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Daniel & Ellen // Redondo Beach maternity photographer

Redondo Beach maternity photographer // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Redondo Beach maternity Photography

FROM OUR MOMMY // How blessed are we! We waited patiently for the right time in our lives to welcome this baby – a time where our hearts could be full and fully available. The timing, the journey, everything, has fallen so perfectly into place, we are constantly in gratitude. Although a bit overwhelmed with our lack of knowledge and experience (as any first-time parents are), we are ecstatic to welcome Baby Ng very, very soon! We hope only to do our best in raising a kind, patient, and loving person – so much of what we need in this world today. Hopefully the journey ahead is (as close to as) smooth as the one we’ve had so far (yeah right, but it doesn’t hurt to hope!). As our lives change drastically, we look forward to making many more beautiful memories from a couple to now a family of 3!

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Matt & Gyselle // Fairytale wedding in Malibu Paradise

A Fairytale Malibu Hills wedding // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow Malibu wedding photographers

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

FROM THE BRIDE // Our wedding was absolutely perfect! It was honestly a fairytale Malibu Hills wedding! We’ve never in our lives been able to truly enjoy living in the moment until our wedding day. The only thing on our minds on this day was the excitement of being with one another forever! We were both truly mesmerized and so in LOVE! Our wedding day was euphoric and full of joy!

Our favorite moment of our wedding day was first laying eyes on one another at the alter. I’ll never forget taking my father’s arm and not realizing how heavy I was breathing until I looked up and saw him, my future husband, standing there in a royal blue suit like my Prince charming. He was waiting so patiently to see me! It was surreal…seeing him immediately calmed me down. Everything around us became a blur and all my attention was focused on him and how he looked at me with those beautiful blue eyes. I can just envision that day, where we were so mesmerized with one another, it was such an amazing and beautiful feeling.

We are the type of people that truly do not like stress and do not mind when someone else takes control, which I know is not easy for many people. Our absolutely amazing Wedding coordinator, Aleta Parrish, and her amazing staff (who also catered our wedding as Choux Choux events) single handedly planned all our wedding from the flowers to the all white dance floor, the string lights, the rustic arch. At our ceremony, she had even planned the alter to look out toward a breathtaking view of the Malibu wine country while an amazing harpist played  in the background. Aleta even hired our DJ who was fantastic! The only direction we gave Aleta was the meal plan which we chose from her menu by Choux Choux (which is a farm to table caterer) the appetizers during cocktail hour and the 3 course meal, our guests had the main course option of filet mignon or miso salmon during dinner which was cooked perfectly and delicious! We also gave her a hint on the decor ” All White Wedding”, everything else she did from the napkins to the lace table runners, the gorgeous white flowers and silver ware and plates! Everything about the decor was ALL Aleta! She honestly made our dream wedding come true without barely any direction. Truly amazing!

The best part of planning our wedding was allowing someone else to do it! Like I mentioned earlier Aleta Parrish from Choux Choux is simply spectacular! Tiffani Matsuura from Sun and Sparrow (our wedding photographer) was over and beyond what we expected from a photographer! Like our wedding planner she had amazing calming sweet energy. She made me look like a model! She needed no direction from us at all and had us take so many cute photos in the most adorable poses. She even came out an hour early to scout out the venue and figure out what places were the best photo ops. She was perfect! She truly captured the LOVE in our relationship so elegantly.
Now my absolutely favorite part about planning our wedding was how much time I was able to spend with my mother. Unlike most brides I had the luxury of having my wedding dress designer and hair stylist be my mom! Yes, my mother Elvia Rocha designed, created, and tailored my wedding dress all by hand and did my hair on my wedding day. She is truly an amazing mother. I cannot or will never be able to thank her enough for making me feel so special on that day! My wedding dress stole the show! I felt so beautiful and gorgeous in it! It was so comfortable and fit me perfectly! It was truly a memorable experience, from driving down to the fashion district in LA once a week and picking out my fabrics, to seeing my dress made from start to finish, and watching my mom work day and night hand sewing each flower and Crystal bead. It’s an experience I’ll always treasure and remember. I’m so happy and proud to say that my mother made my wedding dress.
My now husband and I are strong believers of hiring the right people to do the job and let them do what they do best! Sometimes its okay to let someone else take control, especially if you do your research! We can honestly say we definitely hired the right people for the job! We also used our family! Like I mentioned before my mother made and designed my wedding dress and did my hair! My mother’s friend daughter did my make up! My husband’s sister was our minister! We saved so much money utilizing these resources and were able to really go all out on other parts of our wedding like our venue. But having our family help us throughout our wedding really made it extra special and brought us even closer together!
MY VENDORS:
 
VENUE : Malibu Paradise on Malibu Wine Trail  Located in Malibu,CA www.vrbo.com
Wedding Planner/Caterer/Florist/Decorations: Aleta Parrish // Choux Choux www.chouxchouxla.com
DJ: Dominic Miranda, Lead Associate DJ/MC  //  Who’s That DJ www.whosthatdj.com
Wedding Cake:  Jamie Cakes www.jamiecakes.net
Wedding Photographer: Sun and Sparrow www.sunandsparrow.com
Minister // Rachelle Moore
Wedding Dress Designer/Creator/Hair stylist : Elvia Rocha
Wedding Make-up artist: Paola Isabel  Paoisabel.mua@gmail.com

A Fairytale Malibu Hills wedding // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow Malibu wedding photographers

Kelli & Neil | Vintage Modern wedding at the Belamar | Manhattan Beach wedding photographer

 KELLI & NEIL: INSPIRATION AND ALL THE REST

Originally we wanted a Hawaiian/Japanese feel but I think it didn’t end up going that way.  All of the flower were designed by one of my friends. The flower designs that my friend made for the invitations, escort cards,and  menus incorporated our colorful and vibrant style.  But in the end I think it kind of ended up being a little random.  I really like gerber daisies which we used a lot but those aren’t really Japanese or Hawaiian.  We also wanted it to be fun for our guests and to make it more like a fun party than a formal wedding.

• Total number of guests? 120

• Did you do any DIY projects? Which was your favorite? |  We didn’t really have an DIY projects, but we did put together the escort cards, menus, and programs.  Neil and I assembled the invitations.  My florists made the cool little bamboo holders for the aisle decorations.

 •  Did you design/print your own invitations? Resources? My friend Keri Kaba-Dien designed our invitations, escort cards, menus, programs, save the dates, and table names signs.  She has herown company -Kabahead Kreations.  She always does an awesome job!!

•  What types of flowers did you use and who was your vendor?  | Our florist was Kellie who is a friend of my brother’s fiancé.  She did an awesome job!  I think our pomander balls and bridesmaids bouquets were gerbera daisies. Sorry not sure what all the flowers were and I can’t find where we wrote it down.  Can you tell from pix?

•  What songs played during the ceremony/1st dance etc?  | Ceremony- my cousin played the violin when we walked into and out of the ceremony.  Precession: You and Me by Lifehouse  Recession:  Marry You by Bruno mars  1st dance song: Still by 98 degress

•  Any advice you want to share with future brides-to-be?  |  It really is just one day and it goes by so fast you don’t really have a chance to take in what is happening.  You definitely need great photographers so you can see it all later!!

• Your favorite part about being married now.  |  I think we are much happier now that we are married and we don’t have the stress and pressure of needing to get married.  Now we can just enjoy our life knowing we are with the person we are supposed to be with.


VENDORS

Photography : Sun & Sparrow 🙂
Cupcake & Dessert creations: Baked On Oceanview- dessert bar: http://bakedonoceanview.com
Cake pops for escort cards: Betty’s Batter Shop-cake pops
Ice Cream Cart: Sweet Lucie’s-ice cream cart: http://ilovelucies.com
DJ: DJ Crossmaxx (aka Tom Nguyen)

FASHION

GROOMSMEN:  Hollywood Suit outlet
GROOMSMEN SHOES:  Neil loves shoes so he found everyone Creative Recreation Shoes at Nordstrom Rack.
BRIDESMAIDS:  David’s Bridal  but, some of my bridesmaids made little modifications to their dresses so they all looked a little different.  I wanted the dresses to all be the same
color but different styles.

THE BRIDE: I was anti-traditional wedding gown plus I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a wedding dress just to wear it one day so my dress was a long bridesmaid dress from Alfred Angelo in loves first blush. My grandma also let me borrow her diamond earrings.

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