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Anthony & Kristen // Boho inspired forest wedding in Southern California

Boho inspired forest wedding in Southern California // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Southern California wedding photographers

FROM THE BRIDE // Our main goal for our wedding was to make sure we were in the moment and present, especially since we didn’t have a videographer. I would say we did just that. I couldn’t have asked for a better night from the vendors to our guests. I honestly couldn’t think of anything I would have done differently, it was truly a dream come true. My inspiration started with more of a Rustic theme with burlap and all that good jazz. It fit well with our venue being outdoors and an equestrian center. That all changed the moment I found “the” dress. My mom was a big part of planning and was helping me every step of the way. My mom has more of a glamorous, bedazzled, blingy, and sparkly style (which is much different from my rustic, vintage, plain jane style). We decided to meet in the middle and decided our décor would be Chabby Chic as we called it. There were mason jars, and lots of flowers, with some fancier looking centerpieces with lace dollies. I was so happy with the outcome of our two styles coming together and I couldn’t imagine it being any different, it was perfect.
My most memorable part of the day was just dancing the night away. My husband and I shared our first dance but unlike most weddings we also got to share it with our two children which was very special to us. Our DJ was so amazing and new exactly what kind of music to play to keep everyone dancing the night away.
I have a few words of advice for brides/grooms planning there wedding….
1. Spend the extra money on your vendors, especially your DJ and Photographer. Spend less on décor and such because honestly people don’t notice those things (and neither do you the  day of) I am waiting to see all my décor, and wedding cake from my photographers!
2. Make sure you are living in the moment and not looking at photos later and then remember all the things that happened. Be present… put your phone away and live YOUR special day (you only get to once!)
3. Don’t stress about the little things, or about the people that can’t make it. I realized a lot of “family” have weird priorities, but you can’t let that get you down. You have to know that whoever is there to celebrate is who matters most. As for the little things… don’t stress if certain things don’t get done right or at all. No one will notice but you (maybe).
4. ENJOY AND HAVE FUN!
MY VENDORS: 

Venue: Middle Ranch // http://www.middleranch.com
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow  //    www.sunandsparrow.com
Photo booth: DJ Pasha Entertainment //   www.djpasha-ent.com
Florals Party Posies Floral and Events //   www.partyposies.com
Invitations: Elegant Wedding Invitations  //   www.elegantweddiginvitations.com
Caterer: Anoush Catering //  www.anoush.com
Desserts: Great Dane Baking Co  // www.greatdanebakingcompany.com
Wedding rings maker:  Jewelry Exchange Tustin, Carbon 6
Wedding Gown Maker: David’s Bridal // http://www.davidsbridal.com
Makeup: Hair- Kristen Hall
Hair:  Dusty Kuskie Diamond Beauty
Bride Shoes: Ralph Lauren
Bridesmaids dresses: Show me your Mum // https://www.showmeyourmumu.com
Groom & Groomsmen Suit: Friar Tux // https://www.friartux.com

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Mike & Pauline // a natural love // engagement in Palos Verdes

A natural love engagement in Palos Verdes, CA // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles wedding and engagement photographers

Sun & Sparrow is one of the leading engagement and wedding photographers in the Los Angeles area as well as Santa Barbara and Orange County.

FROM THE BRIDE //  Back in 2014, Mike and I have been planning a trip to Maui for May 2015.  This was going to be our first “adult”, just the two of us trip! (Ha) As the day was approaching for us to leave to Hawaii, the only expectation I had was to relax, enjoy the beautiful beaches, and of course to always have a delicious cocktail in my hand. We had done our research on all the cool, hidden beaches to go to, and all the amazing food hot spots to hit, but the one thing we absolutely had to do was go on the road to Hana. Now being someone who does not enjoy long car rides, I was a little skeptical. But the images we saw online were to die for, and I knew if we did not go that we would both regret it for the rest of our lives! (Maybe haha) For the first 3 days we had our schedules filled with fun activities. We went snorkeling on the coral reef in Lanai, went to our first luau, resort hopped, and swam in what is probably now one of my favorite beaches, “The Little Beach”. By the fourth day, I was already feeling a little pooped, but Mike was so adamant about waking up at 5am, and making that 7 hour drive to the road to Hana. Super tired and cranky in the car, Mike tells me he wants to make a quick stop to a mini hiking trail, that leads to two waterfalls called Twin Falls. Trying to be as enthusiastic as him, I agree, and soon enough we arrive to the trail. As Mike promised the hike was short, wet, and filled with spider webs (eek!), but as soon as we both see the two beautiful waterfalls, I forget my tiredness. A group of girls leave soon after we arrive and we both get our phones out trying to capture the waterfall. As I’m recording, I notice Mike shuffling on the ground looking for something in our backpack. Completely unaware of what he’s searching for, I continue to record, and ask him casually, “why are you on the ground? What are you doing Mike?” Then I look down, and there he is, with the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen and asks me, “Boo boo, will you marry me?” I burst into tears, and completely speechless and unable to find my voice to scream “yes”, I just nod my head and soon enough, the words come out and he puts the ring on my finger. He explains the reason why he wanted to come to this specific spot to propose was because each waterfall represented both Mike and I, and the water they fell to was the “one” that we were becoming. We were officially merging into one family. This was the highlight of our trip to Maui, and I will forever remember that unexpected moment, and words, until the day I die.

Now with just 4 months until we say “I do”, I can’t wait to spend this intimate day with our closest friends and family who’ve stuck by and supported both Mike and I for the 8.5 years we’ve been together. The funny thing is, from all the years I’ve been with him, I’ve never seen mike shed a tear. When people ask what I’m most excited about, I simply reply, “to see Mike cry” 🙂

A natural love // Engagement in Palos Verdes, CA // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow photography

Michael & Katie // Bohemian inspired wedding at Calamigos Ranch

Calamigos Ranch Wedding Photographer

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Bohemian inspired wedding at Calamigos Ranch

how she did it

August 9th, 2015… our wedding day.

This day was everything we ever imagined and more, it was filled with smiles, laughter, and overflowing love. Looking back, we wish we had more time and wished things happened in slow motion, we even joke about wanting to do it all over again just minus the 9 months of planning. ADVICE: Live in the moment J

As soon as we got engaged we couldn’t wait to start planning. We had always envisioned a rustic, shabby chic, garden wedding. So next step was to start looking on our Pinterest boards where we had millions of ideas. All we had to do was narrow them down, find our favorites, and either DIY or find a vendor who could replicate that exact look and feel. From shopping locally in the south bay to ordering our incredible flower dresses from our favorite place to travel in Thailand everything came together. ADVICE: At the beginning planning everything will seem overwhelming, but if you take each step together you will start to unveil the dream wedding you always imagined.

Next big hurdle for us was to choose our vendors, which took multiple calls, Skype sessions, and even in person interviews to ensure we all had the same vision. ADVICE: As said by our DJ – Michael “If you are not getting the name on the door (one of the owners), then keep looking.” We can honestly say we couldn’t agree more, which lead us to the best! Between our coordinator/florist (A Touch of Lavender by Cindy Wu), our DJ (Ovation Entertainment by Michael McNeil), our fabulous hair and makeup team (Nicol Makeup Artistry by Kimberley Nicol, w/ Aubrey & Lindsey), and most of all our INCREDIBLE photographers (Sun & Sparrow by Tiffani & Elli). They all truly made our day flawless, beautiful and carefree!

We originally fell in love with Sun and Sparrow when Katie saw photos from her friend Larissa’s wedding on Facebook. The photo was incredible and they truly captured the love they had for each other. Once we met with Tiffani, we immediately knew we had to have them be a large part of our wedding. So we decided to have them shoot our wedding and engagement session. Both of their attention to detail and kindness make you feel like you are the only two people in the room. ADVICE: Taking posed photos is always awkward but not when you are with them. They are both so fun and thoughtful, which helps to ensure no hiccups along the way.

The biggest piece of advice we could give any Bride and Groom would be, DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF. All of the work leading up to the wedding, no matter how impossible it seems… it will all work out and be worth it in the end. Don’t loose sight of what your wedding is all about, the celebration of the two of you becoming one. The day is all about you so be selfish and remember it only happens ones. Your wedding day will truly fly by so try and absorb every moment.

Michael – “My favorite part of being married is, the smirk on her face when I call her my wife J”

Katie – “My favorite part of being married is, marrying the man who has the same vision in life as me and makes the best out of any and all situations. I am truly the luckiest girl in the world, I get to live life with my best friend, partner in crime and the man who makes me feel like I am the only woman in the room. Oh, and moving up in the alphabet ;)”

VENDORS  //  Wedding Dress: Katie May // Earrings: BHLDN  //  Garter: Etsy  //   Bride/Flower Girl’s floral wreath’s: A Touch of Lavender  //  Bride/Groom/Groomsmen Shoes: Steve Madden  //  Groom’s Tux: Express  //  Groom’s cuff links: Etsy  //   Groomsmen Tuxes: Friar Tux  //   Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN/Jenny Yoo  //  Flower Girl Dresses: Etsy  //  Hair & Makeup: Nicol Artistry  //  Bride & Bridal Party Robes: Etsy  //   Venue: Calamigos Ranch Malibu – The Oaks Room  //   Coordinator: A Touch of Lavender – Cindy Wu  //  Florist: A Touch of Lavender  //   Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography //   DJ/Entertainment/Lighting: Ovation Entertainment – Michael McNeil  //   Photobooth: Classy Booths  //   Wedding Cake: Hansen’s Cakes  //   Cake Cutting Utensils: BHLDN  //  Cake Topper: Etsy  //   Table Runners: Ebay  //   Hotel : Westlake Village Inn

DIY: Arbor, BAR marquee lights, table numbers, all wood signs, favors, lanterns, fabric curtain, place card doors, cake table décor, and much much more, couldn’t be completed without help from our amazing parents, sister in-law, brother in-law & bridal party.

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Miles & Rini // Garden inspired wedding at the Hacienda in Santa Ana

©2015 Sun & Sparrow // Garden inspired wedding at the Hacienda in Santa Ana

how she did itWhen the time came for us to start planning our wedding, we knew that we wanted our décor to be soft and romantic. Slowly but surely, the little things began to come together. Like many couples, we embraced DIY projects and had a blast with them. We built, painted, drew, hand wrote, and designed as much as we possibly could. Not only is DIYing an obvious money-saver, but it allowed us to have a customized wedding day that was unique to our personal style as a couple. That was really our goal from the start, and when we walked into the venue on the big day, we knew we nailed it. Seeing your vision come together is such an amazing feeling, and we were so pleased with all the small details!
But there is no greater feeling than marrying the person that you love. During our ceremony, it truly felt as if we were the only people in the world. Staring into each other’s eyes and sharing our vows was surreal and overwhelming. We rubbed each other’s hands and smiled proudly the entire time. It rained all morning, and it was very humid all evening. We quickly got off schedule, and our champagne coupes broke and never made it onto our table. The father-of-the-groom had a huge cut on his head, and the bottom of my dress got dirty and ripped. The cake was served too late, and one of our flower girls jumped into a huge puddle. So many things did not go the way that we had planned. And yet, none of it mattered. Everything melted away except for the two of us. It may not have been the perfect day that we expected, but it was certainly perfect for us.
Future brides—don’t sweat the small stuff. You’re getting married, and a few hiccups in your day couldn’t possibly ruin the beauty of that. Just grab your groom’s hand and look at his smile. Everything else is just a bonus.
Vendors:
-Hotel: Hotel Menage www.hotelmenage.com
-Hair and Makeup by Cheryl Nacario http://www.cherylnacario.com
-Photography by Sun & Sparrow
-Videography by Vantage Point Productions http://vantagepointcustomfilms.com
-Coordinated by In Love Events https://www.facebook.com/InLoveEvents
-DJ: Showcase DJ (Steve) http://showcasedj.com
-Flowers by Flower Allie http://www.flowerallieweddings.com
-Wedding Cake by Tasteful Cakes http://tastefulcakes.com
-Flip Books by Pink Shutter https://pinkshutter.com
-Silhouettes by Sylhouettes by Sylvia https://www.facebook.com/sylhouettesbysylvia
-Ceremony Music by Zacc West (friend of the couple) http://www.zaccwest.com
-Bridal Gown by Allure purchased at La Soie Bridal
-Bridesmaids’ Gowns by The Dessy Group
-Bridal Shoes by Betsey Johnson
-Groom’s Suit and Groomsmen’s Tuxedos purchased at Friar Tux Shop
-Cake Topper by CozyMilArt on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/CozyMilArt
-Invitations by Smitten on Paper http://smittenonpaper.com

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