Katie and John’s vintage styled wedding was located at the fabulous San Diego Woman’s Club! These two lovebirds’ story started at Tango dancing classes where they shared their passion for tango. Both Katie and John’s family and friends came together to celebrate their big day. The bride arrived in style, stepping out of a 1930s Packard by Hire Old Cars.
The venue transformed with the work of Robbie Allen. The bartender provided chair covers and runners while Classic Party Rentals provided all linens for the tables. Katie added her special touch by creating her own centerpieces and decor. The eloquent centerpieces were created using mercury containers that included an assortment of candles.
Artistic Floral provided the floral pieces, ceremony chuppah and palm trees that inspired the creation of the ballroom. They did a fantastic job!
Dinners by David went above and beyond with their dishes. David, the owner, created a mouth watering selection of vegan cuisine. With David catering all vegan meals Katie and John were able to incorporate their passion for a better environment into their wedding day. The photo booth featured a romantic background illustrated with the moon and stars which was ran by David Zumuya. David is a friend who worked alongside Katie at a non profit a few years back. The photo booth gave the guests the chance to create fun memories to take with them to cherish after Katie and John’s wedding.
The vegan fondant cake from Sweet Cheeks was lovely on top of a vintage rolling cart courtesy of the venue. The cake was creatively designed with a gold flower and teal marbled bottom tier.
The couple got to enjoy their love for tango throughout the entire night. The dance floor was never left empty thanks to the DJ, Allen Walker.We loved all the vintage elements of the day and were honored to be part of such a special occasion.
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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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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
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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