Annual Christmas Card Video from SidebySide – 2016

We hope you’re having a great Holiday season this year! We’re excited to share our annual Christmas Card Video. Over here at SidebySide Cinema, we’ve been celebrating with lights, advent, goodies, and of course our annual video card!!! If you haven’t seen one of our video Christmas cards before, you’re in for a treat! That is, of course, if you are cool with our silly antics…this year, we decided to finally tackle Star Wars, with a political twist. The kids weren’t in it as much as last year but that’s what happens when you have a battle of the wills with two toddlers. Next year!

Hope you enjoy and have a Happy New Year too!

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Christmas Card Video

Special thanks to Daniel Bastke for designing our paper card!!

Stephanie + Daniel – Japanese Friendship Gardens

The Japanese Friendship Gardens is such a lovely spot for weddings. It feels so intimate and out of the ordinary in a bustling San Diego. Hidden in a valley with creeks and water falls and koi fish, it’s a relaxing and romantic venue. And it’s perfect for a wedding! Stephanie was very excited to put on her flower crown and her bridesmaids had Mickey ear flower crowns that were so cute. I loved hearing the special story about her mom and how she’d be dancing with her dad to a song her mom sang. Her mom gave her the necklace she wore in her memory which was so special. They had their own filter on snapchat which was super fun. They had a Disney theme throughout the whole wedding. The programs for the ceremony and all the details at the reception.

The two of them had their first look overlooking the koi pond and they were so cute. They met at work and their first date was at Disneyland, and now they were finally getting married! Japanese Friendship Gardens is right in Balboa Park so after their first look, they headed up to do photos. Their ceremony was heartfelt and sweet. Their personal vows were lovely and they did a glass mixing ceremony.

After their ceremony, all the guests enjoyed cocktail hour while the wedding party did some more photos. Stephanie and Dan had some more private photos around the gardens, so pretty! The name cards were all different rides at Disneyland and their guest book was the Adventure book from UP. Even their cake topper is them with Mickey ears. Loved all the details!

They had some very nice speeches and the father & daughter dance to her mom’s song was just so sweet and emotional. They had a slideshow playing of her life as well. The guests enjoyed toasting the happy couple and taking photos in the photobooth. Everyone enjoyed the dance floor and even lifted the bride and groom up.

What a fun wedding, we hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Japanese Friendship Gardens


Music – Make you Feel my Love, by Royal Foundry, licensed through Songfreedom

Venue – Japanese Friendship Gardens

Planner – At Your Side Planning

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – True Photography

DJ – Music Phreek

Flowers – TessFresh

Officiant – Deborah Young

Catering – Encore Catering

Linens – A Perfect Table

Bakery – Edelweiss

Photobooth – Shutterbooth

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Wedding Film – Loews Coronado

We had a wonderful day working with these two at Loews Coronado Resort. We started at the resort for the getting ready and enjoyed getting to know them a bit. They decided to have a destination wedding since each of their families were coming from different parts of the country. They settled on beautiful San Diego and had a wonderful day! The guys socks were awesome and they had a great time hanging out. I loved the bridesmaid dresses, they were such a nice color on the girls and they could be tied on in lots of different ways. We had a little adventure when the ladies realized how far out we were in Coronado and couldn’t find an Uber! We all helped trying to find something and ended up having to all carpool. But luckily that was the only thing to go wrong all day.

The ceremony was beautiful in a pretty chapel with a choir. We never mind if people do a first look or not but since most people do these days, it’s nice to see when people don’t every once in a while. It’s just so sweet to see the groom see his bride for the first time. They had a lovely ceremony and then had a big break between the ceremony and reception.

The reception was back at Lowes Coronado. They took a bunch of photos while their guests were enjoying cocktails and grilled cheese sandwiches, so awesome. They had an Instax camera for putting photos in the guest book and eventually the couple joined cocktail hour with their guests. The ballroom decor was gorgeous. We loved the pretty flowers and candles and the cake was fantastic. There was a coffee bar with a barista making whichever drink you would like. And they had a dessert spread and photo booth as well. There were so many fun things to do at their reception. They had a great party with sweet speeches which you’ll hear. We hope you enjoy this couple as much as we did!

Lowes Coronado


Music – Heart Fall, by Josh Etheridge, licensed through Songfreedom

Venue – Lowes Coronado and Iglesia Ni Cristo

Planner – Sweet Blossom Weddings

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – True Photography

DJ – Dancing DJ Productions

Cake – BabyCakes

Catering – Joes on the Nose

Flowers – Suzanne M. Florals

Photobooth – Pixter

Beauty – Beauty by Stacey


Judi + Josh – El Cortez Wedding

We just loved Judi and Josh’s El Cortez wedding! They were just such a sweet couple and we loved getting to learn more about their story on their special day. Throughout the vows and speeches we got to hear, we learned how they met, got together, and fell in love. They knew each other for a long time and are best friends. That’s just the best!

While they were getting ready, the guys found out that the hotel was a PokeStop and they joked that the wedding would have to be on hold while they “caught them all”. It was great because later the best man joked that the groom would be playing Pokeman during the speech! I loved the gift that Josh got Judi. They have a favorite artist who did a lot of the animation for the Disney short films. He was at Comic-Con this year and Josh got her some prints and a book and had Pascal Campion sign them for her. So thoughtful!

They had their first look near Balboa Park and had a fun photo time with their wedding party. We just loved watching how much fun everyone was having, sharing so many laughs together. Then we headed to the ceremony and reception venue which was El Cortez down in San Diego.

The ceremony was inside and they accidentally said each others’ vows which was actually quite funny. They continued to laugh through their correct vows and it was just great. They had a little bit more photo time after the ceremony and then joined cocktail hour. The reception was full of great energy and they danced the night away! They had mentioned during the speeches that the bride had liked Backstreet boys and so the groomsmen came up to us during dancing and lip synced to I want it that way. So great.

We hope you enjoy this beautiful wedding!

El Cortez


Venue – El Cortez

Planner – Jessica Beiriger

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – Eisenhower Photography

Catering – Continental Catering

Flowers – Elegant Touch Floral

DJ – Legacy Sounds

Photobooth – No ka oi’ Photobooth

Jordan + Alex – L’Auberge Del Mar

We had another beautiful day on the beach in sunny southern California. Jordan and Alex got married on the cliffs overlooking the ocean at Seagrove Park and their reception was at L’Auberge Del Mar. Their ceremony was a mix of Jewish and Christian traditions with two officiants. They each shared a bit about the couple and how much they have traveled and how much fun they have together. They are huge sports fans and you’ll see in all the decor and details that they incorporated their favorite team colors. Their wedding hashtag was even #teamjalex! Their vows were adorable and I thought it was cute that they both broke a glass during the glass breaking ceremony at the end.

Jordan and Alex were very excited to hang out with their friends and family. They quickly took some photos and then headed to the cocktail hour. The details at the dinner were so pretty. I loved that the name cards were all tickets and the centerpieces were so pretty. Their first dance was adorable and choreographed. You can totally tell how much fun they have together. After that they took photos with each of their tables and it seemed like they had inside jokes with each group. Definitely all about their friends!

L’Auberge Del Mar is a fun venue with different levels so after dinner we all moved downstairs where they had an epic grand entrance. Each of the bridal party did different sport poses and it really got the crowd ready to party. They had a photobooth with all sorts of fun sport props and the thing they were most excited for was karaoke! Their whole group was super into karaoke and it was so fun!

We hope you enjoy their wedding film!!

L'Auberge Del Mar

Music – Best Day of My Life, by American Authors, licensed through Songfreedom

Venue – Seagrove Park and L’Auberge Del Mar
Planner – Destination Hotels
Film – SidebySide Cinema
Photographer – True Photography
Flowers – Cherry Blossom
Officiant – Rabbi Ian
Music – Vario Productions
Cake – Susie Cakes

Stacey + Phil – Mt Woodson Castle

We absolutely love working at the Mt Woodson Castle. We always work with the best people and it’s just so dang pretty!! Stacey and Phil were so stinking funny. We were laughing the whole day. Stacey had a beautifully sparkly dress and a super fun garter that said “tag, you’re it”. They had her perfume bottle engraved with their date and she had a photo of her late father on her bouquet in his honor. All the details were so lovely.

Phil was having a good time with the guys until he realized he forgot the marriage license back at the hotel!! This allowed for a lot of teasing from the other guys. But he was able to get it in time and no harm done! They headed to the first look and it was just so sweet. They were chatting for the longest time, just catching up on each of their days and you could just tell how much they enjoy being together.

After the photo time, we headed down for the ceremony and the decor and light were just perfect at that time. I really loved all the details at the ceremony. Bethel did a great job officiating as usual and with the emotional and touching vows, it was just a lovely ceremony. The reception details were sweet. I especially loved the cake topper which said, “as you wish” from the movie Princess Bride.

At the reception, they had lawn games, a s’mores bar and tons of great dancing. Matt kept the dance floor hopping and everyone seemed to have a fantastic time. At the end they did a glow stick grand exit which was a fun ending to a great day. We hope you enjoy Stacey and Phil as much as we did!!

Mt Woodson Castle


Music – Our Hearts Beat as One, by Steve Collom, licensed through Songfreedom

Venue – Mt Woodson Castle

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – La Vida Creations

DJ – Choice Entertainment

Flowers – Embellishmint

Cake – Flour Power

Officiant – Ceremonies by Bethel

Photobooth – Starlight Photobooth

Estancia La Jolla – Nicole + Mitch Wedding Film

Nicole and Mitch had a beautiful garden wedding at Estancia La Jolla. It was such a pretty day and such a classy wedding. Nicole and her mom and maid of honor kept making each other get teary eyed during the getting ready time. They had some photo time at Estancia and then headed to the church for the ceremony. They decided to wait for the walk down the aisle to see each other for the first time and it was so sweet! Check out her bouquet, wow wow wow!

The ceremony was beautiful at Founder’s Chapel at USD. I loved the huge flowers and the light peeking through the stained glass windows was so pretty. The priest had a lovely talk about friendship in marriage which was really cool to hear. They both seemed so calm and relaxed once they were up there together. After their vows they had some photo time at the church and then took a vintage car back to Estancia La Jolla.

The cocktail hour was in the middle garden and they served Moscow mules and beautiful Hors d’oeuvres. There was live music which was a lovely addition. The seating chart was so awesome written on a huge mirror! All the other reception decor was incredible. The head table was covered in flowers and the flowers on the cake were just gorgeous. We really enjoyed the speeches as they mentioned friendship in marriage as well. It really tied their story together.

The guests had a great time on the dance floor and in the photobooth. We had a lovely time with Nicole and Mitch and hope you enjoy their wedding film!

From the couple: We received the videos yesterday and we LOVE them! Thank you SO SO much! We must have watched them 15 times last night. Thank you for capturing the day so beautifully in memories we will cherish forever. Thank you again, so very much!

Estancia La Jolla


Music – licensed through Songfreedom

Venue – Estancia La Jolla and Founder’s Chapel

Planner – Sweet Blossom Weddings

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – Bryan Miller Photography

DJ – Still Listening Productions

Music – Caprice Strings

Flowers – Organic Elements

Rentals – Concepts Event Design

Transportation – Rolls Livery Service and Oasis Limo

Cake – CAKE

Hair/Makeup – Paula Mayer