Suzan + Jim – US Grant Hotel

We just loved hearing all about Suzan and Jimmy’s wonderful story. Their US Grant Hotel wedding was so grand and decadent. All the details were superb, down to the thousands of feathers on her dress. Her getting ready room was so pretty and I had so much fun shooting with the light in there. So many gorgeous details! Jim was sweet and sent all the girls their favorite drink to toast with and Suzan sent Jimmy a watch for a gift. The guys enjoyed hanging out at the bar for a while before getting ready. The two decided not to have a first look and when you see the look on his face as she’s walking down the aisle, you’ll see it was worth it.

Suzan’s two sons walked her down the aisle and Jim’s face just says it all. They found each other after a long time and their beautiful vows were so heartfelt. Their ceremony was just so sweet. All the candles and flowers made it so romantic. They had people sign wine bottles that they’d open up over the coming  years instead of doing a guest book. Cocktail hour was upstairs with so many awesome types of food and live music. The happy couple walked through the downtown streets to take a bunch of photos until the reception.

The reception details were amazing. Their sweetheart table with all the candles, the flowers and the room as a whole were just great. They had a live band performing as everyone walked in and they performed many of the event songs. Suzan and Jimmy had their first dance and then she had a special dance with her sons. Once it got dark, they had the US Grant Hotel lit up in pink for their special day! Everyone was on the dance floor having a great time.

We hope you enjoy this lovely wedding!

US Grant Hotel


Music – Hold On (Inst.) by Kathryn Ostenberg – licensed through Songfreedom

Venue – US Grant Hotel

Planner – Bliss Events

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – Garrett Richardson Photography

Design – Concepts Event Design

Flowers – Organic Elements

Dessert – Extraordinary Desserts

Band – Bonnie Foster Productions

Photobooth – Pixster

Chairs – Chiavari Chairs of San Diego


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Rein + Alvin – Sheraton Mission Valley

Rein and Alvin had a super fun wedding at the Sheraton Mission Valley. Their getting ready time was so cute. She sent him a card and gift but he thought they had agreed not to do gifts. So he spent some time trying to have someone help him get flowers and a card for her. She wanted to watch his reaction to opening the gift but her girls wouldn’t let her “see” him before the wedding so she just listened to it. I loved how much she was smiling all day and her weaved wedding gown was so unique! We also enjoyed getting to see one of our past couples, Alvin’s brother and his wife! We shot their wedding about 6 years ago so it was neat to catch up with them.

The ceremony was at a pretty and modern looking Catholic church. She had her parents open the doors for her and then she met up with them halfway down the aisle. They had a sweet and meaningful ceremony and I loved the doors on the chapel! After the ceremony was over, they had photos with their families and with their wedding party and each other. Then they headed back to the Sheraton Mission Valley to enjoy cocktail hour and the reception with everyone.

The cocktail hour had so many beautifully created treats and we loved their travel themed reception. Each guest had a travel tag as a favor and name tag and their cakes had a plane flying across. They had so many adorable kids having the time of their lives at this event. At the reception there were some great speeches and everyone had a lovely time!

We hope you enjoy this wedding film!

Sheraton Mission Valley


Music – Chasing Cars inst. by the Royal Foundry, licensed through Songfreedom

Venue – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Sheraton Mission Valley

Planner – Something Blue Weddings

Film – SidebySide Cinema

Photography – Mike Irwin Photography

Florist – Blooms and Butterflies

DJ – XS Production

Bakery – Cake Me

Rentals – Nina’s Weddings and Events

Hair/Makeup – San Diego Makeup Artist on the Go

Photobooth – Hit me with your Best Shot

Desserts – The Chocolate Fountaineers and Ann Jelyn Desserts

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