Steve & Shanele // Industrial Romantic wedding at the Millwick
Industrial Romantic wedding at the Millwick // © 2016 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles wedding photographers
Our main focus when planning our wedding was our guests. To begin with, we wanted to find a venue centrally located to our family and friends and also be a reflection of who we are. For two people who enjoy the outdoors, such a location in Los Angeles is not easy to come by. Millwick was the answer. It was local to our guests and we could customize it however we wanted.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE YOUR BEAUTIFUL DECOR? // From the Bride: I have always been a DIY’er and I am a fan of practical and useful pieces. Thankfully our venue spoke for itself in many ways and I didn’t want to take away from it’s simple yet detailed design. For the flowers, I chose succulents for two reasons: 1) they’re plants! There would be no stress of running to the flower mart at 5 am the day before and you don’t need a green thumb to take care of them 2) our guests could take home unique practical pieces that they could use to decorate their personal space long after the wedding. After deciding on the succulents I did some extensive Instagram research and found talented artists around the world that were creating everyday objects out of cement. The creative juices started to flow and with the help of both of our families and close friends we became a production line of weekend designers, mold makers, cement mixers, driers, painters, and (no joke Steven’s favorite) cleanup crew. We learned the ins and outs of the cement curing process, how cement sticks to cardboard when you don’t use cooking spray, and that some people get emotional when watching Armageddon and some think its the cheesiest movie in the world (you know who you are 🙂
WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE MOMENT ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY? // From the Groom: The most memorable moment for me was our first dance as a married couple. It was nice to be close to her and show everyone how much fun we have together and how much we love each other. // From the Bride: The most memorable moment for me was walking down the aisle holding my dad’s arm and taking in the significance of that moment. I am extremely grateful to to have had my dad by my side as I walked towards the next phase of my life and receive his blessing before saying I Do to my best friend.
WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW? // From the Bride: From the beginning of the planning process I knew photography was very important to me. I enjoy looking back at my families old wedding photos and I wanted to be able to share our wedding memories just the same. I was fortunate enough to help at an engagement shoot and be a part of wedding in which Sun & Sparrow (Tiffani) was the hired photographer. From both of these experiences I was able to see Tiffani’s amazing eye for detail first hand and I knew that when it was my turn to get married, I wanted the Sun & Sparrow team!
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS? // Don’t sweat the small stuff. When you start to stress over the details, take a step back and ask yourself “will anyone REALLY notice this?”. I should have done this more often, but I will say it did come in handy the day of our wedding!
MY VENDORS //
Wedding Dress: Lourdes Dress by David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Bride shoes: Nordstrom
Groom’s Suit: Bar III Macy’s
Groom’s Shoes: Steve Madden
Bridesmaid Dresses: Renz Rags via Etsy
Bride & Bridesmaid Hair: Moya Cruz (instagram @moya_cruz_)
Signs & Seating Chart: Lela Rose (instagram @orangeandmelrose)