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Brian & Tiffany // Etherial Palos Verdes wedding

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 // My wedding was one that I have always envisioned it to be.  Everything materialized just the way I wanted.  It was one of the most exciting event in my life and, you know, how they say that it is every little girl’s dream to wear a long white flowing beautiful wedding gown, holding a beautiful bouquet, walking down the aisles and a handsome smiling groom (Prince Charming) waiting at the altar, beautiful church and surrounded by loved ones and friends. I can say that my wedding was a success!  I felt like a princess and it was a dream come true!  It was perfect!  Could not ask for anything more. 

My favorite part of the event was walking down the aisles to meet my groom, being married to my best friend and the person who genuinely cares for me and who I care for.   It was very exciting to see all my loved ones and friends coming from near and far to be there at the wedding, seeing their smiling faces and wishing me and my husband all good wishes.  The walking down the aisles was truly memorable to me because I had my dad walking with me, looking so sharp in his tuxedo and giving his full blessing to me and my husband.  It was more of a feeling inside me that is somehow difficult to describe – the realization and excitement of having my own family other than my immediate family like my parents and siblings – but at the same time be united with someone who I know truly loves me and most importantly, being married in a church where I felt God’s presence and warm blessings.  These feelings are remarkably unique that is beyond words to describe.

I have always wanted a wedding where the center of attention will be focused not only on the bride and groom but the beautiful flowers that will be everywhere, from the bouquets, the corsages and boutonnières to the church decoration, reception decoration the same floral theme echoed in the invitations, photo booth and table arrangements.  I have gone through some wedding magazines in the past and have picked up ideas here and there but I had my own signature stamps on these as I envisioned flowers and floral arrangements with a variety of huge garden roses, peonies, dahlias in a variety of colors were the highlights.  I was so glad and fortunate that my mom and I found the exact flowers that we wanted at the flower mart on the day that we came to buy them. By the way, we made multiple visits to the flower mart months before the wedding and made friends with the vendors who gave us good values for the flowers we wanted. I guess it also helped the fact that I am an artist and surrounded with a family of artists who I consulted and got ideas from.  I wanted that part of my wedding to be unique and I think I was successful in that regard.


To me the best and important part about planning my wedding was having the right photographers to memorialize each and every step and every part of this memorable event.  I had been so fortunate to have chosen Sun and Sparrow as my photographers.  After looking at several vendors and the quality and type of work that they produced I narrowed my choice to these awesome group of ladies.  They were responsive to all my requests and they actually had the unique ability to predict ahead of time what I wanted them to do as they do not need a lot of explanation on what I envisioned the photographs to be.  We were just in the same wave lengths as them or maybe because they were just talented and artistic plus very perceptive to the wishes of the bride.  I have to be honest that planning a wedding is not easy especially because I chose not to have a wedding planner because I just wanted to make sure that I will have a first-hand say on each aspect of the wedding and wantedeverything to be perfect.  It helped to have the right people to help out with the details but to me the photographers were the most crucial part because if a person is to memorialize all the hard work, expense and details only the best photographers have the capability to do that.

My primary advice will be having the right people to help you plan your wedding such as immediate loved ones who know your likes and dislikes and who truly care for you — not because of the money you pay them to do the job. Additionally, planning a wedding is a task that cannot be done by one person even if a bride has a good wedding planner.  There are still so many details that need to be looked at.  Someone, not necessarily the bride, should make a grid that shows progress of planning, contact people, expense involved, source of funding, oversees a variety of tasks from start to finish.  Without this grid and progress reports a bunch of important details will be forgotten or missed out.  Have a variety of options just in case one plan does not work especially if there are other options that are similar to choose from.  Pay attention to timelines because before you know it the wedding date is just around the corner.  Always good to have more than less on anything but also pay attention to your budget.  Be smart in finding out if there are certain aspects of the wedding that you can do yourself and not pay big bucks, such as making table signs and having these printed at CostCo instead of paying printing services companies big bucksBe resourceful and do not be afraid to use the internet for help on anything related to the wedding.  You never know what could be useful and helpful. Assign people to help you especially if they are willing to volunteer but make sure you provide extra details about how you want things done.  Do not say no to freebies.   Family members or even guests will volunteer a photo booth or a beautiful limo as gifts instead of the usual registry presents you and your groom are encouraging people to register.  These “freebies” / presents turn out to be hits instead of the frying pans and bed sheets that you wished people will give you.  My husband and I accepted these and we’re happy we did.  Be flexible because not everything that you plan for will not happen as you cannot force certain individuals to do what you wish them to do all the time.  Compromise because an unhappy and resentful bride will create an ugly and grumpy one who will not look good in pictures.  I believe all the nitty gritty details will be forgotten including the stress associated with the planning but the pictures will stay forever so always have apositive attitude and disposition because whether you like it or not pictures will pick up everything.  

 
Ceremony: St. John Fisher Catholic Church
Reception: Palos Verdes Golf Club
Flowers: Mother of the Bride and Mitsuko Floral www.mitsukofloral.com
Videography: White Studio Media Project www.whitestudioproject.com
DJ: Vox DJs
Hair & Makeup: Rena Maeda – Bright Crystal Wedding
Dress: Bride – Reem Acra www.reemacra.com
Bridesmaids – Alfred Angelo www.alfredangelo.com
Groom and groomsmen – Men’s Wearhouse www.menswearhouse.com
Cake: Torrance Bakery www.torrancebakery.com

 

Chris & Molly // Southern California Coast engagement

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 //  We had been together for just over 5 years when I proposed.  Progressing from dating, to living together, to moving to a new home together, to talking about the future together.  There seemed to be so many moving pieces which we kept waiting to fall into place so that we could move forward.  Together.  Finally, one Wednesday evening in October, as we were discussing what we wanted our lives to look like, it occurred to me that there was never going to be a “perfect” time.  This was the perfect time.  I wanted to make a big, grand gesture in a romantic spot on top of a mountain, but I just couldn’t wait any longer and dropped to my knee in the living room.  It took a few seconds for it to sink in before Molly said yes, but it was worth the wait.
We are having fun planning our wedding and we are looking forward to the festivities of our big day, followed by the rest of our lives.

Ryan & Kate // Romantic Palos Verdes Estates wedding

Romantic Palos Verdes Estates wedding  // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow palos verdes wedding 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 BRIDE // Both Ryan and I enjoyed our wedding day in Romantic Palos Verdes Estates. Looking over my whole day, we loved seeing how everything pulled together—especially since most of our wedding planning was long distance. We loved our first look, getting to share a moment together just the two of us before the day of celebration began.  Since the wedding is really about the vows and the commitment we’ve made to each other before God, we both loved our ceremony and appreciated getting to take communion together.  Another memorable moment for us was sitting at the sweetheart table at the reception and looking out to see all of our friends and family enjoying each other. We loved sharing the day with our loved ones.

Our decor was centered around the combination of olive branches and silver geometric pieces.  I love the organic look coupled with a clean modern feel.  While wedding planning is big undertaking, I felt so supported through all the help by my family and friends—it would not have been possible without them.  It was a huge blessing to be able to work with such incredible local vendors, many of whom are friends with me and my family.  We had a truly special group of people making our day possible and we are incredibly grateful for each person involved.

My advice for anyone planning their wedding is that if you’re normally pretty shy about what you like, feel free to speak up and make your voice heard while remembering that the day should reflect both the bride and the groom.  I hope you don’t feel pressured to have the “pinterest perfect” wedding and feel the freedom to do what’s right for your situation.

MY VENDORS //

Wedding Coordinator: http://www.canary-events.com

Ceremony Venue: Rolling Hills Covenant Church, http://www.rollinghillscovenant.com

Florals: Laceroots Floral, http://laceroots.com

Bride’s Attire: Dress from Bella Sera Bridal, Danvers, MA: http://bellaserabride.com, Dress designer: Essense of Australia, https://www.essensedesigns.com, Shoes from: Keds for Kate Spade New York, https://www.katespade.com

Hair and Makeup: Wild Orchid Hair & Make-Up Studio, http://www.wohair.com

Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie, http://www.azazie.com

Groom’s Attire: Suit from J. Crew, https://www.jcrew.com, Shoes from Cole Haan, http://www.colehaan.com

Groomsmen Suits: The Black Tux, https://theblacktux.com

Reception Venue: DoubleTree Torrance, http://doubletree3.hilton.com

Wedding Cake: Torrance Bakery, http://www.torrancebakery.com

DJ: Night to Remember DJs, http://needdjs.com

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Palos Verdes Estates wedding // ©2016 SUN & SPARROW Palos Verdes Estates wedding PHOTOGRAPHER

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!

Nolan & Julie // A Secret Forest engagement in Palos Verdes

©2015 Sun & Sparrow // A Secret Forest engagement in Palos Verdes 

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FROM HIM//HOW WE MET: I’m one of the lucky few who get the chance to marry “the girl next door.” Julie and I met when she moved in next door to me. We started off as friends and neighbors, but it quickly grew into something much more. I spent lots of late nights helping her “study” for her GMAT, which actually just consisted of me trying my best to distract her and have her pay attention to me. Over time, our friendship grew to the point where I realized this was a person I simply could not live without. Thankfully, she felt the same way, and we’ve been inseparable since.

I’m so lucky to have Julie in my life. She continues to find ways to make me want to be better than I am, and every part of my life is better for having her in it. When I look at her, (even though I know it’s cliché to say), I feel as though nothing can stop us. It’s hard to remember what my life was like before I met her, and I’m glad I don’t have to ever again. I’m incredibly excited to experience the adventures life has in store for us with the most amazing girl by my side.

 

FROM HER//HOW HE PROPOSED: Between busy work schedules, social commitments, and graduate school classes for me on Saturdays, life for us is always exciting but sometimes a little crazy. So Sundays are a precious day for us, and we made it a point to take weekly hikes in the afternoon for “just us” time. It’s a moment when we can unplug, catch up, and fully connect to each other.

One drizzly weekend in March, Nolan suggested we go up to my favorite spot in San Diego for our weekly hike – a beautiful spot in Torrey Pines overlooking the beach. The thing is, I love our weekly hikes and I love our spot, but I really don’t love rain. So at first, I told him I didn’t want to brave the drizzle for our hike (to the disappointment of Nolan and our friends who knew the plan). Thankfully, the rain cleared up early that evening creating beautiful rainbows, so Nolan convinced me to go out for a sunset stroll.

When we got there, we had the entire area to ourselves, thanks to the rain earlier that day. We walked in for a while, talking about this and that. I had no idea what was coming, so I’m sure I was talking about something entirely unromantic. We found our little landing to take pictures of the sunset, and when I turned around, he was on one knee with a ring, asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. Between tears and laughter and hugs, I said yes to becoming the luckiest girl in the world.

I feel immensely blessed to have Nolan as my future husband, best friend, confidant, and partner in crime, and I can’t wait for the amazing life our future holds for us as husband and wife.

©2015 Sun & Sparrow // A Secret Forest engagement in Palos Verdes