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Jan-Michael & Jennifer // Romantic Muckenthaler Mansion wedding

Romantic Muckenthaler Mansion wedding // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow wedding photographers

 

FROM THE BRIDE // Where to begin…? It was probably one of the most stressful yet fun & memorable day we have ever experienced. I remember the night before; I started to freak out over some last minute details before the wedding. Not being able to sleep throughout the night due to worrying if the foods were going to be picked up on time for breakfast, if my bridesmaids remembered to wake up at the crack of dawn to be beautified, if everyone remembered to arrive on time, so on and so forth. When the celebration had finally came, all the stress and worry just went away when I saw both our families and friends outside the house waiting for the groom-to-be to win me over during the tea ceremony. The wedding went by so fast, but I was happy everyone was able to make it to our wedding; it felt great to just have all of our loved ones and friends there to join us on our special day.
 If I could go back to one moment in my wedding day, my favorite moment was our first dance. Those who know me, knows I CANNOT dance. The only way to get me to the dance floor is pretty much liquor courage. But that night I didn’t need any of it, all I needed was my now husband next to me dancing the night away.
 
FROM THE GROOM // Our favorite part about our wedding was our Star Wars details. I totally loved being able to walk with my groomsmen with their Stormtropper helmets, while I had on my Darth Vader helmet and light saber. My wife may hate star wars, but too bad…
 
Our favorite colors and Jan-Michael’s love for Star Wars inspired us with the planning and décor. Like most couple planning their wedding, Pinterest was our go to source of inspiration on how we wanted the wedding to be like.
 
Do you have any advice for brides/grooms who are currently planning their weddings?

Our advice would be to just have fun and enjoy every little moment of the planning & the day of the wedding. Yes, it is stressful and you both may agree to disagree on some things, but in the end it’s about all about you guys. On the day of the wedding, things may not go your way and that’s perfectly fine, also normal. Just go out there and put on the biggest fake smile and let it go – because at the end of the night, you don’t want your guests to remember you guys as the crazy bridezilla/groomzilla.
 
I would advise to enjoy the day, eat a big breakfast if you are only having an evening ceremony, in our case it was a whole day event. Keep in mind that things will happen that are not in your control and that to stay calm if not everything goes exactly on time.
 
 
MY VENDORS:
Venue: Muckenthaler Mansion – www.themuck.org
Coordinator: With Love, B Weddings – @withlovebweddings
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow @sunandsparrow www.sunandsparrow.com
Videographer: Xposure_Films – www.xposure-films.com
Florals: Pink Daffodils – www.pinkdaffodil.com
Invitations: Tange Designs – www.tangedesign.com // The Knot – www.theknot.com
Rentals: Glow Concepts – www.glowconcepts.com

Photobooth: Photo Booth by Chic 

Dance Choreography: Quest Dance Studio – www.questdancestudio.com
Caterer: Colette’s Catering & Events – www.colettesevents.com
Wedding Gown Maker: Forever Us Bridal // Lumière Couture Bridal – www.lumierecuration.com
Wedding & Engagement rings: Balian & Sons – www.baliandesigns.com
Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Ryulala – @beautybyrulala
Bride Shoes: TOMS – www.toms.com // Mossimo
Groom Suit: Suited Gentlemen
Groom Details: Watch – Diesel
                            
Cuff link & Tie clip – Amazon
                           
Darth Vader Helmet – Amazon 
                       
Sock – Box Lunch – www.boxlunch.com
Groom shoes: Converse Chuck Taylor – www.converse.com
Bridesmaids dresses: Forever Us Bridal
Groomsmen suits: Suited Gentlemen
DJ: Ovation Entertainment – www.ovationcelebrations.com

Roberto & Alyson // Elegant wedding at Estate on Second

Elegant wedding at the Estate On Second in Santa Ana // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Orange County wedding photographers

In the morning my bridesmaids came over early to start getting ready and I got my makeup done and my mom did my hair. My mom did my hair for my entire childhood so It was a sentimental moment for me for her to do my hair for my wedding day. After getting ready we got to the venue and everything was already looking beautiful. I had not yet seen what the flowers were going to look like and I absolutely loved the arch. Davida really made my flower dreams come true and the flowers looked better than I could have imagined. It was fun taking pictures with my mom and finishing getting ready! Then we went to the first look and I was so relieved to actually see Roberto. I’m glad you convinced us to do a first look because it eased a lot of my stress. The ceremony was nice, Rev. Sarah really understood us as a couple which made it personal. One of the funniest moments of my day was my twin sister sweeping the floor before we jumped the broom. It was good to laugh! The reception was soo much fun! Even though I totally forgot all of the dance moves for our first dance it was still really fun and not as embarrassing as I thought it would be. Another highlight of my night was doing a soul train line because both of our families came together to dance and everyone had a good time.

The venue and the flowers really brought my vision together. Luckily Estate on Second is so pretty we didn’t have to do much decorating! I did all of the signage and calligraphy myself and then the flowers tied everything together.

My advice for brides and grooms is not to wait until the last minute! I was up organizing everything and making signs the night before the wedding. Save yourself the stress and do it before! Also communicate with your partner and your family/friends! There are people who want to help you, you don’t have to figure everything out by yourself.

Venue: Estate on Second   http://estateonsecond.com/
Coordinator: Lauren Galla-Rini,  https://popthechampagneevents.com/
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow, www.sunandsparrow.com

Florals: Davida Buggs, https://www.flowersbyladybuggs.com/
Invitations & Calligraphy: Alyson  https://www.alysonnailahdesigns.com/
Caterer: Jays Catering @jayscatering http://www.jayscatering.com/

DJ: On the go DJ Pro: https://www.onthegodjpro.com/

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Wedding Gown Maker: David Tutera https://davidtutera.com/
Wedding Gown Boutique: Say I Do Bridals https://sayidobridals.com/
Makeup: Amber, D. Rosa Makeup Artistry
Bride Shoes:  Badgley Mischka

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Groom and groomsmen Suit: 3 day suit broker http://3daysuitbroker.com/



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