©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Enchanted Villa Montalvo wedding in San Jose
©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Enchanted Villa Montalvo wedding in San Jose
©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Lake Oak Meadows Garden Wedding
We wanted our day to be filled with natural beauty – the sunlight, beautiful greenery and bright flowers of the venue – and made sure that all our décor worked together to highlight those features. The clichés are true and the day goes by in a flash, but I’ve cherished the indescribable feeling of love and happiness being surrounded by friends and family on that day. My favorite moment – that moment when everything stopped and I’ll remember forever – was walking down the aisle with both my parents, noticing how happy Nolan looked waiting for me to be his wife, and seeing my best girlfriends standing up there crying happy tears for our marriage. This moment meant everything to me. And this was also the moment I cried (even though I swore I wouldn’t!).
Choosing the right photographer was a HUGE deal for us, because we knew it was the one physical element of the day that would last forever. We are SO glad we found Sun & Sparrow. Tiffani and Claudia were absolutely amazing to work with. They truly have an artist’s eye for taking the most breathtaking photos.
Being married feels like we’re finally home after a long journey. Our lives are now together as one family, and we feel immensely blessed to start our journey together as Mr. and Mrs. Yeakley.
©2015 Sun & Sparrow // Etherial Elopement in Palos VerdesFROM THE BRIDE // Andy’s original plan was to propose during a trip to Europe we were discussing for the Fall, but we found out that we were having a little one in the Fall instead so plans got bumped up. We kept our ceremony small because we didn’t have the leisure of time and funds for a bigger ceremony, but we plan on having a bigger, more formal event after our daughter is born and we’ve had some time to settle into our new family life. Our smaller wedding experience was great! God truly blessed us with all those around us and we have so much love and gratitude for everyone who has been a part of our lives and our day. There were minor hiccups along the way and on the day, but the main focus of the day was celebrating in joy and love and it was undoubtedly achieved.
Our inspiration was God’s love. We had nearly missed this important point, but thankful God is faithful and helped us refocus on what is important and so we wanted to make sure our marriage started in celebrating in God’s love for us and to have our loved ones be a witness and to be apart of it. We chose the verse, “Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate,” to be displayed boldly at the alter, but the lettering didn’t hold up and so we had to forego it this time, but our pastor included it during the ceremony so we were happy. As for the styling of the wedding, we kept it sweet and simple. One of the important details I wanted to accomplish was having my favorite flower, the Ranunculus be apart of the wedding. Otherwise we didn’t really sweat over details and just chose the things we were naturally drawn to. My favorite, most memorable part of our wedding day was when Andy cried during the vows. I wasn’t expecting it and I was so moved by it. I will cherish that moment forever. I don’t know what you’re talking about. I didn’t cry.. It was sweat ;). Umm I think my favorite moment was probably the first look.
If I could give one piece of advice to all the future brides and grooms out there, don’t strive, expect and demand perfection. Murphy’s Law, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong and you can’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t miss out on enjoying the important things: family, friends and love. With that said, don’t settle either, if you know what you want, go for it, but know when to compromise and be flexible with changes and be open to suggestions.
I love being Andy’s wife. I love being called, “Mrs. Torres”. I love that we make even more of an effort to strengthen our relationship and stay God centered rather than just get comfortable and take each other for granted, and I pray that we will continue to do so even more after our daughter is born and life becomes a joyful chaos. Andy says that he loves being able to call me his wife and coming home to me everyday.
VENDORS: Coordinators: In Love Events // Photography: Sun & Sparrow // Flowers were acquired from the Original Los Angeles Flower Market and were arranged DIY style. // Rings: Modern Jewelry Mart in Torrance with the great help of Sam Pheng (best jeweler ever). // Cake: King’s Hawaiian by Luis MenendeZ // Dress and shoes were from Anthropologie // Grooms Suit: John Varvatos // Groom’s Shoes: To boot New York // Groom’s Belt: Ferragamo // DIY projects could not have been accomplished without the help by amazing friends: Danielle Taylor, Rochelle Taylor, Rhea Duncan and Tiffani Matsuura.
©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // A beautiful Casa Romantica wedding
TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY AND YOUR WEDDING DAY EXPERIENCE…
The only thing I can really say about our Wedding Day, aside from the fact that we had a blast, was that it was US!!! From the wardrobe, to the music, to the food, to the decorations–every detail was a reflection of both, who Luis & I are as individuals and who we are as a couple. Being a previous Event Coordinator, I made the decision to tackle most of the planning, decorating & coordinating myself. We spent over a year crafting, bargain hunting, building, DIYing & up-cycling as much as we could. Looking back, it was a lofty & time-consuming endeavor, but the hard work allowed us to customize a wedding that was a perfect reflection of us & our personalities–Fun, Quirky, Crafty & Colorful.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING?
Originally, we had planned to have a “Love Is…” themed-wedding; kind of pop-artsy, kitschy, and a little vintage (which is what I love). But as the planning progressed, things morphed into a little less cutesie and a little more classic. This was the best balance between mine & Luis’ styles. We ended up incorporating many rustic elements for Luis, paid homage to 1950’s style that I adore with my tea-length wedding dress, brooch bouquet, classic body-wave hairstyle & vintage luggage accents, and focused a great deal on the food & music. Luis & I are definitely “foodies” and wanted to take our guests a culinary tour of many of the foods we love. So, we melded cuisine from both our Filipino & Mexican backgrounds (Adobo, Lumpia, Pancit, Pollo Norteno, Horchata, Bean & Rice), hired a Taquero “Taco Man,” offered Nothing Bundt Cakes as our Wedding Cake & gave away Porto’s Cheese Rolls as Wedding Favors. Lastly, we had a Mariachi Band during Cocktail Hour &
our Grand Entrance which was a nod to Luis’ heritage.
WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY?
***JAYME: A very special moment for us was definitely our First Dance. As the DJ announced us, our wedding guests gathered along the edge of Bella Vista Grove’s beautiful, outdoor dance floor with huge glowing Sparklers in-hand as we made our way to center stage. Can you imagine dancing under a star-filled sky, with your new wife/husband in your arms, to Ed Sheeran’s “Talking Out Loud,” surrounded by a sea of glimmering lights? There was definitely love in the air that night & it was truly magical…
***LUIS: My favorite part of our big day was, without question, when Jayme walked out of the house and made her way to the alter. She was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen–she looked stunning! I felt like no one else was there but us… I fell in love again, a million times over, that day.
WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW?
Once your big day has come & gone and the freshness of your memories begin to fade, all you’ll have left are the pictures/video footage from that special day… A picture is worth a thousand words, and that’s why it’s SO important to invest in professionals who will skillfully & stylishly capture all those feelings & experiences & moments for you. As we interviewed many published & notable wedding photographers, Sun & Sparrow climbed to the top of our list because, as a bride, not only did I want beautiful pictures, but I also wanted us to be able to spend our day with people we enjoyed, people we could laugh with, people that would reassure us & keep us smiling, people that we would make our day memorable. We chose correctly!
DID YOU DO ANY DIY PROJECTS? IF SO, WHAT?
With my past experiences in Event Planning, I knew how much couples invested (and ultimately OVER-invested) on their Weddings, so it was important for us to keep costs as low as possible. Luis & I spent many weekends at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, Ventura Swap Meet & a plethora of antique shops trying to find vintage frames, shutters, barrels, brooches, etc. We literally spent our evenings building & crafting everything we could ourselves: Boutonnieres, Crepe Paper Flowers, Chalkboard Signs, The Bar, All Decorations, Backdrop, Curtains, Photo Booth Props, Bridal Bouquet, Table Centerpieces, Luminaries, Bridal Party Gifts, etc, etc… The list goes on-&-on! We were exhausted, but the sense of pride we felt when it all came together and knowing that everything we made was from our hearts & carried a small piece of us was well worth it.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?
The biggest pieces of advice I can offer any couple is to make efforts to slow down & enjoy each moment as they come, because faster than you realize, it will all be over. Also, inevitably, something unplanned will happen, someone will be late, something won’t go according to plan, some part of your master plan will fall through–but that’s okay. Most times, something that seems like a “big deal” to you will go unnoticed by your guests (as they were not part of the planning process), and at the end of the day, you are marrying the person you love and that’s what counts! And lastly, don’t focus on pleasing others (mother-in-law, friends, family, etc) or make decisions that you’re not comfortable with; its your special day and should be yours & your fiances vision–no one else’s.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING MARRIED NOW?
***JAYME: My favorite part of being married is knowing that I have someone, a forever “partner-in-crime,” who made a decision & promise to always stand beside me, support me, act silly with me, share in my adventures, love me, protect me, inspire me, and build a life & family with me. When I wake up in the morning next to my husband, it’s the best knowing that he adores me & thinks I’m beautiful even though my hair is messy and I have no make-up on. Love & Commitment are things many people spend their whole lifetime searching for, and I feel lucky & blessed to have found mine.
***LUIS: My favorite part of being married is feeling the bond we have get stronger and stronger with each new day. Being able to come home every night, knowing that my wife will always be there for the rest of our lives, is incredibly heart warming and a blessed feeling.
ALL THE AWESOME VENDORS & FASHION VENDORS OF THIS WEDDING…