Raphael & Ynez // Halloween Wedding at Ebell of Long Beach

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Halloween Wedding at Ebell of Long Beach

FROM THE BRIDE // When we were planning our wedding, we kept thinking about how we wanted to celebrate our wedding. We had gone through a number of ideas, but we kept coming back to our love of Halloween. Halloween is our favorite holiday but we wanted to keep the decor elegant and not so much kitchy but still fun. Because we wanted to have our wedding on Halloween, but we wanted it to also be classically beautiful, we decided on a masquerade theme to keep it in the Halloween spirit and keep it fun for the guests. The Ebell Club of Long Beach was so beautiful on it’s own that we really didn’t need to do much in terms of decor. Rosalie Floral & Event Design did an amazing job with my bouquet and all the centerpieces. Rafi’s sister helped me tremendously with the bridesmaids’ bouquets and toss bouquet. I had picked up all the flowers from Downtown LA and we just
whipped something up.

My most memorable moment from our wedding day was definitely walking down the aisle and seeing everyone. During our first look, Rafi kept kissing me. I told him we needed to wait because it wasn’t “officially” time to do so, but we had a laugh. It was such a special moment. I also loved our first dance. I remember that he kept spinning himself around me. I’m like: “You’re supposed to spin me!” LOL. It was really fun though. Maybe we should have practiced dancing.

When thinking about our wedding, I felt that photography was the most important part of our day. Because photos are forever! At the end of all the planning and running around and craziness, your photos are keep your memories alive. Sun & Sparrow was the first vendor Rafi and I had agreed upon. I had seen a lot of Claudia’s (Sun & Sparrow’s associate photographer) work and knew that she was very talented. I won’t lie, some friends tried to get us to go with less expensive photographers but the quality just didn’t even come close. After everyone saw how Claudia did such an amazing job with our engagement photos, then they knew what we already had known that we had made the right decision going with Sun & Sparrow.

My one piece of advice for all planning brides out there, make sure to make the decor personal, keep it simple, and above all make it fun. For example, Rafi and I both like to draw so instead of a guest book we had sketchbook with colored pencils and no bleed markers. Total came out to $10 bucks! Talk about budget friendly! Having a day of coordinator may sound like a luxury but it’s worth it. I lucked out because my aunt, Serena Hollingsworth of Polka Dot Planners gifted me her services. Having her there took all the pressure off. I couldn’t imagine having my wedding without her. Don’t believe everything you read on Pinterest. If you’re a creative type, go with the practical DIY projects. Have a squad of kick-ass bridesmaids who get stuff done. Roll with the
punches. Have fun!!!

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