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David & Portia // Romantic Los Angeles engagement

Romantic Los Angeles engagement // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow wedding and engagement photographer

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 GROOM // Not only is Portia beautiful, but also very clever. She is also my best friend who knows that I am not very good at keeping secrets. I knew my best chances at surprising her with the proposal was to ask her on a day she would least expect it: my birthday. I figured she would be too distracted planning for my birthday to notice any possible hints.

The day of my birthday, Portia had the entire evening planned for me. She picked me up from work so that we could immediately go out for a nice dinner and later meet up my friends at a bar in LA. Upon arriving to the bar, she seemed very suspicious and wondered why a lot of her friends and family with difficult schedules had made it.

It was time, and after one beer to calm my nerves, I asked Portia to take a picture of me and all my guests. As we began to gather for the photo, Portia’s closest friends and family and I lined up to the front. I was beginning to feel the adrenaline rush and felt my knees weaken.

Portia began counting — “1”. In my mind I could see what I was about to do, I was about to be the luckiest man alive! “2” — Then I began to doubt myself, wondering the possibility of her saying no. But at the same time, I thought to myself, if she says yes, we will all celebrate with drinks, but if she says no… good thing I’m at a bar already. “3” — Finally, all of Portia’s loved ones zipped down their sweaters to reveal the t-shirt message in large letters, “Portia Salazar will you marry me?”

As she put the camera down, I walked up to her with the ring in hand and got down on one knee and said, “Portia Salazar I have loved you from the moment I met you, will you marry me and let me love you for the rest of your life?” I was so nervous I couldn’t speak up and I had to repeat myself, but she said YES! I put the engagement ring on her and celebrated the rest of the night with our loves ones.

Portia and I are both excited to begin our lives together, travel, and start our own family.

Leighton’s First Birthday // Los Angeles family photographer

Los Angeles Family photographer // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles family 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 LEIGHTON’S MOM // As a business owner/florist, becoming a new mama was equal parts exciting & terrifying. Throughout my pregnancy I debated numerous times with myself on whether I could still do both, own a business & be a mother. Debating whether or not vendors and clients would take me seriously with a child, or mind if I brought him with me to do business at times. Now, a year later, I am SO deeply grateful I chose to do both. Being a business owner and florist brings me huge amounts of joy and a creative outlet, while being a mother is one of the most naturally fulfilling & purpose-giving things I’ve ever done (also, many other things like exhausting, I’m not trying to sugarcoat that one!) I really feel that being able to do both pushes me towards being the best version of myself, and a better wife & mother. Being able to take time for myself, and have a creative outlet is a way I refuel my soul and it allows me to love my family deeper. These things together make me feel truest to myself and that is why I am so grateful that, with the help of Jordon’s encouragement & support, I chose to do both. I couldn’t imagine my life any other way these days & becoming parents last year has been the biggest & best adventure Jordon & I have taken on together yet.
Being Leighton’s mother is the most incredible thing. He is the splitting image of Jordon, and on most days carries a mellow, laid back composure that mimics his dad’s calming force so well. He is easy going & loves going new places. But also at a moments notice, or at the sound of a great tune, Leighton will raise that one eye-brow, throw a little sass on & break into a mini-dance party, letting everyone around know that he is most definitely, my son. It is so fun to see him grow, and become a mover and a shaker of his little world. Jordon and I both can’t believe we’ll have a one year old in just a few short weeks, and we can’t wait to continue to watch his personality unfold. As he turns one my hopes for him are that he would feel love that has no bounds, be a mover and a shaker of this world, and always, always dance it out.

Adrian & Shanna // Dreamy Wayfarer’s Chapel wedding

Dreamy Wayfarer’s Chapel wedding // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow // Los Angeles luxury wedding photography

how she did it

FROM THE BRIDE // We designed our decor to portray our relationship as a couple. We pulled very organic and natural pieces with vintage touches throughout our wedding venue design. We felt drawn to our home roots of the South Bay area. Adrain was in his element within an architectural piece of history at Wayfarers Chapel. The “Glass Chapel” set the tone to our wedding decor with epic cliff-side ocean views and lush grounds. We couldn’t have asked for a more dreamy day to be captured with Sun & Sparrow!  Although our most memorable moment was the first look, our favorite moment was right before I walked down the aisle. As I came around the corner of the chapel with my mother arm in arm to see all our loved ones starring at me, I only saw Adrain at the front alter wave at me. My heart melted all over again for this man and I couldn’t wait to get to him!

Choosing a photographer was a process! Adrian, a professional photographer himself, had an exponential expectation for wedding photos.We were looking for a unique organic style and a natural ability to capture special moments to reveal our personalities. When an email from Tiffani stating both Adrain & I had requested the same information for our upcoming wedding, we set up a phone conference that sealed the deal!

My biggest bit of advice to planning brides is not to stress or become overwhelmed! At the end of the wedding planning craziness, you’re marrying your best friend! Enjoy the wedding prep…its our vision coming to life!

My favorite part about being married now, as cheesy as it sounds, is knowing this is it and to continue building our lives together as a unit! Looking down to see our rings and carrying out our vows on a daily basis!

Travis & Stephanie // Etherial anniversary session Los Angeles

Etherial anniversary session Los Angeles // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow Photography

amazingTravis and Stephanie met in the college dorms at the University of Chicago. Their chemistry was undeniable from the first time they met; however, dating Stephanie would violate Travis’ #1 rule as a college senior – NO DATING FRESHMAN. After months of flirting, Travis finally decided to break his own rules and they started dating in April 2007. Two months later, Travis graduated and moved to St. Louis for graduate school while Stephanie finished her degree in Chicago. They continued to date long-distance for 7 years as they pursued their careers in different states. Travis traveled back and forth between St. Louis and Chicago almost every weekend. In 2014, Travis followed Stephanie to LA so they could finally live together and get married. Their August 2014 Chicago wedding was an absolute dream, but tragically the photos didn’t turn out. The devastation of the photography nightmare was quickly cast aside as they got pregnant with their first child. Now, nearly two years after the wedding, they finally have wedding photos that reflect the true magic and romance of their wedding day!