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Allie & Steve // Luxurious Palm Springs Wedding

Luxurious Palm Springs Wedding // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow Palm Springs wedding photographer

how she did it

FROM THE BRIDE // I wanted beauty with peace and calmness, I chose The Galvan Estate in Palm Springs and it was everything I could have imagined and more. It was intimate and allowed us to host a big backyard party with a taco man and barbeque while throwing a wedding in the middle of it. 
Overwhelmed with emotion and love, being surrounded by the people I love the very most, and finally making my best friend my husband. It was the best day of my life.  
Slow down, find peace in everything you do, take in every detail, EAT and do not forget to breath. Remember to embrace the marriage with as much passion as you had planning every detail of your big day. Do not stress the small things, nothing in this world is perfect. There will be things that do not go as planned but being married is so much deeper than any small mishap of the day. Love your husband and remember to take a few minutes for just each other to soak in the beautiful beginning of your new life. 
Photography is one of the most important aspects of your wedding, it tells your story and reminds you of all the tiny details you overlook the day of. Our amazing wedding coordinators, Angel and Julie Renee from In Love Events & Productions led us to Sun & Sparrow Photography and we were truly blessed to have found them. They are incredible photographers with genuine, honest hearts. You can trust what they are doing is the best thing for you and your wedding. Their work is so much more than a picture, it gives you the opportunity to capture every moment for the rest of your life. 
My favorite part of being married is having a partner, a best friend to experience every part of this crazy ride we call life.
 
Venue: The Galvan Estate // Wedding Coordinators: In Love Events & Productions // Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography // Florals: Rancho Mirage Florist // Rentals: Sweet Minded Events // Catering: Barbeque CVBBQ & Tacos Cruzin Tacos // Photobooth: Robert Hotwheels Photography // Limousine Service: Carlos Limousine // Wedding Dress: BHLDN Adalynn Gown // Wedding Shoes: Betsey Johnson Wedding // Bridesmaid Dresses: LuLus // Groom and Groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse // Wedding Bands and Jewelry: Diamond & Design Jewelers

Ryan & Christina // Chic Palm Springs wedding

©Sun & Sparrow Photography // Chic Palm Springs Wedding

FROM THE BRIDE // Our wedding turned out to be a really fun party! Ryan and I were really excited to hear how much fun everyone had and it was so great to watch everyone hang out throughout the wedding weekend. All of these different people from different places, coming together to celebrate our union. It was pretty amazing.
I was inspired by a lot of weddings I had seen online on sites like Green Wedding Shoes and Style Me Pretty and I followed a lot of Australian designers/photographers/stylists on Instagram. I found I was really drawn to the aesthetic of Australian weddings. They often have a very natural, organic, and bohemian look to them. I really wanted a “bohemian glam” vibe and I wanted it to feel like a wedding without being “weddingy”.
One of the most memorable moments for me was dancing with my father to “In My Life”. We’re both big Beatles fans and he started singing the lyrics before choking up and he was holding me so tight. It was such an emotional moment with my father.
Ryan: I’ll never forget my reaction when seeing Christina for the first time in her wedding dress.  Time stopped and all I could see was Christina.  I’ve never been in a “moment” more that at that time.  It was an amazing feeling and even just thinking about it, makes me emotional.  She was beautiful and it’s something I’ll cherish forever.
Photography was important to us because we didn’t want our photos to look too posed or corny and we both have an aversion to anything that seems phony or cliche. When we decided on our venue, The Historic Cree Estate,  I was looking at real weddings that had taken place there and I noticed that I kept being drawn to the photos by Sun and Sparrow. The photography was natural and romantic, it felt fresh and dynamic without being overly trendy. It feels classic and relaxed. Tiffani was so awesome at making up feel like rock stars even though we are both super awkward in front of the camera.
My advice to brides planning right now would be to pick three things that are most important to you and your fiance for your wedding and make those a priority. Stick to that vision of what is most important and everything else will fall into place.
The best part about being married is not having to plan a wedding! Seriously though, planning a wedding with a groom that was as invested as Ryan was made for a really great bonding experience. We were both in this together, just like we’re in this journey through life together.
Ryan: Some people say being married is no different from before.  It’s certainly different for me.  I can’t put my finger on it and really explain it though.  I feel different in the best way possible.  Our bond is stronger.  Not because the State of California recognizes it, but because of the entire experience from planning, to getting married, to now.  I can’t tell you a single best part of being married because I’m enjoying the whole experience.
VENDORS :
Venue: The Historic Cree Estate  //  Flowers: My Little Flower Shop   //  Catering: Paella Project  //  Dessert: Over the Rainbow   //  Rentals: Signature Party Rentals   //  Photographer: Sun and Sparrow   //  Wedding Coordinator: Nicole Alexandra Designs   //  Invitations: Paper Please Studio 
Bride’s dress: Sarah Seven   //  Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka   //  Belt: Millieicaro   //  Headband and veil: Twigs and Honey   //  Bride’s rings: Kirk Kara   //  Groom’s ring: Steve Padis of San Francisco   //  Groom’s suit: J Crew   //  Groom’s shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue Collection  //  Groom’s tie and pocket square: Pocket Square Clothing   //  Bridesmaid’s dresses: J Crew  //  Groomsmen’s suits: J Crew

Mark & Jennifer // A Romantic desert wedding at Colony 29

Palm Springs Colony 29 wedding photographer

©2015 Sun & Sparrow // Romantic desert wedding at Colony 29

how she did it

FROM THE BRIDE // Mark and I spent most of our courtship getting to know one another on long hikes in Palm Springs, so the desert seemed like a natural fit to host this major life milestone and leverage it as our decor inspiration.  We chose Colony 29 Estates because we wanted the venue to be unique, natural and really beautiful but not stuffy, and we tried to weave those adjectives into the rest of the wedding. The colors were pulled from the desert sunset, with shades of purples, pinks and melons, and you’ll see them pop up everywhere from the bridesmaids dresses to the flowers and succulents and table settings.

Mark and I both love to travel, and it was on our own respective holidays that we met, so we subtly and selectively pulled this motif throughout the decor as well.  For example, we used a mix of themed props such as suitcases, a globe, binos and a gold-plated camera amongst photos of us from various trips we had taken together to decorate the welcome table.  We also integrated it into our tables leveraging vintage-inspired post cards for table names, paper airplane name cards and a travel-inspired menu.  I’m a big believer in little details counting, and I have to give major props to Mark Boyce and Crayon’s Catering for helping us pull off the vision for our day.

First off , I have to mention that in preparation of writing my response, I asked Mark for his favorite moment and it thankfully matched my answer!  We would totally crush the Newly Wed game. 😉 The ceremony was my favorite part for many reasons.  First of all, just like our choice of venue and decor, we decided, as a couple, on each element to be included in the ceremony:  every song played, every reading read, our vows, our officiant, the family that participated in the ceremony…literally, EVERYTHING was carefully selected by Mark and me to represent us, our family and friends celebrating with us.  This made the ceremony very personable and special to us as a couple.  Some of our most memorable moments include the private last moments I got to spend with my Dad before we walked down the aisle, making the journey down the aisle to meet my future husband, my dad giving me away to Mark and then exchanging our vows.

One thing I knew for sure was that we were going to prioritize photography & videography in our budget.  Photos (and music) to me act like a time machine and can transport you back to some of the best moments in your life.  I knew this event was a big part of my story as an individual and our story as a couple, so it was really important for me to find a team that could capture the essence of how I/we felt in really beautiful photos.

I specifically chose Sun and Sparrow because we weren’t just in need of a photographer for our wedding day, but a team that was fun and creative with just a dash of crazy to join us on this journey that included 3 separate photo shoots: a Boudoir session for my husband’s wedding gift, the actual wedding day, and a Day After photo shoot.  These two gals are, in one word, AMAZING.  Just one look at the photos and there’s no doubt their talent is ridiculous, but they are also kind, funny, supportive and smart, and we are so thankful they were the team to help us capture this time in our lives.  I must also give a huge shout here to Cheryl Nacario, who was my hair & makeup artist for all three sessions too and made me feel ridiculously beautiful.  I now call these 3 women “My Dream Team”!

I apologize because I know many of you are probably getting unsolicited advice left and right from just about everyone in your lives at this moment about what you should (not) do for your wedding – friends, mom, grandma…mailman.  Well, I also love doling out unsolicited advice, so here we go…

• Opt for a “Day After” Session!  Seriously, you will thank me. • Choose the best vendor, even if they’re not the least inexpensive.  You will be spending a lot of time and rely on these people, and I truly believe you get what you paid for. • Ask the DJ to send you a link to the version of your first song he plans to use.  Our DJ decided to play the Portuguese version of our song, which made our choreographed first dance interesting because we knew our cues for moves based on the words! • Don’t be afraid to write your own rules.  It’s important to consider friends and family in your decision making, but at the end of the day, it’s about you and your man, and you have to keep that central to your decision making process.  So if you want cupcakes instead of a cake or a black dress instead of white, I say go for it! • In the words of Taylor Swift, “Shake it Off”.  No matter how much you plan, something will go wrong and you have to roll with it.  Case in point with our first dance.  We were so fortunate we had GREAT coaching from our dance teachers Sara and Joe, so we were able to take a “the show must go on” approach and just danced through it.  It certainly was not perfect, especially because I froze a little, but after we were done, my new husband leaned over to me and said “that was the first time you let me lead!”  When I look back at that day, I will never forget him saying that to me – it still makes me laugh just thinking about it.

Now you didn’t think I would give out just ONE piece of advice, did you?!

When I reflect back on our entire wedding experience, the “Day After” Session was one of my favorite memories.  We opted to do this session in lieu of an engagement photo shoot because I knew the timeline was going to be tight on the day of the wedding, and we wouldn’t be able to make it to all of the spots in Palm Springs we wanted photos at, like the quintessential Windmill Farm and one of our favorite hiking spots at Whitewater.

I loved the “Day After” Session for many reasons.  As every bride will come to find out, there is this bittersweet feeling that comes with a wedding day.  You dream, plan and coordinate so much for so long, and in one day, it’s gone.  This Day After shoot afforded me the opportunity to hold onto this sweet time in my life for a few weeks longer, and for just that alone, it was worth it.  It also allowed me the opportunity to get my hair and makeup done again, get back in my wedding dress and just have a lot of fun with my new husband without the chaos that comes with the day of a wedding. I am so lucky Tiff and Ellie were up for doing this unique photo shoot for us!

1 comment
  • MauraNovember 1, 2015 - 7:19 pm

    What time of year was this wedding? We’re looking into this venue and I love the flowers and foliage that are in bloom in these photos!ReplyCancel

Blake & Kristen // Romantic summer wedding at The Hideaway in La Quinta CA

FROM THE BRIDE // With so many girls getting hair and makeup done, we got to the Hideaway’s women’s lounge early in the morning where we hit the club gym, sipped champagne, and enjoyed the beautiful amenities that the hideaway provides where we could get ready with ease.  The morning was so relaxing and very chill which was the best way to start the wedding day with my best friends and just enjoying time with them.  When getting my hair and makeup done, was where my nerves began to kick in, in excitement to see my husband-to-be at our first look. It was important to us to get as many photos taken prior to the ceremony as we could so we could really enjoy the evening with our friends and family.
FROM THE GROOM // As always, the men have it better on wedding day! My morning started off with a round of golf with my brother (the best man), the groomsmen, my soon-to-be father in law, my dad, and some of my closest friends.  The round was followed by a few beers in the clubhouse and an enjoyable lunch stop at Five Guys for burgers.  It was then time for all of us to go look our best.  We ran into some issues on how to properly tie our bow ties and with the wonderful help form Ellie and Tiffani and some guidance from a Youtube tutorial our bow ties became bow ties.  After hanging with the groomsmen in the lounge, just what I needed to settle the nerves, I was ready to see my bride.  The First Look was wonderful – full of raw emotion.  The ceremony was equally wonderful: my bride looked stunning, the setting more perfect than imagined, and our vows written straight from the heart.  The reception and celebration that followed with all the people we hold dear to our hearts was the icing on the cake.  Our wedding was a magical experience and certainly a day I will never forget!
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING?  //   The wedding was inspired by the simplicity of gold and white while adding some sparkles for some fun to demonstrate our personalities. We wanted everything to be simple to not take away from the beauty of the scenery as well as our good looking bridal party.
WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY?  //  The most memorable part of the wedding for both of us was seeing each other before the ceremony and getting some time to just enjoy each other’s company before sharing this time with family and friends. Another favorite was the vow’s, we each were taken aback by each other’s vows and felt so much love in that moment and that feeling lingered through the entire evening.
WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW?  //  Photography was so important to us as we did not do a videographer, so we wanted to capture our wedding day with photos instead. We found Sun and Sparrow from a referral of a friend, and when we looked at the photos we fell in love. I had an initial phone call with Tiffani and it was instance friendship. She not only wanted to do the best job, but wanted to make you feel comfortable with everything. Having her sister Ellie at our wedding with Tiffani was an extra added bonus. The two of them together just did the most amazing job and couldn’t have been more pleased with the way they work 🙂
DID YOU DO ANY DIY PROJECTS? IF SO, WHAT?  //  We had a few DIY projects but one in particular that I really loved was our escort “cards” doubling as favors. I purchased mini champagne bottles and spray painted them gold and tied tags on to them to make them escort cards. This made for beautiful photos as well on the tables as it went with the gold and white theme.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS? //  Have fun. Don’t get overwhelmed and really don’t think too much about the details, it all comes together in your own way. Nothing is perfect and just roll with the punches because in the end it’s all about you and your partner starting a new chapter together, and those details get lost in the years anyway. Lastly, get a planner! Best advice you could ever have. Nicole has the most amazing relationships with vendors and it really showed in the wedding and seriously made wedding planning easy. And the day of, Nicole made it SO easy to just relax and enjoy the wedding day.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING MARRIED NOW?
Bride: Knowing that my husband is a forever  //  Groom:  I’ve married the love of my life and my closest friend.
©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Romantic summer wedding at The Hideaway

VENDORS //  Venue: The Hideaway  //  Wedding Planner: Nicole Alexandra Events & Design  // Photographers: Sun & Sparrow  // Hair & Makeup: Cheryl Nacario // Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo  //
Bride Jewelry: Nadri  //  Grooms Tuxedo: Hugo Boss  //  Grooms Shoes: Faragamo   //  Cake: Over the Rainbow Cakes 
Donuts: Jelly Donut La Quinta  //  Floral: My little flower shoppe //  DJ: Vox DJ’s  //  Cigar Bar: Fumar Cigars
©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Romantic summer wedding at The Hideaway