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!
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!
Balloons, signage, San Diego, the beach and their dog! What more could a perfect engagement shoot consist of?! We wanted to share these lovely engagement photos from one of our great couples this year… Caroline and Bart. These photos were provided by Joshua Word of One Love Photography. The couple incorporated some creative items into their shoot…including their pug! We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did. Courtesy of One Love Photography
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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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