Estate wedding at Rancho Camulous// ©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography
I was surprised how calm I was on the wedding day. Spending the morning with my mom and my girls in my hotel room really soothed me. When my mom and I went for coffee we happened to see a Krisers pet store and I got to show her my kitty, Marcello, whose photo hangs over the cat food section. She lives on the East Coast so hadn’t seen it in person. It was a good sign! Our wedding day came during an Indian Summer and it was over 100 degrees in Mid-October! I was worried about us melting at the outdoor venue with limited electricity, but the day was actually beautiful. We took photos in the old adobe house that didn’t have air conditioning but was built in the 1800’s— the high ceilings and cross ventilation were pretty effective. Even outside we managed with the breeze, handheld fans, and my devoted bridesfolk dabbing my face. I felt the love all day, which was exactly what I needed to remain cool and composed.
I love vintage and antiquities which was the main inspiration for the aesthetic of the wedding. I had been dreaming of an outdoor wedding maybe at a ranch, winery, or barn with a timeless look. This venue was more than I could have hoped for — an actual ranch built in 1853 — a national historical landmark with a museum, winery, and barn on site. The palpable sense of history really added depth to the event of our marriage. We had so much fun covering as much of the property as we could for the photography!
For me, the most memorable part of the day was the first look. Even practicing it with Ellie gave me soul shivers. When I started walking down that breezeway to Stewart, I was blinking back tears and laughing out loud at the same time. I was so excited for us to see each other and that from that moment on we’d be spending the day together.
Stewart and I are both filmmakers, so aesthetics are hugely important to us. I always knew that besides my husband and guests, the venue and the photography be the most important elements of the wedding. The photographs are literally the part that lasts forever, keeping the memories alive and breathing. I stumbled upon Sun and Sparrow searching for venues. Every single wedding on the site was breathtaking— lush and luxe no matter the location. What Sun and Sparrow does with light and space is just magic. Beyond that, you can feel their loving touch— the humans behind the lens— in every shot. I became an uber fan. I’m on their website every day! When I found the venue, I was going out of my mind with excitement imagining how Sun and Sparrow would shoot it. It knew it would be a marriage made in heaven.
My advice to brides planning their wedding is to book Sun and Sparrow right away for your date while they are still available! My other tip is to make a short list of the details that truly matter to you that you’ll allow yourself to get super detailed about, then allow yourself not to fret too much over anything else. Like life, much of the wedding day will not go exactly as planned. Prepare yourself to roll with it.
My favorite part of being married is calling Stewart my husband and hearing him call me his wife. Also seeing the ring on his finger. It’s quite fetching.
Venue // Rancho Camulos Museum in Piru, California http://ranchocamulos.org
Day of Coodinator // Falon Ballard http://www.falonbweddings.com
Bride and MOB Hair & Make Up // tonibrides.com
Engagement Ring is vintage, matching wedding band custom // http://www.yelp.com/biz/golden-string-los-angeles
Bridesmaids Dresses // Alfred Sung http://www.alfredsung.com
Florals // Rainbow Florist Designers http://www.rainbowfloristdesigners.com
Rentals // Affordable Linen www.affordablelinen.com
Greek Food Feast // Papa Cristos http://papacristos.com
Bartenders // Beverlee’s www.beverlees.com
Lighting // Wendee’s Occasions http://www.wendees.net
Photo Booth // www.primsphotobooth.com
Cake // Hansens www.hansenscakes.com
DJ // Dustin Stary firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridal Workouts // Cardiobarre.com