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Ben & Amy // Glamorous Los Angeles engagement

Glamorous Los Angeles engagement  //  ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles wedding photographers 

FROM THE BRIDE: Born a Southern girl, I’ve always dreamed of something bigger and better. In 2012, I decided it was time. I packed up my dog and a group of friends and caravanned across the country to a new life in Los Angeles. A week later, I was sitting in orientation for my first day of graduate school. Little did I know, the love of my life was there as well. We were both hearing the same speech from a professor: “work hard, study hard” – all the usual things. The professor told our group to expect to make lifelong friends, and said that some of us might even end up marrying someone they meet at school. We both individually laughed off this last statement, thinking, “yeah right.” But actually, he was right…

 

Ben and I became friends the first week of school. We were in a similar social circle and chatted during late night cramming sessions. In the middle of our second year, we had a fancy school event and I needed a date. A true gentleman, he picked me up in a nice car, held the door for me, and bought me food and drinks. After that, as a true Los Angeles native, Ben took me on a whirlwind tour of the City that continues to this day. We went to the hottest restaurants, drank at dive bars that you see in old movies about LA, sang karaoke in Koreatown, became friends with servers at his favorite deli in the valley, explored canyons above the hills, and walked red carpets at award shows. Not only is he adventurous, but he is incredibly smart and charming. He is that tall, dark, handsome type that little girls only dream of. I fell in love with Ben and the new city I would call home.

 

Our adventure has continued for over four years. In April 2018, he took me to New York City to see a Broadway show. On our last night, we were late-night dining at a quintessential New York restaurant where Buddy Holly proposed to his wife. As we were headed out to meet up with some friends, he caught me by surprise. He took a knee, opened a box, and asked me to marry him. Needless to say, I said yes, feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. I cannot wait to see what is in store for us as we embark on this next chapter in LA together – as husband and wife.

John-Anthony & Remy // The Sepulveda House engagement

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 FROM THE BRIDE //   ” The story really all started on October 17th of last year when Anthony and I set off for our adventure in the Big Easy. It had been about a year in the making and after hearing all the good things about NOLA we were SO excited! We were looking forward to a change of scenery and exploring the fun city. We were happy to have met my beautiful cousin Morgan for a portion of the trip along with a few folks from back east and Canada. It was a fantastic group and we all got along so well. We had such a blast!

    About four days in on a Tuesday evening, much like the nights prior, Anthony and I were on our way to meet Morgan and a few others from the group. We had plans to see a show with one of our new friends and later meet up with the others for some drinks. Along the way we took a little detour. Exploring the area near us, we decided to check out the Riverwalk which sits on the bank of the gorgeous Mississippi River. It was lovely.  It was then, as we were taking it all in,  just the two of us, that Anthony suprised me with a proposal. He made an awesome video/ slideshow for me that he showed on his phone and he said some really special words that I won’t forget. And yes, he did also get on a knee as he asked me to marry him, although, I’d have to say it wasn’t for long. It wasn’t long after that I said “yes, of course!” Everything about that night was absolutely perfect. There’s not much more I can say about it.

    Overall, our trip was just fantastic, every bit of it. I know if we could do it all over again, we would and in a heartbeat!! New Orleans definitely lived up to it’s name. It’s magical. That place, that moment, those people, that food, the music, the art…. it’s all there. It lives with us now as a memory, one that I know Anthony and I will treasure forever.

And now we’re looking forward to our wedding this fall and all the exciting things that are in store for us after. We can’t wait to celebrate the start of this new adventure with our friends and family!

Michael & Katie // Nautical inspired Long Beach engagement

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©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Nautical inspired Long Beach engagement 

FROM THE GROOM // I will never forget the day or especially the look on Katie’s face when I proposed to her… Lets take a couple steps back and look at the how…see Katie’s dad is known for not being able to keep a secret. So I had to make sure to time it perfectly… when I did end up asking him … he looked up at me with his warm smile on his face, gave me a huge hug, and told me

“You are already my family and you know that, I wouldn’t have it any other way… I love you son”…. Followed by another HUGE hug.

Now time to plan… I knew exactly what day I would do it… it had come up once before to a close friend many moons ago, it was a special day for Katie and I as it marked one year after we embarked on a journey of a lifetime together… Thailand. A trip we won’t stop talking about, it was a journey filled with: the unexpected, tons of laughter, & most of all unexplored territory… A little about me, I am a huge planner … I love things to be perfect to the T. So I had the date, but the “how” was stumping me… do I include her family, do I not… I began to just over think it… then a really good friend told me “Its not about the production, its about the memory.” … then the Aha moment kicked in… I knew it wasn’t a reality to go to Thailand again… but maybe I could recreate the feeling we had while we were there.

November 11th, 2014… I can remember it like it was just yesterday… I woke up … ran to my empty old shoebox at the top of my closet just to make sure the ring was still hiding… then began the day just like any other … off to work… half way to work I got extremely nervous thinking what if she comes home early and finds it… so I drove all the way back and grabbed the ring… I had to keep it close to me. I started with talking to my friends exploring different ways to propose; one thing was in common with all of them. None of them were planned for Tuesday November 11th, but in my head it had to be today….

I called Katie, well multiple times. To make sure for some FREAK reason she wouldn’t be coming home early… after I got off the phone I thought to myself… she must think I’m crazy.

60 Roses //48 Edison lights //24 Candles // 2 Kang gar-ee dishes from our favorite Thai restaurant // 2 Moscow Mules // 1 Engagement Ring & THE Luckiest guy in the world

Perfect recipe, I laid everything out all around the house… waited for her to come home and surprised her at the door. She walked in, and my heart started pounding so hard I thought she could feel it. Walked her through the house into the backyard where I had recreated Thailand for her… I had a speech all planned, not sure how that turned out but made sure to get the most important part out…

 

Will you marry me?  //  She began to cry, repeating yes, yes YES! As I placed the ring on her finger.  //  Little did she know I had been recording the entire moment, and just with my luck…  //  She turns to the camera, not knowing, and says “ ITS GORGEOUS!”  //  … the moral of the story is … no matter how much you plan … no matter how bad you want it to be perfect…

The part that matters is the memories you will make together, and with that said… I am the luckiest guy in the world to be marrying Katie Marie Zamora!

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