Lisa & Matt’s Fall Romance

The Scoop

Lisa and Matt were such an adorable couple and I was so happy when they chose At Your Side Planning to design and plan their wedding! This beautiful couple loves traveling, family, God, and life. So much about them really resonated with me. It was an honor to come on board for their wedding design and planning.

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Intimate Vow Exchange in La Jolla

The Couple

The wedding of Seth and Nina was intimate and romantic! The couple traveled with their closest family and friends to La Jolla, California to exchange their vows. This small celebration was just what they had envisioned – private, breathtaking, and cheerful! The couple, along with their guests, stayed at a gorgeous private estate in La Jolla with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.

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Hotel Del Elegant + Romantic Wedding

The Spot

Extravagant. Romantic. Breathtaking. The wedding of James and Alexandra was this and so much more! They picked the iconic, Hotel Del Coronado for their wedding and their day could not have been any more perfect. This hotel was built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. Hotel del Coronado is a huge part of Coronado’s and San Diego’s history. Tourists from all around the world come to see this hotel when visiting San Diego.

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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.

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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.

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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

Pacific Ocean Waves + Romance

The breathtaking pacific ocean was the backdrop for Melissa and Bill’s ceremony in Carlsbad, California. With the waves rolling and the warm sun brushing the couples faces, everything for their day was incredible.

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Melissa started her day at the beautiful Four Seasons Residence Club where a close friend provided hair and makeup services. Melissa was a stunning bride and her dress was spectacular! Continue reading

Gorgeous Wedding at The Dana

Denise and Anthony’s wedding at The Dana on Mission Bay in San Diego was spectacular. The day was warm and lovely with boats sailing along the bay as a backdrop to the ceremony site. The couple were surrounded by family and friends including sponsors (people the couple respect and admire that give their blessing to the marriage) who were dressed in traditional Filipino attire. We loved how their beautiful daughter was also their flower girl.

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Denise and Anthony had a large bridal party and they had such a cheerful time getting ready the morning of the wedding! The wedding palette was timeless and elegant, with a mix of ivories and blushes. Continue reading

Carlsbad Love Birds

A beautiful ocean view on a perfect, sunny, San Diego afternoon with the most jaw dropping ceremony arch ever seen. A gorgeous couple surrounded by their closest family and friends at one of the most sought after places in California. Karolynn and Travis’s wedding at the Sheraton in Carlsbad, California was just that and so much more.

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 Karolynn was referred to us by her close friend Cara, who has known Diana for years, and made a beautiful bridesmaid! Continue reading

First Dance Song?!

Choosing the perfect first dance song.

What girl hasn’t dreamed of her first dance? It is important to choose a song that’s timeless yet also captures your relationship during this snapshot in time. Before the big day, start listening to genres outside your norm, listen to composers you haven’t listened to before. When something catches your ear, jot down the song name and keep a running list.  And it’s never a bad idea to grab your betrothed for a test-run once you’ve narrowed it down to one or two to make sure the song is dance-able. Another option is to choose a song familiar to you and your fiancé, one that brings back good memories.

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Bruce from Battleson Entertainment says, “Choosing your first dance is a big deal.  This is forever!  A lot of couples go too trendy on their first dance song and your choice is embarrassing by your 5th Anniversary.  For example, love songs by Boy Bands or girl power divas like Celine and Whitney that get overplayed and everyone gets burned out on.  By the way, no man wants a song by a girl power diva for their first dance. Rappers singing a love song will be a big regret in 20 years. You need a classic song or a classic sounding song that will sound good and be relevant on your 50th Anniversary. Country artists such as George Strait, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Brad Paisley, Dan + Shay, have some fantastic love songs that will stand the test of time.  Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Etta James, Norah Jones and Ed Sheeren are all classic voices that will sound great forever.  Another good direction to go in is remade, rearranged, songs such as “Can’t help falling in love with you” by Ingrid Michaelson. What song would I have at MY wedding?  My girl and I are in love with Ed Sheeren’s “Tenerife Sea’” Continue reading