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Romantic Wedding inspiration at Bixby Knolls Manor


WRITTEN AS FEATURED ON SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BRIDE // “Our bride wore a beautiful sleeveless wedding dress that was topped off by a floral head piece made of fresh flowers. Calligraphy signs were displayed matching the hand written menu cards placed on the tables. Unlike the traditional full floor length linens, and standard table runners, our tables were dressed with a simple silk table runner running through the middle allowing the tables’ natural beauty to be showcased with the plate setting. Fresh floral arrangements sat lined up on the silk runner while detailed plates were stacked and perfectly arranged side by side; tall white candle sticks lit the tables to emphasize that romantic feeling. To give it a pop of color, we had linen plum colored napkins cascading on the side of the table. Vineyard chairs was our cherry on top as it completed the look of our dinner tables.

What wedding would not have sweet treats? Not ours! We included a mini dessert table that showcased delicious cake pops, cake shots, hand-designed cookies, and a wedding cake. A fresh garland wrapped around the setting really helped emphasize the natural feel we wanted to incorporate in the look.

This exclusive historic mansion in Bixby Knolls of Long Beach was the perfect location to have our mock up of a timeless romance style wedding. With it’s historic features inside and out, the property gave a unique vintage feel which fit perfectly for the theme. Our color palette was based off the setting of the property: nudes, blush, green, and a pop of plum color. I wanted to create a look that would never go out of style but at the same time, incorporate small trends that are happening now.” -Dean Bernard Events

Rustic inspired styled shoot by Sun & Sparrow


FROM THE BRIDE // Matt and I met in 2007 at the speed dating event in Hawaii. Matt was 45 minutes late to our first official date, because he had and still has a terrible sense of direction.  Nevertheless, we’ve been together since then, almost 8 years together! We spent two years together in Hawaii, getting to know the beautiful neighbor islands, including Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island.
In 2009, Matt’s job in the military took him to Baton Rouge, LA.  I stayed behind in Hawaii for a year, then went on my own adventure to Cornell for graduate studies.  Prior to the start of the graduate program, Matt and I took our first road trip, driving cross-country from Los Angeles through the south to get to Baton Rouge, then from Baton Rouge to Ithaca.  After graduation, Matt and I took the second part of the road trip driving from Ithaca through the north to Seattle.  That was a lot of fun!
In 2011, I moved back to Hawaii to be near my parents, and Matt moved back to spend time with me and to attend grad school.  During that time, he got a chance to study abroad in Hong Kong for a semester.  After he graduated grad school, Matt got a great job in Los Angeles, so we both moved up to LA and that’s where we’ve been since then.
After about a year in Los Angeles, Matt finally decided to pop the question.  But first, he asked my parents for my hand in marriage, which was very important to me.  The problem was, my parents only spoke Chinese, and Matt only spoke English.  In order to get his plan to work, Matt had to use my Uncle Richard as an interpreter, and three-way dialed my uncle and parents together.  After asking the question, my dad said “ok ok ok.”  Hahah, we think he knows more English than he lets on.
Right before Christmas, Matt asked me if I wanted to watch the fireworks at Manhattan Beach, so I said yes.  On that day, we drove to MB, but everyone in the city seemed to be out there and there was no parking whatsoever.  After circling for 45 minutes, we decided to give up on the fireworks and dinner reservation and drive back to the Marina where we lived.  We decided on a small, hipster pizza joint and had dinner there instead.  As we finished our dinner, Matt pulled out his wallet to pay, but instead, he pulled out the ring and put it on my finger.  And that’s how we got engaged.
I’m definitely looking forward to our wedding day and having all of our friends and family there with us.  It’s a special time for us and we’re even taking a trip to Alaska this summer before the wedding.  We are so looking forward to seeing some big bears!

©2015 Sun & Sparrow // Romantic rustic gold engagement 

VENDORS // Photography: Sun & Sparrow (all of us, including associates and interns) // Treats: Brown Sugar Bake Shoppe // Paper goods & Calligraphy: Kindred Calligraphy //  Hair & Makeup: Beauty By Kat  // Dress: Rent the Runway // Bliss Sign: Vanessa Mestas

Ellie’s vintage styled bridal shower // A Sun & Sparrow girl is getting married!!!


Being a wedding & event photographer, I absolutely love taking pictures. If you are a consistent reader of our blog, I’m sure you’ve been able to pick up on the fact that we absolutely LOVE…. ALL THE DETAILS! One thing that we truly love, but might not always show, is how much people show love for one another. It’s so obvious at weddings that brides and grooms are madly in love, affectionate, and are so happy! But there is so much more to a wedding than the ‘Wedding Day’ and all of the pretty decor. I’m so excited to share Ellie’s vintage styled bridal shower!


The more that I strive to be a good wedding photographer, the more I fall in love with what marriage is about. Marriage is about two people committing to one another AND marriage is about family and friends standing behind that commitment! Wow! It’s so amazing that I get to stand behind all of our clients and say that I truly believe in what you are doing. I believe in your marriage, your long life together, your hope for a solid and committed future!

With all that said, I wanted to introduce my sister’s Bridal Shower. Ellie (one of our esteemed photographers) is getting married on June 28! It’s coming around the corner and as the maid of honor, I wanted to do something special for her. So, I got my pinterest board together… and I went to town. Really, I went overboard. Because I see so many awesome weddings and awesome details, I decided that this was the moment to create a masterpiece (which was to say the least, a little ridiculous). The more that the details came together, the more creative I became.


The whole day began with the idea of a citrus inspired day. So, I thought of all the things that we could include into a CITRUSY INSPIRED DAY! Of course I immediately began with food!  Grapefruit & Feta salads, mint lemonade, peach iced tea, fruit, lemons, limes and all the like! From there, ideas of colors came into mind! Colors that coordinated with the food (of course), lime, orange, peach, and then beautiful florals. So, from there, I made cute banners & streamers. I purchased KRAFT-COLORED BUTCHER PAPER for all of the banners & even for the table coverings! I used that butcher paper everywhere! After that, I thought that doilies would add a cute & feminine touch to the day, so I got clear plates and put the doilies under them. But I didn’t stop there, when I realized that I had purchased too many. Once again, I got creative. We hung doilies in everything starting in the streamer-banners and even hung them from the trees.



These are all DIY projects that are absolutely doable for anyone. If you read below, I have explained how to do 3 DIY projects so that you can style your bridal shower just like ours!


I honestly wanted Ellie to have a beautiful and memorable day. Beyond all of the decor, the whole point of making a bridal shower is to make a day that the bride can drink in all of the love and support from family and friends. We had so many wonderful people who came and showered her with gifts and praise. My favorite part about the whole day, when all was said and done, was that Ellie had been so moved. She cried most of the day and smiled the rest. I couldn’t have asked for a better sister! And I couldn’t have asked for a more deserving person to share this special day with!






This doilie backdrop was a fluke that just happened when I realized that I had too many extra doilies. We just strung twine through 8-10 doilies on each strand. It was super easy to hang each strand on a different tree branch. I brought chairs from my own living room and VOILA, we had a free and super cute place for a photo booth! Make sure to ask a friend to be in charge of the photos, though. You don’t want to have a photobooth without a person to encourage photo taking.






For me, it’s extremely important to tie your decor together. Make sure that if you have one idea, that you have a place to repeat that idea. It makes your day and your decor feel complete. I made two of these banners, one for inside & one for outside. Both used the same color ribbons & doilies and both were strung up by jute-twine. Making these were super easy! Ellie & I went to our local swap meet and bought colorful ‘citrusy’ fabric. We just cut a few notches in the fabric, then ripped it all apart. We didn’t need to hem every piece because we loved the torn & rustic look of it all. Then we tied the strips to the twine & hung it up.




This is where our DIY creativity, got difficult. One of my good friends, Claudia (who is also my second shooter), came over with her Cricut paper cutter. She and I had a field day cutting new shapes and trying to figure out how to make these labels. They turned out awesome, but I have to say that these labels cost the most to make AND took the most time. We had to cut 3 different sized papers with our cool Cricut machine, then glue them all together. If you are going to take on a project like this, definitely take some time to figure out exactly what you want first. Then you and your friends can execute it all.

Another cool food label that I put together were the paper straw flags! For those, I used kraft paper and just cut little strips with “e&p” printed on them. When I glued them onto the straws, I cut a triangle out from the edges. It was super easy to do and made Ellie & Peter’s logo shine!




OK, This is where it gets special! After all of the decor was made and after all of the guests had arrived, I wanted Ellie’s bridal shower to be super special and memorable. Here are some beautiful moments from the day! Friends and family got to share about how to be an amazing & Godly wife. Ellie even was blessed enough to get some family heirlooms. I’m so jealous and excited that she gets to have a wonderful wedding super soon.





Since we had the opportunity to style this amazing bridal shower, I thought it best to give my sister an official ‘BRIDAL SHOWER PHOTO SESSION.’ So, here it is, a beautiful day for a beautiful lady, styled from head to toe! Don’t you love the matching bow in her hair? It matches the decor!  { A special shout out to one of our brides, Stacy Gibson, for making Ellie look so awesome! }



  • Amanda WebberMay 23, 2013 - 4:07 pm

    Very cute ladies. Wish I would have had you around for my bridal shower. lol.ReplyCancel

    • Tiffani MatsuuraMay 23, 2013 - 5:53 pm

      AW! thanks! I would gladly do this for anyone who wants me to be their maid of honor!ReplyCancel

  • Jocelyn PatrickMay 23, 2013 - 9:40 pm

    Well first of all Ellie is stunning !!! Second of all wow Tiffany you out did yourself !!! Such a beautiful event for such a beautiful person. So proud of you everything looks amazing!! all of the details speak volumes on your attention to detail. Love yaReplyCancel

  • Crystal frosethMay 23, 2013 - 10:57 pm

    So cute!!! You can throw a party for me anytime! So well done.ReplyCancel

  • Lena LopezMay 24, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    Amazing!!!!!! and I must say, the desserts look great!!! 😉 I love how all of the pictures turned out! you guys are so wonderful, I’m so glad I could be apart of the day!ReplyCancel

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  • Claudia NavarreteMay 28, 2013 - 5:25 am

    The photos are amazing, the day was fabulous, and Tiffani, you truly have a gift! Ellie looks GORGEOUS and all the details are perfect. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Debbie RamirezMay 31, 2013 - 12:12 pm

    Outstanding, every detail!!!ReplyCancel

Scott & Lauren | Sweet Love DIY engagement | Calamigos Ranch Engagement | Calamigos & Los Angeles wedding photographer

First I wanted to say thank you to Scott & Lauren for being such wonderful clients. The more that I work them as time has passed on, the more I can see how wonderful they truly are. We have been blessed to be part of their wedding and part of their engagement session.

Scott & Lauren wanted to have their engagement session at Calamigos Ranch, where they actually got married on 7/15/12. They loved this location because of it’s diversity and beauty. We were able to take so many wonderful photos at amazing locations with ferris wheels, carousels, and in rustic areas. This location really mirrored the couple’s personality. With both a sense of rustic beauty and a fun flavor, we were able to make a perfect session for this perfect couple.

Congratulations, you two! I wish you the best of luck on your marriage and your future lives together!

~ Tiffani Matsuura |

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  • Michael Anthony | Santa Clarita Wedding PhotographerJuly 19, 2012 - 6:28 pm

    Beautiful session, we are shooting a wedding there soon!ReplyCancel