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Joey & Mariah // Romantic fairytale wedding at Calamigos Ranch

FROM THE BRIDE // I, like most little girls, dreamt of my future wedding well before it came to life! Thinking back about the day still makes me tear up. I did not sleep much the night before the wedding so many emotions ran through my head. My day started early with my bridesmaids running into my room and maid of honor shaking me awake yelling “You’re getting married time to get up!”. From the moment I woke up we began checking things off the timeline. Hair- check, makeup-check, photos-check, dress on-check. While everything moved around me I remember feeling this inner peace and silence like someone was telling me everything would be perfect. All of the emotions that kept me up the night before were silenced. Things just felt right. The rain that had been pouring down all night and most of the morning finally came to an end, and it was time to put my dress on. My mom helped me get into my dress and put on all of my details before I revealed it to my girls and closest family. Just before getting into the limo to go to the venue my dad (who had not seen my dress before) came for his reveal. Being a “daddy’s girl”, I knew I would cry the whole way down the aisle if I did not do this father daughter moment early enough in the day! A limo ride and some photos later it was time to walk down the aisle. Butterflies filled my stomach, and on came my song. My brother walked our dogs Sadie-Rae and Scout down first, and then my father escorted me down the aisle, handed me off to Joey and our ceremony began. I remember seeing him for the first time, waiting at the end of the aisle. Its a difficult emotion to describe seeing your forever waiting for you. Holding Joeys hands and looking into his eyes, committing to spend the rest of my life with him was one of the happiest moments in my life. When it came time to exchange rings, my maid of honor had to quickly run back to the bridal suite to get Joeys ring that had been left behind. Joey and I both laughed (and our guests too) and took this time to look out into the seats and see everyone who came to support us on our special day. We finished the ceremony, had our first kiss as Mr. and Mrs. and for the first time we were announced as husband and wife! Joey and I decided it was more intimate to do communion the first time as husband and wife with just our pastor right after the ceremony. It gave us time to let everything set in and a moment of silence to thank God for all that He has given us. The party began not long after an amazing dinner with speeches, dancing, dessert bars, photo booth fun and a late night espresso bar. Several dances, photos, and laughs later the last dance was called, and the night came to an end. Before my wedding I was given great advice from my sister-in-law to just enjoy and take in every moment (anticipated or not), because it is over in a blink. I love being a wife and, looking back, would not have changed a thing about our wedding! I am so appreciative to everyone who helped our fairytale wedding play out.

 

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day?

Walking down the aisle and seeing Joey for the first time. We both felt strongly that we wanted the first time seeing each other to be when I walked down the aisle. And Joey’s only request was that the aisle be long enough for him to take the moment in.

What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor?

I wanted simple timeless elements, lace, pearls, roses, and diamonds combined with the natural rustic elements in the venue.

Do you have any advice for brides who are currently planning their weddings?

It is easy to get caught up in the details; don’t lose sight of why you are having a wedding. The most important part is you are marrying the man (or woman) of your dreams. The rest will fall into place.

MY VENDORS:

Venue: Calamigos Ranch, Redwood Room www.calamigos.com // Coordinator: Kylie Raache from Wish Wonder Dream wishwonderdream.com // Photographer: Sun & Sparrow   www.sunandsparrow.com // Videographer: Rayne Films www.raynefilms.com // Florals: White House Florals www.whitehouseflower.com // Invitations: William Arthur from Nantucket Press nantucketcrossing.com // Desserts: Vanilla Bakeshop www.vanillabakeshop.com // Wedding Gown Designer: Stella York www.stellasbridal.com // Wedding dress boutique: Bridal Elegance www.bridalelegancesalon.com // Ring: Robbins Brothers, Simon G www.robbinsbrothers.com // Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang kellyzhang.com // Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka  www.badgleymischka.com // Groom Suit: Men’s Warehouse www.menswearhouse.com // Groom Details: Rolex // Groom shoes:  Magnanni // Bridesmaids dresses: Bari Jay www.barijay.com // Groomsmen suits: Men’s Warehouse  www.menswearhouse.com

Jack & Cindy // Southern California Coastal wedding at Casa Romantica

Southern California Coastal wedding at Casa Romantica // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Casa Romantica Wedding photographer

Describe your experience at your wedding in 1 paragraph, everything you remember.

Jack: The first emotion I felt during our wedding was joy on a number of different levels – joy that I was about to marry the woman of my dreams, joy that all of our shared experiences were about to culminate in a wonderful celebration, and joy that all of our hard work preparing for the big day was over and that we could finally savor all the day’s special moments.  The instant I saw Cindy during our first look felt like an incredible rush that didn’t let up until we woke up the next morning. The rest of the day felt like living in a fantasy. Our ceremony overlooked the Pacific Ocean on a beautiful Fall day, we had an amazing dinner with 120 of our closest friends and family, and then we danced the night away inside of a beautiful hacienda ballroom.  I’m glad that we have pictures to prove that we weren’t dreaming!

Cindy: The moment my bridesmaids and I arrived to Casa Romantica I felt a surge of emotions that brought me to a high unlike any other – excitement, nerves, anticipation, delight, and so much love. I was incredibly grateful for all the hard work that our families and bridal party had put in to make this a special day, and for all of our guests that had traveled from near and far to be with us. Walking down the aisle with my father to meet Jack was the sweetest and most loving scene that we could have asked for. We read our vows in front of our closest friends and family, and in that moment I couldn’t believe how fortunate we were – not only did I get to marry a wonderful man that has brought so much happiness into my life, but we also managed to have the wedding of our dreams. The coastal views, the laughter and cheers echoing through the walls, the beautiful flowers and decorations, our wedding band playing our favorite songs, it all came together to make our wedding an incredible experience.

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day? 

Out of all the amazing moments, our favorite would have to be  the ceremony itself.  The ceremony took place on the ocean terrace of Casa Romantica, which overlooks the San Clemente pier and the beautiful Pacific coast. The weather was warm and the skies were clear. At one point, our officiant asked us to look out on all of our friends and family in attendance, and the feeling of love and support emanating from all of our guests, coupled with the love and support we felt from each other, is something we will never forget. A close second would have to be dancing with all of our guests as we wrapped up the reception to our song, I’m Gonna Be (500 miles).

What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor? 

No one really tells you how much work goes into planning a wedding, but with the help of our fantastic wedding coordinator extraordinaire, Cortney Helaine, we were able to make our wedding dreams a reality. We wanted to set the scene in a beautiful, romantic, and intimate spot, and Casa Romantica allowed us to do just that. A venue as lovely as Casa meant that we only needed to add a few personal touches to make it special. From the dark red dahlias to the San Francisco themes, we wanted to bring details that were closest to our heart. The fact that each component of the wedding had been carefully curated by us brought on a feeling of accomplishment, as well as a feeling that we were living in some sort of dream world that had been created in our imaginations.

Do you have any advice for brides/grooms who are currently planning their weddings?

So much time and effort goes into planning a wedding that it can be easy to become distracted and not be in the moment. Make sure you let yourself enjoy the big day! All of the planning and stressing will be worth it, as long as you remember to turn off that part of your brain come wedding day.

MY VENDORS: NAME, WEBSITE,  INSTAGRAM
Venue:  Casa Romantica, www.casaromantica.org,  @casaromanticasc
Coordinator: Weddings by Cortney Helaine, www.cortneyhelaine.com,  @cortneyhelaine_weddings
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow, www.sunandsparrow.com,  @sunandsparrow
Videographer:  Memory Machine Films, www.memorymachinefilms.com,  @memorymachinefilms
Photo booth:  Orange Box Photo Booth,  www.orangeboxphotobooth.com, @orangeboxphotobooth
Florals:  The Tangled Vine, www.thetangledvinedesigns.com,  @tangledvine
Invitations:  Minted,  www.minted.com,  @minted
Rentals:  Signature Party Rentals,  www.signatureparty.com,  @sigpartyrentals
Caterer:  Iva Lee’s,  www.ivaleescatering.com,  @ivaleescatering
Wedding Cake/ Desserts:  Plumeria,  www.plumeriacakes.com,  @plumeriacakestudio
Wedding Band:  Lucky Devils Band,  www.luckydevilsband.com,  @luckydevilsband
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Wedding Gown Maker:  Paloma Blanca,  www.palomablanca.com,  @palomablancabridal
Wedding Gown Boutique:  Archive Bridal,  www.archivebridal.com,   @archive_bridal
Wedding & Engagement rings: Sloane Street Jewelry,  www.sloanest.com,   @sloanestreetjewelry
Hair & Makeup:  Bijou Beautiful,  www.bijoubeautiful.com,  @bijoubeautiful
Bride Shoes:  Le Silla,  www.lesilla.com/us,  @lesilla
Bridesmaids dresses:  Jenny Yoo,  www.jennyyoo.com,  @jennyyoonyc
Bridesmaids jewelry:  Kate Spade,   www.katespade.com,   @katespadeny
Groom/ Groomsmen Suits:  Friar Tux Shop,   www.buy.friartux.com,  @friartux

Rich & Mimi // Elegant Destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas

Elegant Destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Destination wedding photographer

FROM THE BRIDE & GROOM // We were on Cloud Nine after Rich’s flawlessly planned proposal in April, and we were pleasantly surprised to learn how aligned we were on what mattered to both of us for our wedding.  Neither of us cared to host an elaborate event for hundreds of guests – we wanted an intimate experience that we could share with those closest to us that would allow us to truly enjoy ourselves.  We also knew that we wanted a quick engagement – though the thought of planning a wedding within four months was a daunting one initially!  However, as has been the case throughout our relationship, the pieces just seemed to fall into place seamlessly – within three weeks of getting engaged, we had hopped on a last-minute flight to sunny Los Cabos in Mexico, fell in love with the Hilton Los Cabos, picked a wedding date, and agreed on our wedding guest list!  Three months of fast and furious planning later and with lots of help from the Hilton’s wedding coordinators extraordinaires, Nancy and Eren (they are truly amazing!), Rich and I arrived in Cabo ready to get the party started!

On our wedding day, Rich left me three envelopes to open throughout the day; one when I woke up, one while getting ready, and one right before walking down the aisle.  I still tear up thinking about those notes, they were incredibly sweet and put any wedding jitters I may have had to rest. I knew in my heart I was marrying an amazing man.  I was strangely calm that morning and throughout our getting ready process; I had a tremendous amount of confidence in my wedding team and focused on taking in each moment.  A hiccup with my wedding dress that was immediately addressed by the Hilton’s Dream Team was the only bump in the road on my way to the altar and as soon as I laid eyes on my husband-to-be, I knew our night would be perfect.

As all of the planning had been done remotely, we saw our vision unfold in real-time along with our guests – the first time they saw the ceremony and reception sites was our first time as well, and they took my breath away!  I had spent countless hours pouring through Pinterest boards, gathering ideas and examples for my vendors across the border.  We knew we wanted an elegant yet simple feel, with a touch of Mexican fun thrown in.  With the ocean and the stunning hotel as our backdrop, there was no need to overcomplicate the scenery.  The wedding coordinators and vendors absolutely stunned me with their execution on our vision – I had been nervous about things getting lost in translation but entirely unnecessarily so.  The final product was even better than we imagined, perfection every step along the way!  I teared up seeing it – everyone stepped up and did their part to make sure that our night was seamless, we couldn’t be more thankful to our team!  The night flew by but we honestly say that we had an amazing time – we laughed, we danced, we shared intimate moments with our guests, and celebrated being Mr. & Mrs.!

While it all went by so fast, one of my favorite moments was dancing the waltz with my Dad to Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling In Love.  He sprung it on me just a couple weeks prior that he would like to waltz for our Father-Daughter dance – I had never waltzed before in my life, so spent a couple of weeks dancing with my iPad in my living room.  We finally got to practice together live the day before the wedding and I had to remind my Dad that this was meant to be fun, not Dancing with the Stars!  It melts my heart to think back on how nervous he was when we stepped out on that dance floor the next night; for a brief moment, our roles reversed and I was the one calming and leading him through the storm.  When he finally twirled me for the last time, he breathed a sigh of relief…. Now he could finally go enjoy himself ☺.

Our advice to couples planning their wedding is to listen to your hearts – plan the wedding that YOU want as a couple, not what everyone else wants.  It’s so easy for us brides to get caught up in the details and the stress in planning such an important event that I’ve seen so many girlfriends not enjoy their experience at all.   The day goes by in a flash so take time out to enjoy each other, your guests, and take in the meaning of it all; if you’re enjoying yourselves, everyone else will too, regardless of what little details may not have worked out as perfectly as you planned!  You’re there to celebrate your love, which is the greatest gift of all!

Photographer : Sun & Sparrow photography // www.sunandsparrow.com 
Venue : Hilton Los Cabos  // www.hiltonloscabos.com 
Coordinator : Eren Carlo & Nancy Garcia // www.hiltonloscabos.com
Florals : Emporio Arte Floral  //  http://emporioartefloral.com/
Invitations : Bock Design  //  www.bockdesign.net
Rentals : Let It Be Events  //  www.letitbeevents.com
Guitarist : Daryl Curie  //  https://darylcurriemusic.com/bio/
DJ : DJ Ricardo  //  www.dgricardo.mx
Wedding Rings: Baida Jewelry  //  www.baidajewelry.com
Wedding Gown & Boutique : Aria Brides  // www.arialosangeles.com
Bridal Hair  : Patty at Hilton Los Cabos // www.hiltonloscabos.com