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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

DJ: MY DJs

Venue: El Cortez

Beverage: Best Beverage

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Wedding Planner Coordinator Consultant, Robin Villegas

Robin who was born and raised in San Diego is currently pursuing her degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Hospitality.

Robin’s background in the medical field as Senior Service Representation at Kaiser Permanente included ten years of exceptional customer service, outstanding leadership skills and most importantly meeting and exceeding the needs of physicians, staff, members and patients. Amongst the many committees Robin was involved with at Kaiser Permanente, Robin especially had a deep passion for planning and coordinating department meetings, holiday parties and events.

Robin joined the At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) team in 2011 and is now working in a career that is her first love of planning!  Robin could not be any happier working with San Diego’s Best Wedding Planner, At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) .  Working with At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) , Robin is able to bring her outgoing and bubbly personality, brilliant and creative ideas, and attention to detail to the At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) . The one thing that Robin loves is being able to bring the dreams of clients to life!  It is fulfilling for Robin to remove any burdens or worries of the clients, and to help in any way possible to make their day fabulous, memorable and most importantly, stress free.

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San Diego Wedding Planner Coordinator Consultant, Angie Thornton

At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party)  has added Angie Thornton’s bio and photo onto our site and we wanted to also add a blog thanking Angie for all her contribution to making the weddings and events we plan a success! Angie has been creating weddings and events with At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) since 2009.  Angie’s roles included being office manager and executive assistant at top companies in San Diego including Northmarq Capital, Stoneybrook Publishing and Pendulum Studios.  Angie excelled at planning and preparing office parties and events as well as corporate conferences. Her leaderships skills, detail-oriented mindset, excellent organizational skills and professional attitude translated well to wedding and event coordination.  Angie thrives in not only arranging the event, but making it beautiful and magical.  Angie also enjoys using her creative skills to create welcome guest baskets, inspiration boards and tablescapes. Angie also loves decorating the honeymoon suite to create that gorgeous ambiance for the couple’s first night as husband and wife.

Angie and At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) especially love helping the bride and groom by removing the stress of planning their wedding ceremony and reception. There are so many details to focus on, it’s easy to forget something or allow the details to become overwhelming. That’s where At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) comes in to alleviate the worry, allowing the clients to focus on their day and their family and friends!

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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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619-322-7084

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