Nathan Bar Mitzvah – San Diego Events

We have absolutely loved working with this family for years now. We filmed their twins’ baby naming party, the twins’ first birthday, and now their big brother’s thirteenth birthday party! It was amazing to say the least! The event took place over two days. They had a family dinner for Shabbat with their closest family and friends. They had a fabulous dinner, all wore white and sang happy birthday to the birthday boy. Later they headed outside. They showed an awesome slideshow that Nathan’s parents put together for him. Nathan was lifted up for the Hora to celebrate and that kicked off the dancing for the first night of his Bar Mitzvah.

The next night of the Bar Mitzvah was for all the friends and especially Nathan’s friends. There were a lot of festivities! As guests arrived there were performers to welcome them. The decor was beautiful with all the flowers and of course their home is impeccable. This night started with some fun games that the DJ played with the kids and then dinner. There were several food stations set up. Sushi, woodfired pizza, Israeli food and an ice cream truck were the options for all the guests! Throughout the night, there were multiple performances by the fire dancers. They did such a great job! I especially loved the reflection from the pool. There were also various activities for the guests like a photo booth, henna, face painting, a fire pit and of course dancing!

The dancing was off the hook! The kids had so much fun and they danced for hours! The whole family got to do the hora this time and it was just a super fun event. Yamia, Nathan’s mom, has such a knack for party planning as you can see! We hope you enjoy these highlights! Happy birthday Nathan!


Venue – Private Home
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Planner – Imagine
DJ – Entertainment International
Party Pumpers – Benjamin Productions
Flowers – Art Quest Arturo
Food – Red Oven Pizza, Fresh Sushi, & Pastalini
Dessert – Sweet Treats Truck
Photo Booth – Event Booth Rentals
Fire Dancing – The Dancing Fire
Henna – Fun by Lucy

Blair + Kingsley – Palm Springs Wedding

We had the pleasure of working with Blair and Kingsley at their Palm Springs Wedding this winter. It was a gorgeous day with pretty light and a great venue. The two had an intimate ceremony and receptions with just the closest of their friends and family. They started the day with some family photos before moving to the ceremony. I think this was a first for us but their beta fish was on the guest book table at the ceremony! Definitely a fun and different way to do it!

Their ceremony was overlooking the lake filled with ducks and geese and beautiful words from their good friend.

The Empire Polo Field in Palm Springs provided lots of pretty backdrops for photo time, especially during the golden hour. They danced on the field, and got some beautiful photos by the lake. The guests enjoyed lawn games and smoking cigars during cocktail hour. Blair and Kingsley joined their friends and family at cocktail hour for the second half and had a wonderful time!

After cocktail hour, everyone moved to dinner. There were a couple speeches and their cake cutting. After that they moved to the twinkle light dance floor. It was so pretty and the best part was that Blair changed her dress for their first dance. So sparkly!! They had a photobooth as well and it was so neat just seeing such a sweet couple enjoying their best day with their closest friends!

We hope you enjoy these two lovebirds!

Venue – Empire Polo Field
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Planner – Event Spell
Photography – Leif Brandt
Catering – Carousel Catering

Linda + Spencer – Scripps Forum Wedding

Linda and Spencer’s Scripps Forum Wedding was just so beautiful! Everything from the gorgeous dress details, to the story of how they met were just magical. They couldn’t have had a more perfect day. They got ready at the La Jolla Shores Hotel and had a great time. The girls were so cute being so happy for Linda. Her dress had a lot of buttons which made for a fun time as well.

The two had their first look at Scripps Seaside Forum and I just loved Spencer’s face when he got to see his bride for the first time. That coupled with his vows to her about how lucky he was to find her just makes it so great. I loved seeing the wedding party from the window spying on the first look too.

They had pretty flowers and awesome weather. I know sometimes couples are bummed that it’s overcast, but LOOK at this wedding!! Overcast days really do give such pretty lighting and even skin tones. So fantastic. Their vows mixed in with what the officiant said were so cool because you really get to hear the whole story of how they found each other.

It’s really great having a Scripps Forum wedding because you’re up on the cliff to get phenomenal sunset views, but still close enough to do photo time on the beach. And the nice thing about being up on the cliff is you are far enough away from all the regular beach goers and the sound of the waves drowning out your vows. Their reception was super fun with a band and beautiful decor. There was a yummy dessert bar and so much great dancing under the twinkle lights!

We loved working with these two and we hope you enjoy their wedding film!

Venue – Scripps Seaside Forum
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Planner – I Do…Weddings!
Photography – True Photography
Band – Lucky Devils Band
Rentals – Platinum Rentals & Chiavari Chairs
Flowers – Haydee’s Creative Flowers
Dessert – VG Donut
Catering – Continental Catering
Bar – Giuseppe’s Bar
Makeup – Lightly Brushed
Photobooth – Pixster

Erin + Jordan – Bates Nut Farm Wedding

We had such a wonderful time at Erin and Jordan’s Bates Nut Farm Wedding! They started their day getting ready at Bates. Erin and her ladies enjoyed some champagne and goodies that Bates provided, like nuts of course! I loved her veil and the ribbons on her beautiful bouquet.

The two had a lovely first look at a huge Oak Tree at the entrance of the property. They took some amazing photos and then joined the rest of their bridal party and family for more photos. Their decor was so whimsical and I loved all the lace and flowers. They got married under a beautiful archway with a pastor that Erin had known since childhood. He had so many great things to say about them and read such a lovely poem. Erin and Jordan shared personal vows to each other and took communion together. It got a little windy and Erin almost lost her veil but it provided for some laughter to ease the nerves.

After the ceremony they took some beautiful sunset photos while their guests enjoyed the beautiful January day! (Thank you San Diego!) Then the reception started with a fun grand entrance, first dance and a delicious Mexican food dinner. There was a lot more reception entertainment with the speeches and an adorable surprise dance by Erin’s sisters.

With the photobooth and dancing, the guests all had so much fun! I just loved all the eucalyptus, the handwritten signs and the name card wall, so cute! And the twinkle lights during the dancing were just perfect. Erin’s shrug at the reception was also so cute as the evening grew chillier 🙂 We hope you enjoy this lovely lovely couple at their Bates Nut Farm Wedding!

From the couple: Words cannot express how much Jordan and I absolutely love our video!
Oh my goodness, it is absolutely beautiful and captured the day

Bates Nut Farm Wedding

Venue – Bates Nut Farm
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Photography – Robbin Co Photography
DJ – Neil Buettner
Photobooth – Camera Camper
Flowers – Ruby Bloom
Catering – Mexico City

Bates Nut Farm Wedding

Stefanie + Scott – Scripps La Jolla Wedding

We were SO excited when Stefanie and Scott got in touch to have us film their Scripps La Jolla wedding. We had just filmed her sister’s wedding 7 months earlier. That made it really great to see them again. We loved getting to know their story throughout the day. They met at a Taylor Swift concert. The invitation had a subtle photo of TS which was a great way to bring that in. I loved that all the bridesmaids wore white dresses and everyone was so happy and fun! The groomsmen had some misadventures while surfing in the morning but they also were super fun and having a great time.

We had the most incredible light for the ceremony, and the flowers were amazing. One thing we absolutely loved was the way that Scott was just so enthusiastic about the day. We always love filming the groom’s reaction to his bride coming down the aisle but we not only got that amazing shot but the one with him coming down the aisle himself! He was sooo excited to get married. We learned a little more of their story through the officiant and through their sweet personal vows. And then to round out the excitement in the ceremony, the two recessed down the aisle with that same exuberance as they arrived.

They did some photos by the beach while everyone enjoyed cocktail hour and then kicked off the night with an energetic grand entrance and first dance. Their toasts were so sweet and thoughtful but the sweetest one was by the groom himself! He told their story from his perspective and it was so incredibly cool to hear the excitement in his voice about getting married to his bride. I hope they relive that excitement after 50 years of marriage! We wish them the very best. We hope you enjoy this Scripps La Jolla wedding.

Music – Stubborn Love, by the Lumineers, licensed through Songfreedom

Scripps La Jolla Wedding

Venue – Scripps Seaside Forum
Planner – Cynthia Zatkin
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Photography – Bryan Miller
DJ – Illeet Entertainment
Catering – Continental
Dessert – Sugar and Scribe
Flowers – Splendid Sentiments
Linens – La Tavola
Rentals – Classic Party Rentals, The Chiavari Guys, My Marquee SD

scripps la jolla wedding

Abby + Rob – Natural History Museum

Abby and Rob had such a fun wedding! Abby looked so beautiful and I just loved her veil. She surprised Rob with a book that showed photos of an Allosaurus at every place they’ve visited together. It was such a fun and thoughtful gift and Rob loved it. The dinosaur theme continued throughout the day. She had a little dino charm on her garter. And of course they got married at the San Diego Natural History Museum (the NAT) which is full of dinosaurs!

After their getting ready time at the Westgate Hotel, they had their first look on the beautiful staircase. Rob admitted he had no idea about the Allosaurus shenanigans the whole year Abbie had been working on it! After some photos, everyone headed to the San Diego Natural History Museum for the ceremony and reception.

The ceremony was on the roof with such a great view of Balboa Park. The two did personal vows and mentioned how meaningful 11:11 is to them. So it was extra special that they were getting married on 11/11. Rob even had his watch set to the time all day! The ceremony was so pretty full of red roses as the sun set over Balboa Park.

The guests all went down to one of the exhibits for cocktail hour. The wedding party did some photos and then joined everyone else for cocktail hour as well. The guests enjoyed yummy food and dinosaur bones until the reception began. The reception was on the bottom floor and was transformed into a ballroom with all the decor. It was so beautiful! The band welcomed everyone on the dance floor and the reception was off the hook! The dessert bar and food stations were amazing and all the speeches and dances were so fun. What a great night! Hope you enjoy 🙂

Natural History Museum

Venue – Westgate Hotel and the Natural History Museum
Planner – Bliss Events
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Photography – Sky Simone
Band – Bonnie Foster Productions
Ceremony Music – Angelica Strings
Flowers – Organic Elements
Cake – Sweet Cheeks
Dinner – Coast Catering
Rentals – TBD and Quest Drape

Makeup – Ashley Fierro

Elizabeth + Daniel – Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is such a great venue! There are a lot of great areas to host the different parts of the wedding day and the trees are so pretty. Elizabeth and Daniel are the cutest! She is a little shy and he is a little outgoing. He is hilarious and makes her laugh all day. It was funny during the getting ready the girls were checking out the guys while they were getting some photos done. The guys were yelling back not to look.

Elizabeth and Daniel had a sweet first look and of course they were both laughing. After the photo time they all got ready for the ceremony. The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe has such a great ceremony area under a beautiful tree. We did some drone shots before the ceremony and then got some fun detail shots as well. The ceremony was very nice and there were lots of laughs when Elizabeth tripped over the vows a bit. Sometimes nerves and emotion culminate into laughter and that’s totally ok!

Cocktail hour was fun with food, drinks and corn hole. The details at the reception were very pretty and we loved the cake. They had a dessert bar and games for their friends to play during the reception. Their friends and parents gave really nice speeches and we loved being able to piece those parts together to tell their story of the day.

They had glow sticks and a photo booth to kick off the dancing and they had a great rest of the evening! Hope you enjoy their beautiful day!


Music – Slow Motion, by Matt Wertz, licensed through Songfreedom

Venue – Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Planner – First Comes Love

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Officiant – Pastor Mike

Photographer – Narrative Images

DJ – Positive Energy Productions

Flowers – Parker and Posies

Cake – CAKE