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4 ways to elevating your engagement session and wedding with flowers


Everyone knows that flowers are a MUST HAVE for any wedding day. But have you considered that one of the reasons that weddings are so beautiful are because of the soft and flowing nature of flowers. I believe that flowers really add to and elevate all types of sessions! We recommend flowers for engagement sessions, maternity sessions, boudoir, newborns and for all of our sessions.

Below, I have included some awesome examples of how flowers can elevate your sessions.

1. Bouquets & garlands & wreaths – I always recommend at least a bouquet for any bride at their engagement session or wedding. Often times it’s easy to think, maybe some with and some without, but I always think that flowers bring that extra glamour!

2. Loose flowers – One way to elevate your session is incorporating loose flowers all around. You can place them in your hair style or even around in your props, picnic, or on your table scape. One of my FAVORITE THINGS to do with lose flowers is to toss them in the air with bridesmaids. Not only is a flower toss super fun, it brings in extra smiles and wonder into any photo.

3. Flower crowns – I don’t think we have to mention how amazing flower crowns are! Flowers in your hair is always so heavenly. A flower crown is like a beautiful halo that makes any bride or flower girl look angelic and beautiful.

4. Flowers or foliage in nature – One thing that is a little more challenging to accomplish, but so beautiful if you can find the right spots to incorporate flowers or foliage in nature. All of our Sun & Sparrow photographers, including associates just love foliage in nature. We are always looking for leaves or natural flowers to place our couples into. There is something magical and romantic about natural vines that grow on walls or trees that have hanging leaves that makes our hearts sing.



In our experience, a little goes a long way. Whether you have a huge floral budget or a minimalistic budget, there are always creative ways to incorporate flowers into your sessions. Ask your photographers if they have ideas or suggestions as to how to bring flowers into your session. Sun & Sparrow does actually have small session options for florals. Tiffani loves to design wreaths and bouquets for new moms and brides-to-be.

Another option is to make a bouquet yourself. Pinterest has many options to create your own wreaths and bouquets. I often recommend bringing a few flowers from your garden or even from your local grocery store that can be incorporated into your session. A little bit goes a long way.

You can see our pinterest board for making your own bouquets HERE. 



Just like finding the right photographer, finding the right florist will make your wedding day that much more special. We always recommend interviewing florists and reviewing their portfolios, just as you would a photographer. Make sure you connect with the person you will be working with and make sure that you love them. Everyone’s dream is to work with your “dream team” at your session or wedding. When choosing your florist, make sure that their vision matches you vision for your big day. Lastly, make sure that you have fun!

Every session should be fun and creative. When working with creatives, remember that they love collaborating to make your story that much more special! Let us know if you want to help bring your session to life with florals or creative fabrics, ribbons, or textures.


We are so excited about all of your upcoming sessions! Thank you for reading and thank you for being a part of our hearts!

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Night Portraits, Receptions and Low Lit weddings


Night Portraits, receptions, and low lit weddings // © Sun & Sparrow wedding photography & films

Recently I’ve had quite a few inquiries where brides have asked me about our photography skills in dark situations, night portraits, receptions, and low lit weddings. As a photographer who has been shooting weddings for many years, I am very quick to say, “Of course, I’ve been doing that for years. It’s so easy!” But I do realize that much of our night portraiture, reception lighting, or low light situations are shrouded with artificial lighting, to make our images look light and bright, to be in sync with our branded style. It’s important for every bride and groom to know that all photography is about capturing light. Cameras are built to capture light in either pixels or grain. In low lighting situations grain is inevitable, but often can be absolutely beautiful.


For our Sun & Sparrow wedding team, we have decided that we want every image to have a very clear consistency. This includes all of our details, portraits (day and night) as well as our reception images. One of the most difficult things about being a consistent photographer, is to make every type of lighting situation feel the same.


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… All of these images were taken in very low lighting situations. The best part about these three images is that we have used three different artificial lighting techniques to achieve our signature Sun & Sparrow photography style.  All of these images were from different weddings and were taken at different times of the day by different photographers. I love that there is a great consistency in the style of shot, the style of lighting, and the style of editing.

You might also want to know how and if we are open to  “Night Portraits.” We absolutely are. Sometimes night time portraits are necessary because we have run out of light. Other times, we have a specific request for night portraits because of a beautifully lit environment or because a couple really wants to use sparklers. We love to use our external or artificial lighting to make epic images.


the oak room wedding calamigos ranch malibu wedding photographer casa del mar wedding photographerriverside mission inn wedding photographer… Again, we have used three different types of lighting techniques, each to create a little bit of a different look, with Sun & Sparrow charm.

Lastly, I want to address how we light our receptions. It’s very important to Sun & Sparrow to not only capture your wedding in the most pure form possible, but to also capture your connection and love in motion. All of this is really difficult to do. Capturing people standing still is one thing, but capturing your friends and family in the middle of beautiful moments all while still looking their best is one of the most difficult techniques that we have to use while capturing your wedding. Some moments are special, some moments are radical and fun; but all moments deserve to be documented.


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… When we approach a wedding, I always remind my team that we want to tell a story of the day, but we want to be very thoughtful about how we tell the story AND be very purposeful on how we approach our lighting and our photography style. If you are considering Sun & Sparrow as your wedding photographers, or if you are looking into night time or low light situation photography, it’s very important that you find someone who you trust to have a consistent product. There are many photographers out there that can shoot a great portrait in the day time, but only have one flash on top of their camera for reception lighting.

My greatest desire is that your wedding can be it’s best AND that you can have an amazing photo team behind you whom you can trust fully.

5 ways to Personalize your Wedding Day // – By Urbana Vixen, Rini Foxworthy

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First off, let me just share how happy and grateful I am to be a guest blogger here on Sun and Sparrow! I had the pleasure of meeting Tiffani over five years ago and have loved every moment of our friendship. When she started Sun and Sparrow, I excitedly followed her success and looked forward to the day when she would photograph my marriage. My husband and I have done four separate shoots with Tiffani, each one being more fun and magical than the last. When she asked me if I would like to come over to the blog and share some wedding and marriage tips for her current and future brides, I immediately said YES!

What I would love to share with you all today are my tips for creating the perfect personlized wedding day. There is nothing quite like having a wedding that is so uniquely you and your fiancé. Not only will you feel at home in the beautiful design that you create, but your guests will absolutely love all the little personalized details. Here are some tips that helped me and my husband (Miles) as we planned our big day.


1. Become familiar with Etsy : My husband is a tattoo artist, and I am a home baker and amateur needle felter. We are always creating little pieces of art with our hands. We wanted to make sure that our wedding day highlighted our love for handcrafted art, and what better place to find amazing artisans than on Etsy? Let me just break down how much my husband and I used Etsy for our wedding day: I worked with a jeweler to create a custom necklace and pair of earrings. I had a custom tie clip and cufflinks created for my husband. We a needle felter from Bulgaria create our cake topper. I had two custom return address stamps created for our invitations and save the dates. I ordered a customized wax seal for our invitations. I purchased my garters from an artist in China. We had a customized guest book created for us. We also had customized table numbers, favor stickers, rehearsal dinner invitations, and programs created by a number of incredible graphic artists. Bottom line… if you want to have beautiful, handcrafted items at your wedding that you can be sure no one else will have, Etsy is for you!

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2. Embrace symbols & your wedding brand:  Using symbols is a great way to personalize your wedding. It can take a little bit of time to find something(s) that is relevant to your relationship. Luckily, this came pretty easy for my husband and I. His (and now my) last name is Foxworthy, so as you might imagine, we have a thing for foxes. Because of our love for our last name, we knew that we wanted it to be a large part of our wedding. As I mentioned before, Miles is an artist, so he painted our last name’s initial and turned it into an awesome sticker that was placed at each setting. We also gave subtle nods to foxes throughout our wedding. Our cake toppers were adorable needle felted foxes. Miles’ tie clip was a silver fox. I had a beautiful embroidered “F” on my handkerchief. And the finishing touch on all of our wedding invitations was a golden, wax sealed fox. These small details did not go unnoticed by guests, and we were complimented on our attention to detail all throughout the night. It is so worth the little bit of extra effort!

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3. Do it yourself : As brides-to-be, we all scour Pinterest looking for easy DIY projects that can save us a buck or two. I absolutely LOVED DIY projects when I was getting married, and I encourage all brides to embrace their crafty side! Your guests will be so impressed to know that you created some of your awesome decor with your own two hands. My husband and I created our escort card display over the course of a couple of weeks. I made our chocolate pretzel favors the day before the wedding. I crafted our table number holders. I painted the box for our wedding cards. My husband and I handpicked over 45 different cigar boxes to serve as our centerpieces. I purchased (or made) all of the candy, popcorn, and decor for our popcorn bar. And Miles painted each name in script on our escort cards. Customizing your wedding takes a lot of time and effort, but the pay off is so awesome. I encourage you all to do as much as you can yourself, whether that be making your own favors, creating signs, making your own invitations, or even creating your own centerpieces. I personally went so far as to write our ceremony (with the exception of my husband’s vows of course). The most important part of all of this is that it feels like you and your fiancé, so always keep that in mind while planning.

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4. Think outside the box. : How many weddings have you been to that were almost a complete repeat of another wedding? All weddings are special and beautiful, no matter how similar they are to other weddings, but if you really want yours to stand out from the rest, you have to think outside the box. There are certain things that we have all come to expect at weddings: photo booths, mason jars, roses, black tuxes… you guys know what I mean. Let me make myself clear–there is nothing wrong with any of the things I just listed. You cannot go wrong with the classics! However, if you want a customized wedding day, you will want to try something different. Consider switching a few things up, like wearing a blush dress or having your groom try on a blue suit. Maybe try some exotic flowers or do away with the cake and go for pie instead. Do not be afraid to try something that veers away from tradition. This day is all about you and your fiancé, not everyone else. My husband and I opted for a flip book photo booth instead of the traditional photo booth. We also hired an amazing silhouette artist to hand cut our guests’ silhouettes throughout cocktail hour and our reception. As I mentioned above, we used cigar boxes to hold our florals instead of vases or mason jars. At the end of the day, we were able to look around at all of our hard work and say, “Yes, this is us.” Think about the wedding that you truly want to have, and don’t be afraid to have it! -Flip Books by Pink Shutter

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5. Don’t give up on your dream wedding : When thinking about your dream wedding, it’s very important that you look for your wedding vendors wisely. When you are spending so much time planning all of your details, it can feel overwhelming when trying to make the right choices with your decor and your vendors. Make sure that you choose vendors that you connect with, especially your photographers, florist, and wedding coordinators. Your photographer, florist & coordinator will really make or break your wedding experience!! Make sure that everyone has the same vision as you do. When your vendors love your vision and can really look forward to seeing your dream wedding come true, that will ensure that you can AND WILL have an awesome wedding day.


phototography // Sun & Sparrow Photography

wedding coordinators // In Love Events

florist // Flower Allie

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Lastly, Prepare for the post wedding-blues : I loved planning my wedding so much that I felt completely lost for a good month after the wedding. I had no idea what to do with myself after the madness had come and gone. My advice to you all is to breathe it in and enjoy every second of the planning process, even those rip-your-hair-out-moments. You will only get to do it once, and surprisingly, you may miss it when it’s gone.

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All photos ©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography


-Hotel: Hotel Menage
-Hair and Makeup by Cheryl Nacario
-Photography by Sun & Sparrow
-Videography by Vantage Point Productions
-Coordinated by In Love Events
-DJ: Showcase DJ (Steve)
-Flowers by Flower Allie
-Wedding Cake by Tasteful Cakes
-Flip Books by Pink Shutter
-Silhouettes by Sylhouettes by Sylvia
-Ceremony Music by Zacc West (friend of the couple)
-Bridal Gown by Allure purchased at La Soie Bridal
-Bridesmaids’ Gowns by The Dessy Group
-Bridal Shoes by Betsey Johnson
-Groom’s Suit and Groomsmen’s Tuxedos purchased at Friar Tux Shop
-Cake Topper by CozyMilArt on Etsy
-Invitations by Smitten on Paper

How to ask your friend to be a bridesmaid //

Finding the perfect wedding photographer for you can be challenging. But when you find a photographer you connect with, someone who sees your vision, then you will have the right match.

Hello Sparrows! My name is Claudia & I’ve been working with Sun & Sparrow for over a year, helping at weddings and building my portfolio.  I’m very excited to be part of the Sun & Sparrow team! One of the best perks to working with Sun & Sparrow is that I am able to share one of my favorite pastimes…. DIY crafts for parties and weddings. In this first edition of my SIMPLE DIY IDEAS, I wanted to share a little bit about my upcoming wedding and how I asked my friends to be my bridesmaids. With that, I’d love to share how to ask your friend to be your bridesmaid.

My fiancé and I have been dating for 6 years and engaged for about a year and a half. That being said, I have had alot of time to plan my wedding in my head. That may sound like an advatage, but it has left lots of room for changing my mind about it very often! It wasn’t until I decided to stop trying to copy every idea that’s out there on Pinterest or wedding blogs (and changing my mind after anything new came out) that I finally came to a design idea that was totally ME and US.

We are both simple people that love to hang out with family and friends. This is how we decided that casual and easy-going was the best style for our upcoming wedding. I love crafts, both doing them and the final outcome. I have titled the style of my wedding “Sweet, Crafty Romance” because it sums up the girly touches, the DIY approach, and the love between us both and our loved ones. I chose to mainly DIY my wedding so that my fiancé and I could have fun selecting and working on projects, as well as getting my fairly large bridal party involved in the process! So far, we have had a couple projects where we’ve worked together and it has been so fun reminiscing on old times and getting excited for our big day.


The majority of my guests speak Spanish (in fact, many of our family members speak ONLY spanish), so we decided to use strictly Spanish in both our stationary and our wedding day activities. I wanted to give my guests a little peek at what’s to come with my Save the Dates. I had a quick shoot with my sister with some outfits coordinated to our wedding colors for our cards (pink, blue, ivory and a hint of gold). The card itself was something quick and simple that I came up with on Photoshop, ordered it as a postcard from www, and put together with a little heart-shaped confetti and sparkly ribbon. I also added our favorite bible verse to the back of my card, as we are dedicating our marriage to God, even starting from the planning. It was so simple, inexpensive, and it has really made an impact. My guests are so excited to get a first glimpse at our wedding and plans.


I mentioned that I have a large bridal party, 13 girls that are so special and dear to me. I wanted to make something extra special for them as a way to ask them to be my bridesmaids. I looked around on Pinterest for some inspiration and decided on a goodie box for each girl (see my inspiration board here: I purchased some inexpensive boxes from Joanne’s and used the same materials I used for the save the dates to dress them up. I made some quick cards on photoshop and had them printed at Costco as 4X6 and trimmed them down to the size I needed and included information about their dresses, our wedding day, and their roles in the wedding. Everyone that knows me knows that I LOVE nail polish. It’s a serious addiction! So I thougth it would be so fitting to gift them each their own shade of pink polish to wear at the wedding (my MOH’s got a shade of blue). I also included some gold candies in the box, first of all because they are my favorite, and second because they matched our wedding colors! I enjoyed giving each bridesmaid their gift as a small thank you for being such great friends, and a plus was that I got to explain alot of questions they may have had for me after I asked them to be part of my day.

Thanks for reading about my projects! I look forward to working with Sun & Sparrow and bringing you more how to’s on simple projects that are cute and budget friendly. I’m so excited to marry my best friend, and to spend time with those that I love so dearly getting ready for my magical day!

©2013 Sun & Sparrow Photography //  photos by Claudia Navarette {a Sun & Sparrow associate photographer}


1 comment
  • BeckyJune 16, 2013 - 10:45 am

    Your so creative! Your ideas are so cute! Love it!ReplyCancel

Top 10 Engagement Rings of 2013 // by SimplyBridal

Finding the perfect wedding photographer for you can be challenging. But when you find a photographer you connect with, someone who sees your vision, then you will have the right match.

Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend, and when it comes to engagement rings this couldn’t ring more true! Ask any loved-up lady what their ring preference is and you’re sure to get a wide range of different replies! Round or princess cut, white gold or platinum, double halos, art deco… the list goes on and on! These are the top 10 engagement rings!!!

Although the size and price tag of an engagement rock may vary, the ultimate choice should be based on the style and personality of the fortunate female who receives it. We have seen many beautiful rings pop up on many celebrity fingers this year. And as we see these beautiful girls turn into beautiful brides, we know that their amazing fashion will trickle down to all of the beautiful brides!

Once a budget is determined, you can figure out what cut, clarity and carats are within your price range by doing your research both online and in store. To give you an idea of what some of the more extravagant engagement sparklers will set you back,  SimplyBridal has created an infographic to give you a breakdown of the 10 Most Expensive Engagement Rings Of 2013. Be prepared to feast your eyes on an incredible amount of bling!