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Spencer & Stephanie // Romantic Fairytale wedding at the Ebell of Los Angeles

Romantic Fairytale wedding at the Ebell of Los Angeles // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Fairytale photographer in Los Angeles

 

Garrett & Deanne // Fairytale garden inspired Calamigos Ranch wedding

Fairytale garden inspired Calamigos Ranch wedding // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Calamigos Ranch wedding photographer

FROM THE BRIDE // 

The morning of the wedding was the first time in a while I felt so relaxed because everything was out of my hands. I really got to enjoy the morning getting ready with my mother, mother in law and sister in law. It was so nice to chat before the hectic craziness of the day took over. Once Tiffani got there and the videographer Russell everything went full speed ahead and the day just went so fast! It was just so lovely to see all of our family from across the nation and the globe come together to celebrate us, it really was just so special. Everything came together perfectly and all the planning was so worth it in the end. The best compliments we had about our wedding was how fun it all was and that just meant the world to us because that was what he had planned from the start. From our personal vows, hilarious speeches from friends and family, to the live band karaoke allowing everyone to sing their hearts out—the entire night was so full of belly laughs, wide smiles, and carefree dancing. We wanted to make our wedding not just beautiful but personal, unique, fun and memorable and I think we really did achieve that!

 

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day? Did you have any special moments/story with friends or family that stand out to you?

It really is true that the whole day goes by so quickly, but luckily I made it a point with Garrett to remind ourselves to take it all in and remember special moments. My favorite moment from my wedding day was entering the reception after we had just walked down the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife. We had not been alone yet the entire day and were alone for just a couple of seconds while everyone was cheering outside as the ceremony ended. I had never seen my (now) husband so happy in our entire years together; I will remember that moment forever. His favorite moment was seeing everyone dance and sing on the dance floor. Everyone really let loose! We cannot wait to see all the pictures to relive our amazing day!

 

What inspired you while planning your wedding ?

I had spent many months making our own décor—my mom told me that our wedding was going to be my little art exhibit. My husband and his family is from Connecticut and my family is from California so I made string art to welcome our families to our wedding. (I guess someone loved these so much because they have not been seen since after the wedding!). From the table numbers, sewing the sweetheart table linen, all the sign in table décor, our dog’s collar wreath, toss petals, metal geometric table décor with air plants—it was all a labor of love. Garrett made the seating chart and my family pitched in making all of the succulent wedding favors. Our décor reflected our own modern rustic style and mirrored the beautiful greenery of our venue. It was important to me to decorate our wedding with things we would love in our own home, which made our wedding feel not too formal but very casual and inviting.

 

Do you have any advice for brides/grooms who are currently planning their weddings?

I recommend ranking vendors by importance to you and your fiancé and let that dictate how much you spend. Maybe the venue isn’t that important but the food is, or maybe the dress is lower on the ranking but the band is number one. For us, the atmosphere of the venue and décor was really important to me. The band and entertainment was most important to my husband. Weddings really are a money pit but I don’t regret choosing vendors that really matched my vision. The best advice I got was – no one is going to remember the color of the chair they were sitting on or if you had a napkin ring- they will however remember the overall feel of the wedding, the entertainment and the food. Don’t lose the bigger picture- the coming together of people to celebrate your love. That is what will be remembered in the end for you and your guests. Also- thinking out of the box pays off. We had a very nontraditional wedding- short ceremony, our friend was the Officiant, we had no bridesmaids or groomsmen, and we had live band karaoke so our guests could partake in the entertainment. This really made our wedding very personal and special for us.

 

MY VENDORS:  

Venue:  Calamigos Ranch // http://www.calamigos.com/weddings.html

Coordinator:  White Blossom Events // http://whiteblossomevents.showitsite.com

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

Videographer:  Russell John Films // http://russelljohnfilms.com

Photo booth:  Pixster // https://www.pixsterphotobooth.com

Florals:  Violette’s flowers // http://violettesflowers.com

Invitations: Zazzle // https://www.zazzle.com

Calligraphy // By the Bride –email for orders- 619-850-8007- deanne.enriquez@gmail.com

Desserts:  French Confection Co. // http://www.thefrenchconfectionco.com/sweets-gallery/

Wedding rings maker:  Darbini Jewelry // www.darbinijewelry.com

All Décor by the Bride –email for orders – 619-850-8007 – deanne.enriquez@gmail.com

CEREMONY SINGERS MARIE EDWARD BAND // http://futureofadventure.com

LIVE BAND KARAOKE CASUAL ENCOUNTERS // http://casualencounterskaraoke.comfutu

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Wedding Gown Maker: Sotterro & Midgley – “Wyatt”

Wedding Gown Boutique:  2000 Dreams Bridal // www.2000dreams.com

Other Bride Details:  Hairpiece – Bel Aire Bridal, Earrings & Bracelet -Nordstroms

Hair & Makeup:  Jackie Romero Makeup // www.jackiemakeup.com

Bride Shoes:  Klub Nico http://www.klubnico.com – purchased at Nordstroms

Groom Suit & details:  Custom suit by Men’s Warehouse  // www.menswarehouse.com

 

Paul & Despina // Elegant Greek inspired Pasadena wedding

Elegant Greek inspired Pasadena wedding // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Pasadena wedding photographers

Describe your experience at your wedding in 1 paragraph, everything you remember.

The church ceremony was everything we could have asked for and more. We were blessed to have such an intimate ceremony, and standing by each others side was such an empowering feeling. We felt the support of our families behind us, the love of our friends around us, and God above us. However, we were not so fortunate with the weather. It was a scorcher. But you know once you hit that dance floor, rain or shine, it’s a great feeling. That first dance with your parent is this defining moment of all the love involved in your life growing up and it’s this magical way of showcasing that love to the world. I’ve always felt that, and for us it certainly felt so. When we did our couples dance we could somehow feel the love throughout the room, and for that we are forever humbled and thankful. We danced late into the night, and we both wish right now we could go back to that moment.

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day? Did you have any special moments/story with friends or family that stand out to you?

In the morning, my favorite part was when I was getting my hair done. It was quiet, I was surprisingly calm and relaxed, my mom and grandma came upstairs and sang Greek village songs to me. They also had another Greek relative on speaker that sang to me as well, while my aunt captured the moments. We all had tears of joy and it was so beautiful and special. That moment was unreal because days before, my grandmother had showed up (from Greece) in our driveway.

Later in the evening, I think we both agree that the dancing, especially the greek dancing, was our favorite part. We loved seeing people who didn’t know the steps still get out on the floor and live it up. At the end of the night when the crowd was a little more intimate, we had so much fun just being around loved ones.

What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor? Was there any special element that made your decor come together for you, personally?

I’ve always associated closely with the olive tree. The olive is for my ancestors our livelihood. Having that element sprinkled throughout the wedding – bouquets, wedding favors, we even had an olive tree that we used for guests to hang wishes which is now planted in our front yard! This made the wedding close to home.

Do you have any advice for brides/grooms who are currently planning their weddings?

The amount of wedding ideas out there are mind-boggling. Pinterest, magazines, expos…- it’s endless. The best advice I can give is to make it personal. Find inspiration from your parents weddings and families culture. Don’t be cookie cutter! Make something! We made signs that said “Welcome” and we’ll always have them as usable souvenirs. We got these big goofy headshots of us for the photo booth, and now we have them around the house as a funny reminder of our wedding. Basically, at the end of the wedding all the decor and event items will be hauled off, so its nice to have something beyond the dress to remember your special day.

Planning a wedding is hard. Harder than you can imagine until you actually do it. You will get scared, you will run out of time, you will cry, but at the end of the day it’s going to be ok, and you will be One.

 

 

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