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Shane & Tiffany // A Dreamy South Coast Botanical Gardens wedding

©2015 Sun & Sparrow // A Dreamy South Coast Botanical Gardens wedding

how she did it

Shane and I actually had a civil ceremony in 2013. We decided to have an intimate ceremony and reception on March 28th 2015 with friends and family so that we could put God’s love on display. We wanted to share with our loved ones our thankfulness and obedience to our Lord and Savior. I was inspired immediately after we found the venue (South Coast Botanic Garden – Palos Verdes Peninsula) to create a romantic space that was both inviting and fun! Our most memorable moments were sharing our vows and watching our son Shane who was also our ring bearer bust a move on the dance floor! Photography was important to us because this would be our way to look back and relive such an amazing day that went by way too quickly. Those moments shared with our family and friends that are priceless and cherished greatly were captured and can be viewed forever. I knew Sun and Sparrow was for us after the initial conversation I had with Tiffani. I could feel God’s presence and when Claudia and I were introduced, I felt that I was left in perfect hands for a perfect day! My advice for any brides that are in the planning process would be to enjoy each moment because how quickly it comes and goes. Understand that nothing will go exactly as you planned lol I repeat something will go wrong…but to trust that God is in control. So take a deep breath and enjoy each second!

VENDORS // Venue: South Coast Botanical Gardens // Photography: Sun & Sparrow // Videography: Melissa Brand  //  Food: In and Out Cookout Trailer  //  Dessert: Crepes Bonaparte  //  Event Design: House and Specialty Rental //  Floral: Deep Roots    //  DJ: Peter Radi   //  Venue’s Rental Company – Choura Events  //  Cake: Torrance Bakery  //  Bridesmaids and Flower girl dresses: Alfred Angelo Bridal //  Groom, Groomsmen, Ring Bearer, Father of Bride and Groom Suits: Friar Tux Shop  //  Mother of the Bride’s dress: BHLDN  //  Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones //  Bridal Purse: Stuart Weitzman
©2015 Sun & Sparrow // A Dreamy South Coast Botanical Gardens wedding

Chris & Christine // Romantic wedding at Orcutt Ranch

FROM THE BRIDE //  It was more than I could have ever dreamed of or ever imagined. It was imperfectly perfect. Even though Chris and I worked as a team in planning the wedding, I was mainly the coordinator for the 6-months of preparation. But on the day of, everything we planned, all of the instructions in our 16-page itinerary, was out of my control. I was told several times to just sit down and not worry about anything. I got my hair and make up done at my place while Chris and his groomsmen transported all the decorations out of the apartment. I also made an emergency run to the nail salon because my nails were ruined the night before the wedding. It was a crazy morning. After arriving at the venue around 12pm, I just waited in the Bride’s room until everything was set up by Chris, our family, and our friends. I wanted to help out so badly but I was told not to do anything, so all I could do was wait and trust that everything we prepped for was in good hands. And it was. Everything was so beautiful. Once our photographer Claudia told me it was time to put on the dress, everything rapidly fell into place. All I can remember is the song that was playing when I first saw him surrounded by bamboo, the magical gust of winds that carried our vows as we spoke, the joy from everyone that painted the whole park, and that smile—his smile that always reflects how treasured I am. Our wedding: It was glorious. It was sweet. It was perfect. It was us.

 

FROM THE GROOM // I was going nonstop the whole day. We had so much DIY stuff to transport 30 miles to the venue that morning (it was a park, so we couldn’t set up until 1pm the same day.  I loaded up the U-Haul, with plenty of help from my groomsmen and others, and had a friend drive it there.  When we got to the venue, we killed time til 1, when we rushed the venue and unloaded everything in a hurry, while the catering truck was doing the same.  The next hour and a half is a blur of setting up lights and directing people, until the coordinator grabbed me at 2:30 and said I was already supposed to be in my tux. At that point I just let everything go and believed that all our helpers had everything in control.  We took lots of photos before the ceremony, including our first look.  It was so perfect when I saw her the first time in the middle of that bamboo forest. We rushed from there to the ceremony, where I was suddenly aware that a hundred people had come just for us.  I walked up the aisle first, then watched the wedding party come in after, followed by our grandmas as floral ladies and my grandpa bearing the ring. And then I saw her.  I think there was a guy who said some important words, but I couldn’t stop looking at her.  After the ceremony, we had family photos as the light was fading and the temperature was dropping.  And then the ceremony, which was one highlight after another.  A beautiful first dance, fun games, great food, sweet desserts, fun photos, and more dancing. And then we drove off into the night, to the cheers of the ones we love.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING? // We really wanted the theme and decorations to reflect both of our personalities.  We went for a vintage style with a classy touch and a bit of fun.  Burlap twine, lace, mason jars, and string lights mixed with ivory and white, tea lights, and a first dance to a French love song.  And handheld gold garland shakers for the sendoff.  Our colors were Beet and Aged Gold which we integrated into bouquets, wood centerpieces, wedding party outfits, and more.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY? // Bride: I love dancing. So naturally, my most memorable part about the whole wedding was anytime I got to dance with my husband.  Our first dance was to Edith Piaf’s La Vie En Rose, and it was perfect. There’s not much story behind why we picked that song other than we both loved the song before we got together and thought it would be the perfect first song to dance to. I also loved the dance party; twirling, singing, and dancing with all of our family and friends, celebrating our marriage.  Groom:  I’m going to go classic.  For me, it was the moment I saw Christine walking down the aisle toward me.  I had seen her earlier in the day for our first look photos, and when I was picking up decorations from her place in the morning, so I wasn’t totally sure how it would feel since I had seen her in the dress already.  It didn’t matter.  When I first saw her walking with her dad, I smiled so hard my cheeks hurt. As she got closer there were tears in my eyes.  I didn’t stop smiling until I kissed her.  I’ll never forget that sight.

WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW? // Photography is very important to both of us. The right photo can capture a full emotion, an entire scene, and make the moment come alive in your mind.  We take tons of pictures and have so many special ones, each with a story or an adventure behind it.  For our wedding, we wanted our photos to capture the entire story of the day. We picked Sun & Sparrow because their photos are bursting with life and joy.  They had shown great skill with both wide scene-capturing photos and close-ups of intimate moments, all laced with a vintage style.  When we spoke to the ladies, the combination of their friendly attitude and professionalism confirmed for us that they were the right team to document our special day.

DID YOU DO ANY DIY PROJECTS? IF SO, WHAT? // So many!  DIY was the name of the game for this wedding, both for style and budget reasons. To name a few: The bridesmaids’ and maid of honor’s dresses were hand-sewn by a friend of ours.  Chris (the groom) bought the string lights and built the poles to support them and also made the wood boxes for the centerpieces, flowers were purchased an arranged the day before the wedding by a group of family and friends, the amazing and unique cake topper was custom made by another friend, the place cards were hand-painted and hand-written by the bride and several artistic friends, our beautiful signs and stationery (invitations, programs, etc) were designed by several more friends, the backdrop for our photobooth was made of the handmade garland shakers we later used for the sendoff, the favors were prepared as part of a massive decorating party, and pretty much everything else! http://www.pinterest.com/cfbatac/forever-and-always/        http://www.pinterest.com/sslittlesparrow/chris-christine-111614/

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS? // Have fun with it! It was really easy to throw a fit and act like a bridezilla, but that won’t accomplish anything except give you unnecessary wrinkles and high blood pressure. I was very intentional in letting Chris be a part of the decision making and we worked as a team the whole way through. We made sure to always laugh during our wedding errands no matter how exhausted we were. Also, on the day of, I would advise any bride to just ‘let it go.’ I mean, you can even sing the song if you need to. Things will happen and won’t go according to plan and that’s okay, but at the end of the day, you’re getting married and that’s all that matters, really.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING MARRIED NOW? //  Bride // Unlimited amount of hugs and kisses! =) Other than that, I love sharing life with Chris. Finishing each other’s thoughts and sentences. Laughing and dancing in the kitchen. Greeting each other with a long bear hug after work, and talking about our day. Listening and being sweet to each other. Admiring him. Praying together. And just continuing to love one another.  Groom // I love building a home with someone, building a life together. Coming up with designs and buying furniture that is ours, together. Coming home to her, or waiting for her to come home to me.  Dancing like no one can see us.  Being ridiculous all the time.  Doing chores together.  Working out together and resting together. And yeah, unlimited hugs and kisses.

©2014  Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Romantic wedding at Orcutt Ranch // Shot by our amazing associate photographer, Claudia Hurtarte

 

©2014  Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Romantic wedding at Orcutt Ranch // Shot by our amazing associate photographer, Claudia Hurtarte

VENDORS // Catering & Rentals – DJ’s California Catering (djscatering.com) // Snacks & Desserts/Wedding Cake- Porto’s Bakery (portosbakery.com) // Cake Topper: Dany Bedoya  // Day of Coordinators- Maria Odvitovic & Erica Chang // Venue: Orcutt Ranch (laparks.org/dos/horticulture/orcuttranch.htm) // DJ: Reid Bode // Tuxedo: Vera Wang // Wedding Dress: Jordan Fashions // Wedding Dress Alterations: Jenny’s Tailoring  // Bride’s Veil: David’s Bridal // Bride’s Crown: Alfred Angelo // Bride // Jewelry: bracelet, earrings, and necklace provided by family // Bride’s Shoes: Aldo // Engagement and wedding rings were custom made by us and our jeweler Weiss Jewelry (weissjewelry-la.com)

Heather & Thomas // A dreamy Santa Barbara summer wedding

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We wanted to celebrate our marriage with a ceremony and reception that were both elegant and warm. We chose a family friendly setting surrounded by the beauty of the Santa Barbara hills, and it was perfect. Our favorite part of the wedding day was seeing each other for the first time. We saw in that moment that this was the beginning of something wonderful.

VENDORS  //   Ceremony Location: Trinity Lutheran Church  //  Reception Venue: Saint Barbara Event Center  //  Catering: Catering Connection  //  Florist: Ella & Louie  //  DJ: AMS EntertainmenT //  Lighting: LBPS  //  Rentals: Ventura Rentals  //  Pie: Simply Pies  //  Dress: Fiore Couture  //  Groom’s Tux: Brooks Brothers  //  Groomsmen Tux Rental: Mission Tuxedo  //  Tailoring: Design Studio MZ  //  Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka  //  Hair & Make-up: Mishay Salon  //  Groom’s rings: Doug Peterson Jewelers (engagement); Jewelry by Johan (wedding)  //  Bride’s rings: Natalie K (engagement); Icing on the Ring (wedding)

PLEASE COMMENT BELOW AND TELL HEATHER & THOMAS HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THEM!!

©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // A dreamy Santa Barbara summer wedding

PLEASE COMMENT BELOW AND TELL HEATHER & THOMAS HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THEM!!

©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // A dreamy Santa Barbara summer wedding

4 comments
  • KatieOctober 13, 2014 - 1:36 pm

    Lovely pictures from a lovely wedding! Much love to the bride and groom!ReplyCancel

  • KatieOctober 13, 2014 - 1:36 pm

    Lovely pictures from a lovely wedding! Much love to the bride and groom!ReplyCancel

  • Gail BakerOctober 16, 2014 - 6:38 pm

    Most magical wedding! Much love to you both.
    Love,
    Aunt GailReplyCancel

  • Gail BakerOctober 16, 2014 - 6:38 pm

    Most magical wedding! Much love to you both.
    Love,
    Aunt GailReplyCancel

Darren & Tiffany // Elegantly classic Cree Estate Wedding

how she did it

FROM THE BRIDE  //

After counting down from 180 days, it was day zero. The day of which we had dreamed. This was the culmination of all of our efforts, our hearts longing for true love, and an overflowing of joy and happiness for that love. It was a beautiful and magical day: clear blue skies, spring in full bloom, birds chirping everywhere. There was beauty in abundance. We were surrounded by people who wanted our day to be a success, which made it easier to delegate and keep our big-picture vision in the forefront. At our first look, we were able to share the build up to the ceremony as we experienced that special moment together. As the ceremony drew near, the excitement intensified. We were preparing to marry our soul’s mate! Our marriage is a victory and acts as a guidepost for others to have hope that true love does exist. We found it in each other’s hearts and spirits. From the ceremony to the last dance, we were able to have fun and enjoy every moment along the way.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING?  //  We attended four weddings in the year prior to our wedding, so we started gathering ideas of what we liked and thought would work for us. We were also inspired by our own life experiences. Both of us have traveled extensively, with Europe being a big influence on both of our lives, as well as the fact that we are both native to Los Angeles. We decided on The Historic Cree Estate in Palm Springs, since it is a classic L.A. weekend getaway with its Spanish architecture and sky-high palm trees. Most importantly, our love for each other was our inspiration. We work to inspire each other every single day.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY?  //   The ceremony was our most favorite part of the day, because we took the time to write out the entire ceremony to make it our own. We consciously made the effort to be present during each phase of the day, because we did not want it to be a big, nerve-wracking blur. By creating an environment to be ourselves, along with a great deal of preparation, every moment was even more special than the last. There were very few things that we missed due to our preparation. We are pleased that we decided to have the wedding celebration with the love of family and friends as our witnesses.

WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU?  //  Having a photographer for our wedding day to capture our story was very important to us. We know that over time memories begin to fade, but when everything is captured on film, we can always go back to those moments again and again. We wanted to have the photos tell our story, show our love for each other and serve as a reminder of what a perfect, magical day we shared. We knew by having a great photographer there, we could capture the love and energy of our day. We looked at many photographers. We immediately connected with the style and the energy of Tiffani the minute we met. Knowing she understood what we wanted, and that she recognized our unique relationship, it was all very good from the start.
DID YOU DO ANY DIY PROJECTS? //   We created several DIY “factories”. Each one brought us closer together on our journey towards our wedding weekend, and helped us understand how we worked together to complement one another as a couple. We created table runners of Waverly rustic black and white toile fabric. We made our program fans, painted signs for the event, and many other projects. We recommend all couples embark on some sort of project together. It was very rewarding.

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING OLD, NEW, BORROWED, BLUE?  //  Old: Great-grandmother’s cameo pin. I pinned it to my bridal bouquet.  //  New: Wedding dress, shoes, and veil  //  Borrowed: My mother’s diamond necklace and bracelet  //  Blue: I wore pale blue lace knickers that I received at my bridal shower that read “I Do”

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?  //  www.weddingwire.com has an easy-to-use website with the most thorough checklist and reminders, a budget vs. actual cost tool, a guest list organizer with all contact information of each guest, and a turnkey wedding website that rocks. Everything to do with wedding planning is in one place, so that it is easy to manage and make updates. For example, If someone RSVP’d on the wedding website, it updated to our guest list tool. People could contact us and find anything out about the wedding weekend plans and updates. It was a very helpful way to manage everything on a daily basis. Also, we created a vision board together. It helped us to form our ideas, and to stay aligned as they came to fruition. When we would stray off course, and begin to entertain one of the many thousands of Pinterest whims, we would go back to the vision board. Sometimes we made some changes, and other times we realized we were just going too far. The vision board kept us on track with our goals and budget.

We suggest making a timeline for the major milestones of the wedding on a computer calendar or erasable calendar. Print out the calendar and review it regularly together. Work on the most important items first, and try to take an occasional breather from all things wedding. We were getting a little overwhelmed, and decided to take a much-needed break during the month of December. We were better able to enjoy the holidays and had a renewed sense of ambition after that.

So for all the brides (and grooms) out there, don’t be afraid. Embrace the journey. Let your fears go by the wayside and conquer your issues. Will the wedding process be a challenge? Yes. However, you can you make your wedding dreams come true by making sure you are enjoying the path to wedded bliss. Then it won’t seem like work. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You will be amazed at how much your friends and family will help you if you have specific tasks for them.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING MARRIED NOW?  // Our favorite part of being married is that we are married! Waking up every morning with the love of my life next to me, and falling asleep side by side substantiates our reasons for getting married. Every day we are living our dream come true. We are growing and nurturing our love, and building on a solid foundation together. We are thrilled that we get to wear our rings every day as never-ending symbols of our love for each other.

 

PLEASE COMMENT BELOW! TELL THESE TWO HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THEM & CONGRATULATE THEM!
©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Elegantly classic Cree Estate Wedding

VENDORS //  Venue: Historic Cree Estate, Palm Springs  //  Photographers: Sun & Sparrow  //  Wedding Planning and Coordination: Art and Soul Events  //  DJ:  Desert DJ Entertainment Group  //  Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Exquisite Desserts by Samantha Ward  //   Florist:  My Little Flower Shop  //   Rentals: Signature Party Rentals  //  Groom’s Suit: Prada  //   Bride’s Gown: Casablanca at Bridal Elegance  //  Invitations: David’s Bridal  //  Wedding Website: www.weddingwire.com  //  Catering: Lynn Hammond Catering

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©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Elegantly classic Cree Estate Wedding

16 comments
  • Jessica CarrilloJune 9, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    I love all of these photos! You captured their overflowing love on a beautiful day in Palm Springs. I love the black and white photos of the two of them and my favorite picture, is the one of them under that amazing tree!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica CarrilloJune 9, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    I love all of these photos! You captured their overflowing love on a beautiful day in Palm Springs. I love the black and white photos of the two of them and my favorite picture, is the one of them under that amazing tree!!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany SeftonJune 10, 2014 - 8:31 am

    Wow…wow. I am overjoyed and overcome with emotion. Thank you for capturing our beautiful wedding day. I love you Sun & Sparrow Team!!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany SeftonJune 10, 2014 - 8:31 am

    Wow…wow. I am overjoyed and overcome with emotion. Thank you for capturing our beautiful wedding day. I love you Sun & Sparrow Team!!ReplyCancel

  • Sierriena RobinsonJune 10, 2014 - 10:45 am

    Simply BEAUTIFUL!ReplyCancel

  • Sierriena RobinsonJune 10, 2014 - 10:45 am

    Simply BEAUTIFUL!ReplyCancel

  • AshleighJune 10, 2014 - 10:46 am

    Tiffany and Darren are two of the most loving, wonderful people! I’m so happy that we could all be part of their special weekend Sun & Sparrow did an incredible job capturing all the magic that was part of their beautiful wedding day. I couldn’t be happier that these two precious souls found each other. Love these photographs! You can feel the love.ReplyCancel

  • AshleighJune 10, 2014 - 10:46 am

    Tiffany and Darren are two of the most loving, wonderful people! I’m so happy that we could all be part of their special weekend Sun & Sparrow did an incredible job capturing all the magic that was part of their beautiful wedding day. I couldn’t be happier that these two precious souls found each other. Love these photographs! You can feel the love.ReplyCancel

  • Michele TornesJune 10, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    These are delightful, the essence and beauty of the day and couple. Congratulations Darren and Tiffany! Wonderful wedding photos! Sun and Sparrow you are truly amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Michele TornesJune 10, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    These are delightful, the essence and beauty of the day and couple. Congratulations Darren and Tiffany! Wonderful wedding photos! Sun and Sparrow you are truly amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle KissmanJune 10, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    Darren and Tiffany,

    Wow, Beautiful in every way! I so wish we could have been there, but have to say that your photographer did an amazing job of capturing the deep love and sheer joy of the day. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle KissmanJune 10, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    Darren and Tiffany,

    Wow, Beautiful in every way! I so wish we could have been there, but have to say that your photographer did an amazing job of capturing the deep love and sheer joy of the day. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • Celeste AlayneJune 12, 2014 - 10:06 am

    These Pictures Are Spectacular!!!! An Eternal TREASURE!! Thank You For Sharing Them With Me! Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Celeste AlayneJune 12, 2014 - 10:06 am

    These Pictures Are Spectacular!!!! An Eternal TREASURE!! Thank You For Sharing Them With Me! Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

  • RaquelJuly 9, 2014 - 11:01 am

    What a lovely event. Congratulations to you both. Love Raquel, Dan, Jack, Harry and Owen (and Magica and Moxy)ReplyCancel

  • RaquelJuly 9, 2014 - 11:01 am

    What a lovely event. Congratulations to you both. Love Raquel, Dan, Jack, Harry and Owen (and Magica and Moxy)ReplyCancel