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Matt & Sarah // Elegant Wedding at Vibiana Events in Los Angeles

Elegant Wedding at Vibiana Events in Los Angeles // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles wedding photographers

FROM THE BRIDE // I remember waking up the morning of the wedding at 3 AM and wishing it was a reasonable time to wake up instead of the middle of the night, because I was already so excited! It was a long day of hair, make up, and a bit of nervous anticipation, but the day was really perfect. The girls looked beautiful, the men looked handsome, and it felt amazing to be surrounded by friends and family. We couldn’t asked for a better wedding.

One of my favorite moments was the first look. After so much time and effort put into every detail of the day, seeing Matt made everything fall into place. After the first look, everything started to flow more naturally, and I instantly felt more relaxed. My other favorite moment was right after the ceremony when the Vibiana team delivered us a huge tray of appetizers–just for the two of us. I was so happy to be sitting down and eating for a quick moment, even if it was on the back stairs of Vibiana in my huge dress eating finger foods!

With my wedding decor I wanted something really classic and timeless, and I really wanted to bring a natural, lush feel to complement all the marble inside Vibiana. Because the venue has so many architectural elements we were able to focus mostly on flowers, and a touch of mixed metals (gold and copper) to add flair. The flowers and greenery absolutely made the venue shine.

Everyone always says “slow down and enjoy every moment,” but in reality that wasn’t easy for me. It’s easy to get stressed and overwhelmed by the sheer gravity of getting married, no matter how big or small your wedding is. My friend reminded me that while our wedding day would of course be wonderful, it’s just another day–it doesn’t have to be, and probably won’t be perfect.–because nothing is perfect The more you can settle in and just enjoy the day for what it is, no matter how you’re feeling at any given moment, the more you will be able to enjoy yourself.

 

MY VENDORS: 

Venue: Vibiana,  www.vibiana.com
Coordinator: Amy Greenberg  www.amygreenbergevents.com
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow, www.sunandsparrow.com,
Videographer: Tim Irvin, tsivideoproductions.com
Photo booth: Pixster Photobooth, www.pixsterphotobooth.com
Florals: Lori’s Flowers www.lorisflowers.com
Invitations: Tracy Sartizky
Caterer: Redbird www.redbird.la
Desserts:Redbird www.redbird.la
Wedding rings maker:  www.revolutionjewelry.com

BRIDE’S DETAILS

Wedding Gown Maker: Inbal Dror  www.inbaldror.com
Wedding Gown Boutique: Panache Pasadena  www.panachebridals.com
Other Bride Details: Dior  www.dior.com
Silk Ribbons www.silkandwillow.com
Ring Box : www.themrsbox.com
Hair & Makeup: Design Visage  www.designvisage.com
Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo  www.jimmychoo.com

Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo www.jennyyoo.com

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GROOM’S DETAILS

Groom Suit: Theory, www.theory.com
Groom Details: @chanel,  www.thetiebar.com
Groom shoes:  To Boot New York www.toboot.com

Groomsmen suits: The Black Tux  www.theblacktux.com

Chris & Sheila // Fairytale inspired Calamigos wedding at the Oaks

Fairytale inspired Calamigos wedding at the Oaks // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Malibu engagement and wedding photographer 

 

FROM THE BRIDE //  Our wedding day can be described in only one word: magical. I remember feeling stressed the entire week over the possibility of rain, but when I woke up that morning I felt surprisingly calm.  The day went by seamlessly with the sun shining! Getting ready with the girls before the wedding was so much fun. We listened to music and danced up a storm (especially my mother). I surprisingly was hungry and able to eat a lot! Once Sun & Sparrow arrived however, things started to feel very real. I am normally the one in control at all times (disclaimer: I was a bridezilla) and the day of I let the reigns go because Ellie was able to execute my itinerary flawlessly. She got everyone moving and shaking! Before the ceremony, Chris and I had our first look which was very beautiful and private. We continued taking pictures with our family and friends at the beautiful Calamigos Ranch Oak Room and I was absolutely blown away by the enchanting arch that Petals & Linens executed. I was speechless at our floral arrangements! We hired a jazz band for the ceremony and cocktail hour which all of our guests really enjoyed under the gorgeous chandeliers of the outdoors area. After walking down the aisle, the party flew by. Dancing was one of my favorite parts, especially when my new husband decided to do the running man on the floor! It was a beautiful party to celebrate the beginning of a lifelong relationship and I couldn’t be more thankful for our supportive families and of course our amazing vendors!
One special moment that sticks out the most to me is the first look with my Dad. It was the only time I felt really emotional. I saw his eyes get watery and it just broke me. Also, his father of the bride speech was very genuine and from the heart. It was very special for my family.
If I could give one piece of advice to couples currently in the planning stages is to have a first look. The day goes by so fast and it was nice to have the pictures all taken care of prior to the ceremony. Plus your hair and makeup is perfect still. Also, do not download three different weather apps and stare at them all day long leading up to the wedding. It is what it is!
What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor? Was there any special element that made your decor come together for you, personally?
I have always loved the movie The Secret Garden since I was a little girl. I was very inspired by that movie and wanted to recreate it with a bright colored floral arch that looked like it grew from the ground and the waterfall backdrop.
MY VENDORS : 
Coordinator & Florals : Petals & Linens 
Videographers: Hadley Studios
Photo Booth : SillyBooth
Rings Maker : Towne Jewelers 
Jazz Band : Jon Stanger Band
Wedding Gown Maker : Stella York
Wedding Gown Boutique : Beautiful Day
Hair : Hair by Karianna  & Makeup : Felicia La Tour //  booked with Fee-Love
Bride’s Shoes: Michael Kors
Bridesmaids Dresses: Vera Wang at David’s Bridal
Groom Suit : Calvin Klein 
Grooms Shoes : Men’s Warehouse 

 

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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

Carlos & Jessica // Elegant Estate wedding at the Ebell of Long Beach

 

 

FROM THE BRIDE // The wedding was truly even more spectacular and fun than we imagined. Everything from the “first look” to venue décor made the day so special. Seeing our family and friends smiling at us as we walked down the aisle and sharing our vows of marriage with each other in front of them are moments we will never forget. After the officiant declared us husband and wife, there was a sense of excitement and celebration in the air. The party continued from there on out! We enjoyed dancing the night away with our friends and newly joined families.

Our favorite memories of the wedding definitely revolved around our family and friends.  From the adrenaline rush of working our way down the aisle through a sea of excited onlooking faces, to having a line of eager guests wanting to take pictures with us, all the way to the dancing celebration at our reception,it was a blast getting to take in the momentous day in the presence of our loved ones as they made us feel like rock-stars!

We took inspiration for wedding décor and florals from the venue itself, The Ebell of Los Angeles. The venue is a beautiful historic building and we really felt that keeping it classic, soft, and romantic would be the way to go. We did incorporate a few touches along the way to make it more personal and “us”, including adding Cogsworth and Lumiere to adorn our sweetheart table, as we are Disney fans, and the “novio” and “novia” signs for our chairs.

FROM THE GROOM // I ( was initially very opposed to having a first look, mostly because I wanted to stick to tradition.  After several nights of “sleeping on it” we decided to partake in a first look, and it was probably one of the best decisions we could have made.  Doing so allowed us to take so many pictures! Not only were we able to take advantage of the natural lighting but we also had a lot of shots/poses that we probably wouldn’t have had if we chose not to have a first look.

 

MY VENDORS// 
Venue & Catering:  Ebell of Los Angeles    www.ebellla.org
Coordinator & Florals: Love is Sweet Events  www.loveissweet-events.com
Photographer:  Sun & Sparrow    www.sunandsparrow.com
Videographer: April Story Films   www.aprilstoryfilms.com
Photo booth: Vox Djs   www.voxdjs.com
Invitations: Shutterfly  www.shutterfly.com
Desserts: Mr. and Mrs. Creamery www.mmcreamery.com
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Wedding Gown Maker: Allure Bridalswww.allurebridals.com
Wedding Gown Boutique: Bellasposa Bridal  @bellasposawedding  www.bellasposawedding.com
Wedding & Engagement rings: Capri Jewelry Inc. www.caprijewelryinc.com
Other Bride Details:
Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Autumn  www.beautybyautumn.com
Bride Shoes: Nina @ninashoes
Groom Suit: Nino Ferretti


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