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Rustic Desert Wedding // Kyle & Molly // Palm Springs wedding photographer


ENGAGEMENT STORY  //  Kyle and I got engaged on an incredibly special Saturday. We spent the morning in our final session of an eight week long ‘seriously dating and engaged’ class. We had talked about getting married but not when exactly we would be getting engaged. We spent the afternoon in San Clemente on the beach and walking around downtown. We love San Clemente and Dana Point and it was a warm and beautiful October day. All day I kept telling Kyle how perfect the day was, not knowing how much better it was going to get! We had dinner at a favorite Mexican food place near my apartment and planned to go back to my place, watch a movie and cuddle- our idea of an ideal Saturday night . When we arrived at my apartment, it was filled with hundreds of roses. It was so beautiful, all lit up with all kinds of candles. I was completely shocked; I couldn’t even go into the apartment at first. I couldn’t understand what was happening until Kyle got down on one knee and asked me to marry him- with a gorgeous diamond ring! We spent the rest of the night calling our friends and family and excitedly coming up with ideas for our wedding day. It was such a surprise to me and the day was so special because we just enjoy being around each other so much- we were able to spend the morning working on our relationship, the afternoon enjoying each other’s company in one of our favorite places, and the evening eating delicious food and planning our lives together. An absolute perfect day and perfect proposal!


MOLLY’S FAVORITE DIY PROJECTS  //  I planned and designed the whole wedding myself.Often times during the process I thought I was totally crazy to do so. I felt a little overwhelmed with the projects, but I had soooo much help and support! My mom came out from Colorado for a week to help us with planning and details and my wonderful in-laws, Bob and Robyn, took on the huge task of making all of the chalkboard signs that we used for the ceremony and reception. We also had Kyle’s family and my younger sister help us out with the favors, live succulents in terra cotta pots. Not to mention all of the help from family and friends the weekend of the wedding!


One of my favorite DIY projects that we did for the wedding was the fabric ‘bunting’ we used as a backdrop for the dessert table. After choosing Palm Springs as our wedding destination, we knew what wanted the wedding to have a desert theme and really focus on the fact that we were in Palm Springs. Palm Springs has such a wonderfully retro yet modern feel to it and I wanted to use a coral to bring that out- contrasting with the desert around us and highlighting how fun Palm Springs is! Coral seemed like the perfect color to me. We also knew we wanted to use yellow because of the Craspedia we used for flowers and a little turquoise- my favorite color and oh-so-deserty. The bunting brought all our colors together in one place and I loved making it! It was something I felt totally in control of during the planning process!
We knew we wanted to incorporate a lot of terra cotta- so we did the favors as well as made the dessert stands out of terra cotta pots and plant stands. That was something we felt was unique and added a lot to the feel of the wedding.  The best DIY project, in my opinion, was the one that lasted! Our guest book was made by my very talented sister, Jade. She made the pages of the book by dipping the sides in watercolor to make them coral and bound the book with turquoise ribbon. We had guests write on chalkboards and have a Polaroid taken of them to paste into the book. It’s something really special that we love having and was a fun way for guests to interact during the cocktail hour.


VENDORS  //  Venue: The Cree Estate  //  Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography  //  Catering: Ana’s Taqueria, Corona, CA  //  Rentals: Signature Rentals, Indio, CA  //  Flowers: David Rohr Floral Studio, Cathedral City  //  Cakes and Cupcakes:  Susie Cakes in Newport Beach, CA  //  Macarons: ‘Lette Macarons in Beverly Hills, CA  //  The Dress: Enzoani


©2013 Sun & Sparrow Photography // DIY Rustic Desert Wedding //  Historic Cree Estate Wedding


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  • Casey FiglewiczJune 19, 2012 - 5:45 pm

    Love it. Epic job you guys! Best wedding yet!!ReplyCancel

  • alicynJuly 4, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    YES! This is the best capture of the Cree Estate I’ve seen yet! We are getting married there in Oct. and I haven’t seen many pictures that really capture the amazing energy and spirit of the venue.

    Lovely couple, gorgeous wedding! Love it!!!!ReplyCancel

    • photosisJuly 9, 2012 - 4:00 pm

      I wish that we could be there for you. Let us know if you need a photographer. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • SarahAugust 4, 2012 - 7:38 am

    This is a beautiful wedding! I think I’m going to copy some of your awesome ideas for the desert theme 🙂ReplyCancel

Ellie’s vintage styled bridal shower // A Sun & Sparrow girl is getting married!!!


Being a wedding & event photographer, I absolutely love taking pictures. If you are a consistent reader of our blog, I’m sure you’ve been able to pick up on the fact that we absolutely LOVE…. ALL THE DETAILS! One thing that we truly love, but might not always show, is how much people show love for one another. It’s so obvious at weddings that brides and grooms are madly in love, affectionate, and are so happy! But there is so much more to a wedding than the ‘Wedding Day’ and all of the pretty decor. I’m so excited to share Ellie’s vintage styled bridal shower!


The more that I strive to be a good wedding photographer, the more I fall in love with what marriage is about. Marriage is about two people committing to one another AND marriage is about family and friends standing behind that commitment! Wow! It’s so amazing that I get to stand behind all of our clients and say that I truly believe in what you are doing. I believe in your marriage, your long life together, your hope for a solid and committed future!

With all that said, I wanted to introduce my sister’s Bridal Shower. Ellie (one of our esteemed photographers) is getting married on June 28! It’s coming around the corner and as the maid of honor, I wanted to do something special for her. So, I got my pinterest board together… http://pinterest.com/sunandsparrow/ellie-s-bridal-shower/ and I went to town. Really, I went overboard. Because I see so many awesome weddings and awesome details, I decided that this was the moment to create a masterpiece (which was to say the least, a little ridiculous). The more that the details came together, the more creative I became.


The whole day began with the idea of a citrus inspired day. So, I thought of all the things that we could include into a CITRUSY INSPIRED DAY! Of course I immediately began with food!  Grapefruit & Feta salads, mint lemonade, peach iced tea, fruit, lemons, limes and all the like! From there, ideas of colors came into mind! Colors that coordinated with the food (of course), lime, orange, peach, and then beautiful florals. So, from there, I made cute banners & streamers. I purchased KRAFT-COLORED BUTCHER PAPER for all of the banners & even for the table coverings! I used that butcher paper everywhere! After that, I thought that doilies would add a cute & feminine touch to the day, so I got clear plates and put the doilies under them. But I didn’t stop there, when I realized that I had purchased too many. Once again, I got creative. We hung doilies in everything starting in the streamer-banners and even hung them from the trees.



These are all DIY projects that are absolutely doable for anyone. If you read below, I have explained how to do 3 DIY projects so that you can style your bridal shower just like ours!


I honestly wanted Ellie to have a beautiful and memorable day. Beyond all of the decor, the whole point of making a bridal shower is to make a day that the bride can drink in all of the love and support from family and friends. We had so many wonderful people who came and showered her with gifts and praise. My favorite part about the whole day, when all was said and done, was that Ellie had been so moved. She cried most of the day and smiled the rest. I couldn’t have asked for a better sister! And I couldn’t have asked for a more deserving person to share this special day with!






This doilie backdrop was a fluke that just happened when I realized that I had too many extra doilies. We just strung twine through 8-10 doilies on each strand. It was super easy to hang each strand on a different tree branch. I brought chairs from my own living room and VOILA, we had a free and super cute place for a photo booth! Make sure to ask a friend to be in charge of the photos, though. You don’t want to have a photobooth without a person to encourage photo taking.






For me, it’s extremely important to tie your decor together. Make sure that if you have one idea, that you have a place to repeat that idea. It makes your day and your decor feel complete. I made two of these banners, one for inside & one for outside. Both used the same color ribbons & doilies and both were strung up by jute-twine. Making these were super easy! Ellie & I went to our local swap meet and bought colorful ‘citrusy’ fabric. We just cut a few notches in the fabric, then ripped it all apart. We didn’t need to hem every piece because we loved the torn & rustic look of it all. Then we tied the strips to the twine & hung it up.




This is where our DIY creativity, got difficult. One of my good friends, Claudia (who is also my second shooter), came over with her Cricut paper cutter. She and I had a field day cutting new shapes and trying to figure out how to make these labels. They turned out awesome, but I have to say that these labels cost the most to make AND took the most time. We had to cut 3 different sized papers with our cool Cricut machine, then glue them all together. If you are going to take on a project like this, definitely take some time to figure out exactly what you want first. Then you and your friends can execute it all.

Another cool food label that I put together were the paper straw flags! For those, I used kraft paper and just cut little strips with “e&p” printed on them. When I glued them onto the straws, I cut a triangle out from the edges. It was super easy to do and made Ellie & Peter’s logo shine!




OK, This is where it gets special! After all of the decor was made and after all of the guests had arrived, I wanted Ellie’s bridal shower to be super special and memorable. Here are some beautiful moments from the day! Friends and family got to share about how to be an amazing & Godly wife. Ellie even was blessed enough to get some family heirlooms. I’m so jealous and excited that she gets to have a wonderful wedding super soon.





Since we had the opportunity to style this amazing bridal shower, I thought it best to give my sister an official ‘BRIDAL SHOWER PHOTO SESSION.’ So, here it is, a beautiful day for a beautiful lady, styled from head to toe! Don’t you love the matching bow in her hair? It matches the decor!  { A special shout out to one of our brides, Stacy Gibson, for making Ellie look so awesome! }



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  • Amanda WebberMay 23, 2013 - 4:07 pm

    Very cute ladies. Wish I would have had you around for my bridal shower. lol.ReplyCancel

    • Tiffani MatsuuraMay 23, 2013 - 5:53 pm

      AW! thanks! I would gladly do this for anyone who wants me to be their maid of honor!ReplyCancel

  • Jocelyn PatrickMay 23, 2013 - 9:40 pm

    Well first of all Ellie is stunning !!! Second of all wow Tiffany you out did yourself !!! Such a beautiful event for such a beautiful person. So proud of you everything looks amazing!! all of the details speak volumes on your attention to detail. Love yaReplyCancel

  • Crystal frosethMay 23, 2013 - 10:57 pm

    So cute!!! You can throw a party for me anytime! So well done.ReplyCancel

  • Lena LopezMay 24, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    Amazing!!!!!! and I must say, the desserts look great!!! 😉 I love how all of the pictures turned out! you guys are so wonderful, I’m so glad I could be apart of the day!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia NavarreteMay 28, 2013 - 5:25 am

    The photos are amazing, the day was fabulous, and Tiffani, you truly have a gift! Ellie looks GORGEOUS and all the details are perfect. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Debbie RamirezMay 31, 2013 - 12:12 pm

    Outstanding, every detail!!!ReplyCancel