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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.

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
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

Brady & Tiffany // Romantic Backyard wedding in Castaic

Romantic Backyard wedding in Castaic // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Santa Barbara wedding photographers

We got married in Castaic, CA at a family friend’s beautiful home. Tucked in the hills of a very quiet and quint area…and honestly a place that I could have only imagined. We were so blessed to be gifted the use of this family’s home. The minute it was offered to us, I knew this was going to be the perfect location…..tons of greenery, a huge white rustic farm house, & a white barn to top it off! It was perfect….exactly what this Tennessee girl wanted! Because it wasn’t a typical wedding venue, there were lots of details & preparation that took place the 10 months leading up to the big day! I’m not sure how we did it, but it all came together beautifully with the help of our family. We of course had the typical small hiccups the day of (that everyone warned us about!). The weather was perfect all week and by our wedding day, it was going to be 98 degrees so we were a little nervous about that. It was a tinsy bit warm in the barn where we held the ceremony, but we were prepared. The ceremony was about 7 1/2 minutes (which was the game plan because we wanted to party!) so there was a little excessive sweating, but once the ceremony ended the sun was going down beyond the hill and the weather could not have been more perfect the rest of the night! Another little hiccup that day was that our 16 foot white chiffon draping in the barn decided to fall down an hour before the ceremony! Thank the Lord for the groomsmen and father of the groom — they were able to fix it with minor injuries (our poor coordinate took a good one to the head while trying to help, but she muscled through the night with no complaints!! She’s amazing!). And of course we (the groom & bride) knew nothing about this until after the ceremony….probably a good call there! lol.

I have so many favorite moments from the day — from waking up with my fiancé and blasting music throughout the house we rented (had to start the day off fun, it’s the only way we roll 🙂 to walking with my Dad down the aisle. One of the highlights was also having our family & friends together during a traditional Greek dance (my request as I’m from a Greek family). Dancing, & laughing with the people we love…it was such a special moment! Overall, it was such a gift to have all the people who matter the most in our lives together in one place — something that will probably never happen again. Truly a once in a lifetime celebration that we will always remember!
My advice to any future brides/grooms is to stick to your own vision for your big day (it’s all about you guys!) and have it represent who you are; enjoy every little challenge and special moment because the time leading up to the big day flies by; and once the day comes, just roll with it…laugh at the hiccups, be present in every moment, and remember what truly matters that day is the love you are celebrating together!


Coordinator:   Kate Wright //  www.bluedoorcreative.net

Photographer:  Sun & Sparrow   //  www.sunandsparrow.com

Photo booth: Pixster   //  www.pixsterphotobooth.com

Florals: Culver City Flower Shop  (Mike)     @culvercenterflowers

Invitations:  CardHunter on Zazzle  //  https://www.zazzle.com/cardhunter

Calligraphy: All wood signs by Tiffany Malichis     @fitlifetif

Rentals:   24/7 Events //  http://247-events.com

Caterer: WoodRanch (Valencia)   //  https://www.woodranch.com/restaurants/valencia/

Desserts:   Kupcakekitchen   //     https://kupcakekitchen.com

Wedding rings maker: Robbins Brothers www.robbinsbros.com


Wedding Gown Maker:  Essense of Australia  //  https://www.essensedesigns.com

Wedding Gown Boutique: Le Marriage Couture //  https://www.lemarriagecouture.com

Wedding & Engagement rings:  Robbins Brothers  //  https://www.robbinsbrothers.com

Other Bride Details: Earrings (Etsy by CrystalAvenues) //  etsy.com

Hair & Makeup: Design Visage //  http://www.designvisage.com

Bridesmaids dresses: Revelry //   http://wedding.shoprevelry.com

Bridesmaids robes: Etsy by HaydenHarlowPR


Groom Suit: Kenneth Cole (purchased at Men’s Warehouse)   //   kennethcole.com  // www.menswarehouse.com

Groom Details: All Ties & pocket squares — The Tiebar  //   https://www.thetiebar.com

Groom shoes:  Garfield & Grand

Anthony & Kristen // Boho inspired forest wedding in Southern California

Boho inspired forest wedding in Southern California // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Southern California wedding photographers

FROM THE BRIDE // Our main goal for our wedding was to make sure we were in the moment and present, especially since we didn’t have a videographer. I would say we did just that. I couldn’t have asked for a better night from the vendors to our guests. I honestly couldn’t think of anything I would have done differently, it was truly a dream come true. My inspiration started with more of a Rustic theme with burlap and all that good jazz. It fit well with our venue being outdoors and an equestrian center. That all changed the moment I found “the” dress. My mom was a big part of planning and was helping me every step of the way. My mom has more of a glamorous, bedazzled, blingy, and sparkly style (which is much different from my rustic, vintage, plain jane style). We decided to meet in the middle and decided our décor would be Chabby Chic as we called it. There were mason jars, and lots of flowers, with some fancier looking centerpieces with lace dollies. I was so happy with the outcome of our two styles coming together and I couldn’t imagine it being any different, it was perfect.
My most memorable part of the day was just dancing the night away. My husband and I shared our first dance but unlike most weddings we also got to share it with our two children which was very special to us. Our DJ was so amazing and new exactly what kind of music to play to keep everyone dancing the night away.
I have a few words of advice for brides/grooms planning there wedding….
1. Spend the extra money on your vendors, especially your DJ and Photographer. Spend less on décor and such because honestly people don’t notice those things (and neither do you the  day of) I am waiting to see all my décor, and wedding cake from my photographers!
2. Make sure you are living in the moment and not looking at photos later and then remember all the things that happened. Be present… put your phone away and live YOUR special day (you only get to once!)
3. Don’t stress about the little things, or about the people that can’t make it. I realized a lot of “family” have weird priorities, but you can’t let that get you down. You have to know that whoever is there to celebrate is who matters most. As for the little things… don’t stress if certain things don’t get done right or at all. No one will notice but you (maybe).

Venue: Middle Ranch // http://www.middleranch.com
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow  //    www.sunandsparrow.com
Photo booth: DJ Pasha Entertainment //   www.djpasha-ent.com
Florals Party Posies Floral and Events //   www.partyposies.com
Invitations: Elegant Wedding Invitations  //   www.elegantweddiginvitations.com
Caterer: Anoush Catering //  www.anoush.com
Desserts: Great Dane Baking Co  // www.greatdanebakingcompany.com
Wedding rings maker:  Jewelry Exchange Tustin, Carbon 6
Wedding Gown Maker: David’s Bridal // http://www.davidsbridal.com
Makeup: Hair- Kristen Hall
Hair:  Dusty Kuskie Diamond Beauty
Bride Shoes: Ralph Lauren
Bridesmaids dresses: Show me your Mum // https://www.showmeyourmumu.com
Groom & Groomsmen Suit: Friar Tux // https://www.friartux.com


Dion & Mary // Elegant Santa Barbara destination wedding

Elegant Santa Barbara destination wedding // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Santa Barbara engagement and wedding photographers 

Wedding Planner: Sunny California Weddings




Venue Four Seasons Resort: The Biltmore Santa Barbara




Makeup/ Hair : Makeup Jessica Lee




Videographer : Santa Barbara Wedding Films





Florist : Alpha Floral




Arch Rental : Just 4 Fun Party Rentals




Entertainment:  Entourage Band

Mark Murray



Cameron & Amy // Santa Barbara wedding at the Narrative Loft


Santa Barbara wedding at the Narrative Loft // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Santa Barbara Wedding photographer

The morning I woke up, I was alone in my hotel room. I got in the shower and knew there were so many things to be done, as I was coordinating it myself. I waited for my makeup artist, and friend Matthew, to arrive and begin setting up. Once my room began to fill with my closet friends, my anxiety wore off and this special day I have been waiting for my entire life, started. I wasn’t nervous, I was just ready. I felt at ease and at peace, cause finally I was going to marry the man that completes my heart and my life. Seeing him for the first time on that day, filled me with so much joy, that I didn’t cry, but rather smiled so much I almost floated away. That day was filled with our closest friends and family, and it was a day of celebration, one I won’t ever forget.

When I walked down the aisle, my eyes were solely locked on Cameron. I couldn’t believe after all these years, we were finally there to pledge our love to one another with our family present. As he recited his vows, I couldn’t help but focus on his eyes as they welled up. We both wrote a similar line in our vows, without the other one knowing beforehand, “you are my light in the dark!” That is exactly what defines us for one another. It was so beyond perfect, and made that moment even more special.

My father-daughter dance to Somewhere Over the Rainbow was so special to me. I thought I would have been more emotional, as it was my mom’s favorite song, and the song she danced with my brothers to at their weddings. I was emotional, but my dad and I smiled and laughed, and I believe we were surrounded by mom’s light and love. Leading into the song Shout, just made the end of the dance even more perfect. It was a song I remember singing in the car with my dad, and it always makes me happy. To have everyone come out and share in that dance with us, made the start of the celebration even more perfect.

My inspiration was just make it simple. I wanted color, but clean. I fell in love with these vintage vineyard tables, and the rest fell into place. The simplicity of the terrariums, add a touch of fancy to the loft without making it gaudy. I went to the flower market the day before in DTLA, and chose what stood out to me. I dind’t have a color theme, but purple tones felt soft and bright at the same time to me. I really wanted the day to be remembered for our two families coming together, and celebrating mine and Cameron’s crazy path of building a life together.

My biggest piece of advice would be to get a wedding coordinator or find a venue that does it all😊 I was really stressed out trying to navigate so many vendors, and people that it was a little overwhelming. It was worth it, and it all turned out beautiful, but the more help the better for your sanity.


Venue: The Narrative Loft, http://www.thenarrativeloft.com/
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow, www.sunandsparrow.com
Videographer: Evan Zissimopolis, http://vtfilms.com/egz/
Florals: Alpha Florals, https://alphafloralsb.com/
Invitations: Sister-in-Law, Vanessa Rocha -also made save the dates and name cards on table
Calligraphy: Sister-in-Law, Tybee Diskin
Rentals: Ventura Rentals, https://www.venturarental.com
Caterer: Clever Foodies, http://www.cleverfoodiesla.com
Desserts Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes, http://enjoycupcakes.com
Guest activities : Toast bar. To honor my mother, Karen Rocha, who passed away five and a half years ago, and to honor Cameron’s uncle, Mark Diskin, who passed away 15+ years ago.
Wedding Gown Maker: Grace Loves Lace, style Rosa Gown, https://graceloveslace.com.au

Other Bride Details: handkerchief, sewn by my mother made out of her mother’s veil and her own veil.
Hair: Angela Knox, www.angelakknox.wixsite.com
Makeup: Matthew Allen, https://www.makeupbymatthew.com
Bride Shoes: Steve Madden

Bride’s robe: Carolyn, https://babyportraitpropshop.com/
Groom Suit: Custom made at Indochino