Blog : Weddings

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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Coronado + The Abbey. Red + Black Wedding Fun!

The wedding of Michelle and Nick was gorgeous and they were one of our favorite couples for 2011!  The ceremony was held at Centennial Park in Coronado where guests were able to view the spectacular view of downtown San Diego.

The reception was held at The Abbey in San Diego with a color palette of red and black with some great uplighting that was  provided by Excellent Designs as well as the linens.

The wedding was officated by their close friend Justin who might we add, was so helpful during this special day!.  The Grove Bakery created the delicious cake.

Music for the reception was provided by DJ Impakt & DJ Mahjestik who are also cousins of the bride and also work for Z90… yes the reception was definitely a blast!  The bride looked extra gorgeous thanks to  Michelle Mucho who styled the brides hair and Valerie Vonprisk who provided the makeup artistry.

Transportation was Pacific Limousine.  Gobo Lighting was by Music Phreek.  The Photobooth was by one of our favorites – Lovely Photobooth! These incredible  photos were taken by Brian of  ABM Wedding Photography.   Thank you Nick and Michelle for allowing us to be part of your wedding day!

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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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Coordinated by Diana Romero and Robin Villegas of Ah! Le Party

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Bride’s Night Out at Fluxx! Wednesday, March 14th!

An exclusive evening of pampering, music, a fashion runway, Italian delicacies and more at the hottest nightclub in the nation! Complimentary up-dos, makeup application, skin softening treatments and more! Learn the latest trends in the wedding & beauty industries. Win exceptional prizes for your wedding including your make up application, hairstyling, boudoir session, candy buffet, gift cards and more! Fluxx will be open just for you for this spectacular event.

Tickets are available now!

*At door ticket price will be $10 ~ Prepaid ticket price is $5 *

Brought to you by:

At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party)
Barliz Flowers
Beauty Addiction (eyelash extensions)
Buca Di Beppo
Exquisite Wedding’s by San Diego Magazine
Flavio Photography
Hyde Edwards Salon
Lovely Photobooths
Makeup by Cynthia
Mia Bella Couture
Mobile Music Plus
Shadow Boudoir
Sweet Thoughts (desserts)
Sweet Ribbon (linens)
Touchstone Crystals

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Visit to Buca Di Beppo

I went to visit Buca Di Beppo last month to meet sales managers, Veronica & Rose for a delicious lunch.  Veronica is the sales manager out of the Carlsbad location and Rose is the sales manager out of the Mira Mesa location.  First of all, this “meeting” felt like more of a get together of good friends.  Veronica and Rose are fabulous ladies that made me feel right at home!  We laughed the entire time and really just got to know one another.  Both these ladies offer outstanding service and it’s no wonder they are so successful at what they do.

The style of Buca Di Beppo is family style so that means everyone gets to share what is placed on the table!  Buca Di Beppo offers so many options for events!  All three restaurants in San Diego county have an abundance of space for birthdays, showers, banquets, celebrations and rehearsal dinners.  Their pricing for groups is pretty awesome too.  I also learned that Buca Di Beppo offers catering for all events including weddings!  We reviewed the pricing options for catering and I can say, that Buca Di Beppo has some of the best prices in town for the quality of food and service they offer!  I had the pleasure of ordering a salad and a vegan pizza that day.  Yes, vegan!  I ordered the vegetarian pizza without cheese and it was so good!  The following week I was able to take a bride in for lunch at Buca Di Beppo.  This bride is getting married in 2013 and happens to love Italian food!  I hope we made a love connection for her.

Thank you Rose and Veronica for making my visit to Buca Di Beppo a fabulous one with great laughs and outstanding food!  I look forward to working with Buca Di Beppo on many future events!

Here are the three locations for Buca Di Beppo in San Diego:

North County: 1921 Calle Barcelona Carlsbad, CA 92009

Downtown:  705 6th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101

Mira Mesa:  10749 Westview Parkway  San Diego, CA 92126

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