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Jack & Cindy // Southern California Coastal wedding at Casa Romantica

Southern California Coastal wedding at Casa Romantica // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Casa Romantica Wedding photographer

Describe your experience at your wedding in 1 paragraph, everything you remember.

Jack: The first emotion I felt during our wedding was joy on a number of different levels – joy that I was about to marry the woman of my dreams, joy that all of our shared experiences were about to culminate in a wonderful celebration, and joy that all of our hard work preparing for the big day was over and that we could finally savor all the day’s special moments.  The instant I saw Cindy during our first look felt like an incredible rush that didn’t let up until we woke up the next morning. The rest of the day felt like living in a fantasy. Our ceremony overlooked the Pacific Ocean on a beautiful Fall day, we had an amazing dinner with 120 of our closest friends and family, and then we danced the night away inside of a beautiful hacienda ballroom.  I’m glad that we have pictures to prove that we weren’t dreaming!

Cindy: The moment my bridesmaids and I arrived to Casa Romantica I felt a surge of emotions that brought me to a high unlike any other – excitement, nerves, anticipation, delight, and so much love. I was incredibly grateful for all the hard work that our families and bridal party had put in to make this a special day, and for all of our guests that had traveled from near and far to be with us. Walking down the aisle with my father to meet Jack was the sweetest and most loving scene that we could have asked for. We read our vows in front of our closest friends and family, and in that moment I couldn’t believe how fortunate we were – not only did I get to marry a wonderful man that has brought so much happiness into my life, but we also managed to have the wedding of our dreams. The coastal views, the laughter and cheers echoing through the walls, the beautiful flowers and decorations, our wedding band playing our favorite songs, it all came together to make our wedding an incredible experience.

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day? 

Out of all the amazing moments, our favorite would have to be  the ceremony itself.  The ceremony took place on the ocean terrace of Casa Romantica, which overlooks the San Clemente pier and the beautiful Pacific coast. The weather was warm and the skies were clear. At one point, our officiant asked us to look out on all of our friends and family in attendance, and the feeling of love and support emanating from all of our guests, coupled with the love and support we felt from each other, is something we will never forget. A close second would have to be dancing with all of our guests as we wrapped up the reception to our song, I’m Gonna Be (500 miles).

What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor? 

No one really tells you how much work goes into planning a wedding, but with the help of our fantastic wedding coordinator extraordinaire, Cortney Helaine, we were able to make our wedding dreams a reality. We wanted to set the scene in a beautiful, romantic, and intimate spot, and Casa Romantica allowed us to do just that. A venue as lovely as Casa meant that we only needed to add a few personal touches to make it special. From the dark red dahlias to the San Francisco themes, we wanted to bring details that were closest to our heart. The fact that each component of the wedding had been carefully curated by us brought on a feeling of accomplishment, as well as a feeling that we were living in some sort of dream world that had been created in our imaginations.

Do you have any advice for brides/grooms who are currently planning their weddings?

So much time and effort goes into planning a wedding that it can be easy to become distracted and not be in the moment. Make sure you let yourself enjoy the big day! All of the planning and stressing will be worth it, as long as you remember to turn off that part of your brain come wedding day.

MY VENDORS: NAME, WEBSITE,  INSTAGRAM
Venue:  Casa Romantica, www.casaromantica.org,  @casaromanticasc
Coordinator: Weddings by Cortney Helaine, www.cortneyhelaine.com,  @cortneyhelaine_weddings
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow, www.sunandsparrow.com,  @sunandsparrow
Videographer:  Memory Machine Films, www.memorymachinefilms.com,  @memorymachinefilms
Photo booth:  Orange Box Photo Booth,  www.orangeboxphotobooth.com, @orangeboxphotobooth
Florals:  The Tangled Vine, www.thetangledvinedesigns.com,  @tangledvine
Invitations:  Minted,  www.minted.com,  @minted
Rentals:  Signature Party Rentals,  www.signatureparty.com,  @sigpartyrentals
Caterer:  Iva Lee’s,  www.ivaleescatering.com,  @ivaleescatering
Wedding Cake/ Desserts:  Plumeria,  www.plumeriacakes.com,  @plumeriacakestudio
Wedding Band:  Lucky Devils Band,  www.luckydevilsband.com,  @luckydevilsband
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Wedding Gown Maker:  Paloma Blanca,  www.palomablanca.com,  @palomablancabridal
Wedding Gown Boutique:  Archive Bridal,  www.archivebridal.com,   @archive_bridal
Wedding & Engagement rings: Sloane Street Jewelry,  www.sloanest.com,   @sloanestreetjewelry
Hair & Makeup:  Bijou Beautiful,  www.bijoubeautiful.com,  @bijoubeautiful
Bride Shoes:  Le Silla,  www.lesilla.com/us,  @lesilla
Bridesmaids dresses:  Jenny Yoo,  www.jennyyoo.com,  @jennyyoonyc
Bridesmaids jewelry:  Kate Spade,   www.katespade.com,   @katespadeny
Groom/ Groomsmen Suits:  Friar Tux Shop,   www.buy.friartux.com,  @friartux

Dennie & Kim // Fairytale wedding at Skirball Cultural Center

Fairytale wedding at Skirball Cultural Center // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles wedding photographer

The wedding day flew by so quickly. I can honestly say that it was one of the happiest days of my life. I keep thinking back and wishing that I could relive it. 
 
Before the wedding, everyone told me that I should try to enjoy every minute of it and to not worry about the small stuff on the big day. However, after planning for this big event for so long, I couldn’t help but want to make sure every detail was going according to plan. Hindsight being 20/20, I should have listened to what everyone told me. So for all the future brides reading this, really try to enjoy your wedding day. Don’t let the small things get to you. 
 
It’s so hard to pinpoint my favorite moment. There are so many! I loved being with just my bridesmaids in the morning; it was fun to have girls time. I loved having my dog and my sister’s dog in the wedding. I loved how the decor of the wedding came together, even though I’m not very design savvy. I loved seeing my grandparent’s and parent’s happy faces that day, knowing that they’ve been waiting for this moment for some time.   
 
We just feel so grateful and lucky that Dennie and I were able to celebrate such an important day with all our families and friends that love us so much.    
 
MY VENDORS:
Venue: @skirball_la
Coordinator: @wishlovesthis
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow @sunandsparrow www.sunandsparrow.com
Videographer: @etceteraphoto
Florals: @flowerallie
Invitations: @colorandcreation
Rentals: @partypiecesbyperry
Caterer: @skirball_la
Desserts: @sweetladyjanebakerycafe
Wedding Gown Maker:@martinalianabridal
Wedding Gown Boutique: @theivorysuitebridal
Wedding ring box: @the_mrs_box
Hair & Makeup: @kellyzhangstudio @jennyung_mua
Bride Shoes: @badgleymischka
Groom Suit: @menswearhouse
Groom shoes: @menswearhouse
Groomsmen suits: @menswearhouse
DJ: @voxdjs
Bar signs: @359am @christinekingwong
Hotel: @wlosangeles

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Cameron & Amy // Santa Barbara wedding at the Narrative Loft

 

Santa Barbara wedding at the Narrative Loft // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Santa Barbara Wedding photographer

The morning I woke up, I was alone in my hotel room. I got in the shower and knew there were so many things to be done, as I was coordinating it myself. I waited for my makeup artist, and friend Matthew, to arrive and begin setting up. Once my room began to fill with my closet friends, my anxiety wore off and this special day I have been waiting for my entire life, started. I wasn’t nervous, I was just ready. I felt at ease and at peace, cause finally I was going to marry the man that completes my heart and my life. Seeing him for the first time on that day, filled me with so much joy, that I didn’t cry, but rather smiled so much I almost floated away. That day was filled with our closest friends and family, and it was a day of celebration, one I won’t ever forget.

When I walked down the aisle, my eyes were solely locked on Cameron. I couldn’t believe after all these years, we were finally there to pledge our love to one another with our family present. As he recited his vows, I couldn’t help but focus on his eyes as they welled up. We both wrote a similar line in our vows, without the other one knowing beforehand, “you are my light in the dark!” That is exactly what defines us for one another. It was so beyond perfect, and made that moment even more special.

My father-daughter dance to Somewhere Over the Rainbow was so special to me. I thought I would have been more emotional, as it was my mom’s favorite song, and the song she danced with my brothers to at their weddings. I was emotional, but my dad and I smiled and laughed, and I believe we were surrounded by mom’s light and love. Leading into the song Shout, just made the end of the dance even more perfect. It was a song I remember singing in the car with my dad, and it always makes me happy. To have everyone come out and share in that dance with us, made the start of the celebration even more perfect.

My inspiration was just make it simple. I wanted color, but clean. I fell in love with these vintage vineyard tables, and the rest fell into place. The simplicity of the terrariums, add a touch of fancy to the loft without making it gaudy. I went to the flower market the day before in DTLA, and chose what stood out to me. I dind’t have a color theme, but purple tones felt soft and bright at the same time to me. I really wanted the day to be remembered for our two families coming together, and celebrating mine and Cameron’s crazy path of building a life together.

My biggest piece of advice would be to get a wedding coordinator or find a venue that does it all😊 I was really stressed out trying to navigate so many vendors, and people that it was a little overwhelming. It was worth it, and it all turned out beautiful, but the more help the better for your sanity.

MY VENDORS: 

Venue: The Narrative Loft, http://www.thenarrativeloft.com/
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow, www.sunandsparrow.com
Videographer: Evan Zissimopolis, http://vtfilms.com/egz/
Florals: Alpha Florals, https://alphafloralsb.com/
Invitations: Sister-in-Law, Vanessa Rocha -also made save the dates and name cards on table
Calligraphy: Sister-in-Law, Tybee Diskin
Rentals: Ventura Rentals, https://www.venturarental.com
Caterer: Clever Foodies, http://www.cleverfoodiesla.com
Desserts Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes, http://enjoycupcakes.com
Guest activities : Toast bar. To honor my mother, Karen Rocha, who passed away five and a half years ago, and to honor Cameron’s uncle, Mark Diskin, who passed away 15+ years ago.
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Wedding Gown Maker: Grace Loves Lace, style Rosa Gown, https://graceloveslace.com.au

Other Bride Details: handkerchief, sewn by my mother made out of her mother’s veil and her own veil.
Hair: Angela Knox, www.angelakknox.wixsite.com
Makeup: Matthew Allen, https://www.makeupbymatthew.com
Bride Shoes: Steve Madden

Bride’s robe: Carolyn, https://babyportraitpropshop.com/
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Groom Suit: Custom made at Indochino

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