Deryl & Melissa // Romantic Rustic wedding in Chino Hills

how she did it

FROM THE BRIDE // Our wedding day was filled with a lot of emotions. From getting dressed to going on a phone hunt looking for my fiancé because he was getting back massage (LOL), to rushing to the venue in order to take our photos on time. It was a busy day nonetheless, but so completely worth it. Tiffani and Claudia were absolutely amazing! To be honest I felt like Tiffani was more of my wedding coordinator than my actual coordinator for the day. Tiffani did the ultimate, she drove me to the venue, helped me get into my dress and practically got on all fours when it came time to bustle my dress. On top of it all, she did these things and more while being 7 months pregnant. She made my wedding day easier and for that I am truly grateful.What was so special, was that we had all our family in one place celebrating our union and that meant the world. From walking down the aisle to partying and dancing with family and friends, those are the memories that will last forever. The day went by in flash a little too fast but that’s  where the photography and videography comes in. To capture those moments that we missed.


WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING? // I think most girls start planning their wedding during childhood. What will our dresses look like, to how many bridesmaids and groomsmen will be in our party. I was definitely that girl, who did a lot of daydreaming. So, when my love proposed, besides the fact that I was going to marry my best friend I thought “FINALLY, now I can be that girl!” The girl who gets to in the planning process.The style I was going for was Modern Vintage Elegance. I didn’t want to be TOO vintage, like Art Nouveau type Vintage. I just wanted to be somewhere in between with a little bit of modern thrown in. The colors that chose were mostly neutral colors, I banked on simplicity and natural colors and once I figured that out everything else started to fall in place. Pinterest helped me significantly. It was my constant best friend and the help from my Daddy made everything I wanted a dream come true.


WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY? // We had a decent amount of family that flew in from different states. So to have the love and support from them to come all the way to California to witness our marriage was more than a blessing. During our reception the most memorable part of our wedding was out pouring of such wonderful words that some of our family members had blessed me and Deryl with. It became a little emotional and we will forever remember that.


WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW? // Photos are the best way to capture the most delicate moments of your life. During the planning process I had a conversation with my dad and we both agreed that it was important to find a team that did both photography and videography together. I so desperately wanted the earthy vintage look with as much natural lighting as possible. So, when I did some research and ran across Sun & Sparrow “I thought this is it! This is the look I want and the style I’m going for.”

Honesty, I didn’t choose Sun & Sparrow, they chose ME! Haaaaaa! I wanted this team so badly but they were completely booked for the year. We are so blessed because theres no doubt in my mind that it was meant to be. When I first talked to Tiffani I called to just ask few questions but then I kept calling because I just wanted someone on the team to take us on, I didn’t care whether or not they had a few years experience that’s how much confidents I had in them. So when Tiffani just agreed to take us on I was beyond excited because thats when I knew our photos would be more that just your typical wedding photos,  we were going to have the opportunity to tell our story and that’s all I wanted.


DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS? // For those ladies who are planning a wedding right now please don’t sweat the small stuff that may go wrong, it happens, the only thing you can do and should do is, it let it pass. The most important thing you should do for yourself and please tell your future hubby this (STAY IN THE MOMENT)! I can’t stress this enough. I like said perviously, the day can go by like a blink of an eye so just take a moment to breathe and look around at all the planning and designing you put into making this moment possible. It will be worth it trust me especially for those who’ve been planning and whole year to 8 months on something thats over in 6 hours. The most amazing thing about the day is that your are officially marrying the love of your life, and those who love you are witnessing that precious moment.



©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Big thanks to Claudia Hurtarte for shooting this beautiful wedding day!  // Romantic Rustic wedding in Chino Hills

VENDORS // Venue: Wedgewood Wedding  //  Photographer & Videographer: Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Wedding dress and Veil: Winnie Couture  //  Brides Shoes: Kate Spades  // Jewelry: Nordstrom’s  //  Florals: Events By Floral Sensations  //  Bridesmaid Dress: Davids Bridal  //  Groom Suit: Mens Warehouse   //  Cake: Cucamonga Cakery


©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Big thanks to Claudia Hurtarte for shooting this beautiful wedding day!  // Romantic Rustic wedding in Chino Hills