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Sun-Jae & Hyun-Min // Fairytale wedding at Calamigos Ranch Oak Room

Fairytale wedding at Calamigos Ranch Oak Room // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Southern California wedding photographer

HYUN MIN: The day of our wedding started as a total whirlwind.  We were both up till 4am trying to finish making all the little items and decor pieces we wanted for the ceremony and reception, and then we had to get up at 7:30am!  We barely had a chance to look at each other properly that morning, and I just remember frantically saying “See you later!!!” as we each rushed off to get ready. As I was getting my makeup and hair done, I was constantly nervous and worried that something wouldn’t go as planned, but having my aunt there the whole time was a huge relief.  My wonderful mom sadly passed away almost 20 years ago, and for a long time I was worried I wouldn’t be able to stop crying on my wedding day because she wasn’t there. My aunt, as my mom’s sister has always been like a second mom to me and my siblings, and I could feel her love and care in every moment during the preparation. She took care of me, all the bridesmaids, my fiance’s mother and aunts, the makeup artists……Everyone with such loving attention and I think that was what helped me slowly calm down my nerves as the morning progressed.

Once I was done getting ready though, it felt amazing!  It was as if everyone around me, the hair/makeup artist, our wedding coordinator and the photographers all had waved a magic wand and made everything feel perfect, sparkly and happy!  I think from that moment on I pretty much couldn’t stop smiling. First look was so much fun – it was wonderful to see Sun Jae’s face light up as he opened his eyes and saw me, and after that we were just a pair of grinning, giddy, silly lovebirds!  Contrary to my worry about crying too much on my wedding day, I was so filled with excitement and glee that I almost started to worry I wouldn’t cry at all. I needn’t have worried though, because once I started reading my vows during the ceremony, tears just started gushing out.  As I read on and looked at Sun Jae’s tender smile, all the sadness I ever had before I met him seemed to wash out of me through my tears, and I felt like I was being born again into a loving, blissful life together with him.

Our wedding day, despite the crazy start to it, was truly a fairytale dream come true.  Everything was so beautiful, glowing, and fun. It was more joyful than I ever imagined any day could be, I just wished it didn’t fly by so quickly!  The most magical part was seeing how our union brought two separate groups of family and friends together, and it was like everyone had been sprinkled with glittery, happy fairy dust.  I hope Sun Jae and I can always love and laugh together, and be able to spread that joy to all those around us, for as long as we both shall live!

SUN JAE: My first look experience was truly magical and unforgettable. I honestly did not know what to expect, as I nervously closed my eyes shut and waited at the spot where my bride was to arrive for the first look. Hyun Min got out of the shuttle bus and walked toward where I was standing. I held Hyun Min’s hand and slowly opened my eyes and I was struck in awe! It was even more beautiful than I had imagined. My mouth was just wide open with joy and happiness the whole time. Our photographer Tiffani was awesome so we quickly warmed up to taking photos and from then on, we were just having fun and enjoying the moment together. It was the happiest, most joyful moment of my life. Looking back on that day again it was a full day of so many emotions, love, and laughter. At times, there were moments when we were hustling and the day just went by too quickly.  But getting to spend a whole day with your loving wife, blessed by the people we cherish, was such an amazing experience that I will forever keep dear to my heart.


Venue: Calamigos Ranch – The Oak Room : www.calamigos.com | Coordinator: Tanya Boyd : http://xoxowed.com/ | Photographer: Sun & Sparrow : www.sunandsparrow.com | Videographer: Jun Ku Lee | Florals: The Little Branch : www.thelittlebranch.com | DJ: Abraham Chase : http://voxdjs.com/  | Photo booth: Pixster Photo Booth : www.pixsterphotobooth.com |  Invitations: Bride and Groom’s drawings added onto a design from www.minted.com | Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals : http://prettyvintagerentals.com/ | Cake: Lark Cake Shop : http://larkcakeshop.com/ | Cake Topper: DIY by the Bride and Groom! | Wedding Gown Maker: Hayley Paige  | Wedding Gown Boutique: JLM Couture : www.jlmcouture.com | Wedding rings: Tiffany & Co : www.tiffany.com |  Engagement ring: Brilliant Earth : www.brilliantearth.com | Hair & Makeup: Theresa Huang : https://kohnur.com/ | Bride Shoes: Emmy London : www.emmylondon.com |  Bride Hair Accessories: Twigs and Honey : www.twigsandhoney.com | Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo : www.jennyyoo.com | Bridesmaids robes: KIM+ONO : https://kimandono.com/ | Groom Suit: Hugo Boss : www.hugoboss.com | Groomsmen suits: The Black Tux : https://theblacktux.com/


To see more photography from Calamigos Ranch venues, click on any of the links below. 

The Oak Room  |  The Redwood Room  |  The Pavillion  |  The Birchwood Room 


CANDLELIT WOODLAND WEDDING AT CALAMIGOS RANCH // BRANDON & CHLOE @ 2019 Sun & Sparrow // Malibu 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.
The day began with us both very excited, yet also waiting for the other shoe to drop. We had a lot of bad luck leading up to our wedding and throughout our wedding planning that caused us to be anticipating something to go wrong on the day of. It had been pouring rain all week and our ceremony was supposed to be outside so we were fully expecting to have to get creative come day of. The rain cleared up, though, that morning and we were ready for our day to begin with the sun shining. We felt very blessed to have had woken up with a kiss from an angel, but still on edge about the next hurdle coming our way. Our relationship has always been easy because our foundation is rock solid, but we have had many hurdles throughout that makes us laugh when we think about them and just were ready for the next one to come on our wedding day (since that is typically how our luck has been in the past). I think we were both looking forward to getting the day going since we had been waiting a long time for this day to come due to our long engagement. We were ready to start our next chapter.
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? 
This is where, of course, how hurdle came in! We were supposed to have a first look at 3PM, but when I (the bride) arrived to the venue to meet Brandon for the first time, I was immediately informed that the Groom’s shoulder had been dislocated when he was putting on his suit jacket and the paramedics were on their way. Our first look immediately was put on the back burner and, instead of a romantic meeting on the bridge like we had planned, it was me running into the grooms room, throwing my bouquet and just trying to help hold Brandon’s shoulder in any way I could without hurting him further. The paramedics came after about a half hour only to tell us they couldn’t do anything other than transport him back to the hospital, so after 45 minutes of going back and forth on if he was going to leave he ended up popping it in the socket again himself, just in time for our family photos. We didn’t get a first look, we didn’t get much bridal party photos and we don’t have too many romantic shots since the first hour of photos were cancelled due to the shoulder mishap, but we do have a pretty funny story right on par with the rest of our relationship to remember forever.
3. What was your favorite moment/story from your wedding day?
Our favorite moment of our wedding day is probably the dance party. We finally got to let go from the year + stress we felt planning this wedding and dance the night away with all of our nearest and dearest. Our band was the best band in the world and kept the party going until the very last song. The dance floor was always popping and everyone is still talking about how much fun they had celebrating with us.
4. How did your day most feel like a fairy tale?
The only reason I would use fairy tale to describe our day is because it ended with us married and most fairy tales end happily ever after, which in our case is exactly what happened. The lead up to our ceremony and reception was full of bumps and bruises and we didn’t get to capture all of the moments we had really wanted to, nor did we have the time to take all of the photos we had hoped to take, but the day ended with us loving each other more than when the day started and that was all we could have truly asked for when all was said and done.

Trent & Chloe // Fairytale Calamigos Ranch wedding at The Redwood Room

Fairytale Calamigos Ranch wedding at The Redwood Room // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Malibu Wedding photographer

FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Trent & Chloe’s wedding was such a fun day to be a part of! These two were beautifully candid and natural, you could tell how much they loved each other by just seeing the way they held hands. We loved everything about their glorious day, especially being at The Redwood Room.  We leap for joy every time we hear that a bride wants a Calamigos Ranch wedding!! Every moment felt like a dream, even for us as Malibu wedding photographers.

One thing we love most about being a part of weddings, is that we are able to partner with each bride and groom in their wedding day vision. They spoke about how their personalities were very laid back and relaxed. They wanted to feel like they were in a hidden forest wedding at The Redwood Room. Knowing these things about them, we did all we could to photograph their personal fairytale Calamigos Ranch wedding.

We are so grateful to be a part of so many amazing love stories and can’t wait for the next adventure!

To see more photography from Calamigos Ranch venues, click on any of the links below. 

The Oak Room  |  The Redwood Room  |  The Pavillion  |  The Birchwood Room 



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