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Why the bride stands on the left side during wedding ceremony

Have you ever wondered why during wedding ceremony, it is customary for the bride to stand on the left and the groom on the right?  I was recently married and thought about the history of this myself. This tradition dates back to the Middle Ages, when women were traded and sold for marriage.  So why does the groom stand on the right side of the altar?  Well, your heart is located on the left so the bride stands “under his (grooms) heart”.  This keeps the groom’s right hand (“fighting arm” or “sword arm”) free to defend his bride should an enemy try to steal her away at the last minute.  If any man or attacker made it past the groomsmen at the altar, the groom would hold his bride with his left hand, while using his sword or weapon with his right hand against any oncoming attackers.  Another explanation for this is that men and women used to be split up when they went to church, with the men sitting on the right side, and women sitting on the left.  Because of this, it made sense for the men to stand on the right side of the altar, and the women on the left.  In modern interpretations, it is said that when a man and woman join hands at the altar, it symbolizes their unity and strength.  It also shows their combined resources they bring to the marriage.  Another idea is that when newlyweds turn and face their friends and family at the end of the ceremony, the bride is standing to the groom’s right, symbolizing her spot as his “right hand” throughout the rest of their lives together. Whether you choose the right side or not, we thought you’d like to learn a few reasons for this tradition!

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Vintage Inspired Wedding

The Vintage inspired wedding of Rosemary and Tim was one of the cutest weddings we’ve coordinated this year.  When we met with the bride, we fell in love with the design.  Vintage, girly inspired is what came to mind and it was even more beautiful when the day arrived. The flowers were a mix of pink and yellow pieces placed in vintage containers collected by the bride.  The guests enjoyed the outdoor ceremony site on the lawn overlooking the Pendleton golf course.  The bride arrived in style in a deep blue vintage vehicle which pulled up to the golf course!  The ceremony was beautiful and intimate. After the ceremony, the couple had a blast during their photoshoot together!  Guests were given a bundtini cake favor laced in a vintage inspired box and signed a “guest book” that was a plate.  This was important to the bride as she would be able to utilize this plate again while cooking and seeing all the wishes her guests left for the couple.  Inside the room, the design was very adorable.  Tables were adorned with pink and yellow floral, lace and the cake table included bundt cakes!  The card box was an adorable wooden box with lace and signage.  The couple joined their guests and had a fabulous sweetheart table with signage and lace.  Our favorite part of the evening was the “first dance” which included the couple’s dance, moving into parent dances (together) then the couple’s daughter joining the couple for the last 30 seconds of the song!  It was wonderful!

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Third Bloom

Nothing Bundt Cakes Del Mar

Daniel Frazier Photography + Richard Gonzales

DJ Astir

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Balboa Park Spanish Inspired Prado Wedding

Paulina and Oscar’s wedding was so many things!  Fun, exciting, beautiful, stylish, big and extravagent!  The day was absolutely spectacular! The wedding ceremony was held at the Saint Francis Chapel with the reception at the Prado’s Grand Ballroom at Balboa Park in San Diego. The Saint Francis Chapel is designed with a Spanish Colonial feel, a perfect touch for their Spanish ceremony. Photographer, Tim Hardy, and videographer, Zeke Torres, captured every moment of this couple’s beautiful day. The bride looked just breathtaking. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour at the Prado with fine drinks, delectable hor’dourves, a mariachi band, and a photo booth provided by A Mobile Photo Booth. The reception was truly beautiful! A table filled with indulging cupcakes from Sprinkles, tall floral centerpieces and purple uplighting surrounding the walls provided a very elegant and stylish feel. Family and friends were definitely an important element to make this wedding unforgettable. Guests received custom hand beaded rosaries and personalized slippers (imported from Mexico City) were provided for all the ladies to ensure comfy feet for an endless night of dancing! Paulina and Oscar had the best of both worlds by having a live band and a DJ provide the music for their special event. The couple shared their first dance together to “Baby I Love Your Way” performed by Kalifornia band,with DJ Christian Ruelas, to back them up. Friends and family soon gathered around to party the night away! We are truly delighted to have had this opportunity to be part of the couple’s wedding day. Thank you Paulina and Oscar for this wonderful experience!  We LOVED helping create the wedding of your dreams and we know that you had an amazing honeymoon in Europe!!

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Vendor Thank Yous: The Prado, Mobile Photo Booth, Tim Hardy Photography, Zeke Torres Videography, Mariachi Zapopan, and St. Francis Chapel.

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Special thanks to Tim Hardy Photography who provided all these amazing photos! Tim Hardy is a fabulous photographer in San Diego who is well known in the wedding and event industry.  Tim often shoots for Riviera magazine.  If you need a wedding photographer, we highly recommend Tim Hardy Photography.   His website is shotbyhardy.com

 

Jezzabelle Justicia, At Your Side Planning’s (formerly Ah! Le Party) bilingual coordinator

At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) has a new member to our team!  We are loving having Jezzabelle Justicia with us.  Jezzabelle  holds  a  Bachelor  of  Science  degree  from  University  of California,  San Diego  with  a  major  in  general  biology  and  a  minor  in  Spanish  Literature.  Jezzabelle joined the At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) team in 2011 and is our bilingual coordinator.  She  is  fluent  in  Spanish,  which  comes  in  handy  when  volunteering  in  Tijuana,  Mexico  with  distributing  food  and  clothing  donations  to  poverty-­‐stricken  families  residing  in  the  area.  Her  favorite  pastimes  involve  trail  running,  yoga  meditation,  and  reading.  Jezzabelle is very social and can been seen out and about in San Diego at various events!  She is a key asset to At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party).

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Rancho Bernardo Wedding with succulents, stamps, and more!

Beautiful Wedding at Rancho Bernardo

Caroline and Bart had a gorgeous wedding celebration at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.  Thank you One Love Photography for the amazing photos.  A dessert table, rope, a bird cage and a stamp sign in board were just some of the fabulous items incorporated into this couple’s gorgeous day!  Elements from nature were brought in which included a tiny bird nest, potted favors, a tree on the sign in board and succulents everywhere! The wedding had catholic and Spanish elements within the ceremony which included a mariachi band, flowers presented to Mary and a lazzo.  The reception included a dessert table full of sweets including home made cookies!  The bouquets and boutonnieres were created by Tess of Tessilk Flowers.  The Rancho Bernardo Inn is a beautiful venue and one of our favorites! Thank you Caroline and Bart for allowing us to be part of your wedding!

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Reverend Ron Porras
Sky Mobile Music
One Love Photography
Tessilk Flowers