The wedding celebration of Lori and Dave was breathtaking and was held at their residence in Solana Beach. We met Lori in February and were thrilled to create and design such a special day for such an amazing woman! We were referred to Lori by the wonderful husband and wife team, Ellie and Mike of 1 Look Back Photography. We created a color palette of her favorite colors, blue and orange and creatively incorporated much of her and Dave’s personalities in the day. From the moment the guests arrived, they were greeted by the Valet staff of First Class Valet and a glass of Prosecco. The “Valet” signage was actually a chalkboard bought at a antique sale by the groom for Lori. The signage was beautifully designed by Bamboo Stars which guided the guests throughout the wedding and was a fun way to inform all of the little details. The beautiful lounge and rentals from Concepts Party Rentals added to the already gorgeous home. An adorable moment within the ceremony included seeing Bella, the doggie ring bearer enter and run to the groom! So much thought was put into the details including signature drinks named after the couple called the “Sassy Lori” and “Dave’s Delight“! The grooms family flew across the country to celebrate with this lovely couple and even the bride’s best friend traveled from afar. The color palette was aqua and orange with elements of pink, blue and lavender. The floral by Whimsey Floral was colorful with a tiny hint of feathers and bling. The lighting by Unique Mobile Sounds completed the look to the backyard which also was the dancing area! Mike and Ellie of 1 Look Back Photography were there the entire day capturing every fabulous moment. Ellie and Mike are spectacular photographers who made Lori feel relaxed with their calm demeanor and fun, creative ideas! We loved the details and beauty of this wedding celebration. Thank you Lori and Dave for the great times and we wish you the absolute best in your new life together!
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
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).
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!
Cost Saving Wedding Planning Tips
- The most important thing to do in the beginning is to create the budget and guest list so you know what you can allocate to each area.
- When you are hiring vendors and buying wedding items stay within your financial parameters.
- Acquire vendor referrals that are within your budget from your wedding coordinator.
- Give yourself plenty of time to decide on who you hire and what you buy. Any rush decisions at times leaves you spending more than you are prepared for.
- Get married during an off-peak time such as Fall, Winter and early Spring.
- Have your wedding during a time that’s not in high demand, such as a Sunday or Friday.
- Have a smaller guest list and do not include coworkers you do not associate with outside of work, children and those haven’t seen in five years or more.
- Buy flowers that are in season and simplify the number of flowers in bouquets and centerpieces (I have seen bridesmaids carry one cal lily or one rose).
- When buying flowers, avoid peak-times such as Valentines, Mother’s Day and Easter.
- If you have a church ceremony, make your own pew decorations or do not have pew decorations.
- Hire a DJ that will cover both the ceremony and the reception to save on ceremony music costs.
- Ask a friend to sing during your ceremony.
- Have a smaller bridal party – this saves on money for flowers, transportation etc.
- Attend bridal fairs where you are able to talk to multiple vendors and take advantage of bridal fair discounts and promotions.
- If you want to have a second photographer, do so only at the wedding ceremony.
- Instead of a plated dinner reception, have a breakfast, brunch, lunch, cocktail, or h’orderves reception.
- Know your guests – not everyone eats desert so only order wedding cake for the amount of guests who will have cake and keep in mind some guests will leave before the cake cutting.
- Have a smaller decorative wedding cake and have sheet cake served to the guests.
- Place one favor for every two chairs rather than every chair.
- Use place cards or centerpieces that double as favors.
- Purchase less expensive cake cutting items and toasting goblets or use the ones provided by the venue
- Order less programs – for example if you have 100 guests, order 40-50 because not everyone will pick up a program
- Create your own save the dates.
- Stick with smaller wedding invitations which are less expensive and will require less postage.
- Wear a less formal gown or a white bridesmaid dress.
- Hire a wedding planner. They usually have access to industry discounts that you don’t. (They also have cost saving tips and can keep you on track on referring vendors within your budget. A wedding planner saves you money in more than one way! )
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All photos provided by Miguel Pola Photography.
Diana Romero – Owner/Principal Coordinator