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Matt & Sarah // Elegant Wedding at Vibiana Events in Los Angeles

Elegant Wedding at Vibiana Events in Los Angeles // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles wedding photographers

FROM THE BRIDE // I remember waking up the morning of the wedding at 3 AM and wishing it was a reasonable time to wake up instead of the middle of the night, because I was already so excited! It was a long day of hair, make up, and a bit of nervous anticipation, but the day was really perfect. The girls looked beautiful, the men looked handsome, and it felt amazing to be surrounded by friends and family. We couldn’t asked for a better wedding.

One of my favorite moments was the first look. After so much time and effort put into every detail of the day, seeing Matt made everything fall into place. After the first look, everything started to flow more naturally, and I instantly felt more relaxed. My other favorite moment was right after the ceremony when the Vibiana team delivered us a huge tray of appetizers–just for the two of us. I was so happy to be sitting down and eating for a quick moment, even if it was on the back stairs of Vibiana in my huge dress eating finger foods!

With my wedding decor I wanted something really classic and timeless, and I really wanted to bring a natural, lush feel to complement all the marble inside Vibiana. Because the venue has so many architectural elements we were able to focus mostly on flowers, and a touch of mixed metals (gold and copper) to add flair. The flowers and greenery absolutely made the venue shine.

Everyone always says “slow down and enjoy every moment,” but in reality that wasn’t easy for me. It’s easy to get stressed and overwhelmed by the sheer gravity of getting married, no matter how big or small your wedding is. My friend reminded me that while our wedding day would of course be wonderful, it’s just another day–it doesn’t have to be, and probably won’t be perfect.–because nothing is perfect The more you can settle in and just enjoy the day for what it is, no matter how you’re feeling at any given moment, the more you will be able to enjoy yourself.

 

MY VENDORS: 

Venue: Vibiana,  www.vibiana.com
Coordinator: Amy Greenberg  www.amygreenbergevents.com
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow, www.sunandsparrow.com,
Videographer: Tim Irvin, tsivideoproductions.com
Photo booth: Pixster Photobooth, www.pixsterphotobooth.com
Florals: Lori’s Flowers www.lorisflowers.com
Invitations: Tracy Sartizky
Caterer: Redbird www.redbird.la
Desserts:Redbird www.redbird.la
Wedding rings maker:  www.revolutionjewelry.com

BRIDE’S DETAILS

Wedding Gown Maker: Inbal Dror  www.inbaldror.com
Wedding Gown Boutique: Panache Pasadena  www.panachebridals.com
Other Bride Details: Dior  www.dior.com
Silk Ribbons www.silkandwillow.com
Ring Box : www.themrsbox.com
Hair & Makeup: Design Visage  www.designvisage.com
Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo  www.jimmychoo.com

Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo www.jennyyoo.com

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GROOM’S DETAILS

Groom Suit: Theory, www.theory.com
Groom Details: @chanel,  www.thetiebar.com
Groom shoes:  To Boot New York www.toboot.com

Groomsmen suits: The Black Tux  www.theblacktux.com

Chris & Sheila // Fairytale inspired Calamigos wedding at the Oaks

Fairytale inspired Calamigos wedding at the Oaks // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Malibu engagement and wedding photographer 

 

FROM THE BRIDE //  Our wedding day can be described in only one word: magical. I remember feeling stressed the entire week over the possibility of rain, but when I woke up that morning I felt surprisingly calm.  The day went by seamlessly with the sun shining! Getting ready with the girls before the wedding was so much fun. We listened to music and danced up a storm (especially my mother). I surprisingly was hungry and able to eat a lot! Once Sun & Sparrow arrived however, things started to feel very real. I am normally the one in control at all times (disclaimer: I was a bridezilla) and the day of I let the reigns go because Ellie was able to execute my itinerary flawlessly. She got everyone moving and shaking! Before the ceremony, Chris and I had our first look which was very beautiful and private. We continued taking pictures with our family and friends at the beautiful Calamigos Ranch Oak Room and I was absolutely blown away by the enchanting arch that Petals & Linens executed. I was speechless at our floral arrangements! We hired a jazz band for the ceremony and cocktail hour which all of our guests really enjoyed under the gorgeous chandeliers of the outdoors area. After walking down the aisle, the party flew by. Dancing was one of my favorite parts, especially when my new husband decided to do the running man on the floor! It was a beautiful party to celebrate the beginning of a lifelong relationship and I couldn’t be more thankful for our supportive families and of course our amazing vendors!
One special moment that sticks out the most to me is the first look with my Dad. It was the only time I felt really emotional. I saw his eyes get watery and it just broke me. Also, his father of the bride speech was very genuine and from the heart. It was very special for my family.
If I could give one piece of advice to couples currently in the planning stages is to have a first look. The day goes by so fast and it was nice to have the pictures all taken care of prior to the ceremony. Plus your hair and makeup is perfect still. Also, do not download three different weather apps and stare at them all day long leading up to the wedding. It is what it is!
What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor? Was there any special element that made your decor come together for you, personally?
I have always loved the movie The Secret Garden since I was a little girl. I was very inspired by that movie and wanted to recreate it with a bright colored floral arch that looked like it grew from the ground and the waterfall backdrop.
MY VENDORS : 
Coordinator & Florals : Petals & Linens 
Videographers: Hadley Studios
Photo Booth : SillyBooth
Rings Maker : Towne Jewelers 
Jazz Band : Jon Stanger Band
Wedding Gown Maker : Stella York
Wedding Gown Boutique : Beautiful Day
Hair : Hair by Karianna  & Makeup : Felicia La Tour //  booked with Fee-Love
Bride’s Shoes: Michael Kors
Bridesmaids Dresses: Vera Wang at David’s Bridal
Groom Suit : Calvin Klein 
Grooms Shoes : Men’s Warehouse 

 

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Joe & Kendra // Boho inspired wedding at Ebell of Long Beach

Boho inspired wedding at Ebell of Long Beach // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Long Beach wedding photographers 

FROM THE BRIDE AND GROOM // Following a classic girls sleepover with my bridesmaids, I woke up in bed next to my two best friends.  I remember thinking “Today’s the day! Remember to enjoy every moment.” I took multiple moments to stop and collect my thoughts throughout the day. Things started to pass by quickly, and our two bedroom hotel room filled up fast with bridesmaids getting their makeup and hair done.  As excited and sure I was about marrying the man of my dreams, I was jittery in a way I never had been. But I kept strong and continued to enjoy every moment and giggle from my best friends surrounding me. I looked at my bridesmaids, thinking ahead at the amazing day I knew so many people I loved worked so hard to help me put on.

Joe woke up to a house full of guys, woke up super thirsty from all the salt the guys binged on the night before at their own sleepover. The guys watched an hour of news, had a toast and started getting ready. Joes best lady demanded that he eat, he wasn’t hungry because he felt jittery and incredibly excited. Guys took a group photo in front and listened to Mexican music on the drive to the church (to celebrate Cinco de mayo). Joe was excited to see me, and was stunned when he saw me down the aisle.

When it was time to head to our venue, we hopped into our limo. We arrived at the church and everything felt like a blur. But seeing Joe at the end of that long aisle, everything melted away. Everything felt right, the most I’d ever felt. I remember the gentle smile on his face, even seeing it from afar. And I loved how he kept looking at me throughout the ceremony, it was so sweet. I was also so impressed at how many loved ones showed up to the mass. One thing that we decided to do differently was to visit Joe’s father’s grave. We wanted to be intentional to honor him and his family on the day of our wedding. When we arrived, it wasn’t sad at all. It would have been awesome to have him there at the ceremony, but we were so happy to have him in our hearts in that moment.

After some of the most heartfelt moments at our ceremony and at Joe’s father’s grave, we were finally ready to head to our ceremony! When I walked into the Ebell of Long Beach, I was so so so impressed! My mom & Aunt had decorated the space with the help of our coordinators, Wish Wonder Dream. Everything from the arrangements to the table placement to the garlands that went on the bannisters were so gorgeous. My vision of vibrant florals, bougainvillea and Spanish inspiration was executed beautifully. I’ve always loved bright colors, but really love to have everything as natural as possible. I planned for succulents and bougainvillea because they can be found in nature together and are easy plants that have the capability to self sustain and grow wild. I wanted to balance it with beige and champagne colors because I love sparkle! Even the greens I used look like they could grow in a similar climate to succulents.

 

OUR FAVORITE MOMENT FROM THE DAY WAS DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY. It was time for our grand entrance and we basically didn’t stop until the end. Our dance went PERFECTLY because I let him lead, stayed calm and allowed him to guide me when we got stuck. I was so proud of us. After dinner the party was ON. I am impressed with how long we lasted on the dance floor, and am so happy we lived the night out to its fullest.I remember smiling and laughing and partying nonstop all happy and no drama that I knew of with my husband and loved ones.

It was the perfect start to the rest of our lives!

 

MY VENDORS: 

Venue: ebell Long Beach   |  Coordinator: wish wonder dream  |  Photographer: Sun & Sparrow, www.sunandsparrow.com,  |  Videographer: Jonathan Novalez  |  Photo booth: WANT photography  |  Florals: MOMS FROM OUR FAMILY |  Invitations: minted |  Caterer: tres la |  Desserts: Great Dane bakery | Wedding rings maker: Jared
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Wedding Gown Maker: calle Blanche  |  Wedding Gown Boutique: bridal elegance  |  Other Bride Details: jewelry Kendra Scott
Hair & Makeup: step mom and friend | Bridesmaids dresses: Adrianna papel  | Groom & groomsmen suits: al weis  | Groom shoes:  Stacy Adams

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