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Joey & Mariah // Romantic fairytale wedding at Calamigos Ranch

FROM THE BRIDE // I, like most little girls, dreamt of my future wedding well before it came to life! Thinking back about the day still makes me tear up. I did not sleep much the night before the wedding so many emotions ran through my head. My day started early with my bridesmaids running into my room and maid of honor shaking me awake yelling “You’re getting married time to get up!”. From the moment I woke up we began checking things off the timeline. Hair- check, makeup-check, photos-check, dress on-check. While everything moved around me I remember feeling this inner peace and silence like someone was telling me everything would be perfect. All of the emotions that kept me up the night before were silenced. Things just felt right. The rain that had been pouring down all night and most of the morning finally came to an end, and it was time to put my dress on. My mom helped me get into my dress and put on all of my details before I revealed it to my girls and closest family. Just before getting into the limo to go to the venue my dad (who had not seen my dress before) came for his reveal. Being a “daddy’s girl”, I knew I would cry the whole way down the aisle if I did not do this father daughter moment early enough in the day! A limo ride and some photos later it was time to walk down the aisle. Butterflies filled my stomach, and on came my song. My brother walked our dogs Sadie-Rae and Scout down first, and then my father escorted me down the aisle, handed me off to Joey and our ceremony began. I remember seeing him for the first time, waiting at the end of the aisle. Its a difficult emotion to describe seeing your forever waiting for you. Holding Joeys hands and looking into his eyes, committing to spend the rest of my life with him was one of the happiest moments in my life. When it came time to exchange rings, my maid of honor had to quickly run back to the bridal suite to get Joeys ring that had been left behind. Joey and I both laughed (and our guests too) and took this time to look out into the seats and see everyone who came to support us on our special day. We finished the ceremony, had our first kiss as Mr. and Mrs. and for the first time we were announced as husband and wife! Joey and I decided it was more intimate to do communion the first time as husband and wife with just our pastor right after the ceremony. It gave us time to let everything set in and a moment of silence to thank God for all that He has given us. The party began not long after an amazing dinner with speeches, dancing, dessert bars, photo booth fun and a late night espresso bar. Several dances, photos, and laughs later the last dance was called, and the night came to an end. Before my wedding I was given great advice from my sister-in-law to just enjoy and take in every moment (anticipated or not), because it is over in a blink. I love being a wife and, looking back, would not have changed a thing about our wedding! I am so appreciative to everyone who helped our fairytale wedding play out.

 

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day?

Walking down the aisle and seeing Joey for the first time. We both felt strongly that we wanted the first time seeing each other to be when I walked down the aisle. And Joey’s only request was that the aisle be long enough for him to take the moment in.

What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor?

I wanted simple timeless elements, lace, pearls, roses, and diamonds combined with the natural rustic elements in the venue.

Do you have any advice for brides who are currently planning their weddings?

It is easy to get caught up in the details; don’t lose sight of why you are having a wedding. The most important part is you are marrying the man (or woman) of your dreams. The rest will fall into place.

MY VENDORS:

Venue: Calamigos Ranch, Redwood Room www.calamigos.com // Coordinator: Kylie Raache from Wish Wonder Dream wishwonderdream.com // Photographer: Sun & Sparrow   www.sunandsparrow.com // Videographer: Rayne Films www.raynefilms.com // Florals: White House Florals www.whitehouseflower.com // Invitations: William Arthur from Nantucket Press nantucketcrossing.com // Desserts: Vanilla Bakeshop www.vanillabakeshop.com // Wedding Gown Designer: Stella York www.stellasbridal.com // Wedding dress boutique: Bridal Elegance www.bridalelegancesalon.com // Ring: Robbins Brothers, Simon G www.robbinsbrothers.com // Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang kellyzhang.com // Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka  www.badgleymischka.com // Groom Suit: Men’s Warehouse www.menswearhouse.com // Groom Details: Rolex // Groom shoes:  Magnanni // Bridesmaids dresses: Bari Jay www.barijay.com // Groomsmen suits: Men’s Warehouse  www.menswearhouse.com

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

Holiday Mini sessions in Palos Verdes at Malaga Cove Library

HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONS AT IN PALOS VERDES AT MALAGA COVE LIBRARY with Sun & Sparrow

We are hosting our annual holiday mini sessions at Malaga Cove Library! We believe that every family should have a professional portrait at the end of each year. It’s a great way to remember who you are in the most beautiful way possible.  If you are looking to take your family photos call us to schedule your family session! We are so excited to see all of our friends and families!

There are many beautiful backgrounds to choose from at the Malaga Cove Library, including beautiful fountains and pathways. There is an open field as well as  plenty of beautiful ivy and bougainvillea around the open plaza area surrounding the elegant marble fountain. We are very excited to take photos of your family at Malaga Cove Library in Palos Verdes!

 

HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONS $200 FOR THE FOLLOWING:

• 20 minutes of photography

• Sessions can be couples, families (maximum of 7 people), individuals high school seniors, maternity, puppies, or any other fun combo you can think of!

• 25 High Resolution images delivered via digital download (includes a print release)

• $50 deposit is due at the time of booking to secure your date (by PayPal)

• Remaining balance is due on the date of the shoot (cash or PayPal)

• Images will be delivered within seven days from the shoot

 

To see a list of DATES CLICK HERE & to see a list of LOCATIONS CLICK HERE!

If you’d like to book your session, email us! TIFFANI@SUNANDSPARROW.COM will help schedule your holiday mini session.

For ease of booking, please include your desired date and time slot in an email to tiffani.

Questions? VISIT THE FAQ PAGE HERE. 

 

 

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