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Jimmy & Jennifer // Enchanted Villa Montalvo wedding in San Jose

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Enchanted Villa Montalvo wedding in San Jose

how she did itJimmy and I wanted our wedding decor to include things from our family heritage as well as make it very romantic and magical. I love romance and Shakespeare. My favorite moment of my wedding day was when I was preparing to walk down the aisle to meet my husband in front of our families and friends. I remember being super nervous and excited waiting for that moment. Even though we’ve been together for almost 10 years, I still felt the butterflies in my stomach and had the sweaty palms. 
 
Photography was the most important to us because the memories captured will last us a lifetime. I want to show my future children and grandchildren our photos. When we were researching photographers, we wanted someone who not only fit the style we wanted, but someone we are comfortable with. Tiffani and Ellie are both wonderful and would do anything to make sure you get all the important moments during your big day! My advice for brides-to-be who are currently in the planning process is to make sure you find a great photographer. Your wedding is only a day, but the memories captured will last forever. 
 
MY VENDORS // 
CINEMATOGRAPHY: MiCha Videography (http://www.michavideography.com)
CAKE: Sweet Tooth Confections (http://www.sweettoothconfections.net
MAKEUP & HAIR: Faces by Emily (http://www.facesbyemily.com)
VENUE: Villa Montalvo (http://montalvoarts.org)
BRIDE’S DRESS: Martina Liana (http://www.martinaliana.com)
BRIDAL SHOES: Badgley Mischka (http://www.badgleymischka.com)
GOLD LEAVE HEADPIECE: Acute Designs (https://www.etsy.com/shop/AcuteDesigns)
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Badgley Mischka (https://www.renttherunway.com
FLORAL DESIGN: Tanjeeryn Designs (http://www.tanjeeryn-designs.com)
EVENT DESIGN: Magic Moment Wedding Decor (http://www.magicmomentwedding.com)
DJ: Victor Cape
GROOM & GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE: Bar III (https://www.macys.com)


Julie & Nolan // Romantic Lake Oak Meadows Garden Wedding

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Lake Oak Meadows Garden Wedding

how she did it

We wanted our day to be filled with natural beauty – the sunlight, beautiful greenery and bright flowers of the venue – and made sure that all our décor worked together to highlight those features. The clichés are true and the day goes by in a flash, but I’ve cherished the indescribable feeling of love and happiness being surrounded by friends and family on that day. My favorite moment – that moment when everything stopped and I’ll remember forever – was walking down the aisle with both my parents, noticing how happy Nolan looked waiting for me to be his wife, and seeing my best girlfriends standing up there crying happy tears for our marriage. This moment meant everything to me. And this was also the moment I cried (even though I swore I wouldn’t!).

 

Choosing the right photographer was a HUGE deal for us, because we knew it was the one physical element of the day that would last forever. We are SO glad we found Sun & Sparrow. Tiffani and Claudia were absolutely amazing to work with. They truly have an artist’s eye for taking the most breathtaking photos.

 

Being married feels like we’re finally home after a long journey. Our lives are now together as one family, and we feel immensely blessed to start our journey together as Mr. and Mrs. Yeakley.

 

OUR AMAZING VENDORS // Venue: Lake Oak Meadows // Flowers: Robin Marella // Hair & Makeup: Amy Hyunh // Dessert: Sugar Divaz

Mike & Lorraine // Abbot Kinney engagement in Santa Monica

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Abbot Kinney engagement in Santa Monica

love-story

FROM THE BRIDE AND THE GROOM // Our story begins in university in Toronto, where Lorraine and Mike first met. They planned a student conference and majored in Marketing together. From working in group projects to sharing the same sense of humor, they became good friends by the end of those four years.

The quite obvious “secret” was that Mike had liked Lorraine for years, and there were clues everywhere. From texting all the time to regular hangouts with mutual friends, a strong bond was forming. They cared for each other, and the chemistry felt like more than just friendship. Their close friends seemed to agree.

After a (long) while, they gave it a shot and risked their friendship for something greater. Things clicked right away and before long, trips were travelled and families were introduced.

Last summer, Mike proposed to Lorraine. He remembered from an old story of hers that ferris wheels were very romantic. With the help of his boys, Mike found the right ring and a memorable way to propose.

He dropped to one knee at the CNE (The Ex in Toronto), at the peak of its ferris wheel. Lovely words were said, happy tears were shed, and excitement was building. Fresh off the happiness of being engaged, life changed again.

Mike’s work offered an unexpected opportunity to relocate to Los Angeles. After careful thought and consideration, Mike and Lorraine made the leap. They’re looking forward to life together, and these pictures reflect their past, present and future.

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Abbot Kinney engagement in Santa Monica

2 comments
  • DanieJuly 6, 2015 - 3:17 pm

    So fun! I love this engagement session! You hit my favorite coffee shop in Venice.ReplyCancel

  • DanieJuly 6, 2015 - 3:17 pm

    So fun! I love this engagement session! You hit my favorite coffee shop in Venice.ReplyCancel

Mai & Andy // Etherial Elopement in Palos Verdes

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©2015 Sun & Sparrow // Etherial Elopement in Palos Verdeshow she did itFROM THE BRIDE  //  Andy’s original plan was to propose during a trip to Europe we were discussing for the Fall, but we found out that we were having a little one in the Fall instead so plans got bumped up. We kept our ceremony small because we didn’t have the leisure of time and funds for a bigger ceremony, but we plan on having a bigger, more formal event after our daughter is born and we’ve had some time to settle into our new family life. Our smaller wedding experience was great! God truly blessed us with all those around us and we have so much love and gratitude for everyone who has been a part of our lives and our day. There were minor hiccups along the way and on the day, but the main focus of the day was celebrating in joy and love and it was undoubtedly achieved.

Our inspiration was God’s love. We had nearly missed this important point, but thankful God is faithful and helped us refocus on what is important and so we wanted to make sure our marriage started in celebrating in God’s love for us and to have our loved ones be a witness and to be apart of it. We chose the verse, “Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate,” to be displayed boldly at the alter, but the lettering didn’t hold up and so we had to forego it this time, but our pastor included it during the ceremony so we were happy. As for the styling of the wedding, we kept it sweet and simple. One of the important details I wanted to accomplish was having my favorite flower, the Ranunculus be apart of the wedding. Otherwise we didn’t really sweat over details and just chose the things we were naturally drawn to. My favorite, most memorable part of our wedding day was when Andy cried during the vows. I wasn’t expecting it and I was so moved by it. I will cherish that moment forever. I don’t know what you’re talking about. I didn’t cry.. It was sweat ;). Umm I think my favorite moment was probably the first look.

If I could give one piece of advice to all the future brides and grooms out there, don’t strive, expect and demand perfection. Murphy’s Law, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong and you can’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t miss out on enjoying the important things: family, friends and love. With that said, don’t settle either, if you know what you want, go for it, but know when to compromise and be flexible with changes and be open to suggestions.

 

I love being Andy’s wife. I love being called, “Mrs. Torres”. I love that we make even more of an effort to strengthen our relationship and stay God centered rather than just get comfortable and take each other for granted, and I pray that we will continue to do so even more after our daughter is born and life becomes a joyful chaos. Andy says that he loves being able to call me his wife and coming home to me everyday.

VENDORS: Coordinators: In Love Events //  Photography: Sun & Sparrow  // Flowers were acquired from the Original Los Angeles Flower Market and were arranged DIY style.  //  Rings: Modern Jewelry Mart in Torrance with the great help of Sam Pheng (best jeweler ever).  //  Cake:  King’s Hawaiian by Luis MenendeZ  //  Dress and shoes were from Anthropologie //  Grooms Suit:  John Varvatos  //  Groom’s Shoes: To boot New York  //  Groom’s Belt:  Ferragamo  //  DIY projects could not have been accomplished without the help by amazing friends: Danielle Taylor, Rochelle Taylor, Rhea Duncan and Tiffani Matsuura.

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  • Johanna NaverreteSeptember 4, 2015 - 10:33 am

    Mai is so beautiful! beautiful pictures.ReplyCancel