Risa + Andrew – Japanese Friendship Gardens

We have filmed a lot of weddings over the years, but this was our very first leap day wedding! If you had a leap day wedding, would you celebrate on February 28th or March 1? What a fun day to choose! We had such a wonderful night (despite being blissfully ignorant of what was about to happen to the world just a couple of weeks later) at this wedding enjoying the breathtaking cherry blossoms at the Japanese Friendship Gardens.

After the two got ready with their wedding party, they had a first look and then enjoyed some glorious photo time with all the cherry blossoms. The gardens are just so beautiful this time of year and they were able to take advantage of all the nice areas. The arriving guests could also check out the koi ponds and enjoy lovely weather.

The ceremony was in a spot we hadn’t done before at the Japanese Friendship Gardens, so it was a fun change! They got married on the bridge over the beautiful water feature. The ceremony was so sweet with a song performed by family and The cherry blossoms were out of control beautiful, and if you’re local to SD you should get to the JFG in Balboa park and see them for yourself. They are currently in bloom as the couple just celebrated their one year anniversary!

The reception was really fun. They had everyone’s name on a hand folded paper crane and the table names were all postcards and memories from places they’ve visited. The food was absolutely amazing. There were three food stations with delicious options for everyone. The first dance was super fun because the couple had a choreographed routine which was so fun. They had a photo booth and lovely speeches and family dances. There was also a beautifully displayed dessert table, so delicious!

Sometimes we will run into past couples and they always ask if we remember them. We usually do because we have spent so much time working on your wedding memories. But I think this wedding I’ll never be able to forget because it was the last one we filmed before the whole world shut down. It has been a year now and it brings up lots of feelings for us. We miss weddings and can’t wait until things are back to normal.

For now, enjoy the memories!!

Japanese Friendship Gardens

From the couple:

My husband was on the fence about whether we needed a videographer for our wedding and thought that having a photographer would be enough. One year later, his family still asks for links to our wedding videos. Our photos are treasured by us, but nothing could capture the exact energy and tone of the night like our partners at SidebySide could. We found Danielle and Jared to be wonderful partners through the entire process. They explained everything we needed to do and were patiently in the background for all of the most important highlights of our big day. The end result is just so impressive to us and is something we keep going back to one year later. Their sense of timing and framing is impeccable. Our wedding was exactly one year ago. Many of our vendors told us we were the last event that they worked for a long time. As we look to a brighter future, here’s hoping you have the opportunity to work with Danielle and Jared at SidebySide to capture your own incredible memories.

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Music – Lumineers – Licensed through Fyrfly

Venue – Japanese Friendship Gardens

Planner – Events Inspired

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – Heidi-O Photography

Catering – Culinary Concepts

Flowers – Tess Fresh Flowers

DJ – Dancing DJ Productions

Desserts – Extraordinary Desserts

Hair & Makeup – Meleah and Co.



Wedding Party Gifts

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Chandra + Jack – Intercontinental Wedding Film

Oh where to start with these two. This is the last wedding we filmed in 2019 and it was such a beautiful event. Now looking back, it feels so weird to see images of such a large wedding, oh boy do we miss events!! We cannot WAIT until things are back to normal.

Ok, back to Chandra and Jack! If they seem familiar, it’s because we filmed their love story video earlier in the year and then debuted it on the wedding day to all the wedding guests. It was so lovely to spend time working on that video and then also seeing them again on their wedding day.

Jack got ready at his awesome yellow house in Little Italy. Chandra had a wonderfully calm getting ready time with espresso, champagne and beautiful details. The two didn’t do a first look and instead opted to have Chandra come down the aisle at the beautiful church for the first look. The priest was so funny and not only had some wonderful things to say about the two but some funny quips as well.

After the ceremony they had a surprise mariachi performance for all the guests. Jack and Chandra enjoyed the performance for a while and then drove around town for some photos. Meanwhile the guests were enjoying a lovely cocktail hour overlooking the bay with live music and a gorgeous sunset.

The reception was at the beautiful Intercontinental in downtown San Diego. The decor was off the hook with the white flowers and black candles and all the greenery. There was live entertainment during dinner and then a surprise performance by Evelyn “Champagne” King, which was so awesome and fun and kicked off the rest of the night with all the dancing!

We hope you enjoy this wedding film 🙂


Venue – Intercontinental and Our Lady of Rosary

Planner – Intertwined Events

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – Andy King

DJ – DJ Rue

Live Music – Sasha

Singer – Evelyn “Champagne” King

Flowers – Parker and Posies

Cake – Dessertier

Rentals – Chiavari Rentals and Signature Party

Negin + Tom – Camarillo Wedding Film

Negin and Tom had a wonderful wedding back in January. They had a small backyard micro wedding before micro weddings were all the rage! haha. Not two months after their wedding did the world shut down. But we were so thankful we were able to film some weddings before all the 2020 shutdown of events began.

Tom’s parents hosted this wonderful day at their home. My parents and Tom’s parents go waaaay back. My mom went to school with his mom and so it was really neat that we could be there with them to capture this incredible day. The two had a small wedding party, just Tom’s sister (we’ll be filming her wedding next!) and Tom’s best friend.

They had a first look at the museum nearby their house for some beautiful photo time and then they had their ceremony in the same park. At their ceremony they showed some videos that Negin’s family in Iran recorded for her since they weren’t able to make it. It was another foreshadow of events to come with virtual attendance! Tom’s dad officiated the ceremony and they walked Negin down the aisle since her parents couldn’t be there.

The cocktail hour and reception were back at Tom’s parents’ house. They had a tent set up in the back yard and it was such a wonderful set up. They had a wonderful set up of food, drinks and a fantastic dessert bar! I mean, churros, apple crisp, salted caramel brownie bites, come on!!

We really had a wonderful time up in Camarillo with these two lovely people on their special day. We wish them the best and hope you enjoy their wedding film!


Venue – Private Home

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – Katie Moos Photography

DJ – DJ RayRay

Catering – Seasons Catering

Rentals – Party Pleasers

Cake – A Gift of Taste

Flowers – Camarillo Flower Shop and Gifts

Heather and Eric – Ramona Wedding Films

We have seriously been blessed with some of the best couples ever! We were so lucky to be working with this family again and we just loved catching up with the whole family. The venue was absolutely beautiful and Heather and Eric had the sweetest day.

The guys got ready in the cellar and the girls had a cabin for their getting ready time. I loved Heather’s hair piece (and it had to get sewn on to her head!!) and she decorated her getting ready room with her favorite quotes from Friends, so fun! And the guys enjoyed laughing together. After they got ready, Heather’s girls prayed for her and she was surprised by an out of town guest! They didn’t do a first look but they did hold hands around a corner to pray together, and Heather did a first look with her dad.

Their ceremony was in front of a beautiful huge oak tree. One of the bridesmaids played guitar and sang during the unity sand ceremony and the officiant had a lovely message for everyone. After the ceremony everyone went up to the cave for cocktail hour for yummy treats, drinks and games! It was a really warm day but everyone had an amazing time. Heather and Eric took amazing photos by the lake and through the vineyard.

The reception was so much fun! They had wonderful speeches and kept getting hints throughout the night about what their gifted honeymoon would be! The dancing was off the hook and all the guests danced for hours. They had a churro and ice cream station later on which was absolutely fabulous. And at the very end of the night they had a bubble exit for the send off. We hope you enjoy these two lovelies as much as we did!


Venue – Milagro Winery

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – Gabriel Conover

Leslie + Jared – Prado San Diego Wedding

Leslie and Jared had such an incredible wedding day! They have been married for a while, have had three lovely children and finally got to have their big celebration! They all traveled down to San Diego from Alaska in January to escape the freezing temperatures and enjoy some lovely SD weather. They got to have a little family vacation and renew their vows at the same time!

They got ready at the U.S. Grant in downtown SD and the kids were so incredibly adorable. I loved how the boys were investigating all the makeup supplies and little boys in suits are always the cutest thing ever. Their daughter was so sweet as well and it was so fun seeing them be all excited about the day with their parents.

Leslie and Jared had a first look with each other and with the boys in front of the hotel, it was so cute and special. We all went to the Prado after that for photos and preparing for the ceremony. They held the ceremony inside the Prado and then flipped it during the cocktail hour into the reception space. It was so pretty. I LOVED the stationary. It was all beautiful watercolors that were themed to reflect where the couple lives in Alaska. All the table names/pictures were different animals and just so beautifully done. The flowers and cake were also amazing!

They had a sweet ceremony officiated by the friend who officiated their vows the first time as well and they had lovely personal vows that were so deep encompassing the last 6 years of their life together. The cocktail hour was so nice in the courtyard of the Prado with live music and amazing food. After the ceremony area was flipped into the reception area, the party started. The grand entrance was so fun and just got the energy started off right! They had a live band for the reception, and just so much fun energy for the whole night. They had so much fun. Hope you enjoy!!

From the couple: “I’m a pretty dumb guy and wedding videography hadn’t really registered in my brain as a thing until the missus and I started planning our big to do. I confess I was hesitant a bit at first . . .I have zero regrets. Videography is critical to capturing and holding onto the vibe of the big day. Jared and Danielle are a fun couple, so they know how to get the fun of the day into their work. Sometimes the fun is a glance between bridesmaids or a sideward remark from a groomsman. Along with the laughter they also capture the pauses, the silence when it’s most meaningful. The capture the environment, the friends, the family, the memory. There is no better team.”


Music – Licensed through Soundstripe

Venue – U.S. Grant and Prado

Planner – Bliss Events

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photographer – Brant Bender Photography

Flowers – Thistle and Dew

Stationary – Love Notes Stationary

Cake – Cake San Diego