Pre-Wedding Portraits at Kestrel Park in Santa Barbara // Navin & Maggie @ Sun & Sparrow 2020 // Southern California Wedding Photographers
Elegant Micro-Wedding in Palos Verdes // Tambi & Sarah @ Sun & Sparrow 2020 // Southern California Wedding Photographers
Southern California engagement photographer // 2018 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles engagement and wedding photographers
FROM THE BRIDE // Well it all started at a school, AJ and I had both recently started working at a charter school and didn’t know anybody during orientation so naturally, we ended up talking to one another to avoid being by ourselves. One thing AJ remembers from our first encounter is thinking, “who is this girl?” because he thought I was too overdressed (compared to the other teachers, including himself). Little did we both know that we would be working with each other very closely since AJ would be my direct supervisor! Though we worked for many months together we started to know one another better after realizing that we both were interested in the same music genre (90’s grunge music), although AJ could have sworn that I listened to rap and hip-hop (no, thanks). On our first date, AJ asked me out to the movies but didn’t actually mention that it was a date. So because I didn’t want to misinterpret his intentions I took it as if we were merely two friends going to the movies together. It wasn’t until the end of our date that he briefly mentioned to me that we were on one, I suppose I should have known based on a few things I observed that night. For instance, I will always remember from that night AJ’s nervous hand ticks, playing a Pearl Jam playlist after discovering that it is my favorite band, and getting out of the car to open the door for me (which this I thought was very strange, haha). To this day, AJ will still open the car door for me! This is one of the many things I love about AJ. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about my fiance and to see what an amazing husband he will be. Though I can list many amazing things that I love about AJ I’ll list seven main things: 1. he is God loving and Fearing, 2. he is patient and empathetic, 3. he loves hiking and traveling with me to National Parks, 4. he can speak Spanish and values our families (which is big in my family), 5. he has a such a great sense of humor (sometimes he will make a joke when it isn’t appropriate), 6. he listens to everything that I have to say, and 7. he is extremely supportive! Number six played a huge role in AJ’s proposal plan. Since we began dating, I always mentioned to AJ that one of my biggest dreams was to travel to Alaska and just be in the wild to observe God’s beautiful creation. I mentioned to him how when I was graduating high school I was even considering going to college in Alaska. Never in a million years did I imagine traveling to Alaska this early in my life, but AJ made it happen. On December 2017 AJ and I traveled to Alaska for a mini winter trip. I had no idea that AJ was planning to propose to me, but he had everything planned out. On the last day of our trip, AJ and I went to Alyeska Ski Resort (such a breathtaking place) where we traveled about 3,000 ft into the air on an aerial tram to watch the sunset. There on that perfect mountain peak, AJ asked me to marry him! Alaska was an amazing trip, but my fiance was even more amazing for making it all happen. We are so excited and looking forward to our wedding day where we can share with those we cherish the most and experience the joy of coming together as one!
Elegant Estate wedding at the Ebell of Los Angeles // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles wedding photographers
Our favorite memories of the wedding definitely revolved around our family and friends. From the adrenaline rush of working our way down the aisle through a sea of excited onlooking faces, to having a line of eager guests wanting to take pictures with us, all the way to the dancing celebration at our reception, it was a blast getting to take in the momentous day in the presence of our loved ones as they made us feel like rock-stars! We loved our elegant estate wedding at the Ebell of Los Angeles.
We took inspiration for wedding décor and florals from the venue itself, The Ebell of Los Angeles. The venue is a beautiful historic building and we really felt that keeping it classic, soft, and romantic would be the way to go. We did incorporate a few touches along the way to make it more personal and “us”, including adding Cogsworth and Lumiere to adorn our sweetheart table, as we are Disney fans, and the “novio” and “novia” signs for our chairs.
FROM THE GROOM // I was initially very opposed to having a first look, mostly because I wanted to stick to tradition. After several nights of “sleeping on it” we decided to partake in a first look, and it was probably one of the best decisions we could have made. Doing so allowed us to take so many pictures! Not only were we able to take advantage of the natural lighting but we also had a lot of shots/poses that we probably wouldn’t have had if we chose not to have a first look.
Venue & Catering: Ebell of Los Angeles www.ebellla.org
Coordinator & Florals: Love is Sweet Events www.loveissweet-events.com
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow www.sunandsparrow.com
Videographer: April Story Films www.aprilstoryfilms.com
Photo booth: Vox Djs www.voxdjs.com
Invitations: Shutterfly www.shutterfly.com
Desserts: Mr. and Mrs. Creamery www.mmcreamery.com
Wedding Gown Maker: Allure Bridalswww.allurebridals.com
Wedding Gown Boutique: Bellasposa Bridal @bellasposawedding www.bellasposawedding.com
Wedding & Engagement rings: Capri Jewelry Inc. www.caprijewelryinc.com
Other Bride Details:
Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Autumn www.beautybyautumn.com
Bride Shoes: Nina @ninashoes
Groom Suit: Nino Ferretti