Three tips for choosing wedding vendors that you’ll love!

Choosing your wedding vendors may seem like a challenge. There are so many people out there that have so many offerings and prices. How do you choose amongst them all?!?  Here are a few tips that we have learned over the years to help in making decisions for all wedding vendors and venues.

1. Falling in love.

We always recommend that you work with people who you connect and fall in love with on a personal level. When we talk about falling in love, we are talking about falling “in love” with your vendor as a person.  Having someone who you connect with on a personal level, as well as a professional level, is so important! You want to be able to communicate your vision clearly and feel heard as well as feel championed! When you choose someone you love, you can be confident in knowing your vendor team is going to execute your vision, be there for you, and create something beautiful with their expertise.


2. Trusting in a vendors portfolio.

What you see in a vendor’s portfolio from “real weddings” is what you can hope to expect on your wedding day. Take your time to look through a portfolio from “real weddings” they have worked on as lead vendors (i.e. coordinators, florists, photographers, hair & makeup artists, etc) to see consistency in their artistry. It’s always beneficial to dig deeper than first glance. One of our favorite things we can hear from a potential client is that they have spent hours browsing our instagram or blog, and are completely IN LOVE with our work. I’m sure every wedding vendor would tell you the same thing! We love when our clients have taken time to immerse themselves in our work and fall in love with what we do!


3. Connecting with the vision.

Connecting with their vision for the design of your day is super important.  When choosing wedding pros, it’s important to be able to trust their artistry, but also connecting to your vision for your day. It’s always a good idea to ensure your vendor’s design style, their values, and their vision lines up with yours, so you can be confident you are on the same page on the deepest level.

Wedding vendors are creatives and each person has their own voice in artistry.  With any artist, it’s very important to see if their voice is “harmonious” with yours. Some questions you might consider are, “In their past weddings, have they designed a wedding that I absolutely die over?” “Can they design something similar for me?” “Does my vendor have my budget in mind?” “Does this vendor seem interested in hearing my vision?” “Do they seem like a team player?” “Are their values for family, friends, details, hair, makeup, florals,  romantics, etc. in sync with mine?”

Once you’ve found your dream team of vendors that care about your dream day, we hope that you can relax with confidence! Your dream team will be connected and confident about your dream wedding day coming to life.


We are so privileged to be able to share these three tips for choosing wedding vendors with all of you! One thing that we absolutely love about the wedding industry is that we get to be creative with our clients through our process. Why is this awesome? …Because you get to trust each coordinator, florist, photographer, calligrapher, etc in their own craft and watch each element unfold within your vision. It’s our dream that you will be able to look back and remember your love story beautifully. Hopefully, these 3 tips are essentials to helping your vendors collaborate and make dream wedding become reality!

with love, Ellie & Tiffani


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Dreamy Secret field in the fall // Ryan & Kalie

Dreamy Engagement Session in Palos Verdes

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From the Groom:

Kalie and I met freshman year of high school. I was the talkative and outgoing one. She was the quiet, shy one. We passed in the halls for 3 1/2 years, even had a few classes without really knowing one another. It wasn’t until our high school government class that I started to spend time with her and get to know the real Kalie. After we studied together one night, I realized that I had fallen for the beauty of her mind and soul. A couple months after that night, we started dating. Although we have had our ups and downs in the past 7 years, by the grace of God, we are stronger than ever and growing every day.

I realized that I wanted to marry Kalie and bought her ring in October. Waiting was the hardest part, but after speaking to her parents in February, I asked her to marry me on March 8, 2019.

The day of the proposal I put together an amazing plan that included her family. Her parents and sister took her to dinner and offered to “invite me,” but I told her I couldn’t because of church obligations.  During their dinner, I went to Roessler Point  in Palos Verdes to set up the lights and candles at the gazebo to prepare for the proposal. Kalie’s family drove her to up the winding roads to Roessler Point.  On the way, they blindfolded her telling her there was a surprise for her graduation present. They walked her to the gazebo and took off the blindfold where she was greeted by lights everywhere. There was also a binder with instructions. She was given headphones to listen to special handpicked love songs. As she spent time reading through the binder, I met her in the gazebo. She was surprised to see me. We chatted for a bit, and, finally, I asked my best friend to marry me.

We get married May 29, 2020, and couldn’t be more thankful that God blessed us with each other. I couldn’t be more excited for the day to come that we say I do! I’m sure a lifetime with her won’t be long enough.


Note from Sun & Sparrow:

Our biggest dream is for every engagement to be a magical love story, both when you’re taking your photos and when you see your photos for the first time. This dreamy engagement session of Ryan & Kalie, truly tells their love story. These two are both silly and snuggly as well as romantic and whimsical.  We are in love with the way they connected with one another. Their hearts were so full of love, you can truly see it in their photos.


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Chris & Laura // Romantic Oak Glen engagement


Christopher: “I planned an amazing proposal for Laura – a scavenger hunt! Shortly after leaving for “work,” I met Laura’s sister outside our apartment to hand over the first clue. I knew the day was guaranteed to go off without a hitch.”

Laura: “I was lounging in our apartment when I heard a key turn in the lock – was Christopher back from work so soon? Instead, my sister appeared to set me on a scavenger hunt! The clues were hidden in meaningful places around our apartment, each representing something important to our relationship. Once I found them all, they fit together to make a map (seriously, this guy is creative!) that directed me to my nail salon.”

Christopher: “I had an hour to kill before finalizing things at the nail salon, so I decided to get some work done at a nearby Coffee Bean. Bad call. When I returned to my car, a small glint caught my eye through the door window: my car keys, sitting in the cup holder.”

Laura: “Meanwhile, I was getting ready and having a great morning!”

Christopher: “Waiting for AAA to arrive was the most stressful part of the day. Until I had to watch the technician try and pry my door open… to no avail. The clock was ticking, but thankfully, he worked his magic just in time for me to get out of there before Laura arrived.“

Laura: “My sister and I were pampered with a lovely manicure when the owner told me to close my eyes and reach out my hands. I was expecting an extra massage, but instead I got another clue! This led me to USC, where Christopher and I met. Once there, I found him sitting where we shared our first kiss.”

Christopher: “We took a walk around campus, ultimately ending up at the spot where we first met. Handing Laura her final clue, I got down on one knee. The message read, Will you marry me?, and her answer was…”

Laura: “Of course!”

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