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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


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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Fun and creative wedding engagement photo shoot!

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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Love happens at any age!

Love can definitely happen at any age!  My grandmother, Dolores who just celebrated her 80th birthday this month was just married!  She met Alex at her church over 10 years ago.  Dolores, a widow of 14 years lived alone in her modest cottage in Hollister, California.  She kept busy with gardening, cooking, church and volunteering at the local food bank.  Alex, also a widower began to help my grandmother, his good friend around her home a few years ago and that is when love blossomed.  Their friendship grew deeper and they realized how much they cared about one another.  Their wedding ceremony was held at their local church as well as the courthouse.  Dolores wore purple and Alex wore grey.  Close friends were witnesses in the intimate church ceremony which welcome close family and friends.  They plan to have a larger reception celebration later this year and a honeymoon in Hawaii.  They now share a home together in Hollister and enjoy every day with one another!

Dessert Buffets Trending

Dessert Buffet Trending!
While Candy Bars are a hit, Dessert Buffets are making their way into wedding receptions.  Brides are now taking more control over the dessert aspect of their reception and creating a more personalized, unique way thanking their guests with a sweet treat. Dessert buffets can include anything from mini cheesecakes, bite sized brownies or muffins, to individual desserts in martini or shot glasses.  The last wedding we coordinated which had a dessert table consisted of the wedding cake, Mexican cookies, sweet bread, and churros!  It was such a hit at the reception for all ages.  By adding different levels of height, textures, colors, and display dishes to dessert table, the desserts and displays adds a gorgeous display!  Dessert buffets are a great way to include wedding theme and wedding colors. The buffet is different, and it offers family, guests and loved ones variety.  Another trend is to incorporate a candy bar and dessert buffet together on one table.
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Photos of Dessert Table by Torrico Photography