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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

 

Mona & Adam – The Prado in Balboa Park

Mona and Adam’s wedding was absolutely gorgeous!  The couple and the wedding guests all traveled in from out of town and stayed in the Gaslamp district downtown San Diego.The theme was Colonial Mexico and everything had a beautiful rustic feel to it.  The ceremony was at the Immaculate Conception Church in Old Town San Diego.  The cocktail hour and reception were at the Prado in Balboa Park.   The cocktail hour was decorated with Papel Picado and beautiful flowers.  The reception was amazing.  The highlights included an energetic, fun and lively latin band as well as a Cuban Cigar roller during the reception.  The couple were surrounded by amazing friends and family who were all so close to them and supported them very much.  The love during the entire event was felt so strongly by all!  The team of At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) were very blessed to be part of such a wonderful wedding day!!

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The Prado at Balboa Park

The Prado at Balboa Park

The Prado at Balboa Park is an absolutely gorgeous venue and one of my favorites in San Diego.    I have been coordinating events there since 2006 and each event there has been spectacular!  The historical element of Spanish, Moorish and Mexico that is reflected is beautiful.   There is so much history at this venue.   The Prado is located within the House of Hospitality and is a National Historic Landmark.  It was built for the 1915-1916 Panama California Exposition.   That Exposition was a two year festival celebrating the 1914 opening of the Panama Canal.  There are accessories throughout the Prado that are inspired by the Park Museum.  The décor reflects the historical aspect of the House of Hospitality which was restored in a Spanish Colonial Style.  The House of Hospitality began its’ renovation in 1997 and it took three years.  The Prado opened in 2000.  The Prado has a beautiful ceremony site called Casa Del Rey Moro Gardens which is a replica of a Moorish King’s home in Southern Spain.  The cocktail hour for weddings is held in the courtyard.  The courtyard is blocked off for the wedding guests to enjoy the bar and appetizers. The courtyard has a limestone sculpture and fountain.  The sculpture is called “Women of Tehuantepec.”   The Prado has several options for wedding receptions.  The Grand Ballroom is the largest venue which has 27 foot high hand stenciled ceilings, chandeliers, skylights and the capacity is up to 380 guests.  The Loggia is the medium sized room which is on the second floor and the capacity is up to 80 guests.  This room has open beam ceiling, French doors that open to a private balcony overlooking the gardens.  The third room is the Alhambra Room which is their smallest.  All the event spaces are spectacular!  The Spanish, Moorish and Mexican architectural design was kept during the renovation.  The venue offers more than 22,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space and can accommodate up to 20,000 guests.   Every event I have worked here has been provided with impeccable service by the entire staff at The Prado and no detail on their part is ever over looked.  They have always gone the extra mile in their service.  The most recent wedding I coordinated here was on May 14, 2011.  I worked with Andrea Pena throughout the process then the banquet captain, Maria on the wedding day.  What is great is that anything that is needed whether a trash can for the cigar roller or wine to the bridal room or a rolling tray for the boxes of set up items…is always quickly provided by the staff at the Prado.  Everything is always done with a smile too!  I have been fortunate to work many events here and I look forward to many more!  All photos courtesy of Studio Duva Photography!

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Cigar Rolling at Weddings!

At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party)  has moved their blog to word press and I am very excited to have the full features of blogging. We have been in the middle of a very busy wedding season and have 4 weddings coming up starting in Mid June.  There are so many exciting things we are seeing for weddings!  For our first blog I would like to share on a new wedding reception idea that is so much fun!

One of the newest and creative event activities is having a live cigar roller for your wedding guests.  Your guests will be able to see a cigar roller rolling cigars for their enjoyment.  Cigar Rolling is an art to be appreciated.  It is a fun and unique way to thank your guests and can be considered one of the favors.  It is great for the cocktail hour or a late night event activity.  At the most recent wedding in San Diego that At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) planned, had a cigar roller come in from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM towards the end of the reception time.  The DJ announced this special activity so none of the interested guests would miss out!  The vendor we contracted was the Cuban Cigar Factory based out of San Diego, CA.  Cuban Cigar Factory is San Diego’s original cigar factory and the largest manufacturer of hand rolled cigars on the West Coast. They provided us with a master cigar roller who rolled cuban cigars.   They import their Cuban seed tobacco from Honduras, Equador, Nicaragua, the Canary Islands, and the Dominican Republic.  They use select, light domestic Conneticut wrapper or a rich, dark Maduro.  They manufacture their own cigars so do not mark up the cigars.  This event activity was a hit and the guests really enjoyed the cigars!  100 cigars were also provided in the cost of booking their services.  It went great with the colonial mexico theme.  I would recommend this activity for any clients who have guests that appreciate the art of cigar rolling.

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Cigar Rolling at the Prado

Photos provided by Alvaro Torrico Photography