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Rich & Mimi // Elegant Destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas

Elegant Destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Destination wedding photographer

FROM THE BRIDE & GROOM // We were on Cloud Nine after Rich’s flawlessly planned proposal in April, and we were pleasantly surprised to learn how aligned we were on what mattered to both of us for our wedding.  Neither of us cared to host an elaborate event for hundreds of guests – we wanted an intimate experience that we could share with those closest to us that would allow us to truly enjoy ourselves.  We also knew that we wanted a quick engagement – though the thought of planning a wedding within four months was a daunting one initially!  However, as has been the case throughout our relationship, the pieces just seemed to fall into place seamlessly – within three weeks of getting engaged, we had hopped on a last-minute flight to sunny Los Cabos in Mexico, fell in love with the Hilton Los Cabos, picked a wedding date, and agreed on our wedding guest list!  Three months of fast and furious planning later and with lots of help from the Hilton’s wedding coordinators extraordinaires, Nancy and Eren (they are truly amazing!), Rich and I arrived in Cabo ready to get the party started!

On our wedding day, Rich left me three envelopes to open throughout the day; one when I woke up, one while getting ready, and one right before walking down the aisle.  I still tear up thinking about those notes, they were incredibly sweet and put any wedding jitters I may have had to rest. I knew in my heart I was marrying an amazing man.  I was strangely calm that morning and throughout our getting ready process; I had a tremendous amount of confidence in my wedding team and focused on taking in each moment.  A hiccup with my wedding dress that was immediately addressed by the Hilton’s Dream Team was the only bump in the road on my way to the altar and as soon as I laid eyes on my husband-to-be, I knew our night would be perfect.

As all of the planning had been done remotely, we saw our vision unfold in real-time along with our guests – the first time they saw the ceremony and reception sites was our first time as well, and they took my breath away!  I had spent countless hours pouring through Pinterest boards, gathering ideas and examples for my vendors across the border.  We knew we wanted an elegant yet simple feel, with a touch of Mexican fun thrown in.  With the ocean and the stunning hotel as our backdrop, there was no need to overcomplicate the scenery.  The wedding coordinators and vendors absolutely stunned me with their execution on our vision – I had been nervous about things getting lost in translation but entirely unnecessarily so.  The final product was even better than we imagined, perfection every step along the way!  I teared up seeing it – everyone stepped up and did their part to make sure that our night was seamless, we couldn’t be more thankful to our team!  The night flew by but we honestly say that we had an amazing time – we laughed, we danced, we shared intimate moments with our guests, and celebrated being Mr. & Mrs.!

While it all went by so fast, one of my favorite moments was dancing the waltz with my Dad to Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling In Love.  He sprung it on me just a couple weeks prior that he would like to waltz for our Father-Daughter dance – I had never waltzed before in my life, so spent a couple of weeks dancing with my iPad in my living room.  We finally got to practice together live the day before the wedding and I had to remind my Dad that this was meant to be fun, not Dancing with the Stars!  It melts my heart to think back on how nervous he was when we stepped out on that dance floor the next night; for a brief moment, our roles reversed and I was the one calming and leading him through the storm.  When he finally twirled me for the last time, he breathed a sigh of relief…. Now he could finally go enjoy himself ☺.

Our advice to couples planning their wedding is to listen to your hearts – plan the wedding that YOU want as a couple, not what everyone else wants.  It’s so easy for us brides to get caught up in the details and the stress in planning such an important event that I’ve seen so many girlfriends not enjoy their experience at all.   The day goes by in a flash so take time out to enjoy each other, your guests, and take in the meaning of it all; if you’re enjoying yourselves, everyone else will too, regardless of what little details may not have worked out as perfectly as you planned!  You’re there to celebrate your love, which is the greatest gift of all!

Photographer : Sun & Sparrow photography // www.sunandsparrow.com 
Venue : Hilton Los Cabos  // www.hiltonloscabos.com 
Coordinator : Eren Carlo & Nancy Garcia // www.hiltonloscabos.com
Florals : Emporio Arte Floral  //  http://emporioartefloral.com/
Invitations : Bock Design  //  www.bockdesign.net
Rentals : Let It Be Events  //  www.letitbeevents.com
Guitarist : Daryl Curie  //  https://darylcurriemusic.com/bio/
DJ : DJ Ricardo  //  www.dgricardo.mx
Wedding Rings: Baida Jewelry  //  www.baidajewelry.com
Wedding Gown & Boutique : Aria Brides  // www.arialosangeles.com
Bridal Hair  : Patty at Hilton Los Cabos // www.hiltonloscabos.com

4 ways to elevating your engagement session and wedding with flowers

4 WAYS TO ELEVATE YOUR MATERNITY, NEWBORN, ENGAGEMENT, AND WEDDING WITH FLORALS

Everyone knows that flowers are a MUST HAVE for any wedding day. But have you considered that one of the reasons that weddings are so beautiful are because of the soft and flowing nature of flowers. I believe that flowers really add to and elevate all types of sessions! We recommend flowers for engagement sessions, maternity sessions, boudoir, newborns and for all of our sessions.

Below, I have included some awesome examples of how flowers can elevate your sessions.

1. Bouquets & garlands & wreaths – I always recommend at least a bouquet for any bride at their engagement session or wedding. Often times it’s easy to think, maybe some with and some without, but I always think that flowers bring that extra glamour!

2. Loose flowers – One way to elevate your session is incorporating loose flowers all around. You can place them in your hair style or even around in your props, picnic, or on your table scape. One of my FAVORITE THINGS to do with lose flowers is to toss them in the air with bridesmaids. Not only is a flower toss super fun, it brings in extra smiles and wonder into any photo.

3. Flower crowns – I don’t think we have to mention how amazing flower crowns are! Flowers in your hair is always so heavenly. A flower crown is like a beautiful halo that makes any bride or flower girl look angelic and beautiful.

4. Flowers or foliage in nature – One thing that is a little more challenging to accomplish, but so beautiful if you can find the right spots to incorporate flowers or foliage in nature. All of our Sun & Sparrow photographers, including associates just love foliage in nature. We are always looking for leaves or natural flowers to place our couples into. There is something magical and romantic about natural vines that grow on walls or trees that have hanging leaves that makes our hearts sing.

 

A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY

In our experience, a little goes a long way. Whether you have a huge floral budget or a minimalistic budget, there are always creative ways to incorporate flowers into your sessions. Ask your photographers if they have ideas or suggestions as to how to bring flowers into your session. Sun & Sparrow does actually have small session options for florals. Tiffani loves to design wreaths and bouquets for new moms and brides-to-be.

Another option is to make a bouquet yourself. Pinterest has many options to create your own wreaths and bouquets. I often recommend bringing a few flowers from your garden or even from your local grocery store that can be incorporated into your session. A little bit goes a long way.

You can see our pinterest board for making your own bouquets HERE. 

 

FINDING THE PERFECT FLORIST

Just like finding the right photographer, finding the right florist will make your wedding day that much more special. We always recommend interviewing florists and reviewing their portfolios, just as you would a photographer. Make sure you connect with the person you will be working with and make sure that you love them. Everyone’s dream is to work with your “dream team” at your session or wedding. When choosing your florist, make sure that their vision matches you vision for your big day. Lastly, make sure that you have fun!

Every session should be fun and creative. When working with creatives, remember that they love collaborating to make your story that much more special! Let us know if you want to help bring your session to life with florals or creative fabrics, ribbons, or textures.

 

We are so excited about all of your upcoming sessions! Thank you for reading and thank you for being a part of our hearts!

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Chris & Monica // Romantic Palos Verdes engagement

Romantic Palos Verdes engagement // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow Palos Verdes engagement photography

Sun & Sparrow is one of the leading engagement and wedding photographers in the Los Angeles area as well as Santa Barbara and Orange County.

Christopher and Monica met in Scottsdale, Arizona at a casino one lucky Sunday afternoon and instantly became good friends. Monica who grew up overseas as the daughter of a Chef has always kept food close to her heart both in profession and pleasure, while Christopher gained his culinary chops in some of the best restaurants in Chicago. Christopher quickly became enticed by Monica’s quick wit, her vast repository of literary and pop-culture knowledge, and of course her beauty. He knew quickly that only she was for him. Monica found Christopher equally charming, a rare breed of man, a handsome old soul who poured his heart into his brilliant writing and cooking and had an unbridled passion for music. They spent many a night looking at each across from restaurant dining tables and sharing laughs in between sips of wine. They continued to grow in their friendship and passion for each other, but unfortunately, their paths would take them separate ways when Christopher left for grad school in Chicago and Monica left for Los Angeles. But the best was yet to come.
 
While maintaining a friendship over 3,500 miles would cause most to grow distant, for Christopher and Monica it actually made them much closer. One night while musing over their current physical separation, Christopher declared that he no longer just “wanted” to see Monica but “needed” to see her. The next day he bought the first non-stop plane ticket from Chicago to California. It was during that spontaneous weekend trip in San Diego that Monica and Christopher’s romance began to blossom and they first expressed their love for each other.
 
After a few more months of dating long-distance and frequent trips back-and-forth, Christopher invited Monica to Maui for Christmas. While on the island, Christopher enacted a plan to ensure that Monica and he wouldn’t have to spend much more time apart. On December 19th, 2014 after a sunny day on the white shores drinking Hawaiian beer and planning a future together, Christopher asked Monica to join him to watch the Pacific sunset. Monica was running late, as usual, but when she arrived outdoors, Christopher was just standing there patiently and smiling. Holding a glass of red wine, he extended his hand for her to come join him. As her hand reached his, “These Arms of Mine” by Otis Redding started to play from Christopher’s carefully planned playlist. A long-time favorite song of the couple Christopher drew her close and asked if he could have this dance. To the sounds of the King of Southern Soul, the smells of sweet plumeria, and a golden fiery sunset, Christopher got down on bended knee and asked Monica to be his dance partner for the rest of their life. He told her she was someone that he wanted to spend every morning and moment with, and never another day apart. Through many joyful tears and soft kisses, Monica hugged him and exclaimed “Yes!”. They both realized that although life is often carefully planned, the best things are the unexpected and unconditional things that forever change your plans.

 

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Gabe & Alysia // Ventura beach engagement

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It was the weekend after Valentines day that I had decided to take Alyshia on a “last minute” weekend getaway. I had been working crazy hours six days a week that didn’t allow us to spend much time together. So I thought a nice getaway to Ventura beach would be a great opportunity to spend some quality time together.  That Sunday morning, we continued to enjoy our time in Ventura by spending some time downtown visiting all of the local boutiques and just having fun! We also spent some time walking along the beach, enjoying the sun. Meanwhile, Alyshia had no idea that our families were on the way to what would be our proposal.

During this time I was in constant contact with our families receiving updates to their location. As they grew closer, I took her to Serra Cross Park. This park was a viewpoint that overlooked the entire city and beach. The view is absolutely breath taking, and seems as if you are standing on top of the world. This spot was special to us because we first visited this spot when we started dating. I took out my guitar and played some music while we enjoyed the view. As we were taking it all in, our families had texted me that they arrived. I made up the excuse of “I am going to put my guitar away…” to go back to the car and meet up with our families. When I came back, I had asked another park bystander if they can take our picture and revealed to them my plan to capture a photo of the proposal. Alyshia thought that we were reenacting a picture we took when we first visited the park, as I dropped to one knee and asked her to marry me. She said yes!!! Almost immediately, our families came running over from watching from afar.

It was a romantic proposal that was carefully thought out and made it even more special to celebrate with our families.

©2014 Sun & Sparrow // Ventura beach engagement

©2014 Sun & Sparrow // Ventura beach engagement

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  • ReginaMarch 29, 2014 - 4:16 pm

    Awesome pictures, they captured the playfulness and love between a soon to be husband and wife! Love all of the photos. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • ReginaMarch 29, 2014 - 4:16 pm

    Awesome pictures, they captured the playfulness and love between a soon to be husband and wife! Love all of the photos. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Esther GomezApril 4, 2014 - 8:36 am

    Great photos you captured their love and emotions. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Esther GomezApril 4, 2014 - 8:36 am

    Great photos you captured their love and emotions. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel