the jumping of the broom ceremony.  Following the ceremony guests enjoyed a patio cocktail hour lavished with African inspired elements and appetizers.  Leopard print elements were incorporated within the pillows, the frames, the food trays, votives and more! The black lounge furniture from Tavola Chasie completed the style. Once the reception began, the guests walked into a transformed room with gorgeous centerpieces, amber lighting and 4 delicious food stations.  Authentic Flavors created a customized African influenced cuisine which included vegan and non vegan options.  The dessert table included vegan and non vegan cupcakes, vegan tarts, dark chocolate covered strawberries (hanging on manzanita trees)  and an assortment of popcorn!  Favors were African soaps.  Even the children’s table included safari toys and binoculars. Everything for Christina and Tony’s wedding was just breathtaking! Their one of a kind theme and style shined through in every part of the day.


Thank you vendors!

Photography: Desiree Rohles

Videography: Side by Side

Floral: Barliz Flowers

Catering: Authentic Flavors

Officiant: Craig Does Weddings


Venue: El Cortez

Beverage: Best Beverage

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Nature Inspired Wedding Trend continues into 2012

We have been seeing nature inspired weddings as a trend for the past few years all across the board in events and weddings. These trends are continuing into 2012 and we are looking forward to planning more of these great weddings!  Outdoor locations to consider having thewedding ceremony and reception at would include backyards, Victorian homes, parks, gardens, campgrounds, the woods and outdoor areas such as Lake Tahoe or Sedona in Arizona.  All of these choices are great places!  There is a lot of to consider when deciding to go with an outdoor venue that you coordinator will be able to assist you with (such as electricity, lighting, restrooms, parking, trash and so forth.)  For inspiration, think on picnics, barns, pies, lemonade and natural floral which are loose arrangements and not tight arrangements that are all the same.  Floral that is popular are wild flower and daisies with a hand-picked look. Going with the nature theme throughout your planning is the goal.  Attire can include vintage dresses or certified organic cotton.   In San Diego popular sites are the parks in Coronado and central San Diego such as Presidio Park, the beaches in La Jolla and the gardens in Carlsbad.  Favors can be items such as seeds, plants or donations.  Donations many couples choose are to local charities or their favorite charity.  Another popular trend is having a “honeymoon” fund where guests can pay for items for the wedding honeymoon online such as plane tickets, train tickets, taxi fare, meals, spas etc.  The food menu can be organic and vegetarian centered or picnic inspired.  Invitations can be from recycled material or electronic.  Eco friendliness is an important factor to over 1/3 of engaged couples.  Eco friendliness goes hand in hand with nature inspired weddings.  Include natural aspects of everyone .. more so with elements of the outdoors.  There is so much inspiration for nature inspired weddings.  Thinking on the outdoors…picnics, red rock, the forest, lakes, beached, mountains, barns, parks and gardens.  Our most recent wedding which was nature inspired was in Julian, California at the Pine Hills Lodge and it was adorable! The menu was vegan, floral were loosely arranged, a tree stump for the cake and the area surrounded by beautiful lush greenery!  All photos provided by Brandon Tridle.

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Best Wedding Planner San Diego on 10News Alist

We are so honored to have won best wedding planner for San Diego on the 10News Alist!  The polls for voting for the best wedding planner in San Diego were open for a few months this summer.  We reached out to our prior clients,  present clients, vendors we have worked with and those familiar with At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) to ask for support!  We thank everyone for their vote because every vote truly does count.   What is amusing is that we weren’t notified about winning best wedding planner so as we started to get congratulations….we realized that we should check results!  Sure enough, as we checked the results for best wedding planner in San Diego, we saw Best Wedding Planner 1st Place – At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party)   Thank you for all that voted and that continue to support us!  Cheers!

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Love Filled Military Wedding!

The wedding celebration of Rachel and Christian Gonzales was held at the MCRD Chapel with the reception in the Bayview Room.  We loved this couple!  It was a military wedding with many friends and family traveling in from all over the U.S. to celebrate the wedding!  Rachel and Christian were such a lovely couple to work with.  Their appreciation and love for everyone was wonderful and their thoughtfulness showed through everything they planned throughout the wedding for their guests.  The couple had a neighbor and close friend officiate the wedding so it was even more special and memorable.  The sword arch was also handled by close friends.  The wedding colors were a lovely silver, platinum and hints of burnt orange.  The reception was exciting with Premier Entertainment covering the music and Lovely Photo Booth providing the photo booth fun!  The couple held a weekend of celebration for all the guests starting from their rehearsal dinner in Hillcrest to their wedding to the Sunday Barbeque at their home.  Vendors included Caprice Strings, Laura Christin Photography, Eagle Lion, Premier Entertainment, Barliz Flowers, Excellent Designs, and Lovely Photo Booth.  All photos courtesy of Laura Christen Photography.

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Creating A Romantic Honeymoon Suite

At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) loves creating not only amazing weddings but romantic wedding night suites! We love beautifying the couple’s wedding night suite for them so that upon entering, they are greeted with candles, rose petals and champagne.   The most recent honeymoon suite we decorated was at the Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California.  We decorated the already gorgeous room with beautiful orange and white rose petals, candles and champagne!  We created hearts with the rose petals and put candles everywhere including the spa bath tub.  We created a number “9” for the month and J & M for the couple’s initials.  The spa tub was illuminated with candle lightl.  After an amazing time at their Destination Coronado Wedding Theme at South Beach and Candelas on the Bay, Meliza and Justin entered their romantic suite ready to relax and enjoy their first night as husand and wife.  Meliza called us after the wedding to thank us for everything and was especially pleased with the honeymoon suite.  She says, “Every couple should do this!  It was “ours” and our first moment together alone to enjoy our moment!”

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Love happens at any age!

Love can definitely happen at any age!  My grandmother, Dolores who just celebrated her 80th birthday this month was just married!  She met Alex at her church over 10 years ago.  Dolores, a widow of 14 years lived alone in her modest cottage in Hollister, California.  She kept busy with gardening, cooking, church and volunteering at the local food bank.  Alex, also a widower began to help my grandmother, his good friend around her home a few years ago and that is when love blossomed.  Their friendship grew deeper and they realized how much they cared about one another.  Their wedding ceremony was held at their local church as well as the courthouse.  Dolores wore purple and Alex wore grey.  Close friends were witnesses in the intimate church ceremony which welcome close family and friends.  They plan to have a larger reception celebration later this year and a honeymoon in Hawaii.  They now share a home together in Hollister and enjoy every day with one another!

Brides Night Out Event a Success!

Recently, At Your side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) was part of an amazing event for brides at Fluxx Nightclub in down town San Diego. Hundreds of brides came out for a night out and met some of San Diego’s hottest vendors! Fluxx showed off their Aquatic theme with a LIVE mermaid and a great fashion show was provided by Little White Dress.  The fashion press covered the event and the event was mentioned on Channel 92.5!  The event was amazing and everyone had a great time! The music was off the hook thanks to Mobile Music Plus! Thank you to all the vendors who participated:
Sunless Revolution
Flavio Photography
EPOD Photobooth
Sobelle Favors
Mobile Music Plus
Fabulous Skin Care by Vanessa
Classy Covers
Kevin Viner Entertainment
JFT Beauty
Everlast Fitness
The Little White Dress
Swanky Sugar
Israel Maldonado
Barbara Aguilar
Jackie Q Beauty
El Comal Catering

Thank you Flavio Photography for all the amazing photos!!

Bride’s Night Out at Fluxx San Diego! Hottest Nightclub in the Nation!

Exclusive event being held for brides and guests! An evening of pampering, music, entertainment, a fashion show, drinks and more at the hottest nightclub in the nation! Get an up-do, make up application, facial tanning and much more! Try the latest in photobooths with EPOD talking photobooth! Delicious food provided by El Comal. Music provided by Mobile Music Plus and Israel Maldonado. See beautiful gowns in the fashion show by The Little White Dress. Learn the latest trends in weddings and in beauty at the best venue in the industry!

There will be many times in the evening to win amazing prizes will include a series of 6 microdermabrasion facials, nutritional coaching with a personal training session, a basket of makeup goodies, an engagement session, spray tanning, dinner to El Comal, and MUCH more! Meet some of San Diego’s hottest vendors!

Tickets are available now and you are welcome to get a ticket for a guest too!