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

Birch Aquarium – Olivia + Kris

Olivia and Kris had a fabulous wedding at the Birch Aquarium in San Diego. They got ready nearby at Hilton La Jolly Torrey Pines and had so much fun. The girls were hilarious practicing their dance moves for the first dance. They even included a giant shark stuffed animal, which would make it’s appearance much later in the night.

Their first look was in the beautiful succulent garden at the Hilton. They were so adorable at the first look. She hid behind her gorgeous bouquet after Kris turned around so she could pop out from behind it. They did some romantic photos and photos with their bridal party before heading to the venue.

The Birch Aquarium in San Diego was such a fabulous venue. It was our first time working there but we had been there with our kids before so it was kind of nice to know where everything was ahead of time. We got some awesome shots of the sea life and the ceremony and reception set up before all the guests arrived for the ceremony and reception.

Their ceremony was looking out over the ocean and in front of a handmade backdrop. The flowers were incredible and there was the sound of the tidepool creating a relaxing ambiance. The officiant had lots of neat things to say and related their wedding and relationship to the ocean of course. After the ceremony, the guests were free to roam the entire aquarium which was really neat. They had cocktail hour outside and Olivia and Kris finished up some photos by the cliffs and in the aquarium.

The reception was inside the main area with sharks hanging overhead and a school of fish swimming behind the head table. The tables were beautiful and the reception energy was high. The first dance was hilarious with the whole bridal party involved with Disney songs and the stuffed shark! The stuffed shark made it’s final appearance as it was tossed instead of a bouquet or garter.

Hope you enjoy this super fun and beautiful wedding!

birch aquarium

Music – Serenity, licensed through Soundstripe
Venue – Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines & Birch Aquarium
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Planner – Nicole George
Photography – Braedon Flynn Photography
Florist – Blooms by Breesa Lee
Catering – Wild Thyme Company
DJ – DJ Rooster

Allison + Kolby – Riverwalk Golf Club

We first met Allison and Kolby at their friends’ wedding last year. We were super excited that they got in touch with us to film their wedding as well! They got ready and had their first look at the Dana Hotel. I loved that Allison’s ” something blue” was a ring from her mom. It was also so cute how nervous Kolby was. Both of them were smiling so much and just couldn’t wait to see each other.

They had their first look at the Dana too. It was the best! They were just so cute when they saw each other for the first time, so happy and so excited for the day to begin.

The ceremony and reception were held at the Riverwalk Golf Club, it was so beautiful! What a unique gem hidden in the middle of San Diego. We really enjoyed their ceremony, they had so many elements to make it so personal. Photos of loved ones there in spirit were displayed at the front of the ceremony. The officiant was a friend and he had so many nice things to say about the pair. And their vows, wow! They were so sweet and thoughtful.

The reception was very fun. Instead of assigned seating and a sit down dinner, there were place cards people could use to reserve a spot and passed hors d’ourves. It was great because they just knew their guests would be out of their seats all night. Kids had coloring books, giant jenga, connect four and cornhole to play with. There was a photo booth and lots of music and dancing for everyone and they had so much fun. I loved that they were both on the dance floor all night!

Congratulations, hope you enjoy!

Riverwalk Golf Club

Music – When we Get Together, by Giants of Industry, licensed through Songfreedom
Venue – The Dana Hotel and Riverwalk Golf Club
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Photography – Laura Christin Photography
DJ – Premier Entertainment
Photobooth – MidCity Photobooth
Flowers – Petals by Katie
Cake – Nothing Bundt Cake
Linens – San Diego Linens
Hair – The Beauty Boutique
Makeup – Lightly Brushed Makeup

Becky + Patrick – California Princess Wedding

Becky and Patrick had a lovely wedding on the water! They had their California Princess wedding circling the bay all night. We met them for the first time at the Lowe’s Coronado Hotel where they were getting ready. Becky got ready with a few close friends and was so incredibly relaxed. I loved her cute shoes and the bouquets.

Patrick got ready with his two sons and some of his friends. They all had such a great time relaxing with the view of the bay while getting ready.

After everyone was dressed and wedding perfect, we headed down stairs for their first look.  I loved how Patrick said “Who is it?” when she approached. So cute and playful and got Becky to laugh a real laugh! They had a relaxing photo time both at Loews and at the beach. The weather was lovely and everything looked beautiful! They are from Arizona so we think they were especially thankful for the cooler weather!

After all the photos were finished, including a big group photo, everyone boarded the ship. The ceremony was on the top level with the Coronado bridge in the background. It was a very nice ceremony and you could tell everyone was just so happy for Becky and Patrick.

After the ceremony, the guests moved to the middle floor for cocktails and goodies while Becky  and Patrick took a few more photos. Then they all moved to the bottom floor for dinner. There were two lovely speeches delivered by good friends. After dinner, everyone moved back to the middle floor for a dessert bar, cake and dancing!

The dance floor overlooked the bay and all the city lights and it was just so cool!

Hope you enjoy this California Princess wedding!!

California Princess Wedding

Music – I’m Yours, by Jason Mraz, licensed through Songfreedom
Venue – Loews Coronado and Flagship Cruises, California Princess wedding
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Photography – Melissa McClure Photography
Desserts – Frost Me Gourmet
DJ – Solid Gold

Sarah + Antoney – Talega Golf Club

We were so excited when Sarah and Antoney told us they wanted to hire us for their wedding! We filmed their friends’ wedding last year (also at Talega Golf Club) so it was so great getting to catch up with them as well. We started at different homes for their getting ready time. They had tons of delicious South American food and other goodies. Sarah was absolutely adorable when she got dressed. She just kept laughing genuinely and seemed like she was having so much fun on her big day!

They decided to see each other for the first time when Sarah walked down the aisle with her dad. They had a beautiful ceremony at the Mission Basilica and it was so sweet to see Antoney relieved to finally be reunited with his bride. The priest shared some lovely words and they performed all the traditional rites. All the guests cheered for them as they exited the church!

After the ceremony, the bridal party headed to the mission at San Juan Capistrano for a photo shoot. All the guests headed to the Talega Golf Club for cocktails and food. It was such strange weather as it was very warm but eventually started raining a bit on the guests! They all moved into the reception and enjoyed a beautiful dinner. The toasts were so great, and we thought it was so sweet what Sarah’s dad said.

Later during the reception, there was a dessert bar with a chocolate fountain and churros. Everyone danced the night away and there was even some college rivalry going on! At the end of the night, Sarah and Antoney did a sparkler exit to head off as a married couple! Congratulations you two!

From the couple:

Danielle and Jared are absolutely amazing!! They captured every moment and detail of our wedding day perfectly, and created the most beautiful films for us! We just received our films and cannot stop watching – they did an AMAZING job! We cannot thank them enough! They are both so easy going and fun to work with, and put my husband and I both at ease in front of the camera on our wedding day just by being themselves. It was like working with old friends! Their talent is way beyond incredible, and you absolutely should hire SidebySide Cinema! Sarah & Antoney
Talega Golf Club

Music – Once in a Lifetime, by Landon Austin, licensed through Songfreedom
Venue – Mission Basilica and Talega Golf Club
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Photographer – Aaron Dieppa
Band – The Lucky Devils
Floral – Flowers Etc
Cake – It’s all about the cake

Ivette + Roger – Hotel Del Coronado Wedding

It’s no secret that Hotel Del Coronado is a fantastic wedding venue with its beautiful historic and iconic buildings set on the shores of Coronado island. We have worked here a few times and always love it. Ivette and Roger’s beautiful day started out here for the getting ready and then returned here for the reception. They each had a nice relaxing time getting ready with their bridal parties and having some photo time. I loved her blue shoes from Sex in the City! And her dress and details were spot on.

The ceremony was at St. Joseph’s Cathedral and it was such a lovely ceremony. It was a very traditional ceremony and it’s always so sweet to see a groom’s reaction to seeing his bride for the first time. After the ceremony they had a photo shoot in the church and then with a vintage car. They continued photos at Hotel Del Coronado with their wedding party and just the two of them. They looked so happy!

The reception was so fun. They first had cocktail hour in the courtyard with drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres, then the guests moved inside the crown room. The crown room is a huge ballroom and it is just breathtaking. Ivette and Roger had rather large wedding and the ballroom was full of tables and flowers and desserts. Each of the tables names were precious stones which represented how precious all their friends and family are to them. They also had a fabulous donut bar to compliment their awesome cake. And isn’t their cake topper adorable?

The guests enjoyed dancing and a photobooth the rest of the night. This wedding was so fun and beautiful and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

hotel del coronado


Music – Realize, by Colbie Callait, licensed through Songfreedom

Venue – St. Joseph Cathedral and Hotel Del Coronado

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – True Photography

DJ – Creative Music DJ

Flowers – Flower Child

Cake – Nina Marie Designs

Donuts – Nomad Donuts

Photobooth – Pixter