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Romantic Wedding inspiration at Bixby Knolls Manor


WRITTEN AS FEATURED ON SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BRIDE // “Our bride wore a beautiful sleeveless wedding dress that was topped off by a floral head piece made of fresh flowers. Calligraphy signs were displayed matching the hand written menu cards placed on the tables. Unlike the traditional full floor length linens, and standard table runners, our tables were dressed with a simple silk table runner running through the middle allowing the tables’ natural beauty to be showcased with the plate setting. Fresh floral arrangements sat lined up on the silk runner while detailed plates were stacked and perfectly arranged side by side; tall white candle sticks lit the tables to emphasize that romantic feeling. To give it a pop of color, we had linen plum colored napkins cascading on the side of the table. Vineyard chairs was our cherry on top as it completed the look of our dinner tables.

What wedding would not have sweet treats? Not ours! We included a mini dessert table that showcased delicious cake pops, cake shots, hand-designed cookies, and a wedding cake. A fresh garland wrapped around the setting really helped emphasize the natural feel we wanted to incorporate in the look.

This exclusive historic mansion in Bixby Knolls of Long Beach was the perfect location to have our mock up of a timeless romance style wedding. With it’s historic features inside and out, the property gave a unique vintage feel which fit perfectly for the theme. Our color palette was based off the setting of the property: nudes, blush, green, and a pop of plum color. I wanted to create a look that would never go out of style but at the same time, incorporate small trends that are happening now.” -Dean Bernard Events

Nigel & Kethia // Fairytale engagement // San Pedro wedding photographers

how he asked-torrance wedding-photographyNigel and I had a crush on each other from the first day we met (through my best friend, his sister). As time passed, we became close and started dating in February. On October 1st 2013, Nigel asked me if I wanted to go back to this French restaurant called Les Noces Du Figaro in Downtown L.A. Les Noces is one of my favorite restaurants! I love it, first because the food is amazing and secondly because the interior design & decor is spectacular.

Nigel had set up a really beautiful night. We both got dressed up and he picked me up at my place. He said he wanted to give me this “gift” before going out to dinner. When he came to my door, he gave me a small notebook. I looked at the plain gift for a while, thumbing through the pages, then I opened to the book. There, on the page I had opened to was a  drawing. I could tell that Nigel had been working on for a long time. There was so much detail, shading, and beautiful line work. After looking at beautiful drawing I remembered that we had taken a picture together during Easter. It was a very special day for me, because it was the day when I decided to follow Christ. I started to tear up, because I knew how much time and effort he had spent on this gift.

As the night went on, I remember being mesmerized by the evening. The night was like a dream, flowing from moment to moment as if we were dancing. Evening dinner was, as expected, amazing. We had two appetizers, two entrees, a dessert, macaroons and coffee. Towards the end of our evening, Nigel asked me if we could take a few pictures on top of the balcony. I thought it  was a great idea, since this night had been so beautiful.  As we approached the top of the  stairs, our server started to take pictures from  my phone. As I was getting ready to smile and pose for the camera, Nigel took my hands and tried to say something sweet quietly in my ear.  I thought to myself, “He’s having one of his loving and sweet talking moments.” But I didn’t want to make the server wait for us, so I pulled him toward me to take the picture. Nigel couldn’t wait any longer. He came close to my ear and said how much he loved me and why he wanted to marry me. I was a little confused, but suddenly, he went down on one knee. We were both nervous and excited. Both of our hands were shaking when he told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. I said: “OH MY GOSH, you’re doing it now!”   With LOTS of tears of joy, I said YES!!!

Everybody in the restaurant clapped and shouted their “Congrats!”  My ring was beautiful. I couldn’t and still can’t take my eyes off of it. I feel like a girlie girl. I am so grateful that our server spend a few extra moments with us. He was able to capture everything with my iPhone video app. After a beautiful night of dinner and wonder, I kept reliving it over and over in my mind. Later in the evening, I wanted to remember the beautiful drawing that Nigel had created for me. As I turned to the drawing, I noticed one extra detail. Nigel had drawn an engagement ring on my left hand! If I would have been more observant, I could have known the whole time. Everything was perfect! Everything was how it was supposed to be all along!  I became his life and he became my everything.

Thus, a fairytale engagement begins…


  • StephOctober 13, 2016 - 12:29 am

    This spot is beautiful! Where is it specifically?


    • SunSparrowDecember 16, 2016 - 8:57 am

      Hi Stephanie, this is Peck Park in San Pedro.ReplyCancel

JT & Sheva // Boho chic desert wedding // Joshua Tree, CA

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING? // While we were dating, we loved visiting the desert. We had been to Joshua Tree many times and had some of our closest & most favorite moments as a couple in the desert. We absolutely loved the idea of using the paradox of massive open space to highlight the intimacy on our wedding day. We knew that we had to share some of our most special moments with all of our family and friends. Simply stated, in the remoteness and isolation of the desert, we found our inspiration 🙂


WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY? // I can say without a shadow of a doubt that the Persian dancing with our friends & family was our favorite! It was important to have that element of culture on our wedding day and it was so nice to see all our friends embrace it by cutting a rug to our Persian playlist!


WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU? // We wanted to capture the beauty of the day; the best, most important day of our lives! We want to share these photos with our children someday so it was important that the photographs captured the love and happiness of the day.


WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW? // We saw a couple weddings they had photographed on their blog and we were blown away! Sun & Sparrow captured all of our moments and details beautifully. One of the best parts about the girls, is when we met Ellie & Tiffani we connected with them immediately. We knew we wanted them to be a part of our day.


DID YOU DO ANY DIY PROJECTS? IF SO, WHAT? // One of my favorite DIY projects were our escort cards. These were beautiful pieces of bark that I used a wood burning tool to write our guests names & table numbers into bark. It took forever, but it was so worth it to see all of the excitement from this personalized touch. // Another DIY project was that I designed & made the statement necklace I wore. I absolutely love building new jewelry from old items. By reconstructing antique jewelry and brooches, I made my amazing wedding day jewelry! // The final project was to make & create our bouquets. I wanted plants & florals that would last through the day. So I put together some beautiful drought resistant plants together with some beautiful burlap wrapping and it made a beautiful & wonderful!

// Something Old: An antique locket I pinned to my bouquet that had pictures of loved ones who have passed // Something New: My shoes // Borrowed:My wedding dress! Borrowed from my generous sister-in-law // Blue: My garter was embellished with a blue rose.


DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS? // Keep it simple and delegate tasks as much as possible so you can enjoy your special day. And remember- the planning is part of the fun- do your best to approach it that way.


WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING MARRIED NOW? // I love knowing that we are a family now- its a subtle shift but it feels different and good. Also, I love saying “my husband”- it still feels so new and exciting every time!

VENDORS // Venue: Le Haut Desert Aerie // Photographer: Sun & Sparrow // Desserts & Confections : Plants Party // DJ : Dan Goldstein


©2013 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Boho chic desert wedding // Pioneer Town in Joshua Tree, CA

Mark & Michelle // Santa Barbara Zoo wedding photographers

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING?  //  We really just wanted to have FUN! We chose things that we enjoyed and that represented us. We didn’t want anything traditional or boring, just relaxed and easy going. We liked the idea of a sunny Sunday afternoon garden vibe, with bright flowers, mason jars and of course zoo animals. We picked the zoo because we had our first 3 dates at 3 different zoos. The Santa Barbara Zoo was one that Mark visited often as a kid, so it was a special place for him.


WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY?  //  Having our wedding at the Santa Barbara Zoo was definitely memorable in its self. How often do you get to have the zoo to yourself and feed giraffes?  But I think we both agree that the ceremony was most memorable. My Uncle Brian officiated our wedding with such emotion and love that it really made it personal and unforgettable.


WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU & WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW?  //  For us, everything was about having fun and being easy going. We didn’t want traditional photos, because that’s not who we are. We knew it would be a challenge to find a team that we could  be ourselves with and that would help capture those quirky moments. When we found the Sun and Sparrow site, we were amazed by the photos and excited by the idea that we too could have a mini video. But once we actually had our engagement session, we knew that we had made the right choice.


DID YOU DO ANY DIY PROJECTS? IF SO, WHAT?  //   We did a bunch of DIY projects!!    http://pinterest.com/sunandsparrow/mark-michelle-51213-sun-sparrow/

1. Mark made homemade wine  as wedding favors for all our guests, complete with homemade crafty labels. I made redneck wine glasses to go with the wine as well. To complete the favors we made gift bags with a mason jar stamp that tied in with our redneck/backyard wedding theme.

2. We also spray painted all the plastic zoo animals silver that we used as table decorations.

3. We made redneck tea light votives to decorate the tables as well.

4. We painted wood letters and a heart to make our M ♥ M sign that we strung on twine and had hung from the Bride and Groom chairs at our reception.

5. I saw a corn toss game pinned on pintrest, when I looked it up it cost about $250.00 to purchase. Luckily my uncle BJ is a contractor and was able to build us a corn toss set using materials he already had. I ordered the Mr and Mrs and silhouette decals on Etsy and painted them gray to match our theme. Topped them off with some twine bows and corn toss bags also ordered on Etsy and we were good to go.

6. To keep the game theme going we also saw oversized wedding Jenga on Etsy that we thought was really neat. We enlisted a third uncle, Colby,  to construct the oversize Jenga and had guests sign the pieces while they played the game to “Help build memories”. Now we not only have a game to play with friends and family, but we can also reminisce about our wedding too.

7. Colby’s Mom is an amazing artist and was kind enough to hand draw our guest tree complete with our dog Indie. She also painted the animal canvas that we used as a backdrop for photos.


WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING OLD, NEW, BORROWED, BLUE?  //  My something old and borrowed was the gorgeous crystal bracelet I wore. It was the same bracelet my aunt wore when she got married.  //  My something blue was my shoes.  //  My something new was my dress!


DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?  //   It can get really stressful towards the end. You are always going to want to keep adding, buying, crafting, and so on. But eventually you run out of time and you need enjoy what you were able to accomplish and know that less is MORE! Chances are there is so much going on that most of your guests won’t have time to take it all in anyways. I didn’t even get to enjoy the little touches that I was so obsessed with until I saw the wedding photos.


WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING MARRIED NOW?  //  No longer having to plan our wedding! Now we have more time to relax and enjoy each other. ©2013 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Santa Barbara Zoo wedding photographers

  • TiffaniJuly 12, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    I love your wedding! It’s the best!ReplyCancel

  • Trent GrovesJuly 12, 2013 - 2:02 pm

    The video was incredible….even though I wasn’t there, I could tell that you two had a great wedding and couldn’t be happier for you. Great job and here’s to many years of marital bliss!ReplyCancel

  • JackyJuly 12, 2013 - 2:46 pm

    Great pictures and video! Michelle you looked so happy and beautiful! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • MelJuly 12, 2013 - 7:12 pm

    Such beautiful memories… the pics and video really capture what a wonderful event it was. Love you guys.ReplyCancel

  • AmandaJuly 12, 2013 - 7:30 pm

    I’m so sad John and I couldn’t be there! It looks so beautiful and like it was so much fun! Beautiful bride, beautiful day, lovely couple. Best to you both!ReplyCancel

  • EllenJuly 12, 2013 - 9:56 pm

    What a wonderful wedding and fabulous pictures!! I cant wipe the smile off my face!! Congratulations, you two!ReplyCancel

  • SashaJuly 14, 2013 - 10:12 pm

    Seriously most amazing wedding and wedding video ever! Everything looks so amazing and michelle you look gorgeous! Wish I could have been there!ReplyCancel

  • ChristinJuly 15, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    Aw, Michelle!!! This is so absolutely gorgeous. I’m so very happy for you guys and wish we could’ve been there! What a perfect wedding (and excellent photography and video, too!!) 🙂ReplyCancel

  • DJ KamayoJuly 30, 2016 - 2:53 pm

    incredible photos!ReplyCancel

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