Kelsey & Ryan September 2014


Kelsey and Ryan met on a Saturday night at the local bowling alley, where Kelsey was a Cocktail Server. Ryan had come to the bowling alley with a girl, so Kelsey naturally thought it was his girlfriend and thought nothing more about it, except that he was such a hunk!

Ryan came into the bowling alley a couple weeks later with the same girl and wouldn’t you know it Kelsey was their cocktail server again. After ordering, he continued to tell Kelsey about a bet he made with HIS SISTER about who would bowl the best game, and the loser would have to vacuum the other persons home. She was extremely excited to find out that it wasn’t his girlfriend after all!

The next weekend Ryan arrived with just a group of friends.  With a little liquid courage Ryan asked Kelsey for her phone number. Kelsey quickly wrote it down on a piece of paper and handed it over.

Ryan finally called a week later and left her a very memorable voicemail. She called back and they continued to chat all weekend and ended with Ryan asking her on a date.

Almost a year and half into their relationship Ryan had a new job offer in Atlanta, GA. He would only accept if Kelsey moved with him. Kelsey accepted. After living in Atlanta for a few short months; Ryan proposed in Tybee Island, GA on top of the Lighthouse.

They were engaged for a little over a year while they planned their wedding across the country in Newport Beach CA. Ryan and Kelsey married at Crystal Cove and had their reception at Harborside Grand Ballroom in the Balboa Pavilion on September 6, 2014.

Fabulous photos by Lin & Jirsa Photography   Amazing Flowers by Maribel at the Blooming Branch  Scrumptious Cake & Cupcakes by Frostings Cupcakes in Lake Forest, CA   DJ services courtesy of Vive Entertainment

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Steve & Amy, May 2014

Steve and Amy met in 2010 when they were both living in Las Vegas.  Both came from small towns and big families and there was an immediate attraction.  When Steve ended up moving back to California for work, this meant a long-distance relationship for 3 years!  Amy and Steve had talked about marriage, but as a teacher, Amy’s timeline was limited since she had to commit to an entire school year once school was back in session.

On her last day of school in 2013, Steve showed up at her apartment at midnight, after driving to her apartment straight from work in California.  He proposed in the doorway and she immediately said, “yes!”  They decided to get married in Newport Beach and found the Harborside Ballroom to be a perfect waterfront venue for them.  We are glad they did.  Steve and Amy are truly a special couple and we wish them the best of everything!

All photos by the amazing Jamie Brinkman Photography!     Harborside Ballroom loves  DJ:  DJ Sota Entertainment   Delicious Cake by:  Susie Cakes




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Adam & Tiffany – January 2014

After meeting in law school, Adam and Tiffany had their first date at a coffee shop.  They have been together ever since.  Adam surprised Tiffany for their engagement last Mother’s Day when she flew out to visit her folks in the Midwest at their beautiful lakefront home.  Adam coordinated with her parents and secretly flew out on her last day there.  He arrived just as the sun was setting over the water.  Her mom sent her to the backyard to get something and there was Adam waiting.  It took her five minutes to even realize she had said yes!

The reception was held at the Harborside Ballroom on a beautiful Newport Beach winter evening in January.  Rich Prugh Photography’s pictures speak for themselves.

Beautiful Photos by Rich Prugh Photography    DJ Services by Harborside Ballroom Favorite:  Battleson Entertainment




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Magnien-Olmstead Wedding

Real wedding spotlight: Coral and teal charm in SoCal’s Newport Beach

Kristine and Don Olmstead, and a party of pastels pose near Newport’s Harborside Pavilion

They met in highschool and waited a good 11 years to make it official. But when schoolteachers Kristine and Don finally tied the knot, they did it in splendidly sunny style. Looking for a place that had that comfy SoCal feel but great indoor space, they booked Harborside at the Balboa Pavilion, in Newport Beach, and put together a coral-and-teal-themed day that looked as breezy as the beachy backdrop.

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A preview of the coral theme


Kristine descends the dock in Newport Beach–love the wedges!

Photographer Mike Arick took the couple and their party to Newport Back Bay for a photo session; Kristine calls it “one of the prettiest backdrops in California!” (Check out the evidence for yourself.) And Harborside provided the ideal spot where they could “eat, drink, and get married!,” says Kristine. “We liked having everything in one place…Makes things easier for guests.” We couldn’t agree more.


A charming tablescape at the Harborside Pavilion–the chevron runner really pops


Kristine and Don pucker up on a dock (sneakers are soooo Newport).


One happy party at Harborside, at Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach, CA

Bride and Groom: Kristine and Don Olmstead Photographer: Mike Arick Invitations: Stephanie Reid McGinle DJ: Ryan Damron, Just Dance Entertainment Flowers: Cathy Van der Linden Venue: Harborside Restaurant & Grand Ballroom Rentals: Baker Party Rentals

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105th Galvanizers Association Dinner

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Harborside Grand Ballroom hosted 250 members of the Galvanizers Association. The evening started with a nautical cocktail party at ExplorOcean – Balboa’s own marine museum, where the guests from around the world strolled through the exhibits while enjoying grilled shrimp, bacon-wrapped scallops and many other tasty appetizers

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The guests then had a short stroll down the boardwalk to the Harborside Grand Ballroom for a sumptuous five-course meal.

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Special thanks to Heather at Signature Party Rentals, Nikki at Lifetime Weddings and Tamsen Photography for all the fun photos!

Best Wishes to the Galvanizers for a successful 2014 Annual Convention and Dinner to be held in Jackson, Mississippi!

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