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.


The tastiest food stations, an extravagant dessert table, and farmhouse tables where many of the couple’s closest family and friends are seated to celebrate with them were some of the event’s highlights for the wedding of Ricardo and Claudia!


The Morning of the Wedding

Claudia and her ladies began the day together at the Inn at the Park in San Diego. Bee Lopez provided the makeup services for the ladies, while Sarah Ortega of Hair Spray Studio worked on creating beautiful hairstyles.


Top Dog Limo picked up the bridal party at their hotel and transported them all to Balboa Park for the couple’s first look and bridal party photos!



The ceremony was exceptional in both vows and ambience. The couple’s pastor and friend, Tony Suarez, officiated the wedding making the moment even more intimate. The stage was decorated with gorgeous floral and candlelight placed  in front of a hand crafted wooden cross.



One of our favorite caterers, Terra Catering provided the delicious farm to table cuisine! Best Beverage Catering provided the bar services.


Cocktail Hour

IM Photobooths was a hit for the cocktail hour offering an array of props for their fun stop. Guests stopped by throughout the night to take their personalized photos as a reminder of Ricardo and Claudia’s wedding day!

Tostilocos is a favorite of Claudia and Ricardo’s; so of course they had a tostilocos table for their guests! Tostilocos are tostitos with garnishes including peanuts, chile, lemon and chamoy sauce. There were also tasty bites of different savory snacks. Gaby’s Sweet Creations designed this amazing latin inspired station for the wedding. It was a popular area for guests!


Dinner Reception

Moniker warehouse was completely transformed into a magical and breathtaking place on our design boards, but was even more incredible when brought to life! The rentals provided by Platinum Party Rentals looked impeccable in the space; especially the farm tables.


A big thank you to the talented, Leah Bloom of BeSpoke who truly brought the place to life with all the amazing floral pieces.


A good friend of the couple, DJ Johnny P provided the music and emcee services for the wedding. The officiant, Tony also shared a blessing of the food prior to dinner which was really special for the group!


The dessert table was extravagant and offered something for every palette. It was almost overflowing with the amount of sweets and the large variety to choose from! The cake from Kuba Kreations was surrounded by an eclectic variety of sweets from Sweet Revenge Bakery.

Photo + Video

Photographer, Natalie Bray, captured all these amazing photos and we thank her for being so wonderful to work with!


Videographer, Anza Foto + Film, captured the day in its entirety and we enjoyed working with this team for the first time!


Thank you Ricardo and Claudia for allowing us to come alongside and plan such a milestone with you! We wish you all the best and many blessing together!

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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

Simplifying the Wedding

Everyone has their own idea of their perfect wedding. Be it large or small, they all require quite a bit of planning and research to pull off an ideal nuptial event.


Flexibility is the key to simplicity and a smooth planned event.

Modify the Guest List

When there is a larger guest list, things to consider such as venue, parking, menu, and drinks are all a priority. Most places have a per person charge for food and that is whether you have it in-house or catered.


By limiting guests to close family and friends, your finances are free for more venue and menu options. Continue reading

Advice For a Stress Free Wedding Day!

Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with San Diego Party Ride, a local luxury limousine company. They compiled a list of advice from wedding planners all over the San Diego metro. As a featured participant, I’ve been given a wonderful opportunity to offer my advice on how to bring together the two families for a wedding.  As a lot of you know, this can be harder than it seems!


At Your Side Planning is thrilled to be part of this interesting piece! With all the different opinions shared by other wedding planners, I believe this is a great resource for any bride and grooms out there currently preparing for their wedding. Keep in mind that your wedding is a unique time and the memory of this day will forever last. Check out the article HERE, you might learn a thing or two on uniting your families on that big day of yours! Continue reading

Sunset Cliffs I-Dos!

Jamie and Tim’s wedding ceremony was incredibly magical. It was held on the cliffs at Luscomb Point in Ocean Beach, California. The chairs were set up by Platinum Event Rentals in a semi circle with a small aisle that looked beautiful. TessFresh set up the ceremony floral and arch, which were absolutely gorgeous. Jamie’s father escorted her in from the top of the cliffs as guests watched. This was so breathtaking for the groom to see his stunning bride entering from up high! One of the groomsmen brought a drone that he used to capture footage of the moments before and after the ceremony. Your Perfect Ceremony provided the wonderful officiant, David Cutler, and music services. A bonus video of the ceremony was also included as a wedding gift to the couple!


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Pacific Ocean Vows at Camp Pendleton

This beautiful March wedding began with Natalie and her entourage getting ready at Rebel Rebel Salon in Oceanside, California. The day could not have been anymore gorgeous with the sun shining brightly and family gathering to celebrate the happy couple!  The bride’s talented cousin, Alyssa joined the ladies at the salon to provide her makeup services. Nathan and his groomsmen gathered at the Gentlemen’s Den Barber Shop for fresh haircuts and relaxation.

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La Jolla Fall Wedding at the Forum

Burgundies and greens with fresh floral runners, and the sweetest couple we have met just begins to describe the wedding of Michael and Siana. Their gorgeous wedding was held at the breathtaking Scripps Seaside Forum which overlooks the Pacific Ocean and allows for a magical and dreamy guest experience.


Siana and her ladies looked amazing thanks to the beauty team of Joslie and Angela. Siana and her ladies enjoyed each others company during preparations for the wedding day while Michael and the guys had a great time hanging out. Continue reading