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Fairytale wedding at Calamigos Ranch // Joey & Mariah

Fairytale wedding at Calamigos Ranch  // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow – Los Angeles fairytale wedding photographer


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FROM THE BRIDE

Thinking back about the day still gives me joy. I did not sleep much the night before my wedding day, because there were so many thoughts and emotions running through my head. From the moment I woke up we began checking things off my list, and it became clearer that my moment was almost here. Hair, makeup, photos, dress, all were being checked off my list, one by one. While everything moved around me I remember feeling an inner peace. It was as if someone whispered, “everything would be perfect”.  Everything felt right in that moment.

Butterflies filled my stomach, and on came my song. My brother walked our dogs Sadie-Rae and Scout down first, and then my father escorted me down the aisle, handed me off to my “husband” and our ceremony began. I remember seeing him for the first time, waiting for me at the end of the aisle. It’s a difficult moment to describe, but when you see forever waiting for you it is overwhelming. In that moment, we held hands. Holding Joeys hands and looking into his eyes was one of the happiest moments in my life.

We finished the ceremony, had our first kiss as Mr. and Mrs! For the first time we were announced as husband and wife! I couldn’t believe it! We had decided early on that we wanted a more intimate to do communion after the ceremony, with only us and the pastor. We felt this was our vow before the Lord.  It gave us time to let everything set in and a moment of silence to thank God for all that He has given us.

Not long after our vows and the pictures, the party began! We started our party with an amazing dinner, speeches, dancing, dessert bars, photo booth fun and a late night espresso bar! Before my wedding I was given great advice from my sister-in-law to just enjoy and take in every moment (anticipated or not), because it is over in a blink. I love being a wife and, looking back, would not have changed a thing about our wedding! I am so appreciative to everyone who helped our fairytale wedding play out.

 

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day? // Walking down the aisle and seeing Joey for the first time. We both felt strongly that we wanted the first time seeing each other to be when I walked down the aisle. And Joey’s only request was that the aisle be long enough for him to take the moment in.

What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor?  //  I wanted simple timeless elements, lace, pearls, roses, and diamonds combined with the natural rustic elements in the venue.

 

MY VENDORS:

Venue: Calamigos Ranch, Redwood Room www.calamigos.com // Coordinator: Kylie Raache from Wish Wonder Dream wishwonderdream.com // Photographer: Sun & Sparrow   www.sunandsparrow.com // Videographer: Rayne Films www.raynefilms.com // Florals: White House Florals www.whitehouseflower.com // Invitations: William Arthur from Nantucket Press nantucketcrossing.com // Desserts: Vanilla Bakeshop www.vanillabakeshop.com // Wedding Gown Designer: Stella York www.stellasbridal.com // Wedding dress boutique: Bridal Elegance www.bridalelegancesalon.com // Ring: Robbins Brothers, Simon G www.robbinsbrothers.com // Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang kellyzhang.com // Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka  www.badgleymischka.com // Groom Suit: Men’s Warehouse www.menswearhouse.com // Groom Details: Rolex // Groom shoes:  Magnanni // Bridesmaids dresses: Bari Jay www.barijay.com // Groomsmen suits: Men’s Warehouse  www.menswearhouse.com






To see more photography from Calamigos Ranch venues, click on any of the links below. 

The Oak Room  |  The Redwood Room  |  The Pavillion  |  The Birchwood Room 

Aaron & Jill // Romantic evening at Calamigos Equestrian Ranch

Anthony & Nikki // Whimsical Malibu Calamigos Ranch wedding

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Whimsical Malibu Calamigos Ranch wedding // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow wedding photographers

how she did itFROM THE BRIDE // My vision started with wanting to get married under a Willow tree with twinkle lights and have a romantic feel. So I started my research for a venue with that as the determining factor. I definitely used Pinterest as my research tool with a lot. Pinterest is so convenient and helped me gather pictures of what I wanted to create my wedding board. My wedding venue was at Calamigos Ranch. This property is absolutely beautiful! It has a rustic feel to it but I think with my décor it gave a more romantic/whimsical feel. I also wanted to make sure everything was custom to Anthony and I and to include décor that was meaningful to us. The elements around us when we got married were important. I had a cross custom made that held our unity candle, which represented having God at the center of us. The giveaways for the guest were little succulent plants that I handpicked and my bridal party helped pot each one. We pinned our engagements pictures to show our family and friends romantic moments between Anthony and I. I was beyond excited to see everything come together so nicely.

My favorite moment was really marrying my best friend! Walking down the aisle seeing him, the set up and everyone joined together to watch us was truly a blessing. We flew in my Uncle Sam who is a pastor in Spain to marry us. It was important to have someone marry us that know us and can speak from the heart. All in all I loved my entire wedding. I enjoyed every bit of it from the beginning of the day all the way to the end. (I didn’t want it to end!) I couldn’t have been blessed with better vendors and wedding party.

Photography is important to us because it’s what captures important moments of our special day. Photos are always kept and looked at. They are always shared between family and friends. It takes a talented person to capture emotion and feelings within a picture. I was really particular about choosing a photographer. One of my friends used Sun & Sparrow for the wedding like 4 years ago and I always loved their pictures. So when I was on the hunt Sun & Sparrow was definitely in my top picks. Then I saw their website with all the other engagement/wedding photos and it was instant. I knew they were the one. Plus, when Tiffani and I first spoke we totally vibed and I loved her personality!

One thing that I think would have taken some ease off for me in the planning process was to attend a Bridal expo. I never did and I’m thankful that I pulled it off without going but I definitely think that it’s a great starting step. My favorite tool to use was The Knot app for the checklist feature. Every month it gave me my task to do.  Also, when going to other weddings really take a look at the vendors and their work/style. Some of my vendors I already had locked in because I loved their work from my best friend’s wedding. Make sure to also ask around with friends and family. It’s always nice to know of someone who used the vendors before or if they have tips on planning process. It’s a plus hearing other people’s wedding stories. The most important part really is keeping God in the center of it all. Prayer helps with everything and it’s amazing to see how God works in mysterious ways.

My favorite part of being married now is living together! We share our daily lives together now and for the rest of our lives. Making the house have both our personality and look to it.  It’s fun being couch potatoes together. I enjoy cooking and he enjoys my cooking..hahaha. It really is just all the little things that I love right now.

Event Coordination:
Dean Bernard Events
Entertainment:
Isaiah aka DJ icyice
310-920-4282
Photographer:
Sun & Sparrow, Tiffani Matsuura
Videographer:
Xposure, Xerxes Sangco
Florist:
Wisteria Grove, Lori
Room Block:
Hyatt Westlake Village, Rachel Kramarchuk,


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Whimsical Malibu Calamigos Ranch wedding // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow wedding photographers

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 ©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography //  Calamigos Equestrian Garden wedding

how she did it

FROM THE BRIDE //    We are about the moments, about being so in love that you can feel it when you get close, about the twirl of our beautiful daughter in her dress. We are about family and friends and joy and laughter. These are the things that inspired us both for our wedding day. We wanted to capture the essence of who we are together and so we chose our beautiful venue, surrounded by hills and horses, choosing with intention the day of the summer solstice, celebrating on the longest day of the year. What better than a midsummers day with enchanting yellow and white bouquets of flowers, feathers and dreamcatchers and of course marrying my love.

It was the perfectest of days for us, the energy was so full of love, my shy daughter as flower girl, a very dear friend performing our ceremony. There was laughter, there were tears and there was dancing. Through all of that y favorite part was seeing Michael waiting for me as I walked down the aisle, the shimmer of tears in his eyes as he met might, the knowing that this was so right. And our first dance, so romantic and full of love and so full of silliness and laughter as we changed up the music so our 2 year old daughter could join us! And the couples dance, we had so many married couples, we decided to dedicate a dance for them and it was just so amazing and wonderful watching everyone get on the dance floor together, embracing each other and just genuinely feeling the love.
So many aspects of planning a wedding are important, choosing the right vendors to work with, but the most important vendor for us was our photographer ( and the food!). We wanted to make sure we chose a team that would celebrate with us, be passionate about day, to be able to trust that the moments would be captured, especially the moments we didn’t know were there. We chose Sun and Sparrow because their photo have an almost ethereal magic to them.Their photos seem to come to life, just beautiful photos that would capture everything. And can I just say…a photographer willing to face the elements! (Thank you Tiffani for also doing our stunning rainy day engagement photos!)
To brides planning their wedding now, don’t forget to include your fiance in this process,,,even if they just want to do a little bit. Find your rhythm, and go with it, enjoy the whole journey, even the lows of it. It will be an amazing day no matter what! When the day finally arrives, just remember you are there to marry your love, if some piece of that day doesn’t come together the way you planned – its really ok- you will be the only one who knows, everyone else will be all eyes on you two!
What is our favorite part of being married? We have been together for many, many years, we have a two year old daughter that we adore and so we thought things would remain relatively the same, but they didn’t, things got so much better. We see each other differently, we are husband and wife, we have made that commitment to our family, to the journey. Its a great feeling being married!
Shout out to – Dress – Kirstie Kelley, Shoes – Frea Rose, Necklace – Special made by Kelly Morgen, Earrings – BHLDN, Hair and Make-up – Mariah Nicole, Venue and food – Calamigos Equestrian, MC – Dave Mancini, Flowers – Flowers by Dan, Cake – Portos bakery.

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Mike & Alicia // Calamigos Ranch wedding // Malibu Wedding Photographers


From the Bride…The Garden Pavilion at Calamigos Ranch, Malibu was the perfect backdrop for the vintage glamour theme I envisioned for the wedding. The ceremony was held under a 100 year old Oak tree with tiny white lights along its branches and the guests were seated in chairs on a sprawling lawn with white rose petals and shepherd’s hooks holding white flowers adorning the aisle. IZZE drinks in galvanized steel tubs with lavender and white paper straws greeted guests at the ceremony. I loved the lace that the calligrapher used on the invitations so much that it became the inspiration for many of the wedding’s key components – the DIY programs, menus, and donation sign had the same lace digitally printed on them, the cake’s frosting emulated the design, and the cocktail and dessert tables were swathed in a similar vintage-inspired floral lace. A string trio played The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony before guests made their way to the reception area, a short walk away.

©2012 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Calamigos ranch vintage styled wedding

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