YMCA Beach Romance

The Couple

Analicia & Neeko’s wedding was a beautiful celebration filled with personal touches. The couple chose to tie the knot at Camp Surf in the beautiful town of Imperial Beach, California. The camp was dressed up in prettiness making it an incredible location for this amazing day. The venue was special to the couple because the mother of the bride worked at the camp for 20 years, the bride worked as a counselor and the bride’s parents live just across the street.


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Unique Color Combination

We love original color combinations for weddings. This color combo is unique and trendy. The delicate white and pink roses surround the peach, purple and deep burgundy colors that bring a pop to the arrangement. With a multi-colored palette comes the opportunity to incorporate all of these gorgeous colors into any aspect of your event.

This mix of colors grants a multitude of ways to become incorporated into the event decor and design. A subtle yet elegant option is to bring out the lighter pink as the focus color. Another great choice is to highlight the deep romantic shades of burgundy. These colors can be highlighted in the attire. Continue reading

Sponsors in Weddings! Who are these people?

Last year we planned and coordinated many weddings in which sponsors were part of the ceremonies. Sponsors are people who are special to the bride and groom, such as family members, who hold key roles in the ceremony such as holding a special items like a the bible, coins, the cord, or veil. These items are tradition within Catholic ceremonies. This is a cultural tradition that began many years ago when sponsors were there to assist the couple financially. Today it is significant more so as honoring those close to the couple. The sponsors names are included in the program and they are part of the ceremony processional, entering after family and prior to the bridal party. Some couples include the sponsors names on the wedding invitations as well.

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Celia and Kevin had all the items listed included in their ceremony and chose those people who meant alot to them to be sponsors. In the past year, the majority of our weddings included sponsors; at least 4 couples! Each bride and groom have different preferences on choosing the ways to incorporate their sponsors. One couple chose to pair their sponsors with someone other than their spouse as it was considered good luck!


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Leslie and Josh chose to do this for their ceremony at the Immaculata and it was wonderful. Having sponsors makes everything so much fun. The grand entrances into the reception, which include announcing sponsors, should be given a significant amount of time because if there are family, sponsors and a large bridal party, it can be quite a bit for the emcee to say! Normally sponsors also have a specific color of attire as well so that all is cohesive with the wedding design, bridal party and colors. Sponsors are a fun and meaningful way to incorporate both tradition and significant people into your wedding ceremony.


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The Real Deal In Changing Your Last Name!

So, is it really that chaotic to change a young ladie’s last name?

When I first reviewed the steps I had created in a quick article for a prior bride, I must admit I became a little overwhelmed. First of all, I wasn’t sure I was completely ready to let go of my current last name. I considered the idea of hyphenating, but that was too much for me, personally. My maiden name is Romero and my husband’s is Bribiesca…I know right?! It comes from a small town in Spain, Briviesca, which we will visit one day soon, I am sure.  After speaking to a few friends who had recently been married, I decided it wouldn’t be so difficult to change my name to Bribiesca.


The first step is receiving the marriage certificate, which shows the marriage is legal. I was married in Hawaii so rather than the typical one month, it took about 3 ½. Our friend married us, so we questioned if he did everything correctly and if we were even really married. We were thankful when we received our certificate!


The next step was going to the social security office and applying for a new card with the SS-5 form, which can be accessed here. When I went to the social security office I took my marriage certificate, my social security card, birth certificate, and ID, along with copies of the marriage certificate just in case.  I went to the social security office in La Mesa, CA and grabbed a number, spoke to an employee, and then waited for about 10 minutes. The gentleman who called my name was very nice. He couldn’t pronounce my new last name but said my ring was gorgeous and that my husband did great. He also said that with my receipt of name change, I was ready to go anywhere I needed to.


The next place I went was DMV to get a new license to reflect my new name. I made an appointment so I was in and out within minutes! After DMV, I plan on getting my passport, which just expired last year, so the timing couldn’t be better.  I will hold onto my current ID since so many places have me as Diana Romero and I plan on tackling those at a steady pace.

Here are the other places I will need to go:

  • My bank to adjust all my accounts

  • My employer’s records, health insurance, retirement accounts and any IDs

  • Bills such as SDG&E and other utilities and Victoria’s Secret!

  • Gym membership

  • Insurance companies (car, home, health)

  • Post office to request a change of address form in order to change the name

  • Credit cards

  • Any automatic withdrawals from my account

After beginning the process, I realized it’s not all that crazy. I know it will take some time to go to and call all the places I need to, but I am giving myself some time to complete it all. After I complete the name change, I am going to make an announcement to all my family and friends! I think it’s a wonderful event in life and can’t wait to share!

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Beautiful Rancho Bernardo Inn Wedding Full of Joy and Hugs

Laughter. Joy. Hugs. These are some of the words I would use to describe the wedding celebration of Elizabeth and Brian. These two were surrounded by a wonderful group of loving family and friends. I loved hearing the heartfelt toasts and speeches which showed just how much this couple was adored. The groom’s sister was the matron of honor and from the beginning, that was a marker of how these two families were already one.



Elizabeth and Brian exchanged vows at the St. Elizabeth Setan Catholic Church in Carlsbad, CA. This stunning church was perfect for the couple. The church was adorned with gorgeous floral in hues of blues and ivory by Lindafloral. T


The bridal party arrived in style in a beautiful black stretched limousine provided by the 5 star company, A Leading Limo. The owner, Will Williams, relaxed the girls by being ever sweet and pleasant. The ceremony started with the entrance of the groom accompanied by both parents, followed by sponsors, the bridal party and the bride, also with both of her parents.


The Rancho Bernardo Inn’s Aragon room was spectacular! Floral by Inn’s Floral looked adorable and all the personalized touches created by Elizabeth completed the beautiful look and feel. Elizabeth had cute “Just Married” signage, a vintage trunk for cards, a collage of photos, and even had a gorgeous tiered groom’s cake as a surprise for Brian, designed by Sumi’s Oven.
The photobooth by Ahhsnap Photobooth was an original hit! It consisted of a photo area with so many crazy props like boas, hats, pom poms and more. We could barely pull the guests away from this fun-filled photo station for the couple’s grand entrance…they were having way too much fun! Bruce Battleson was the emcee and DJ who did such a fabulous job keeping the guests entertained and informed.  Bruce’s funny and down to earth personality made him a joy to work with.


Richwell Correa Photography did a fabulous job at capturing each moment and even creatively organized group photos on the dance floor! We loved his imagination and his team! Videographers Classic Filmworks were a pleasure to work with. They were behind the scenes and yet on cue capturing the entire day.
Elizabeth and Brian had At Your Side Planning set out a variety of candy in beautiful glass containers for the guests to enjoy (after dinner of course!) and this candy bar was a hit. Our favorite moment in the evening was when the couple surprised their guests with a choreographed dance routine with several fun songs including Gangnam Style! Everyone was cracking up and loved this lively surprise.
Thank you Elizabeth and Brian for allowing us to coordinate your wonderful, fun and fabulous day!


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Spotlight Alert! We are featured on San Diego Style Wedding’s blog!

We are so happy to share that one of our favorite weddings was featured yesterday on San Diego Style Wedding’s blog!

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See their blog here: Jenelle and Ryan Montijo – Wedding Featured on San Diego Style Weddings Blog

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We adored this couple and are thrilled that they are in the spotlight. If you would like to see the full gallery of their wedding, please visit the gallery here and to read all about this adorable wedding’s details here. Thank you Jenelle and Ryan for allowing us to plan and coordinate such a beautiful day for you both!

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Happy New Years!

Happy New Years!  We hope everyone is having a wonderful first day of 2013. It is said, the way you spend the New Years Day sets the tone for how the entire year will be! We are very excited about 2013 and all the amazing couples and clients we will be honored to be working with. Have a wonderful, joyous and enjoyable January 1st!


Diana Romero + At Your Side Planning Team!

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Immaculata + Tom Hams Wedding: Wine, Romance, Family

I met Leslie in the fall of 2011 at a bridal event I was hosting. She was a good friend of our bride at the time, Michelle. Leslie was one of the sweetest brides I had the pleasure of helping this year. Leslie and Josh lived in Hawaii but were having their wedding in San Diego. Leslie traveled often to San Diego to plan the wedding and we always had a great time during our meet ups. Leslie and Josh are wine lovers, so we designed their wedding with wine as the focal point. This allowed for a rich color palette including hues of purple and burgundy which we incorporated into the attire, decor and, of course, drink!

On the day of the wedding Leslie and her entourage were prettied up by Leslie of Hair by Leslie Cole and Chandra of Makeup by Chanelle. Leslie looked radiant! The bridal party rode in style, arriving to the venue in an exquisite stretch limousine courtesy of Will Williams of A Leading Limo.  A Leading Limo has gorgeous limos, impeccable service, and are highly recommended by At Your Side Planning.

The venue,  Immaculata, is a breathtaking Catholic church on the campus of the University of San Diego. The ceremony included many sponsors who held key roles in the ceremony such as presenting the cord and veil as well as family members. A close friend filled the cathedral with the sound of the beautiful Ave Maria. Her best friend, Carla was her maid of honor. I loved how involved the children of the family were in the ceremony as well as the reception. There were coin bearers, ring bearers and even a bible bearer. Bob Hoffman Video and Photography captured every moment of the wedding.  The team was fantastic to work with; they were very focused, professional and on cue!

The guests traveled to Tom Hams Lighthouse for the dinner reception.  The room had a soft, romantic glow created by the centerpieces consisting of wine bottles with open bases which held an assortment of petite candles inside.

On each table was a mini chalkboard with the name of a wine handwritten delicately.

The seating chart was a large chalkboard with guests’ names handwritten and each escort card was held daintily with a wine cork. The guests signed an extra large wine bottle which the couple would enjoy a year later for their one year anniversary!

A very significant and touching moment in the evening was when the bride’s son took his role and said the blessing over the food for dinner. He was happy to have a part in the special day and did a terrific job.

The black and white photo booth  by Mobile Photobooth added a fun element of silliness to the emotional night and entertained the crowd all evening with an endless combination of fun and creative props and poses. Of course the men’s favorite prop was the paper mustache and the women loved the boas! The couple and guests alike will enjoy these moments in time captured by the photo booth to commemorate the exceptional day. What a great treat to walk away with!

CUPS created the enticing cupcake display with the cutest top tier brulee cake with beautiful vineyard vines wrapping around which the couple cut with a sword!

Thank you Leslie and Josh for allowing us to be part of your amazing day! We loved seeing you again Leslie at Carla’s wedding too. We wish you all the best in Hawaii and wherever else life leads you!

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Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, CA

The gorgeous wedding of Silver and Colin was held at the breathtaking site of Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, California.  The color palette was a tiffany blue and brown.  The bride’s taste was incredible and all the carefully thought out details complimented the entire day!

The bride glowed in her gown which was pressed by Margaret’s Cleaners.

Floral for the wedding was designed by Elizabeth of Barliz Flowers.

Cocktail hour music was provided by the talented flamenco guitarist, Anthony Garcia.  DJ  for the wedding reception was Erwin Millan who frequently DJs at this great venue!  The beautiful ceremony was officiated by Dr. Gail Smith with Weddings Heart to Heart.

All these incredible photos are all courtesy of Andy King Photography!

Thank you Silver and Colin for allowing At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) to be part of such a special day in your lives.  We enjoyed assisting you and coordinating your big day!

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Backyard or Outdoor Wedding Reception

Are you thinking of having an outdoor wedding reception? Planning a wedding is very exciting so we’d love to offer you some tips to assist if you are considering an outdoor reception.  There are very important factors to keep in mind while planning to ensure nothing is overlooked.   Having an outdoor reception can save on costs and can be just as great as going with a full service venue.  With the right amount of planning, it can be a success and a fun filled event!  Many spots serve as great outdoor reception venues including backyards, estates, private home rentals and park like settings.  I want to discuss a few key points to consider when planning an outdoor reception.  Those items include rentals, service, food and beverage, and music.  These are not all the items that one would need to consider when planning an outdoor reception, however they are those that are most important because of the factors involved.  For all items to take into consideration, hiring a wedding coordinator is highly recommended.

The first decision in wedding planning should always be the budget and the guest count.  The budget will determine what amount can be allocated towards food, alcohol, rentals, décor, vendors and so forth. A wedding coordinator can offer assistance on how to allocate for each area.  After deciding on a budget and guest count, meeting with several full service caterers who specialize in weddings as well as providing rentals would be priority.  If a full service caterer is not hired, then reviewing all areas and logistics for the rentals with your wedding coordinator’s assistance is crucial.  An experienced rental company will be able to make recommendations and provide a walk through at the home or venue to ensure there is sufficient space for the rentals as well as the activities.  After reserving the rentals, a layout should be created for the ceremony and the reception items as well as noting locations of power outlets. This is important for the DJ, the bar, lighting and any other activities requiring power such as a photo booth.  For events running into the evening, consider bringing in extra lighting.  If there is only one restroom and over 40 guests, consider renting a portable restroom or two.  There are nice portable restroom rental companies out there.  These restrooms can be dolled up by placing flowers and toiletry gifts inside.  An experienced wedding coordinator can offer excellent referrals on companies that offer quality, high end portable restrooms.

After creating your layout, the overall design scheme should be determined.  Color, decor and lighting brought in should also compliment the area and the time of day the wedding reception will be held.  Natural lighting is important to consider when deciding on the linen colors and additional lighting on the tables, such as pin lights and accenting as well as sufficient lighting to see after sunset.  Consider the table as a whole and not just the decor that will be placed on the table, but it’s own unique layout including linens and place settings.

As you plan the wedding, the vendors that should be booked first are vendors that only work one wedding per day (such as the photographer).  These key players for the wedding day should be booked as soon as you are able to.  These include the photographer, DJ, videographer and any other wedding vendors who will work the entire event.  The caterer or restaurant plays a big role during the wedding reception. The menu should be decided with your contact for catering.  For the cocktail hour, appetizers or hors doeuvres are great to provide for the guests along with beverages as they mingle after the ceremony concludes while the bridal party and the couple take photos.  The bar should have one bartender for every 40 guests plus a bar back.  An experienced, licensed bartender will provide everything needed for the bar and make recommendations on the amount of beverages for the amount of guests.  Many bartenders allow the client to bring in their own alcohol and will charge for hours only.  If an hourly bartender is hired, it is important to make a list with the bartender on the items that need to be purchased and provided for them.  Your wedding coordinator can assist with ensuring all items are covered.  Another item to consider as related to alcohol is the champagne pouring.  If there will be toasting to champagne, it is important to have the bartender or caterers include the pouring of the champagne into their cost.  Champagne is poured about 15-30 before actual toasts depending on how many guests will be served champagne.   Decide on the menu with your caterer when you have an idea of the meal or meals you would like to provide to the guests.  If it is a lunch time reception, the menu for the meal will be lighter than an evening reception.  If a caterer or restaurant prepares the food without providing servers, bussers or a cleanup crew, it is important to contract a staffing agency that can provide these and I would recommend 1 server for every 25 guests.  Some would recommend per 40 guests, however it is better to have enough servers and service than not enough.  The staffing agency should also designate one of the staff members as the banquet captain to lead the service to ensure the serving, the bussing, the trash and final clean up are smooth.    Dinner ware is something to consider going disposable on if you opt not going with a full service caterer (who can provide china) because if these items are rented or purchased, the cleanup of these items is a big task.  Also, in renting, if every item is not accounted for there are additional charges added onto the final bill.

If a full service caterer is contracted and they include the wedding cake in their pricing, the cake cutting is something normally included.  If the wedding cake is ordered separately and the caterer is not full service, then hiring servers through a staffing agency who specialize in cake cutting is extremely important.  It takes an experienced person to dissemble a cake, cut it and serve it.  Also remember to get cakes, forks, napkins and the cake items for the cake table.

The last items I would like to discuss are the music and clean up.  The DJ or band should let you know their specifications on space as well as power.  The DJ should be aware of the power in the area for set up and the layout of the event.  If there are activities in more than one area (for example cocktail hour in front of house and dinner in the back) then a DJ would probably want two sound systems to cover the event.  Renting a dance floor for dancing is important and if it is an evening event, have sufficient lighting for your guests.  Your wedding coordinator can work with the rental company on square footage and the layout.  A cleanup crew at the end as well as bussers through the end is important as well.  Your wedding coordinator can direct your crew as where the linens, trash, rentals, gifts, cake top and personal items go to avoid any confusion.  Rentals normally will be picked up the Monday following the event.

An outdoor wedding reception can save a lot of money and be such a success!  As long as all areas are covered, you can be sure to have it run smoothly and having very happy wedding guests!

For a free consultation, please call At Your Side Planning (formerly Ah! Le Party) at 619-322-7084 to discuss your special day!  Diana Romero, owner of At Your Side Planning has been planning events for over ten years in San Diego, California.  She founded At Your Side Planning (formerly Ah! Le Party) in 2004 and is highly experienced and professional.  At Your Side Planning (formerly Ah! Le Party) recently was awarded “Best Wedding Planner” on the San Diego 10 News A list.  At Your Side Planning (formerly Ah! Le Party) is a member of the Professional Women’s Organization as well as Small Business certified through the state of California.

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