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.


Cheryl + Brian – Lomas Santa Fe Country Club

Oh man, this was such a great wedding! Cheryl and Brian celebrated their big day at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. It was a very beautiful day, filled with so much love and an amazing team of vendors to pull it all off. The getting ready started off with both Cheryl and Brian filling out their vows to each other and enjoying time with their friends. Brian helped his adorable sons get dressed and the flower girl was just so sweet. Cheryl was just beaming, so incredibly happy to be joining her love.

Their first look was on a bridge over a pond with ducks swimming around. I loved it because they weren’t sure if they were allowed to kiss! Haha. They had a beautiful photo time with just them and then their family. The ceremony spot was so pretty. I loved the archway and all the flowers. It was a very special ceremony with awesome advice and the “team hug” with Brian’s sons. Their personal vows were so meaningful and deep and you can just tell that they are ready to start their life together.

Cocktail hour was really fun with live music and delicious food. The guests enjoyed the company and the sunset! And Cheryl and Brian enjoyed a little more photo time with the gorgeous light as well. I loved the guest “cards” which were pieces of sea glass with each name hand written. The reception decor was really pretty with beautiful flowers, driftwood and the sea glass. And can we talk about the dessert bar for a minute? So amazing! Everything was coordinated and decorated so nicely.

The reception was super fun with lots of dancing and love, great speeches and food! We had such a nice time with this lovely couple and we hope you enjoy their beautiful wedding day!

From the couple: We are so thankful that we decided to have Danielle and Jared of Side by Side Cinema with us on our big day. We went back and forth on videography but knew it would be worth it and it absolutely was….we received our videos in the mail this weekend and were AMAZED with what they put together for us. We can’t thank them enough for capturing our most special moments and allowing us to experience it all over again. It was a pleasure to work with both of them and we would recommend them to anyone!

Lomas Santa Fe Country Club

Music – Aloha, by Kim Edwards, licensed by Songfreedom
Venue – Lomas Santa Fe Country Club
Planner – Lindsay Dean Events
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Photography – Half Full Photo
DJ/Entertainment – Muzzii Events
Flowers – The Flower Shop Encinitas
Sweets – Sweet Cheeks Baking
Hair – EC Style Bar
Makeup – Claire Alyse Makeup

Merry Christmas 2017 from SidebySide!

Well, this is the 11th Christmas that we’ve been SidebySide…cheesy, yeah yeah I know… but that means we’re sharing our 11th Christmas card video with you! You never know what traditions you start that you’ll keep, but I’m so glad we’ve kept this one. It’s so fun and now it brings the whole family together. The kids are getting a little tougher to keep still but we can give them bigger speaking roles, yay!

So enjoy this one, and definitely check out all our old ones if you’re new to our cheesy tradition! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to an awesome 2018 🙂

check out our previous years!! 20162015, 201420132012, 2012 bloopers, 20112011 bloopers201020092008 & 2007


Wetting Down Ceremony – San Diego Events

Of all the San Diego events that we do, weddings makes up the bulk. But recently we got to film a few different types of events. One of them was this one, a Wetting Down Ceremony, where someone gets promoted to Captain in the military. They were celebrating two men achieving this awesome goal!

First, they had the ceremony on the USS Midway Museum down in San Diego. They each gave speeches and had special people in their lives pin on the badges.

After the ceremony they had a house party that was so awesome. They had a made to order taco bar and a terrific 80’s cover band! Everyone had a great time listening to speeches, eating, enjoying friends and dancing to the band.

The two captains did a cake cutting too and all the guests wore mustaches to celebrate.

Hope you enjoy this fun event!

Kristina + John – Seagrove Park Wedding

We had another beautiful Seagrove Park wedding this year. Kristina and John had such an awesome day! They got ready and had their reception at L’Auberge Del Mar. Kristina and her sisters and bridesmaids had so much fun during the getting ready. She was so silly and they were all laughing the whole time. She had her grandma on Skype on her ipad so she could see all the activities, that was so sweet. After Kristina and John got ready, they met for their first look.

Their first look was so great. They decided to exchange personal vows during that time instead of at the ceremony and we thought that was so awesome! They weren’t nervous and the vows were just wonderful. After that, they had a lovely photo time and then headed over to the ceremony. It was beautiful and you could tell they were just having so much fun all day.

They did some more photos after the ceremony and the guests enjoyed cocktail hour. Dinner was served on the upper level at L’auberge and it was just gorgeous. There were nice speeches and dances on that level and then they eventually moved down to the lower level for dancing with a band. I loved that Kristina’s dad was so into all the dancing. They all had such a great time and you could just see all the joy all day. Hope you enjoy this beautiful wedding!

From the couple: Danielle and Jared are amazing. We couldn’t even decide if we wanted a wedding video. I am so happy we were able to meet Danielle and Jared and had them as a part of our special day. The video is incredible and they were so fun to work with. Can’t recommend them highly enough!

Seagrove Park Wedding


Music – Feel Alive, by WILD, licensed through Songfreedom

Venue – L’Auberge Del Mar and Seagrove Park wedding

Planner – White Lace Events

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – David Manning 

Floral – Cherry Blossom

Ceremony Music – La Jolla Strings

Reception Band – Encore Entertainment

Dessert – VG’s, Betty’s Pie Whole

Photobooth – Red

Childcare – Munchkin Minders

Larissa + Michael – L’Auberge Wedding

Today I’m posting another L’Auberge wedding. Larissa and Michael had a small gathering to celebrate their wedding after 10 years of being together! They had a slow and relaxing day, each with their closest friends and family. Larissa’s friends were laughing with her about photos from high school and she was reminiscing about her years with Michael. Her dress was amazing, especially the detail on the back and her hair clip tied everything in perfectly. Michael read a sweet note from his bride, and couldn’t wait to see her at the ceremony.

They didn’t have a first look and so Michael saw his bride for the first time as she walked down the aisle. The day was beautiful and warm and the ceremony was so nice. The officiant did a great job and it was so neat to see the two finally tie the knot.

After the ceremony, Larissa and Michael headed down to the beach for some awesome photo time. Their guests relaxed for a while in the meantime until their reception. Their photo time was so fun, they just looked so happy and the lighting was so pretty!

All the guests headed in to their cocktail/reception time back at L’Auberge. Larissa and Michael did a grand entrance and first dance. Then they did a bunch of photos with all their friends. They did some dancing and a couple speeches and then they had dinner. It was a shorter time that we were there and a shorter wedding in general but they had so much love and fun in those hours! You could just tell how much joy and happiness there was to celebrate these two after being together all these years. Congratulations you two! Hope you enjoy this L’Auberge wedding!

L'Auberge Wedding

Music – You and Me, by Dream City Orchestra, licensed through Songfreedom
Venue – L’Auberge Del Mar
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Photography – David Manning Photography
Flowers – Organic Elements
Cake – Sweet Cheeks Baking
Music – Caprice Strings

Brittany + Dave – Seaside Elopement

Brittany and Dave chose Encinitas for their seaside elopement this past summer. They rented a beautiful house (and we learned that it was actually Shawn White’s house that he was selling!) and spent a few days just relaxing with their little family. Dave got the boys and himself ready while Brittany finished her last touches of details. I loved all the dainty sparkly things and her “shoes” were adorable. The boys with their hats were to die for!

Their ceremony was on a landing on the cliff overlooking the ocean. It was the smallest ceremony we’ve ever filmed. Just the two of them and their two boys! They had amazing personal vows and I just loved that you could hear their kids in the background and they even had to hold the baby during the rings. It just was perfect because the kids were so much a part of the day and sometimes life is just messy and your kids need a snack during the ceremony!

After the ceremony, they had an awesome sunset for photo time. The baby was thrilled with the sand and their other son just wanted to play in the waves. They are such an adorable family. While they were taking photos, the chef was making their meal. They had an intimate dinner that looked absolutely delicious.

Because this was an elopement, there was only a ceremony, no reception events. But once the sun went down, we did some fun night shots with them with sparklers and lanterns. It was a beautiful night and a romantic seaside elopement. We hope they had an amazing time here in California, congratulations you two!

Seaside Elopement

Ceremony and Reception: Private Residence in Encinitas
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Photographer: Tim Otto Photography
Planner – The Best Wedding for You
Florist: Organic Elements
Hair and Make up: Eye Do’s Make-Up & Hair
Officiant: San Diego Wedding Guy
Personal Chef: Meals on Heels