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Richard & Michelle // Golden Sunset Red Oak Barn wedding

Golden Sunset Red Oak Barn wedding // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Orange County wedding photographer

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      Brady & Tiffany // Romantic Backyard wedding in Castaic

      Romantic Backyard wedding in Castaic // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Santa Barbara wedding photographers

      We got married in Castaic, CA at a family friend’s beautiful home. Tucked in the hills of a very quiet and quint area…and honestly a place that I could have only imagined. We were so blessed to be gifted the use of this family’s home. The minute it was offered to us, I knew this was going to be the perfect location…..tons of greenery, a huge white rustic farm house, & a white barn to top it off! It was perfect….exactly what this Tennessee girl wanted! Because it wasn’t a typical wedding venue, there were lots of details & preparation that took place the 10 months leading up to the big day! I’m not sure how we did it, but it all came together beautifully with the help of our family. We of course had the typical small hiccups the day of (that everyone warned us about!). The weather was perfect all week and by our wedding day, it was going to be 98 degrees so we were a little nervous about that. It was a tinsy bit warm in the barn where we held the ceremony, but we were prepared. The ceremony was about 7 1/2 minutes (which was the game plan because we wanted to party!) so there was a little excessive sweating, but once the ceremony ended the sun was going down beyond the hill and the weather could not have been more perfect the rest of the night! Another little hiccup that day was that our 16 foot white chiffon draping in the barn decided to fall down an hour before the ceremony! Thank the Lord for the groomsmen and father of the groom — they were able to fix it with minor injuries (our poor coordinate took a good one to the head while trying to help, but she muscled through the night with no complaints!! She’s amazing!). And of course we (the groom & bride) knew nothing about this until after the ceremony….probably a good call there! lol.

      I have so many favorite moments from the day — from waking up with my fiancé and blasting music throughout the house we rented (had to start the day off fun, it’s the only way we roll 🙂 to walking with my Dad down the aisle. One of the highlights was also having our family & friends together during a traditional Greek dance (my request as I’m from a Greek family). Dancing, & laughing with the people we love…it was such a special moment! Overall, it was such a gift to have all the people who matter the most in our lives together in one place — something that will probably never happen again. Truly a once in a lifetime celebration that we will always remember!
      My advice to any future brides/grooms is to stick to your own vision for your big day (it’s all about you guys!) and have it represent who you are; enjoy every little challenge and special moment because the time leading up to the big day flies by; and once the day comes, just roll with it…laugh at the hiccups, be present in every moment, and remember what truly matters that day is the love you are celebrating together!

      MY VENDORS: 

      Coordinator:   Kate Wright //  www.bluedoorcreative.net

      Photographer:  Sun & Sparrow   //  www.sunandsparrow.com

      Photo booth: Pixster   //  www.pixsterphotobooth.com

      Florals: Culver City Flower Shop  (Mike)     @culvercenterflowers

      Invitations:  CardHunter on Zazzle  //  https://www.zazzle.com/cardhunter

      Calligraphy: All wood signs by Tiffany Malichis     @fitlifetif

      Rentals:   24/7 Events //  http://247-events.com

      Caterer: WoodRanch (Valencia)   //  https://www.woodranch.com/restaurants/valencia/

      Desserts:   Kupcakekitchen   //     https://kupcakekitchen.com

      Wedding rings maker: Robbins Brothers www.robbinsbros.com


      Wedding Gown Maker:  Essense of Australia  //  https://www.essensedesigns.com

      Wedding Gown Boutique: Le Marriage Couture //  https://www.lemarriagecouture.com

      Wedding & Engagement rings:  Robbins Brothers  //  https://www.robbinsbrothers.com

      Other Bride Details: Earrings (Etsy by CrystalAvenues) //  etsy.com

      Hair & Makeup: Design Visage //  http://www.designvisage.com

      Bridesmaids dresses: Revelry //   http://wedding.shoprevelry.com

      Bridesmaids robes: Etsy by HaydenHarlowPR


      Groom Suit: Kenneth Cole (purchased at Men’s Warehouse)   //   kennethcole.com  // www.menswarehouse.com

      Groom Details: All Ties & pocket squares — The Tiebar  //   https://www.thetiebar.com

      Groom shoes:  Garfield & Grand

      Jeremy & Emily // Elegant backyard wedding in Solvang

      Elegant backyard wedding in Solvang // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Solvang wedding photographer

      FROM THE BRIDE // We got married in Los Olivos, CA, a section of California Wine Country that we chose for its outdoor beauty. And of course, the week of our wedding, there was a record breaking heat wave and we were terrified in the days leading up to the wedding that it would be too hot to have our outdoor ceremony. We planned to have fans, umbrellas, ice water- anything to keep people cool. The morning of the wedding we looked at the weather and guess what… RAIN! In the middle of the heat wave! And it was scheduled to start raining at the exact moment that our ceremony was set to begin. Up until that point Jeremy and I were both pretty pleased with ourselves for being a very chill bride and groom. That morning, not so much. We thought about moving everything inside, but decided instead to risk it. We knew that everyone was up there to have fun, and a little rain wouldn’t get in the way of that. What I remember most about our wedding day was the laughter. We laughed at the weather, at each other, at the absurdity of spending months planning a wedding outside only to be foiled by nature. We had so much fun that day. All the pressure was off. It was cooler outside, and the rain freshened up the landscape, made everything breathe. And when the ceremony began, the skies cleared, the sun came out and it was perfect. Jeremy and I had exactly what we wanted: a relaxed, funny, beautiful evening with all of our friends, amazing food, wine, music, full of love and support. When the sun set the band came out, everyone got on the dance floor and danced all night. Our friends danced with our parents friends, we danced with everyone. There was a single moment where the floor wasn’t filled. Big fires were lit in these awesome cauldrons and all our nieces and nephews got covered in chocolate while making s’mores. The moon was huge, heavy and butter yellow and it didn’t rain once after the ceremony. We had pies instead of cake- cherry, key lime, and pecan and between the sugar and the dancing (and alcohol) there was a lot of joy all around.

      There were so many special moments! Our flowers were done by my good friend and former roommate. She started the business when we were living together in LA, at the same time that Jeremy and I started dating, and since then it has BLOOMED. It was so special to have her practice her craft at the wedding. It felt like years in the making for both of us. My uncle gave a speech that had the entire room in tears. When I was three I gave him a painting (if you can call it that- it’s very abstract) and I told him that he could give it back to me when I got married. He brought the painting to the wedding and returned it to me. There were many other moments. We both had so many friends at the wedding that we have known since we were little. It was incredible to have everyone in the same place, decades of history, all gathered for a weekend. And our parents dancing… that was the best part for both of us.

      When we found Mattei’s Tavern we knew we didn’t have to worry too much about decor. The place is a dream. It’s rustic and elegant at the same time, with beautiful lighting and really cool interiors. Mattei’s was the key to the look. We really didn’t have to do much. So we decided that what we cared about most were the food, the booze, and the music and we put most of our energy into those. I think we nailed all three. I trusted Hope, from Pigsty florals, completely, and she did amazing work with our florals, understated and classic. Our wedding planner also seemed to read our minds, and completely understood the feel we wanted without us having to go into detail. Neither Jeremy nor I like the spotlight, and I think our wedding style reflected that. My dress was very simple and his suit was classic. We let our groomsmen and bridesmaids pick their own suits/dresses, because we wanted them to be comfortable and happy. All we said was we wanted shades of blue. It was all mismatched but it worked out!

      Prioritize! There are so many details that go into a wedding, and so many of them can’t be controlled on the day. Pick your battles! We spent a huge part of our budget on music, because that’s what we cared about most, and we were happy we did.

      MY VENDORS:  

      Venue:                     Mattei’s Tavern  //  www.matteistavern.com
      Coordinator:           Frankie Podrat       //    www.franklyweddings.com
      Photographer:       Sun & Sparrow    //    www.sunandsparrow.com
      Florals:                 Pigsty Florals    //      www.pigsty.co
      Invitations:           Minted     //          www.minted.com
      Rentals:                Ventura Rentals       //   www.venturalrental.com
      Caterer:                 Pure Joy Catering   //    www.purejoycatering.com

      Wedding rings maker (Jeremy’s): Ash Hilton       //   www.ashhilton.com

      Wedding rings maker (Emily’s)    Jennie Kwon        //   www.jenniekwondesigns.com


      Wedding Gown Maker: Jill Stuart
      Hair & Makeup:  TEAM Santa Barbara
      Bride Shoes: Rachel Comey

      Groom Suit: Brooks Brothers
      Groom shoes:  Cole Haan

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