We are so excited to share this event with all of you as it is one that we truly put our all into! As we have previously mentioned on our blog, last weekend we co-hosted (with West Elm Santa Monica) a Pop Up Wedding Registry Event. The West Elm Santa Monica store is absolutely gorgeous! In fact, it is our favorite place to shop for furniture and home accessories. So, as you can imagine, it was the perfect venue to plan an event for.  Our plan all along was to bring in some beautiful design elements to enhance the already beautiful space and make it feel more “bridal”. Meanwhile, we invited every engaged couple we know to come register and found the best of the best wedding vendors to share what they are all about. Together with our girl Shirra and her amazing team at West Elm, we created something to be proud of. Here’s how last weekend’s event turned out:

Our signature sign posted outside the store shared with all passers-by what was happening inside! This gorgeous balloon column was made by Any Occasion Balloons. It was spruced up with flowers and greens by our fav florist Kayla of House of Magnolias.

It was incredibly important to us to be up front to greet guests as they entered and guide them towards all of the activities of the day. We created new postcards with photos of weddings we have done and displayed them along with beautifully wrapped gifts for those who won our raffle …

… and a gift bag for each engaged couple to take home as well!

What did the raffle winners receive? Every hour on the hour we announced our “Rose All Day Giveaway” where we gave a lucky winner a beautiful bottle of sparkling rose sponsored by Le Grand Courtage and the grand finale prize was gifted by West Elm … a marble cheese board, matching cheese knife set, and champagne glasses for two!

Let us introduce you to our fabulous vendor team:

People walking past the store last Saturday were drawn in by this stunning sight! Kayla (House of Magnolias) really outdid herself once again! Her vision for a hanging centerpiece was beyond what anyone expected! You are incredible, Kayla!

In addition, she created a beautiful display at this table where she met potential clients and created small bouquets to hand out to all of the future Brides!

Dj Kara … What can we say?! She was the energy behind this entire event. She kept us on our toes waiting to hear which song she’d play next (… and did we mention her flawless taste?). She had many guests and all West Elm employees dancing along!

Jack Rodriguez … Photographer and Photo Booth Enthusiast! First, we should mention, he took all of these stunning photos! We set up this grass hedge backdrop, and Jack did all of the rest! His props were so much fun, everyone got into it, and his overall calm cool and collective vibe kept us smiling all day long. You should not hesitate to hire Brass Street Booth for your next event! We will also be sharing a video clip soon from our event’s videographer, Leira Productions! Thank you Ariel for sharing your talent with all of us!

Brides, bridesmaids, and every other female who walked through the store that day stopped to see what So Posh BeautyConges Jewelry, and Himal had to offer! Skin care and accessories … Aren’t these pieces fabulous?! We absolutely loved working with all of these talented women!

We mentioned in Friday’s post how excited we were to work with this particular vendor, and they did not at all disappoint! Not only was Modern Art Catering‘s food absolutely delicious and perfectly presented, but we loved the people behind this brand equally as much! We can’t wait to work with them again!

We think the photos of these chocolates speak for themselves! Is your mouth watering yet? Hit up Dine and Design Group for all of your chocolate needs! Special thanks to these ladies for allowing us (and others) to sample all day long!

Materials were provided for this event as well from some of your (and our) favorite wedding experts … Minted and The Black Tux!

A few other details …

More bites and a taste of that sparkling rose mentioned above kept all our guests well-fed.

We loved getting the chance to meet and talk to couples who are planning their upcoming weddings! They enjoyed all of West Elm’s beautifully displayed pieces while they made their first selections towards their wedding registries. So fun!

As we mentioned, we did not plan this event all alone. In fact, this spunky individual was right there every step of the way! Thank you Shirra for believing in us and giving us this amazing opportunity to partner with West Elm! All those late night chats and early morning brainstorm sessions were totally worth it!


What’s next for us? Only time will tell … The events side of Side by Side Design is flourishing and we are so very proud of the hard work that we have put in! 

To book our services for your next event, contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com.

All photographs taken by Jack Rodriguez Photography.



We know we have been a bit MIA lately and for good reason … We have been seriously busy! With our blog’s sixth birthday tomorrow we wanted to find a way to celebrate and figured we would share what’s going on with us and how we plan to honor our business this year. We have been talking a lot on social media and hinting here on the blog about a big event we are working on. For the past couple of months we have put our blood, sweat, and tears into a collaboration with the West Elm Santa Monica store, and we cannot be more excited that it is finally almost here. 

When we first pitched the idea for a bridal registry event to our local West Elm store, we created this inspiration board (like we always do) to show our ideas and the overall feel we wanted to achieve with this event. They loved it and so do we! We thought to keep the overall color scheme simple to not take away from what they already have going on in their space and add in some bridal touches in a very West Elm way. We knew we wanted this event to be a party for the store where guests could learn about different types of vendors in a non-stuffy way. We also knew that we wanted there to be activities to take part in and an overall classy feel.

It’s almost here! … This weekend (July 29th from 11:00 – 5:00 to be exact) we will be hosting a pop up wedding registry event with West Elm in their Santa Monica store. There will be beats, treats, and lots of vendors to meet! If you are engaged or know someone who is and will be in the Los Angeles area this weekend, this will be the place to be! Spread the word! We will also be continuing with the birthday theme this week. Don’t forget to come back and celebrate with us!


By taking one of the looks from our Get Inspired: July boards, we are providing our readers with further information for where to purchase similar items with a range of price points (from super affordable to fancy and one of a kind). 

This month, we really only have one store on the brain … West Elm! We did mention that we will be hosting a pop up bridal registry event in their Santa Monica store right? Visit our Instagram soon for the Eventbrite link to RSVP. So we decided to create a list of ten items we would not start any registry without. We included items for your every day life and ones to dress up your space when you are expecting company. Enjoy! Really though … You should get this stuff!

Interior Items

1. Classic Cafe Dining Chair – West Elm – $149

2. Grand Waterfall Chandelier / Round – West Elm – $1,299

3. Axel Leather Sofa / 76″ – West Elm – on sale for $1,749 – $2,499

4. Forma Side Table – West Elm – $199

5. Julia Kostreva Wall Art / Knot III – West Elm – $169

Event Items

1. Textured Dinner Plates / White Dots – West Elm – $40 for a set of 4

2. Textured Salad Plates / White Lines – West Elm – $32 for a set of 4

3. Textured Bowls / White Grid – West Elm – $32 for a set of 4

4. Center Stripe Woven Runners / Platinum – West Elm – $39

5. Bormioli Rocco Premiere Wine Glassware – West Elm – $30 for a set of 6

We are busily preparing for our West Elm event and hope that if you are local you will consider coming. Whether you are a Bride and Groom to be, know someone who is, or just really love a good pop up, this one’s for you! July 29th from 11:00 – 5:00 at West Elm Santa Monica … Just sayin’! Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design!


By taking one of the looks from our Get Inspired: November boards, we are providing our readers with further information for where to purchase similar items with a range of price points (from super affordable to fancy and one of a kind). 

Written by: Tami

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but you have just enough time to incorporate a new look into the way you set up for your feast. Why not add in a Southwestern touch to your existing interior decor and the way you set up for the holiday. I have included a list of 5 must have items for your home and 5 event items that your guests will love this Thanksgiving. Don’t worry … I included a link to make getting each item that much easier. Enjoy!

Interior Items

1. Safavieh Vintage Hamadan Collection Antiqued Oriental Red and Multi Square Area Rug – Amazon – $116.04

2. Striped Hand Towel – H & M – $6.99

3. Umbra Hub Wall Mirror with Rubber Frame – Amazon – $150

4. Luxury Dark Green Velvet Throw Pillows – Etsy (duruhome) – $24.80

5. Woven Baskets – Monserat de Lucca – $43

Event Items

1. Apilco Ramekin No. 1 – Williams Sonoma – $7.96 each

2. 11-Bottle Gold Wine Rack – Crate & Barrel – $49.95

3. Scape Dinnerware Set / Cocoa – West Elm 

4. John Boos 18″ x 1.5″ Edge Grain Cherry Cutting Board – Crate & Barrel – $89.95

5. Light Gold Metal Dining Chairs – Decent Home – $128.99 for a set of 2

Wherever you are this holiday, you will not regret adding in a little Southwestern flair to your home and event space. Pick one item or all ten. You will love it! Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design!


On Monday (as seen in our featured post, Wild Wicked West), we shared details from this year’s western themed Halloween decor. We also mentioned that this year we once again planned a truly magical event (along with a very talented list of vendors) to go with this theme. Our vision while planning for this year’s Halloween party was to go all out in a very casual rustic way by bringing in talent, activities for both the kids and adults, and lots and lots of hay bales and barrels. We believe all of these things were accomplished by bringing in each individual who was the best of the best at their craft. Guests enjoyed a backyard BBQ feel taken to the next level. Here are the details …

Our doorman from Steven Petrarca Events was necessary in making sure to keep this event exclusive. Only the most decked out cowboys and cowgirls were invited to attend (aka 200 of our client’s closest family and friends).

Upon entering the party, guests were greeted with a spooky walkway filled with fog and a few more of LA Circus‘ fun props.

This large grass area was set up with small seating areas (low and high) for guests to take a seat while eating their BBQ meal. We included tons of wine barrel cocktail tables, table overlays made of burlap, wooden chairs, and even two over-sized straw sofas. So cool! Shout out to all of the rentals companies who provided their very best service and supplies; Signature Party Rentals, Imperial Party RentalsYorba Linda Feed Store, and Evans Family Barrels.

On each table, we included a mason jar filled with sun flowers and some bloody body parts, red and clear votive candles, blood-stained bandanas, and some spooky surprises. 

These signs served their purpose of directing guests towards all of the fun activities and things to do that this party had to offer. 

Wine barrel bars were set up for adults to enjoy hard ciders and other specialty cocktails. 

Great pride was taken by all those who helped to select each of these root beers, cinnamon whiskeys, and spirits. To say that even the smallest detail stuck with the theme is a complete understatement. 

The kids had their own bars as well; one with drinks and one with snacks … Take a chip, if you dare! There was an actual hand that would pop up through this chip bowl and give the taker a little trick! If you really dare, you would eat one of these critter snacks made from real crickets and creatures.

We guess this pup wasn’t really missing (or wanted) after all … Or is that why she is in costume?

The photo booth was the perfect place to stop and snap a quick pic! Our friends at Cliques Photo Booth provided props (such as cowboy hats and lassos) as well as immediate black and white printed keepsakes for all of the guests.

This upper area was turned into the saloon. Large swinging doors, bales of hay, and professional Blackjack and Poker tables could be found here.  

The dealers got in character too! Each put on a mustache, bandana, and a cowboy hat and were ready to roll! Guests loved playing against their families, and the kids even had a few tables of their own with fun prizes.

The BBQ buffet dinner was a huge hit as well. Rosie’s provided tri tip, pulled pork sliders, corn cobbettes, potato salad, and slaw. Other BBQ favorites were devoured as well; ribs from Craig’s, chicken and mac ‘n cheese from Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken, and some good ‘ole beans made right at home. The options were endless and so delicious!


Shout out to Skye for planning some really awesome crafts for the kids to enjoy including mini pumpkin decorating, shrunken heads in jars, and more.

The lights, fog, and old westerns on the big screen that were set up by Party Layne Events were vital in setting the scene for this next activity …

What is a western themed event without country line dancing? DJ Michael and Kyle from Oil Can Harry’s got the crowd on their feet to each country beat! This was by far the most fun to watch from a hay bale on the side and take part in right there on the dance floor.

The zombies came out for their favorite tune as well … Thriller!

Kathy and her Critters were called upon as well to make sure that all guests had a good time. That is if your idea of fun is sticking your hand in a jar full of moving meal worms!

In addition to making up all of the zombie actors she cast, Bria and her crew provided scars and gore for guests in their beautiful make-up area complete with light up mirrors.

Each actor brought personality and charm to this event taking pictures with guests and staying in character as much as possible.

All guests stopped by the candy and dessert bar on their way out. There was something for each sweet tooth in the bunch! We especially loved Rosie’s famous brownies and cornbread, the sliced watermelon, pumpkin tartlets, mini cupcakes, and tons of custom western themed M&M’s. 


What a fabulous evening! This was truly a team effort! Each of this event’s vendors made the theme their own and went to great lengths to make each guest happy. We especially want to give a huge shout out to Ryan and Ryan for their patience and expertise. Hope ya’ll enjoyed the inside scoop on everything this party had to offer as well! 

All photographs taken by Dewey Tann of Cliques Photo Booth and Joel Danto of Danto Photography