Gerardo & Sharlene // Glamorous desert engagement at Vasquez Rocks

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Glamorous desert engagement at Vasquez Rocks

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FROM THE BRIDE // It was just another normal Saturday. Gerardo had put together a nice date night for us which consisted of dinner at Perch in Downtown LA followed by Disneyland! I got ready as I normally did and kissed my parents goodbye. “Donden van?” (Where are you guys going) they asked. “Oh, just dinner & disneyland”. And so I left. Dinner was nothing out of the norm. Gerardo managed to make me laugh throughout dinner as he always does with his amazing sense of humor. Little did I know that just a week before he had shown up to my parents house unannounced to ask for my hand in marriage and for their blessing. And so dinner carried on and we were soon on our way to my favorite and happiest place on earth: Disneyland. Or so I thought. Gerardo managed to find an excuse to get us back to my house and an even better excuse for us to go inside (he said he had to use the restroom, badly!). He started to rush me and insisted I open the door as soon as possible and so I laughed and rushed to open the door. When I opened the door, I noticed rose pedals and candles leading to the backyard! At this point, I remember saying aloud, “What the…is this?” I immediately thought that I had walked in on my parents having a date night of their own…that is until I heard our song, “Eres” start playing. It was in that moment I knew exactly what was happening. I was in shock and speechless, as tears streamed down my face. He grabbed my hand, told me to breathe, and led me to the backyard. It was like a real dream. The backyard was full of roses. He led me to a part of the backyard that had handwritten letters from our family and closest friends, all sending us their best and congratulating us on this very special moment. He of course had to read them aloud since I could barley see through all my tears. He then walked me to another part of the backyard where pictures of us over the past 10 years were hanging, as well as pictures of our families and closest friends. He grabbed my hand once more and walked me to the center of the patio where a heart shaped had been made of rose pedals. There, he got on one knee and asked me to marry him.  After saying yes and hugging each other for a bit, He said, “Okay, let me get everyone they are all inside the house hiding!” So out came my family and his family, as well as my two closest friends! After more hugs, tears, and more hugs, the backyard was once more transformed to host an engagement dinner! It was all just a dream and a night full of so much love!

Palm Springs dreamy bohemian wedding // Ian & JoAnna


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“Ian & JoAnna’s wedding was so special to Sun & Sparrow. JoAnna is a friend of ours and when it came time to tie the knot, JoAnna contacted us to help bring her vision to life. JoAnna had dreams of a boho, dreamy wedding. When it came time to pick a venue, Ian & JoAnna really wanted the feeling of a destination wedding that was still close enough to home for friends and family to come. Psalm Springs was the prefect destination. Ian & JoAnna fell in love with the industrial flair, with floral accents of a Palm Springs fairytale. Along with an amazing vendor team, Ian & JoAnna’s vision came to life.”

 

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PALM SPRINGS DREAMY BOHIEMIAN WEDDING // IAN & JOANNA

FEATURED ON: Southern California Bride Blog | Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography | Ceremony Venue: Arrive Hotels | Event Planning: Frankly | Floral: Oak And Amble | Invitations: Minted | Wedding Cake: over the rainbow desserts | Rentals: planks and patina | Linens: Borrowed Blu | Hair: Kohnur Beauty | Makeup: Kohnur Beauty | Invitations: Minted | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Catering: Draughtsman Palm Spring | Desserts: cartel coffee lab | Ceremony Musicians: Jesse MacLeod Music | DJ: DENT MAY OF DART | Officiant: Terri Ties the Knot | Bridal Salon: Love and Lace Bridal Boutique | Printing: Fla de Dahs | Wedding Dress: Tara Lauren | Groom’s Attire: GROOMS GROTTO | Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Headpiece: Oak And Amble | Wedding Ring: Brilliant Earth | Bridal Salon: Love and Lace Bridal and Tailor | Jewelry: HONEYCAT Jewelry | Submitted via: Matchology

Ryan & Melody // Enchanted wedding at The Oaks at Calamigos Ranch

Enchanted wedding at The Oaks at Calamigos Ranch // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Malibu wedding photographer


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If I were to describe how I felt the morning of our wedding day in one word, I would say “surreal.” After a year and a half of looking at bridal photos on Pinterest and Instagram, I just couldn’t believe that it was finally my turn to be a bride. I remember looking at my girls with their hair and makeup done, wearing their robes, and thinking “Wow, they look so beautiful.” We laughed and were silly. It was just about us having fun.

Everything started to feel real when I put on my dress. My maid of honor and mom were patiently helping me button all of the buttons. They are beautiful, but can be difficult! I remember starting to feel my anxiety rise, even though I was so confident in what this day was about. All I could think was,  “I’m getting married. This is it.”

One of my favorite moments of the day was my first look with my dad. He had no idea what to do or how to act. He literally asked, “What do you want me to do?” as he came out and saw me. We all thought it was hilarious and couldn’t stop laughing. My dad is so special to me and I loved that we didn’t have the typical cheesy moment. He just did what came naturally to him and it was awkwardly perfect.

I remember that I couldn’t wait to see Ryan. I kept wondering, “What is he doing?  How is he feeling?” My heart missed him so much and couldn’t wait to give him a hug. We decided not to do a first look because we wanted to see each other for the first time at the ceremony. That moment of walking down the aisle felt incredible. There was so much love, walking on a trail of rose petals in the middle of friends and family. And then, I saw him and instantly felt a sense of euphoria and peace; like I was home. He looked so handsome and I could see the tears in his eyes. I got teary-eyed too and began to look around me. My mom looked so radiant and happy. His mom couldn’t stop crying. Our dads looked proud. There were so many emotions going on and I was about to marry the man of my dreams. I’ll never forget that moment.

The rest of the day felt more relaxed and we got to focus on eating, dancing, and having fun. Looking back at the day, it was our own version of a perfect little fairytale. The flower arrangements were whimsical, the crystal accents added a touch of elegance, and the scenery at Calamigos Ranch is pure romance. It was one of the best days of our lives and I’m so happy Sun and Sparrow beautifully captured the special moments so we can cherish these memories forever.

 

MY VENDORS: Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Coordinator: Dianne Valladares : www.atlastplanning.com | At Last Event Planning : | Photographer: Sun & Sparrow : www.sunandsparrow.com | Videographer: Kyle Dijamco : www.2010films.co | Florals: Linda Marshall : www.actoncreativeflowers.com | Rentals & Designer: Patty Cioffi : www.facebook.com/PattyCioffiEvents | Caterer: Iman : www.parkwaykebab.com | Desserts: Caesar’s Pastry : www.caesarspastry.net | Wedding Cake: Sasha Gustafson : www.buttercakeshoppe.com | Wedding rings maker: King of Jewelry : www.kingofjewelry.com | Wedding Gown Maker: Pallas Couture: www.pallascouture.com | Wedding & Engagement rings: King of Jewelry : www.kingofjewelry.com | Hair & Makeup: Lucy Alvarez : www.hairmakeuplucy.com |  Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka : www.badgleymischka.com | Bride Earrings: Nadri : www.nadri.com |

Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo : www.jennyyoo.com | Bridesmaids robes: Le Rose : www.shoplerose.com | Bridesmaids jewelry: Givenchy: www.givenchy.com | Groom Suit: J. Crew : www.jcrew.com | Groom Details: Coach : www.coach.com | Groom shoes: Allen Edmonds : www.allenedmonds.com | Groomsmen suits: The Black Tux : www.theblacktux.com | Groomsmen gifts: 

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SaddleRock Ranch wedding at the vineyard // Chris & Alice

SaddleRock Ranch wedding at the vineyard // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Malibu wedding photographers 


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From the Bride

Early in our planning, we decided that we wanted to have a SaddleRock Ranch wedding at the vineyard. The morning of the wedding started bright and early, and from the beginning the day was full of excitement and joy. We had planned our wedding for nearly two years! When our wedding day finally came, everything felt so unreal, like a magical fairytale was unfolding. It was an amazing feeling knowing that our family and friends, many of whom had traveled far, had all come together to support us for our next chapter in life.

 

Remembering Special Moments

We decided to have our “first look” along a long corridor at our AirBnb. During our moment, both of us felt much anticipation. Walking down the long corridor to reach my husband to be was surreal!!! When I finally saw him for the “first time”, I was overwhelmed with emotion. I’m not someone who usually cries, but I definitely let out tears of joy in that moment.

One of my favorite moments of our day was exchanging our vows. I remember it vividly. Chris and I decided to each write our own personalized vows. Being at the altar is a very intimate place to be and we wanted our vows to reflect that. Even being in front of family and friends, in that moment, it still felt like we were the only ones there.

Our wedding day was an absolutely magical fairytale. Every moment was stunning. We loved SaddleRock Ranch wedding at the vineyard because it was entirely outdoors. The ceremony and reception sat on top of a hill overlooking surrounding rolling vineyard hills. Everything collectively perfectly fit the romantic, whimsical feel we were going for. Much of our decor revolved around a blush-to-cabernet ombre color scheme, including the bridesmaids dresses, table settings, flowers centerpieces. We added small elements of gold and marble to add a modern touch. Despite the day flying by, we were able to enjoy every moment of it and wouldn’t change a thing.

~ Love, Alice


From the Photographers

When Chris and Alice first spoke with us about their wedding day, I knew their wedding would be dreamy. We absolutely loved their chic whimsical style that reflected their personality through the entire day. When they mentioned they wanted a SaddleRock Ranch wedding at the vineyard my heart leapt! Before their day, I had not photographed at this particular venue. I knew that this day would be full of wonder and beauty.

Through our planning process, Alice and I discussed colors, styling, florals as well as her favorite locations at SaddleRock. We made a plan to travel throughout the entire ranch to capture some of her dream shots. I’m so glad that we planned to have extra time for photos, all throughout the day. We were able to photograph in the valleys, at the top of the mountains, at the door that leads to nowhere, and so many more locations. In my opinion, being able to help both Chris & Alice achieve their wedding day vision made our jobs a success. When we can champion a client’s heart into their photos, I believe that we have done our jobs well.

~ Love, Tiffani




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MY VENDORS

Venue: Saddlerock Ranch  |  Coordinator: DNT Elite   |   Photographer: Sun & Sparrow  |  Videographer & Photobooth: Chubbywhales   |   Florals: BeBud Florist   |   Invitations: Zazzle   |   Calligraphy: Bonnie Umali  |   Rentals: A Rental Connection   |   Caterer: Monrose Catering   |    Desserts: M Cakes Sweets   |   Wedding rings maker: Blue Nile    |   Wedding Gown Maker: Calla Blanche   |    Wedding Gown Boutique: Le Marriage Couture   |  Ring Box: LaceByrd   |   Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang Studio   |   Bride Shoes: Bella Belle   |   Bridesmaids dresses: BHLDN   |   Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Zara Men   |   Groom shoes:  Paul Evans

 

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The Garden  |  The Oak Grove  |  The Vineyard  |  Camp Cabernet

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Andrew & Fallon // One mommy’s journey through pregnancy

One mommy’s journey through pregnancy  //  ©2018 Sun & Sparrow photography  – Los Angeles maternity & newborn photographer


A SUN & SPARROW JOURNEY from Fallon, a mommy-to-be // 

Life can change faster than you think is possible. It’s hard to believe that three years to the day after my husband Drew and I met in Santa Monica, we’ll be expecting a wonderful son to join our family.  Our pregnancy journey has certainly had its ups and downs.  When my husband and I first started trying, I got pregnant really quickly. I knew how common miscarriage was, but I didn’t think I would have any problems.  Within in the first 10 weeks of that pregnancy we had a miscarriage.  Words cannot describe how shocking and awful it was.  A month later, I felt ready to start trying again and once again, I got pregnant right away. Ten weeks later almost the same thing happened.  Even though I knew this can happens to so many women, I felt like something was wrong with me and we decided to take a break from trying.
After a 4 month break we got pregnant again.  This time felt different. Its amazing how mothers can be so intuitive.  The only up and down we’re focused on now is the ever growing (and kicking!) bump inside me.  We are both scared (me of labor, Drew of diapers) and thrilled to become new loving parents, and we can’t wait to help our son grow up into a great man.  We can’t wait to see him walk, hear him talk, watch him get into trouble with his “fur sister” Sierra the husky, and then have him realize how so very dearly his parents love him and will appreciate every moment with him.  But we’ll have to wait, a little less than two more months, for our family to grow and this parenting adventure to begin.

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