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Lakeside wedding at The Lodge at Malibou Lake // Robin & Jen

Lakeside wedding at The Lodge at Malibou Lake  // @2019 Sun & Sparrow  Malibu Wedding Photography




1. Describe your how you felt on your wedding morning, all the anticipation and the love. What were you most looking forward to in the beginning of your day.
Robin: I was a bit nervous, cold, stuck in traffic and a bit late. I had anxiety about my tie because I still didn’t know how to tie a tie. I didn’t know how to deal with the pocket square. I had never worn cuff links. This was one of the few times I had ever worn a suit. I felt uncomfortable and then finally when I saw my beautiful bride, Jen, I knew everything was going to be okay.
Jen: I was crossing my fingers for the rain to stop but also nervous about my vows. However, the time passed by so quickly, I hardly had time to think about anything. I think I just wanted everything to start and be able to see everyone we loved in one room. I was ready to see Robin.
2. Did you have a ‘first look’ or a ‘walk down the aisle’ moment? How did you feel when you saw your significant other for the first time?
Robin: I thought that’s the most beautiful bride here tonight by far…
Jen: When I saw Robin, I thought to myself, “Finally”. Even though we had just been apart for a few hours, it was comforting to be with him on our wedding day. Seeing him put me at ease and made me feel ready to start the day.
3. What was your favorite moment/story from your wedding day?
Jen: My favorite moment was when our flower girl, Sienna, refused to walk down the aisle. I loved how her dad improvised and threw the flowers for her. Having everyone laugh brings a smile to my face. I also loved hearing Robin’s vows- his writing was so beautiful and touching. I was in awe of his writing skills, although not surprised! It was nice to reminisce about the beginning of our story and the adventures we have been through.
Robin: My favorite moment was standing at the end of the aisle and hearing Blackbird by the Beatles (instrumental) start playing and then I saw Jen walking down the aisle. It was like my 2 favorite things happening all at once in front of all my beloved family and friends. It’s as if my whole life was “waiting for this moment”- just like in the song, and then the most important moment in my life occurred.
4. How did your day most feel like a fairytale?
Jen: Hearing all the speeches and realising how much effort and thought my dad and our siblings put into each speech was so heart-warming.  I don’t think people often express how they feel to one another but on that day, we were able to share our feelings so candidly and loving with one another.   It is so beautiful to see everyone come together with so much joy.
Robin: The day felt like a fairytale because all of the people from different times in my life, came together for the first time, and celebrated this significant moment in our life. There is something special in the joining of two families and two lives.


Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography // Venue: The Lodge at Malibu Lake // Event Planning: Honey Fitz Events // Floral: Garden Florists // Videography: Anchor Pictures // Wedding Cake: Sugar Fairy Desserts // Makeup: Kelly Zhang // Calligraphy: Simply Stated // DJ: Vox DJs // Lawn Games: Charming Lights // Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven // Groom’s Attire: Empire Tailors // Bride’s Shoes: Nina Venetia // Bridesmaid Dresses: Tulle & Chantilly // Bridesmaid Robes: Etsy- Seline Lounge // Groom’s Attire: The Tie Bar // Wedding Ring: Koala Jewelry Design // Engagement Ring: Mabelle // Groom’s Shoes: Joseph Cheaney and Sons // Groomsmen Attire: Empire Tailors // Submitted via: Matchology


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    Dion & Mary // Elegant Santa Barbara destination wedding

    Elegant Santa Barbara destination wedding // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Santa Barbara engagement and wedding photographers 



    Wedding Planner: Sunny California Weddings  // Photographer: Sun & Sparrow // Venue Four Seasons Resort: The Biltmore Santa Barbara  //  Makeup/ Hair : Makeup Jessica Lee  //  Videographer : Santa Barbara Wedding Films  //  Florist : Alpha Floral  //  Arch Rental : Just 4 Fun Party Rentals  //  Entertainment:  Entourage Band

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      Chris & Sheila // Fairytale inspired Calamigos wedding at the Oaks

      Fairytale inspired Calamigos wedding at the Oaks // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Malibu engagement and wedding photographer 


      FROM THE BRIDE //  Our wedding day can be described in only one word: magical. I remember feeling stressed the entire week over the possibility of rain, but when I woke up that morning I felt surprisingly calm.  The day went by seamlessly with the sun shining! Getting ready with the girls before the wedding was so much fun. We listened to music and danced up a storm (especially my mother). I surprisingly was hungry and able to eat a lot! Once Sun & Sparrow arrived however, things started to feel very real. I am normally the one in control at all times (disclaimer: I was a bridezilla) and the day of I let the reigns go because Ellie was able to execute my itinerary flawlessly. She got everyone moving and shaking! Before the ceremony, Chris and I had our first look which was very beautiful and private. We continued taking pictures with our family and friends at the beautiful Calamigos Ranch Oak Room and I was absolutely blown away by the enchanting arch that Petals & Linens executed. I was speechless at our floral arrangements! We hired a jazz band for the ceremony and cocktail hour which all of our guests really enjoyed under the gorgeous chandeliers of the outdoors area. After walking down the aisle, the party flew by. Dancing was one of my favorite parts, especially when my new husband decided to do the running man on the floor! It was a beautiful party to celebrate the beginning of a lifelong relationship and I couldn’t be more thankful for our supportive families and of course our amazing vendors!
      One special moment that sticks out the most to me is the first look with my Dad. It was the only time I felt really emotional. I saw his eyes get watery and it just broke me. Also, his father of the bride speech was very genuine and from the heart. It was very special for my family.
      If I could give one piece of advice to couples currently in the planning stages is to have a first look. The day goes by so fast and it was nice to have the pictures all taken care of prior to the ceremony. Plus your hair and makeup is perfect still. Also, do not download three different weather apps and stare at them all day long leading up to the wedding. It is what it is!
      What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor? Was there any special element that made your decor come together for you, personally?
      I have always loved the movie The Secret Garden since I was a little girl. I was very inspired by that movie and wanted to recreate it with a bright colored floral arch that looked like it grew from the ground and the waterfall backdrop.
      MY VENDORS : 
      Coordinator & Florals : Petals & Linens 
      Videographers: Hadley Studios
      Photo Booth : SillyBooth
      Rings Maker : Towne Jewelers 
      Jazz Band : Jon Stanger Band
      Wedding Gown Maker : Stella York
      Wedding Gown Boutique : Beautiful Day
      Hair : Hair by Karianna  & Makeup : Felicia La Tour //  booked with Fee-Love
      Bride’s Shoes: Michael Kors
      Bridesmaids Dresses: Vera Wang at David’s Bridal
      Groom Suit : Calvin Klein 
      Grooms Shoes : Men’s Warehouse 





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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

        Anthony & Kristen // Boho inspired forest wedding in Southern California

        Boho inspired forest wedding in Southern California // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Southern California wedding photographers

        FROM THE BRIDE // Our main goal for our wedding was to make sure we were in the moment and present, especially since we didn’t have a videographer. I would say we did just that. I couldn’t have asked for a better night from the vendors to our guests. I honestly couldn’t think of anything I would have done differently, it was truly a dream come true. My inspiration started with more of a Rustic theme with burlap and all that good jazz. It fit well with our venue being outdoors and an equestrian center. That all changed the moment I found “the” dress. My mom was a big part of planning and was helping me every step of the way. My mom has more of a glamorous, bedazzled, blingy, and sparkly style (which is much different from my rustic, vintage, plain jane style). We decided to meet in the middle and decided our décor would be Chabby Chic as we called it. There were mason jars, and lots of flowers, with some fancier looking centerpieces with lace dollies. I was so happy with the outcome of our two styles coming together and I couldn’t imagine it being any different, it was perfect.
        My most memorable part of the day was just dancing the night away. My husband and I shared our first dance but unlike most weddings we also got to share it with our two children which was very special to us. Our DJ was so amazing and new exactly what kind of music to play to keep everyone dancing the night away.
        I have a few words of advice for brides/grooms planning there wedding….
        1. Spend the extra money on your vendors, especially your DJ and Photographer. Spend less on décor and such because honestly people don’t notice those things (and neither do you the  day of) I am waiting to see all my décor, and wedding cake from my photographers!
        2. Make sure you are living in the moment and not looking at photos later and then remember all the things that happened. Be present… put your phone away and live YOUR special day (you only get to once!)
        3. Don’t stress about the little things, or about the people that can’t make it. I realized a lot of “family” have weird priorities, but you can’t let that get you down. You have to know that whoever is there to celebrate is who matters most. As for the little things… don’t stress if certain things don’t get done right or at all. No one will notice but you (maybe).
        4. ENJOY AND HAVE FUN!
        MY VENDORS: 

        Venue: Middle Ranch // http://www.middleranch.com
        Photographer: Sun & Sparrow  //    www.sunandsparrow.com
        Photo booth: DJ Pasha Entertainment //   www.djpasha-ent.com
        Florals Party Posies Floral and Events //   www.partyposies.com
        Invitations: Elegant Wedding Invitations  //   www.elegantweddiginvitations.com
        Caterer: Anoush Catering //  www.anoush.com
        Desserts: Great Dane Baking Co  // www.greatdanebakingcompany.com
        Wedding rings maker:  Jewelry Exchange Tustin, Carbon 6
        Wedding Gown Maker: David’s Bridal // http://www.davidsbridal.com
        Makeup: Hair- Kristen Hall
        Hair:  Dusty Kuskie Diamond Beauty
        Bride Shoes: Ralph Lauren
        Bridesmaids dresses: Show me your Mum // https://www.showmeyourmumu.com
        Groom & Groomsmen Suit: Friar Tux // https://www.friartux.com