Jinwen + Chris – Catamaran San Diego

Jinwen and Chris had their wedding day at the Catamaran San Diego. We loved the getting ready time. Jinwen got Chris a watch that he was really hoping to get. He thought the limited edition watch was sold out but it turns out Jinwen bought the last one. It was such a great moment to capture, he was so excited! Their venue was right on the bay and it was such a nice day.

The two had a travel theme throughout their wedding. At the ceremony there were suitcases and other cute items. Jinwen and Christ had sweet vows and they each talked about how it was their third anniversary. They were so happy to be getting married and we could feel their joy! They did photos and cocktail hour after the ceremony and the travel theme continued. Each table had shadow boxes full of travel curios from all the places they have traveled together.

They had such a fun wedding and we enjoyed the day. We hope you enjoy their film!

From the bride and groom: Jared and Danielle of SidebySide Cinema were amazing to work with! We were referred to them by our DJ, who spoke highly of their work and even used them for his own promotional video. As we watched sample wedding videos from a few videographers, it was evident that we loved their style of storytelling the most! On the day of the wedding, Jared and Danielle were both so friendly and our bridal party loved them! We took a while choosing the songs we wanted for our wedding videos, but they were super patient with us. We recently received the films and absolutely loved all of it! We had so much fun at the wedding that we wanted to do it over again, and watching the videos allowed us to relive all the fun and excitement again! We received a ton of compliments from friends and family on how the videos turned out. We would recommend SidebySide Cinema to any couple searching for a videographer for their wedding!

Catamaran San Diego

Music – On Top of the World, licensed through Songfreedom
Venue – Catamaran San Diego
Planner – It’s All Happening Events
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Photography – True Photography
DJ – San Diego Event DJ
Flowers – Cherry Blossom Floral Designs
Food – The French Gourmet
Hair and Makeup – Noir Beaute

Casey + Jonathan – Omni Resort Wedding

Casey and Jonathan met us through Casey’s brother. We filmed his wedding couple of years ago and Casey was the officiant! It was so fun to get to work with this family again. Their Omni Resort Wedding was so beautiful and meaningful. All the events were at the Omni and it was a really great place to have an event!

I loved Casey’s colorful and shiny earrings and big floofy dress. And Jonathan had some sweet moments with his guys during their getting ready time. The first look was so cute. Jonathan got emotional and they were both just so incredibly happy to see each other. They had some fun portraits together before heading to their ceremony. Their good friend officiated and had the kindest words to say about the pair. They had other friends read some great poems as well. But their vows to each other were the most amazing thing. They were meaningful and great advice for all of us to remember!

The reception started off with cocktail hour right by the ceremony. It was a romantic setting with the market lights and the sunset backdrop. Casey and Jonathan did some more photos and then everyone enjoyed the party. The dessert bar filled with donuts looked delicious, and the head table flowers were so pretty. They put their favorite books on each table for the guests to sign.

The blessings and toasts were heartfelt and I just loved learning about these two throughout the day. We even ran into another couple of ours on the dance floor. So neat to see two former couples that day! We had a great time working with these two and we hope you enjoy!

Omni Resort Wedding

Music – The Moment is Now, by Antiqcool, licensed through Songfreedom
Venue – Omni Resort Wedding
Planner – Swann Soirees
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Photographer – Acqua Photo
DJ – JMC Events
Rentals – Classic Party Rentals
Dessert – VGs

Samantha + Matthew – Private Estate Wedding

We love working with Samantha and Matthew at their private estate wedding. They got ready at the house and did their first look. I loved when the girls were all trying to open the bottle of champagne, it was hilarious! The guys got ready in the pool house and were singing songs and I loved their America socks. After their first look they all traveled to Sea Grove Park for the ceremony. The ceremony was beautiful overlooking the ocean and it was so great to learn a bit about their story and how they met!

The reception was back at the house and it was amazing! They floated beautiful floral arrangements in the pool and the dessert bar was to die for. I loved the farm tables and the market lighting ambiance. They had lovely speeches and enjoyed delicious food before going inside for dancing. All the guests danced a ton and Matt and Samantha had a grand exit with sparklers. It was so pretty and we hope you enjoy this lovely wedding!

Amazing! Jared and Danielle nailed it. It was SO worth every penny, and the videos will be something we cherish for years to come! We were especially happy with all of the small details that they captured throughout and their ability to tell the story of the day in a way that we’ll never forget. They were extremely easy to work with, showed up on time, kept on schedule, and went above and beyond afterwards to ensure we were happy with the final products. Highly recommend the two of them! They did a spectacular job.

Music – The Optimist, by Katey Laurel, licensed through Songfreedom
Venue – Seagrove Park and Private Estate Wedding
Planner – Sweet Blossom Weddings
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Photographer – Garrett Richardson
DJ – G Sharp Entertainment
Catering – Pamplemousse
Car – Haynes Antique Cars
Flowers – I Do Flowers for You
Guitarist – Wild West Wedding
Dessert – Kuba Kreations
Lighting – Brilliant Event Lighting
Officiant – San Diego Wedding Guy
Rentals – Farm Tables and More

Stephanie + Justin – Rancho Bernardo Inn

Stephanie and Justin got married at Rancho Bernardo Inn on a beautiful fall day. They each got ready at Rancho Bernardo Inn and didn’t see each other until their ceremony. I always love seeing the groom’s face as his bride is walking down the aisle! After their church ceremony, Justin’s military friends did a sword ceremony on their way out.

After the ceremony everyone went back to Rancho Bernardo Inn for the reception. Stephanie and Justin had such beautiful light for their photo time and the guests had a great time. Their reception was beautiful with gorgeous flowers and an amazing dessert spread. They had live music during the cocktail hour and a photobooth during the reception. Their siblings gave very nice speeches and all in all it was just such a fun night. There was tons of dancing and love and fun. These two are just so great together and we’re so happy for them. We hope you enjoy this beautiful wedding! Also see below for a touching email I received from Stephanie’s mom.

From the Mother of the Bride: I knew the day we met you that you and Jared were the right team  to capture Stephanie and Justin’s wedding ! The manner in which you described your work demonstrated your passion for what you do and more importantly, the way that you described your life with Jared and how you got into this business with him gave us an insight that you would treat this wedding like your own.

IT COULD NOT HAVE GONE MORE PERFECTLY and for all you and Jared did to create this beautiful movie, we are deeply grateful!!! A thousand thank yous for a wonderful job and their film will be a treasured keepsake documenting a cherished day in their lives. It still brings tears to our eyes as your work doesn’t just document the activities of the day, it captures the feelings of the day and as a result, every time we watch the way you juxtaposed the images and dialogue , it evokes such warm feelings that we feel as though we are reliving the experience. We just love what you did and we also appreciate how well everything is organized so that we can watch and enjoy specific parts of the day.

After one month of marital bliss, Justin was deployed to the other side of the world ,so he has not yet seen the film. I don’t think Stephanie has stopped watching it as it means so much to her right now since he has been gone. Your creation continues to give her such joy and is connecting her with Justin more than you will ever know.

Thank you so much for all you and Jared did on their wedding day and more importantly for what you did in your editing process. This is a truly priceless gift and we are all so appreciative. You and Jared pour your hearts into your creations and that is why your company is guaranteed to be successful.

Rancho Bernardo Inn

Music – The One I Love, by Tyrone Wells, licensed through Songfreedom
Venue – St. Therese of Carmel & Rancho Bernardo Inn
Planner – Sweet Blossom Weddings
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Photographer – We Heart Photography
DJ – So-Cal Wedding Music
Cake – Cute Cakes
Florals – Inn Florals
Hair/Makeup – A Toast to Beauty
Lighting – Brilliant Event Lighting Signs
Linens – APR Fine Linen Rental

Sydney – San Diego Bat Mitzvah

This was such a fun event for us! Years ago, we did a fun family video for this family. The girls were adorable little toddlers at the time. We’ve kept in touch with this sweet family and were so excited when they got in touch because their oldest daughter was turning 13! After 10 years in the business, believe it or not this was the first San Diego Bat Mitzvah we’ve filmed! It was really fun to see all the kids having fun together celebrating their friend.

They had a ceremony earlier in the day that we weren’t allowed to film but we did take a few photos. Then later in the evening, they had all the fun. First they had a cocktail hour for both the adults and the teens. The adults had a bar and fancy appetizers while the teens had fun kid friendly drinks and also fun appetizers like mozzarella sticks.

After the cocktail hour time, the teens got to go in and enjoy some dancing and fun by themselves before all the adults joined them. They had an awesome DJ who kept all the guests entertained with games and dancing. They had fun airbrushed favors of choice and a hilarious magician as well. After the teen time, the adults joined them and they had a grand entrance, Hora and tons of dancing.

Sydney had an adorable speech where she included her family and friends in the lighting of her thirteen candles. You could just see how much her parents were beaming and proud of their little girl! Dinner was amazing with different food stations and lots of variety. Everyone had an amazing time as you can see from all the dancing! This group was just so fun, what a great event.

san diego bat mitzvah

Music – Lucky Day by Dustin Paul, licensed through Songfreedom
Venue – Del Mar Marriott
Film – SidebySide Cinema
DJ – ZG Productions
Decor – Betty’s Linens
Chocolate Fountain – Yummy Fountains
Magician – “Magic” Mike Stilwell
Balloons – Balloon It
Favors – Fickle Finger Airbrush

san diego bat mitzvah

Heidi + Manny – Tom Ham’s Lighthouse Wedding

We were so excited to work at this Tom Ham’s Lighthouse Wedding with Heidi and Manny! We actually filmed her sister’s wedding about 7 years ago. It was so great that their family wanted to work with us again, we absolutely love that. Heidi and Manny got ready at two different homes with their friends and family. Heidi wore here mom’s beautiful veil and the flower girl, her niece, was the cutest thing. She gave her parents really sweet gifts. Manny had drinks and laughs with his friends until their limo came. Unfortunately the limo broke down and they had a bit of an adventure attempting to get to the first look location!

They had their first look at the Junipero Serra Museum and did a bunch of fun photos with their wedding party there. It was very pretty and they were just so excited to see each other. I loved Manny’s reaction seeing his bride.

Their ceremony was on the lawn facing the bay at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse under their beautiful archway. The pastor had some really great advice about marriage and Heidi and Manny wrote personal vows to each other.

At cocktail hour, they had a mariachi band for the guests to enjoy while looking over the bay at the boats going by. That theme continued as the guests picked up their name cards on the way to the reception as they were tied on to bottles of hot sauce!

They had beautifully simple centerpieces with purple flowers and glass bottles. The guests had fun in the photobooth and dancing at the reception. They had nice speeches and fun dancing all night. We hope you enjoy Heidi and Manny’s wedding!

Tom Ham's Lighthouse Wedding


Music – It had to be you, by Frank Sinatra, licensed through Songfreedom

Venue – Tom Ham’s Lighthouse wedding

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – True Photography

Planner – CZE Events

DJ – Thomas Giglio

Flowers – Crystal Gardens

Cake – Edelweiss Bakery

Mariachi – Mariachi Perla de San Diego

Amy + David – Del Mar Wedding

Amy and David are the cutest high school sweethearts you will ever meet. The two couldn’t stop smiling all day, there were no nerves and no worries. Amy gave her girls really nice gifts and she gave her parents really sweet handkerchiefs. David gave his groomsmen individualized mugs with their faces and things they like to do. All the guys thought they were funny. You could just tell they were ready to have an awesome day at their Del Mar wedding!

The first look was no different, no nerves and smiles all around. I mean, they were just giddy! “Am I allowed to kiss her?” They did some portraits just the two of them and then we all headed over to Seagrove Park for the ceremony. Their ceremony was full of color and the bright sunny day fit them perfectly. I don’t think there was a moment where they stopped smiling. Their friend officiated which added a nice personal touch and their vows were amazing! “We met in 10th grade chemistry class. Lots of chemistry happened indeed.” It’s so neat hearing vows when couples have a lot of history together.

Cocktail hour was on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. Guests enjoyed snacks and a milk tea cocktail that sounded amazing. I wish I could have been a guest at this Del Mar wedding so I could try it! They took some more photos and then headed in for the reception. The dinner was up top at L’Auberge and so the guests enjoyed the sunset during dinner. Amy hand wrote all the guest cards in both English and Chinese on seashells.

Then everyone headed downstairs for dancing. Amy and David memorized the choreography from Ed Shireen’s Thinking out Loud and did an amazing first dance. It was seriously awesome. Then everyone danced the night away. Enjoy this beautifully happy wedding!

From the couple: Just wanted to say THANK YOU! The highlight and feature were both really amazing! I teared up watching the videos! 🙂

Del Mar Wedding

Music – I do (Choose You), by Melody Federer, licensed through Songfreedom
Venue – Seagrove Park and L’Auberge Del Mar
Planner – The Best Wedding for You
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Photography – Francis Ralph Potograpiya
DJ – About Music Pro
Favors – Magnificent Magnets
Flowers – Camelia Wedding Flowers
Makeup – Meleah & Co.