Jessica + Nick – Safari Park Wedding Film

Jambo! We had so much fun filming Jessica and Nick’s safari park wedding! I mean how could you go wrong getting married in front of hundreds of African animals but in San Diego weather!

They got ready in San Marcos at Lake San Marcos. There were such cute details and I loved the gifts they gave each other. They are big Disney and Star Wars fans so they had a few fun details that pointed to that. The ladies all got bracelets that had a Disney quote (like “never tell me the odds”), and Jessica got a cute box from Nick.

After they were all dressed and ready to go, we all headed to the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park. If you grew up here in San Diego though, you know we all lovingly remember it as the Wild Animal Park (and if you are a true local, the WAP!) They wanted to do their first look in the bamboo forest leading to the Tiger Trails. It was so beautiful with the crickets singing and the light shining through the mist. They were just so so happy to see each other! After that, they read their vows to each other right by the tigers, we even had one watching.

The ceremony was at the Kijamii Overlook which was just fantastic. It overlooks all the African animals so they had quite a few extra guests witnessing the wedding ceremony. After that, they did some amazing photo time while their guests not only enjoyed cocktail hour but also animal encounters from the lovely Safari park ambassadors.

Later the two danced in to their grand entrance and choreographed first dance. They enjoyed a delicious meal and the ambiance of animal noises through the night. The weather was just perfect and all their decor fit the theme beautifully. Jessica and Nick, you two were so much fun and we just so enjoyed working with you! We hope you all enjoy this lovely safari park wedding as much as we did!

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Music – Habitate Instrumental, by Forest Bells, licensed through Songfreedom

Venue – San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Planner – Luxe Events

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – Petula Pea

Flowers – Blooms by Breesa

DJ – Party Rockers

Dessert – VGs

Officiant – SD Wedding Guy

Hair/Makeup – A Toast to Beauty

Rentals – Bright

Nicole + Marc – San Diego Wedding Films

We just loved hearing about Nicole and Marc’s story! Marc had dreamt of living in California and that theme ran through the day. He had a California flag with his name embroidered on it, and the speeches were so sweet talking about how he achieved his dreams. We especially loved during the first look when they talked about how they were walking on the boardwalk and thought it would be awesome to get married in San Diego. And then not long after, here they are!

They got ready, married and partied all at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. It was such a cool venue. They got the neatest room for getting ready with big windows and incredible views. The guys had a little trouble with the bowties but they looked dapper when they finished getting ready. The ladies had a great time together and Nicole gave them such a sweet speech to thank them all for being there.

Marc and Nicole had their first look on the balcony overlooking the San Diego bay and then the ceremony was inside. Marc’s dad officiated the ceremony had they had amazing personal vows. After the ceremony, the guests all moved to another room for cocktail hour while Nicole and Marc did fun photos down on the boardwalk.

The reception was in another room on the same floor, the light pouring in from the big windows onto the beautiful cake and lovely flowers. They had lots of really great speeches to lead everyone through dinner and then to dancing. The sunset was beautiful so they went back out on the balcony for some more photo time. They did a hora, cake cutting, a bouquet toss and a garter toss (which ended in someone going the the ground for it!) and then into fun dancing time.

We really enjoyed getting to know these two and hope you get a glimpse of who they are through their wedding film!


Music – Run Away with Me, by Tyrone Wells, licensed through Songfreedom

Venue – Grand Manchester Hyatt

Planner – Sweet Blossom Weddings

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – Susie and Will Photography

Flowers – Organic Elements

DJ – Dylan Rodin

Cake – Sweet Cheeks

Amy + Jack – Temecula Wedding Films

Amy and Jack are absolutely adorable! They have a plethora of cats who have adopted them, amazing dance skills and movie star smiles. They had a beautiful ceremony and reception at their Temecula Wedding. They got married at Villa de Amore and it was a gorgeous day! The girls all had flowers and succulents in their hair and the bride had an epic braid. The guys played pool and welcomed the guests to the party. The two had a first look and they were both simply beaming.

They had a wonderful photo time and then began the ceremony. Their officiant had some awesome words during the ceremony but Amy and Jack’s vows were the sweetest. They put letters to each other in a box to read in the future. They also had their dog included in the ceremony, can’t forget about that! That fluff ball was adorable and slept through the ceremony. And Amy’s mom was the flower girl, so great.

All the flowers were beautiful and we loved that they included succulents. Their cake also included frosting succulents and they had a delicious looking dessert spread. The Villa de Amore staff flipped the ceremony site and the reception was outside under the stars. They had some lovely speeches that all spoke about how lovely and caring these two are and it was so great getting to know them and their little family. They had amazing photo time after the sun began to go down, it was really a nice day. The two choreographed their first dance, enjoyed dinner with their guests and moved into the ballroom for more dancing fun.

Hope you enjoy these two!


Music – Iris (instrumental) by Caleb Lovely – licensed through Songfreedom

Venue – Villa de Amore

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – Leah Marie Photography

DJ – Ross Creations

Cake and Desserts – Elegance on Display Bakery

Hair and Makeup – Mobile Beauty Team

Julie and Sang – Ethereal Gardens Wedding

We filmed Julie’s sister’s wedding about 6 or so years ago and were so honored when Julie and Sang reached out to have us film their Ethereal Gardens wedding as well. They started their day at Welk’s Resort in Escondido to get ready, then they headed to Ethereal Open Air to finish getting ready for the day. That venue has such great bride and groom rooms that are so boho and adorable. The girls’ room has a cool hanging couch where they did some photos and the guys had some fun playing pool and hanging out at the bar.

After they each got ready they enjoyed a first look together in the beautiful gardens at the venue. The lighting was just magnificent through all the leaves and they had a lovely photo time. The venue is just so great with many places to take photos. The ceremony was on the lawn with a beautiful wedding arch covered in flowers. The flower girl and ring bearer sang the processional song for the bride which was adorable. Julie and Sang wrote personal vows and the guests threw flower petals as they left the ceremony.

The reception details were great with beautiful flowers, farm tables, candles and a yummy dessert table. The bride danced an emotional dance with her brothers while photos of her dad were on a slideshow behind them. The two visited tables while the guests enjoyed food, a photobooth and dancing. They also did a fun sparkler exit at the end of the night.

We just had such a great time capturing Julie and Sangs Ethereal Gardens wedding and their beautiful story. We hope you enjoy as much as we did!

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Music – Let Love, by Emorie, licensed through Soundstripe

Venue – Ethereal Gardens

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – Natalie Bray Photo

Flowers – Wallflower

DJ – Vox Djs

Dress – BHLDN

Veil – The Veiled Beauty

Shoes – Jimmy Choo

Hair + Makeup – Cat Nguyen Hair

Invitations – The Paperie Parlour

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Meghan + Walker – Palm Springs Wedding Film

Wow, that’s all I can say after filming this wedding. Not just because this beautiful Palm Springs wedding was filled with amazing details, the best people and a donkey. But also because it was pouring rain the day before the wedding and yet look at how beautiful this day was. We even had to take a few detours just to get out there because of the unusual weather for us southern Californians! But we all made it and it couldn’t have been better.

The couple along with the wedding party and many guests made a whole weekend out of this event and all stayed at the beautiful La Quinta. Meghan’s shoes and earrings were to die for and the flower collar for her puppy was so cute. Walker enjoyed hanging out with his guys with cigars and cowboy boots and they were taking bets on who would cry during the ceremony.

All the details were so great. The blue and orange accents just popped against the desert landscape. Meghan designed all the paper accents and they were just lovely. They decided not to have a first look and had their ceremony in the sweetest little nook on the property. The aisle was lined with bougainvillea petals and I loved the flower girl throwing petals from the cowboy hat!

She surprised Walker with a donkey to hang out with all of the guests during cocktail hour. All the name cards were made on tiles. The unique vases and blue glasses along with the kumquats were just great. After the two had a beautiful photo session, they headed in for a grand entrance, first dance and reception events. Meghan eventually changed into a second outfit for dancing that was so cute. We had so much fun working with these two at their Palm Springs wedding. Hope you enjoy!


Music – Can’t Help Falling in Love with You, licensed through Tracks Music

Venue – La Quinta

Planner – COJ Weddings

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – Alexandria Monette

Flowers – Arrangements Design

Dessert – Over the Rainbow Desserts

Invitation Design – Meghan Jones

DJ – Music Media DJ

Surprise Party!

I had the awesome pleasure of throwing a surprise party for my mom this month! We had an alpaca theme with real alpacas, my brother came in from out of town and we all had a great time. I just loved these cookies from a past bride of ours. They were delicious and so beautiful. Endless Memories

The alpacas came from A Simpler Time


This personalized mason jar came from Groomsday Gifts. (They also have Bride Bop) It says “mama llama” Goes with the theme as close as it gets…I mean what’s the difference between a llama and alpaca anyway?! haha.

Leslie + Justin – Catamaran San Diego Wedding

Leslie and Justin had such a great story and we loved being a part of team Juslie’s “marathon for life”! It was pretty cool too because their wedding day was the same day as our wedding anniversary! The two are foodies and workout aficionados. They ran races on each other’s birthdays when they first started dating and running has been a huge theme in their life together and now wedding.

Their whole day was at the Catamaran San Diego. They each got ready with their wedding parties and Leslie opened a card from her future husband. They had a first look in the garden area at the venue and it was really sweet. They were really excited to see each other and really excited to be getting married.

The ceremony was on the lawn in front of the bay and they had a great officiant who told their story well. Leslie and Justin also wrote personal vows and I love how all of what all three of them said told their story so well. After their ceremony they took more photos while everyone enjoyed cocktail hour on the lawn. The reception details were on point with a cookbook from the pair and a tropical cake topper. They also had a tiny carrot on each place setting in remembrance of Leslie’s mom. That was such a cute way to honor a loved one.

Justin and Leslie had a band leading the way for their grand entrance and they performed an awesome choreographed first dance in Leslie’s second dress. It was such a great dance and even had some push ups from Justin in there! We enjoyed working with these two and learning their story, hope you enjoy as well!

Music – Journey Awaits by David Michon, licensed through Songfreedom

Venue – Catamaran San Diego

Planner – SD Weddings by Gina

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – True Photography

Band – Pop Vinyl Band 

Flowers – Studio Fleurish

Cake – Jenny Wenny Cakes

Photobooth – Pixter

Makeup – Beauty by Stacey