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4 ways to elevating your engagement session and wedding with flowers


Everyone knows that flowers are a MUST HAVE for any wedding day. But have you considered that one of the reasons that weddings are so beautiful are because of the soft and flowing nature of flowers. I believe that flowers really add to and elevate all types of sessions! We recommend flowers for engagement sessions, maternity sessions, boudoir, newborns and for all of our sessions.

Below, I have included some awesome examples of how flowers can elevate your sessions.

1. Bouquets & garlands & wreaths – I always recommend at least a bouquet for any bride at their engagement session or wedding. Often times it’s easy to think, maybe some with and some without, but I always think that flowers bring that extra glamour!

2. Loose flowers – One way to elevate your session is incorporating loose flowers all around. You can place them in your hair style or even around in your props, picnic, or on your table scape. One of my FAVORITE THINGS to do with lose flowers is to toss them in the air with bridesmaids. Not only is a flower toss super fun, it brings in extra smiles and wonder into any photo.

3. Flower crowns – I don’t think we have to mention how amazing flower crowns are! Flowers in your hair is always so heavenly. A flower crown is like a beautiful halo that makes any bride or flower girl look angelic and beautiful.

4. Flowers or foliage in nature – One thing that is a little more challenging to accomplish, but so beautiful if you can find the right spots to incorporate flowers or foliage in nature. All of our Sun & Sparrow photographers, including associates just love foliage in nature. We are always looking for leaves or natural flowers to place our couples into. There is something magical and romantic about natural vines that grow on walls or trees that have hanging leaves that makes our hearts sing.



In our experience, a little goes a long way. Whether you have a huge floral budget or a minimalistic budget, there are always creative ways to incorporate flowers into your sessions. Ask your photographers if they have ideas or suggestions as to how to bring flowers into your session. Sun & Sparrow does actually have small session options for florals. Tiffani loves to design wreaths and bouquets for new moms and brides-to-be.

Another option is to make a bouquet yourself. Pinterest has many options to create your own wreaths and bouquets. I often recommend bringing a few flowers from your garden or even from your local grocery store that can be incorporated into your session. A little bit goes a long way.

You can see our pinterest board for making your own bouquets HERE. 



Just like finding the right photographer, finding the right florist will make your wedding day that much more special. We always recommend interviewing florists and reviewing their portfolios, just as you would a photographer. Make sure you connect with the person you will be working with and make sure that you love them. Everyone’s dream is to work with your “dream team” at your session or wedding. When choosing your florist, make sure that their vision matches you vision for your big day. Lastly, make sure that you have fun!

Every session should be fun and creative. When working with creatives, remember that they love collaborating to make your story that much more special! Let us know if you want to help bring your session to life with florals or creative fabrics, ribbons, or textures.


We are so excited about all of your upcoming sessions! Thank you for reading and thank you for being a part of our hearts!

photo by Sun & Sparrow // Florals by Enchanted garden floralsphoto by Sun & Sparrow // Florals by Bride & Bloom floralsphoto by Sun & Sparrow // florals by White House Floralsphoto & florals by Sun & Sparrow
photo by Sun & Sparrow // florals by Fitzgerald FloralsPhoto & Florals by Sun & Sparrow

photo by Sun & Sparrow // Florals by Posh Peony

Tora & Jen // Whimsical wedding at the Lombardi House

Whimsical wedding at the Lombardi House // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles fine art photographer

Hi Jenn & Tora,

We are so pleased to share your photos. They are so freaking amazing and I can’t wait to share everything with you! I hope you love every single photo and every single moment. We love you guys! <3 Sun & Sparrow

Erick & Amber // Vintage inspired Cree Estate wedding // Palm Springs wedding photographer

 WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING?  //  I have always wanted to be a princess, so that was always in mind. From there we took an English Garden meets the desert feel. I wanted sweet, soft, and fun.



My favorite part of my wedding day was my first dance with my new husband. It was the first time we got to be together and enjoy being married.  Erick wanted to mention that he felt the most memorable moments were at our ceremony. Remembering such wonderful moments as I walked down the aisle to become his wife is something he will treasure for the rest of his life.


WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU & WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW?  //  We wanted spunky, fun photography that would represent our personalities. We felt sun and sparrow had fun modern photos. They were also local(ish), young, fun, different. Colorful!!
DID YOU DO ANY DIY PROJECTS? IF SO, WHAT?  //  I made the programs, the favor boxes, the paper flowers, ran the bar specifically the cocktail was created by Erick.


WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING OLD, NEW, BORROWED, BLUE?  //   Something old was a turtle brooch that I wore in my hair that belonged to my Great Grandmother Louis. I also wear Erick’s Grandmother Betty’s engagement and wedding rings as my engagement ring.  //  Something new was my simulated diamond necklace and bracelet set.  //  Something borrowed was a pair of pink diamond drop earrings borrowed from Erick’s happily married Aunt Paige.  //  Something blue… MY SHOES!! Oh and a bow on my garter

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?  //  Get a planner and spend the money and test your hair
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING MARRIED NOW?  //  Knowing my best friend will forever be by my side.


VENDORS: //  Venue: Cree Estate  //   Caterer:  The Butler Did it  //  Florist:  Madison West  //  Invitations: My Big Day Designs //  Bridal Gown:  Cinderellies, Edmonds, WA  //   Bridesmaid dresses:  Coralie Beatrix &  Miss Branche  //    Groom and Groomsmen suits. Likearockstar.com  //   Photography:  Sun and Sparrow  //  Cake: Michelle’s Bakery/Tennessee gardens  //  Centerpieces:  My Grandmother Dorthey hand-created each one
©2013 Sun & Sparrow Photography //  Vintage inspired Cree Estate Wedding //  A big thank you to our associate intern Claudia Navarette for helping with this wedding!
  • AmberJune 17, 2013 - 7:23 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful page!!ReplyCancel

  • DarcyJune 17, 2013 - 7:28 pm

    Congrats you two. Looks like a beautiful weddingReplyCancel

  • LenaJune 17, 2013 - 9:11 pm

    I love all the details! The bridesmaid dresses seem so fun, and love the flowers, and definitely love the pictures with the dog!!ReplyCancel

  • Atoorina BeblaJune 17, 2013 - 9:31 pm

    So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • rochelleJune 17, 2013 - 10:58 pm

    Gorgeous!! These pictures capture the day so beautifully! Wonderful job – wonderful wedding!ReplyCancel

  • ArlenJune 18, 2013 - 1:37 am

    Looks like it was amazingReplyCancel

  • Steve grettonJune 18, 2013 - 3:12 am

    Amazing photos, captured what was truly a great dayReplyCancel

  • LoritaJune 18, 2013 - 6:29 am

    WOW! The photos came out great and Amber is so beautiful! What a wonderful day.ReplyCancel

  • SheriJune 18, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    It was magical, pictures are fabulous.ReplyCancel

  • ErickJune 18, 2013 - 10:38 pm

    I love the lighting in all of this. What a perfect dayReplyCancel

  • Linda gJune 19, 2013 - 8:36 pm

    I was very happy to be there,with my extended family. It all turned out so fairy- tale wonderful. All my best wishes for a long and fruitful marrige. Love auntie LindaReplyCancel

  • SerinaJune 20, 2013 - 9:59 pm

    Love the pictures!! So perfect and beautiful! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lauren bJune 20, 2013 - 10:43 pm

    Wow amazing photos! Amber you look soooo beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJune 20, 2013 - 10:45 pm

    Love all of the pics!ReplyCancel

  • DannyJune 20, 2013 - 10:57 pm

    amazing what a wedding… Congrats …. love the photos.ReplyCancel

  • Paris W.August 4, 2013 - 3:29 am

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Completely jealous of Amber’s planning. So many cute little thoughts to personally enhance the two of you as one. Erick – looks like you have done well for yourself and picked an amazing woman. Be good to her!ReplyCancel

Scott & Lauren | Sweet Love DIY engagement | Calamigos Ranch Engagement | Calamigos & Los Angeles wedding photographer

First I wanted to say thank you to Scott & Lauren for being such wonderful clients. The more that I work them as time has passed on, the more I can see how wonderful they truly are. We have been blessed to be part of their wedding and part of their engagement session.

Scott & Lauren wanted to have their engagement session at Calamigos Ranch, where they actually got married on 7/15/12. They loved this location because of it’s diversity and beauty. We were able to take so many wonderful photos at amazing locations with ferris wheels, carousels, and in rustic areas. This location really mirrored the couple’s personality. With both a sense of rustic beauty and a fun flavor, we were able to make a perfect session for this perfect couple.

Congratulations, you two! I wish you the best of luck on your marriage and your future lives together!

~ Tiffani Matsuura | www.sunandsparrow.com

©2012 Sun & Sparrow Photography | Please do not use these photos to print. They are sized for web viewing and fast loading. If you would like to print any of these photos, you can do so on their online gallery. To see the full collection, PLEASE CLICK HERE. 

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  • Michael Anthony | Santa Clarita Wedding PhotographerJuly 19, 2012 - 6:28 pm

    Beautiful session, we are shooting a wedding there soon!ReplyCancel