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Palm Springs dreamy bohemian wedding // Ian & JoAnna


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“Ian & JoAnna’s wedding was so special to Sun & Sparrow. JoAnna is a friend of ours and when it came time to tie the knot, JoAnna contacted us to help bring her vision to life. JoAnna had dreams of a boho, dreamy wedding. When it came time to pick a venue, Ian & JoAnna really wanted the feeling of a destination wedding that was still close enough to home for friends and family to come. Psalm Springs was the prefect destination. Ian & JoAnna fell in love with the industrial flair, with floral accents of a Palm Springs fairytale. Along with an amazing vendor team, Ian & JoAnna’s vision came to life.”

 

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PALM SPRINGS DREAMY BOHIEMIAN WEDDING // IAN & JOANNA

FEATURED ON: Southern California Bride Blog | Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography | Ceremony Venue: Arrive Hotels | Event Planning: Frankly | Floral: Oak And Amble | Invitations: Minted | Wedding Cake: over the rainbow desserts | Rentals: planks and patina | Linens: Borrowed Blu | Hair: Kohnur Beauty | Makeup: Kohnur Beauty | Invitations: Minted | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Catering: Draughtsman Palm Spring | Desserts: cartel coffee lab | Ceremony Musicians: Jesse MacLeod Music | DJ: DENT MAY OF DART | Officiant: Terri Ties the Knot | Bridal Salon: Love and Lace Bridal Boutique | Printing: Fla de Dahs | Wedding Dress: Tara Lauren | Groom’s Attire: GROOMS GROTTO | Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Headpiece: Oak And Amble | Wedding Ring: Brilliant Earth | Bridal Salon: Love and Lace Bridal and Tailor | Jewelry: HONEYCAT Jewelry | Submitted via: Matchology

Ryan & Melody // Enchanted wedding at The Oaks at Calamigos Ranch

Enchanted wedding at The Oaks at Calamigos Ranch // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Malibu wedding photographer


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If I were to describe how I felt the morning of our wedding day in one word, I would say “surreal.” After a year and a half of looking at bridal photos on Pinterest and Instagram, I just couldn’t believe that it was finally my turn to be a bride. I remember looking at my girls with their hair and makeup done, wearing their robes, and thinking “Wow, they look so beautiful.” We laughed and were silly. It was just about us having fun.

Everything started to feel real when I put on my dress. My maid of honor and mom were patiently helping me button all of the buttons. They are beautiful, but can be difficult! I remember starting to feel my anxiety rise, even though I was so confident in what this day was about. All I could think was,  “I’m getting married. This is it.”

One of my favorite moments of the day was my first look with my dad. He had no idea what to do or how to act. He literally asked, “What do you want me to do?” as he came out and saw me. We all thought it was hilarious and couldn’t stop laughing. My dad is so special to me and I loved that we didn’t have the typical cheesy moment. He just did what came naturally to him and it was awkwardly perfect.

I remember that I couldn’t wait to see Ryan. I kept wondering, “What is he doing?  How is he feeling?” My heart missed him so much and couldn’t wait to give him a hug. We decided not to do a first look because we wanted to see each other for the first time at the ceremony. That moment of walking down the aisle felt incredible. There was so much love, walking on a trail of rose petals in the middle of friends and family. And then, I saw him and instantly felt a sense of euphoria and peace; like I was home. He looked so handsome and I could see the tears in his eyes. I got teary-eyed too and began to look around me. My mom looked so radiant and happy. His mom couldn’t stop crying. Our dads looked proud. There were so many emotions going on and I was about to marry the man of my dreams. I’ll never forget that moment.

The rest of the day felt more relaxed and we got to focus on eating, dancing, and having fun. Looking back at the day, it was our own version of a perfect little fairytale. The flower arrangements were whimsical, the crystal accents added a touch of elegance, and the scenery at Calamigos Ranch is pure romance. It was one of the best days of our lives and I’m so happy Sun and Sparrow beautifully captured the special moments so we can cherish these memories forever.

 

MY VENDORS: Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Coordinator: Dianne Valladares : www.atlastplanning.com | At Last Event Planning : | Photographer: Sun & Sparrow : www.sunandsparrow.com | Videographer: Kyle Dijamco : www.2010films.co | Florals: Linda Marshall : www.actoncreativeflowers.com | Rentals & Designer: Patty Cioffi : www.facebook.com/PattyCioffiEvents | Caterer: Iman : www.parkwaykebab.com | Desserts: Caesar’s Pastry : www.caesarspastry.net | Wedding Cake: Sasha Gustafson : www.buttercakeshoppe.com | Wedding rings maker: King of Jewelry : www.kingofjewelry.com | Wedding Gown Maker: Pallas Couture: www.pallascouture.com | Wedding & Engagement rings: King of Jewelry : www.kingofjewelry.com | Hair & Makeup: Lucy Alvarez : www.hairmakeuplucy.com |  Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka : www.badgleymischka.com | Bride Earrings: Nadri : www.nadri.com |

Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo : www.jennyyoo.com | Bridesmaids robes: Le Rose : www.shoplerose.com | Bridesmaids jewelry: Givenchy: www.givenchy.com | Groom Suit: J. Crew : www.jcrew.com | Groom Details: Coach : www.coach.com | Groom shoes: Allen Edmonds : www.allenedmonds.com | Groomsmen suits: The Black Tux : www.theblacktux.com | Groomsmen gifts: 

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SaddleRock Ranch wedding at the vineyard // Chris & Alice

SaddleRock Ranch wedding at the vineyard // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Malibu wedding photographers 


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From the Bride

Early in our planning, we decided that we wanted to have a SaddleRock Ranch wedding at the vineyard. The morning of the wedding started bright and early, and from the beginning the day was full of excitement and joy. We had planned our wedding for nearly two years! When our wedding day finally came, everything felt so unreal, like a magical fairytale was unfolding. It was an amazing feeling knowing that our family and friends, many of whom had traveled far, had all come together to support us for our next chapter in life.

 

Remembering Special Moments

We decided to have our “first look” along a long corridor at our AirBnb. During our moment, both of us felt much anticipation. Walking down the long corridor to reach my husband to be was surreal!!! When I finally saw him for the “first time”, I was overwhelmed with emotion. I’m not someone who usually cries, but I definitely let out tears of joy in that moment.

One of my favorite moments of our day was exchanging our vows. I remember it vividly. Chris and I decided to each write our own personalized vows. Being at the altar is a very intimate place to be and we wanted our vows to reflect that. Even being in front of family and friends, in that moment, it still felt like we were the only ones there.

Our wedding day was an absolutely magical fairytale. Every moment was stunning. We loved SaddleRock Ranch wedding at the vineyard because it was entirely outdoors. The ceremony and reception sat on top of a hill overlooking surrounding rolling vineyard hills. Everything collectively perfectly fit the romantic, whimsical feel we were going for. Much of our decor revolved around a blush-to-cabernet ombre color scheme, including the bridesmaids dresses, table settings, flowers centerpieces. We added small elements of gold and marble to add a modern touch. Despite the day flying by, we were able to enjoy every moment of it and wouldn’t change a thing.

~ Love, Alice


From the Photographers

When Chris and Alice first spoke with us about their wedding day, I knew their wedding would be dreamy. We absolutely loved their chic whimsical style that reflected their personality through the entire day. When they mentioned they wanted a SaddleRock Ranch wedding at the vineyard my heart leapt! Before their day, I had not photographed at this particular venue. I knew that this day would be full of wonder and beauty.

Through our planning process, Alice and I discussed colors, styling, florals as well as her favorite locations at SaddleRock. We made a plan to travel throughout the entire ranch to capture some of her dream shots. I’m so glad that we planned to have extra time for photos, all throughout the day. We were able to photograph in the valleys, at the top of the mountains, at the door that leads to nowhere, and so many more locations. In my opinion, being able to help both Chris & Alice achieve their wedding day vision made our jobs a success. When we can champion a client’s heart into their photos, I believe that we have done our jobs well.

~ Love, Tiffani




SaddleRock Ranch, ceremony inspirations, the vineyard view


MY VENDORS

Venue: Saddlerock Ranch  |  Coordinator: DNT Elite   |   Photographer: Sun & Sparrow  |  Videographer & Photobooth: Chubbywhales   |   Florals: BeBud Florist   |   Invitations: Zazzle   |   Calligraphy: Bonnie Umali  |   Rentals: A Rental Connection   |   Caterer: Monrose Catering   |    Desserts: M Cakes Sweets   |   Wedding rings maker: Blue Nile    |   Wedding Gown Maker: Calla Blanche   |    Wedding Gown Boutique: Le Marriage Couture   |  Ring Box: LaceByrd   |   Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang Studio   |   Bride Shoes: Bella Belle   |   Bridesmaids dresses: BHLDN   |   Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Zara Men   |   Groom shoes:  Paul Evans

 

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Lakeside wedding at The Lodge at Malibou Lake // Robin & Jen

Lakeside wedding at The Lodge at Malibou Lake  // ROBIN & JEN @2019 Sun & Sparrow // Malibu & Los Angeles Wedding Photography


1. Describe your how you felt on your wedding morning, all the anticipation and the love. What were you most looking forward to in the beginning of your day.
Robin: I was a bit nervous, cold, stuck in traffic and a bit late. I had anxiety about my tie because I still didn’t know how to tie a tie. I didn’t know how to deal with the pocket square. I had never worn cuff links. This was one of the few times I had ever worn a suit. I felt uncomfortable and then finally when I saw my beautiful bride, Jen, I knew everything was going to be okay.
Jen: I was crossing my fingers for the rain to stop but also nervous about my vows. However, the time passed by so quickly, I hardly had time to think about anything. I think I just wanted everything to start and be able to see everyone we loved in one room. I was ready to see Robin.
2. Did you have a ‘first look’ or a ‘walk down the aisle’ moment? How did you feel when you saw your significant other for the first time?
Robin: I thought that’s the most beautiful bride here tonight by far…
Jen: When I saw Robin, I thought to myself, “Finally”. Even though we had just been apart for a few hours, it was comforting to be with him on our wedding day. Seeing him put me at ease and made me feel ready to start the day.
3. What was your favorite moment/story from your wedding day?
Jen: My favorite moment was when our flower girl, Sienna, refused to walk down the aisle. I loved how her dad improvised and threw the flowers for her. Having everyone laugh brings a smile to my face. I also loved hearing Robin’s vows- his writing was so beautiful and touching. I was in awe of his writing skills, although not surprised! It was nice to reminisce about the beginning of our story and the adventures we have been through.
Robin: My favorite moment was standing at the end of the aisle and hearing Blackbird by the Beatles (instrumental) start playing and then I saw Jen walking down the aisle. It was like my 2 favorite things happening all at once in front of all my beloved family and friends. It’s as if my whole life was “waiting for this moment”- just like in the song, and then the most important moment in my life occurred.
4. How did your day most feel like a fairytale?
Jen: Hearing all the speeches and realising how much effort and thought my dad and our siblings put into each speech was so heart-warming.  I don’t think people often express how they feel to one another but on that day, we were able to share our feelings so candidly and loving with one another.   It is so beautiful to see everyone come together with so much joy.
Robin: The day felt like a fairytale because all of the people from different times in my life, came together for the first time, and celebrated this significant moment in our life. There is something special in the joining of two families and two lives.

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Venue: The Lodge at Malibou Lake // Coordinator: HoneyFitz Events  // Photographer: Sun & Sparrow // Videographer: Anchor Pictures // DJ & Photo booth: Vox Djs  // Florals: Garden Florist // 
Calligraphy: Simply Stated // Caterer: Chef Cordelia // Desserts: Sugar Fairy Desserts/   //  Guest activities: Charming Lights  //  Wedding Gown Maker: Sarah Seven  //  Engagement Ring: MaBelle //  Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang   //  Bride Shoes: Nina Venetia  //  Bridesmaids dresses: reformation and tulle & chantilly  //  Bridesmaids robes: Seline Lounge (Etsy)/ @selinelounge  //  Groom Suit: Made in Hong Kong: Empire Tailors  //  Groom Details: The Tie Bar/ @thetiebar // Groom shoes:  Joseph Cheaney and Sons/ @josephcheaney  //  Groomsmen suits: Made in Hong Kong: Empire Tailors

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ROMANTIC FAIRYTALE WEDDING AT THE VILLA DEL SOL D’ORO // MIKE & ELEANA

ROMANTIC FAIRYTALE WEDDING AT THE VILLA DEL SOL D’ORO // MIKE & ELEANA @ 2019  Sun & Sparrow // Southern California Wedding Photographers

 

1. Describe your how you felt on your wedding morning, all the anticipation and the love. What were you most looking forward to in the beginning of your day.
Eleana: Excited but also kind of stressed out. I’m mostly practical and I wanted to make sure that everything that could be controlled/handled were taken care of for the vendors and the guests. I was really looking forward to my friends coming to spend the morning with me while I got ready too; having the support of your ladies is so essential and since I didn’t have a wedding party, I was extra glad that they were taking the time out of their schedule to hang out. I was excited to see Mike (we slept in separate rooms the night before) and do the First Look, since I felt that would be a big moment for us.
Mike: Felt normal the morning of the wedding. Met up with some friends and ate breakfast and got my hair done. As we were driving to the venue, got a bit more anxious, arrived at the venue and started to get ready. Just looking forward to getting to the venue so that I would be ready on time.
2. Did you have a ‘first look’ or a ‘walk down the aisle’ moment? How did you feel when you saw your significant other for the first time?
Eleana: First Look; I was nervous but also really calm. I hoped he would like my dress! When he turned around, he started crying and then I started crying (though probably not as much as him). I told him to stop since it would ruin all my make-up.
Mike: We had a first look moment. I got emotional and had tears running down as I saw my beautiful wife in her dress. She looked beautiful and and dress had this long train that looked amazing.
3. What was your favorite moment/story from your wedding day?
Eleana: Probably when Mike was drunk and slid across the dance floor on this knees to give me a lap dance – it was definitely a goal achieved. The ceremony was really well done by both the pastor (who is Mike’s friend) and the reading done by my cousin. I think the moments with my dad were also really special – and of course, all the moments with friends. I definitely felt like I couldn’t/didn’t give anyone enough of the time that they deserved and I’m so thankful for all the help/love/support (even from some friends who weren’t able to make it to the actual wedding!). And some of the drunk people that had to be carried out (no names will be named).
Mike: There were many favorite moments from the wedding day. The first look was unforgettable. Just seeing all our family and friends. The ceremony was good. The speeches were good. The food was good. Enjoyed drinking and dancing and just spending time with everyone.
4. How did your day most feel like a fairytale?
Eleana: The venue, for one, was amazing. It definitely didn’t feel like we were in Los Angeles and we were transported somewhere else with our guests. The atmosphere of fun and happiness from our loved ones really contributed to the day; it was great knowing they were there for us and were celebrating our next step together. Though now that we’re married, it doesn’t feel any different than before (which I think is a good thing).
Mike:  The weather was perfect and the feel from the venue gave good energy. Did not seem like we were in a big city.


OUR AMAZING VENDOR TEAM: 
Venue: Villa del Sol d’Oro  | Coordinator:  Sandi & Sean McQuilkin  | Photographer: Sun & Sparrow  | Photo booth: VOX DJs | Florals (arch/personals): Leonora Moss | Florals (centerpieces): Connie Kwok (friend) | Invitations (design): Danielle Yip (friend) | Invitations (print): Simon with Emperor Printing | Calligraphy/Signage: Estefania Becerra (friend) | Rentals & Catering: Lindburgh McPherson  | Desserts: Danielle Keene with sheilamae.com | Wedding Gown Maker: Whispers & Echoes, a BHLDN label : | Hair & Makeup: Joyce Luck Style | Groom Suit: John Varvatos  | Groom Details: socks: Ted Baker | tie Original Penguin | shirt & shoes: Calvin Klein

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