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Fairytale Los Angeles Wedding at Vibiana // Matt & Sarah

Fairytale Los Angeles Wedding at Vibiana // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles wedding photographers


FROM THE BRIDE

I remember waking up the morning of the wedding at 3 AM. While staring at the ceiling, I wished it was a more reasonable time to wake up.  I was already so excited for our wedding day! I had been dreaming about an Fairytale Los Angeles Wedding at the Vibiana  for so long. Dreaming about my fairytale wedding and all the special moments that would come with it. The day felt so long as we began to prepare. With hair, make up, and a bit of nervous anticipation, all of my heart was ready to see Matt.

One of my favorite moments was our first look. We opted to have our first look privately in the courtyard next to the RedBird Cafe. We wanted our moment to be just ours. I remember the moment with so much clarity. I came down the stairs from and met him in the hallway. When we saw each other in that first glance, there were butterflies in our stomachs and tears in our eyes. This moment was just like I had dreamed of. After so much time and effort put into every detail of the day, seeing Matt at our first look made everything fall into place. From that moment, the entire day flowed naturally. I instantly relaxed and was able to let my day happen.

 

WEDDING DAY DESIGN

I absolutely loved my wedding day decor! In creating an fairytale Los Angeles wedding at the Vibiana, I wanted our day to be classic and timeless with a bit of a whimsical element.  I wanted to bring naturally lush elements, both outside and inside. I loved the ivy that we brought in to cover the marble inside Vibiana. Because the Vibiana had once been a cathedral, there were so many beautiful architectural elements. We focused most on the designs of the flowers and mixed in a touch of metals (gold and copper) to add personality. Overall, I would definitely say the flowers and greenery absolutely made the venue shine.

If I could give one piece of advice to future brides, I would say, “slow down and enjoy every moment.” It wasn’t easy for me. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer gravity of getting married. I keep remembering that while your wedding day will be wonderful, it’s just another day–it doesn’t have to be perfect. Remember that nothing is perfect. The more you can remember to be in love with your moments with the people that you love. And that’s what it’s about! It’s about your love, your moments and you’re forever.

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Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography | Ceremony Venue: Vibiana | Reception Venue: Vibiana | Event Planning: Amy Greenberg | Floral: Lori’s Flowers | Stationery: Tracy Saritzy | Videography: Tim Irvin | Bakery: Redbird | Engagement Ring: Revolution Jewelry | Hair: Design Visage | Makeup: Design Visage | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Groom’s Attire: Theory | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Veil: Panache Bridal Beverly Hills | Groom’s Bow Tie: The Tie Bar| Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Submitted via: Matchology

Daniel & Roselou // Handcrafted wedding at Descanso Gardens in Pasadena

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Handcrafted wedding at Descanso Gardens

how she did itFROM THE BRIDE //  Roselou’s love of nature inspired her to create a rustic romantic wedding decor. Daniel was very understanding of this vision and helpful in creating it. We chose Descano Gardens because it’s beautiful. We were surrounded by nature and the reception hall was rustic looking. We did a few do it yourself projects to create the decor we envisioned such as our table numbers, staining the crates that we used during our ceremony and reception, and our beautiful sweetheart table backdrop. It was a lot of work; but in the end, it was all worth it seeing it come together on our wedding day.

The most memorable part for me is the first time I saw Daniel for the first look. I remember the day being really hot and he was not on time; so my bridesmaids and I were outside in the heat for a while so of course, I was a little upset. But when it was time for me to walk towards him for the first look, I became carefree and knew that this was our big day so we needed to enjoy and treasure every moment of it. I had a huge smile the first time I saw him and I knew everything was going to be okay. Our wedding planner also recommended for us to ‘hide’ after the recessional. We found an area away from everyone and just gave each other lots of hugs and kisses. We treasured those first few minutes to ourselves as a newly wed couple.

Photography was very important to us because it captures our special day. These photos will be kept for life! We loved Sun and Sparrow’s photos on their website and after speaking with Tiffani, she made us feel at ease. They capture the light in a great way and has a great eye on where it’s best to take to pictures. We loved working with Sun and Sparrow. They made everything feel stressed free.

For any bride planning their wedding process, my advice is to stick to your plan/vision. There will be many pinterest picture inspirations but once you decide on what you want on a certain detail, I would stop looking for other inspirations. Enjoy every moment of the planning process (though it could be hectic and stressful) and remember that this is for your special day. Everything will come together on your wedding day.

My favorite part of being married now is being able to come home everyday to Daniel.

#VENDORLOVE  // Wedding Planner: Kelly Demaray  //   Hair and make up by Echou Makeup //   Florals by Rosebud Floral Design   //   DJ/Music by DJ Greg J  //  Venue at Descanso Gardens  //  PhotoBooth by Cheesy Photobooths   //  Caterer by Patina Catering at Descanso Gardens  //   Cake/Dessert by Fantasy Frostings   //   Sound System by SSR Sound System Rentals  //  Invitations by Smitten on Paper   Wedding Dress: Nouvelle Amsale (purchased at Nordstrom)  //  Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka  //  Groom’s suit: Calvin Klein  //  Groomsmen’s suit rented at Friar Tux Shop

 

JT & Sheva // Boho chic desert wedding // Joshua Tree, CA

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING? // While we were dating, we loved visiting the desert. We had been to Joshua Tree many times and had some of our closest & most favorite moments as a couple in the desert. We absolutely loved the idea of using the paradox of massive open space to highlight the intimacy on our wedding day. We knew that we had to share some of our most special moments with all of our family and friends. Simply stated, in the remoteness and isolation of the desert, we found our inspiration 🙂

 

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY? // I can say without a shadow of a doubt that the Persian dancing with our friends & family was our favorite! It was important to have that element of culture on our wedding day and it was so nice to see all our friends embrace it by cutting a rug to our Persian playlist!

 

WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU? // We wanted to capture the beauty of the day; the best, most important day of our lives! We want to share these photos with our children someday so it was important that the photographs captured the love and happiness of the day.

 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW? // We saw a couple weddings they had photographed on their blog and we were blown away! Sun & Sparrow captured all of our moments and details beautifully. One of the best parts about the girls, is when we met Ellie & Tiffani we connected with them immediately. We knew we wanted them to be a part of our day.

 

DID YOU DO ANY DIY PROJECTS? IF SO, WHAT? // One of my favorite DIY projects were our escort cards. These were beautiful pieces of bark that I used a wood burning tool to write our guests names & table numbers into bark. It took forever, but it was so worth it to see all of the excitement from this personalized touch. // Another DIY project was that I designed & made the statement necklace I wore. I absolutely love building new jewelry from old items. By reconstructing antique jewelry and brooches, I made my amazing wedding day jewelry! // The final project was to make & create our bouquets. I wanted plants & florals that would last through the day. So I put together some beautiful drought resistant plants together with some beautiful burlap wrapping and it made a beautiful & wonderful!


WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING OLD, NEW, BORROWED, BLUE?
// Something Old: An antique locket I pinned to my bouquet that had pictures of loved ones who have passed // Something New: My shoes // Borrowed:My wedding dress! Borrowed from my generous sister-in-law // Blue: My garter was embellished with a blue rose.

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS? // Keep it simple and delegate tasks as much as possible so you can enjoy your special day. And remember- the planning is part of the fun- do your best to approach it that way.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING MARRIED NOW? // I love knowing that we are a family now- its a subtle shift but it feels different and good. Also, I love saying “my husband”- it still feels so new and exciting every time!

VENDORS // Venue: Le Haut Desert Aerie // Photographer: Sun & Sparrow // Desserts & Confections : Plants Party // DJ : Dan Goldstein

 

©2013 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Boho chic desert wedding // Pioneer Town in Joshua Tree, CA

Barry & Jennifer Desert Love // Cree Estate Desert Wedding // Palm Springs wedding photographers

BARRY & JENNIFERS BEAUTIFUL CREE ESTATE DESERT WEDDING…

We were engaged in October of 2011 and, beyond a brief discussion regarding our desire for an outdoor “faux destination” wedding, we didn’t begin actively planning our Big Day until around six months out.  Following the prolonged “inspiration period”, we eventually decided to have a spring wedding at Cree Estate in Cathedral City, outside of Palm Springs on March 30, 2013.  We quickly started referring to our wedding by its catchy date, “03.30.13”.

 

During the planning process, we decided our priorities were to have a wedding that was relaxed, family-centric, and featured music that would make everyone dance!  We were most excited about the prospect of having all our friends and family meet each other, so we incorporated a table seating game into our cocktail hour to encourage our guests to interact.  A nod to Jennifer’s Chinese heritage was worked in with a red dress outfit change and a layer of taro-flavored wedding cake.   We also wanted to incorporate the beauty of the spring season and desert setting into our wedding theme.  We used a fiery, desert sunset color palette for the invitations, dresses and family-style table settings.  We also threw in a gratuitous use of eggs (it was Easter weekend after all), which included a giant paper mache egg that served as a card box.

 

But it was the universe, with all its magic, that helped us to accomplish our themes better than we could.  From the little bunnies and ducks running around the property, to the blooming cacti and lush grass, to the bright, round moon – it was already written that 03.30.13 was the perfect day to celebrate our new beginning as husband and wife.  The wedding turned out to be so much more than we could have dreamed.  The feeling of being surrounded by those you love, and feeling their love by their very presence, is indescribable.  There were so many special moments that overwhelmed us with love and happiness.  We are grateful to those who helped make the day possible.

 

• WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU & WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW?   //  All our friends who have gotten married advised us to invest in an experienced photographer to ensure we would have good photos to remember the day.  We were most excited to see photos of moments we weren’t able to fully take in because we were busy running around.  We chose Sun & Sparrow based on it price point, package offerings, and a great recommendation from Barry’s co-worker.  We worked with Tiffani throughout the whole process and absolutely loved it.

 

• DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES TO BE?  //  Find vendors whose instincts and tastes you trust.  Jennifer tried making a heart wreath for the ceremony altar, but it ended up looking like a disaster.  We were fortunate to be working with Britton of Tend Living.  She had the vision to rescue it, plop it among the cacti, and turn it into one of our favorite elements in the wedding – all on game day!

 

MY PINTEREST INSPIRATION  //   http://pinterest.com/zixin/wedding-2013/

 

VENDORS:   //  Wedding Venue:  The Historic Cree Estate   //Catering & Bartending:  Mike Faulkner of Simply Elegant //  Floral Design:  Britton Neubacher of TendLiving  //  Paper Goods Design:  Yvonne Hung in San Francisco, CA  //   Rentals:  Signature Party Rentals in Palm Desert, CA  //   Wedding Cake:  Over the Rainbow Cupcakes & Desserts in Palm Springs, CA  //    DJ & Dance Floor Lighting:  DJ Luis at Primetime Productions  //   Event Coordinator:  April Seuss of The Bride & I in Palm Springs, CA  //   Shuttle Transportation:  Lin Lines  //  Tuxedo Rentals:  Ryders Tuxedo Shop in Los Angeles, CA   //   Hair & Makeup:  Denise at Kelly Zhang in Pasadena, CA  //   Wedding Dress:  San Patrick (Cobalto) &  A Beautiful Day Wedding in Los Angeles, CA  //  Veil:  A shop on Maple Ave. in Santee Alley in Los Angeles, CA (only $55!) //   Rings:  Keith at KFK Jewelers, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA (Groom’s)  & Blue Nile (Bride’s)

 

©2013 Sun & Sparrow Photography //  Palm Springs, CA // The Cree Estate desert wedding photographers

 

4 comments
  • David @ AiP Creative PhotographyJuly 3, 2013 - 7:52 pm

    Love the pic with her veil over half of her face! All great photos!ReplyCancel

  • BrittonJuly 5, 2013 - 11:18 pm

    Sweet Sparrows, you have perfectly captured the magic of this wedding and the deep beauty of Barry & Jennifer. They were a dream to work with in every way and in every moment. Sigh. Big big love to these two and looking forward to working with you again!ReplyCancel

  • Carissa KildallOctober 29, 2015 - 4:30 am

    Hi I would love pricing on your packages for my wedding in Indio on 10-8-2016b 🙂ReplyCancel

    • SunSparrowMarch 30, 2016 - 3:11 pm

      Hi Carissa, we would love to chat with you about your wedding day. If you would please fill out an inquiry form on our contact page, we would love to give you more information.ReplyCancel

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