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Raphael & Michelle // Glamorous wedding at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica

casa del mar wedding

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Glamorous wedding at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica

how she did it

FROM THE BRIDE //  When I began planning my wedding, I knew the colors I wanted and I knew that I wanted to add a romantic touch. We didn’t necessarily have a theme, but I wanted our wedding to have a hollywood glam feel.  I feel like we were able to achieve the look and create the most amazing memories from our day. When I look back on my wedding day, there are so many moments that I want to remember forever! One of my most memorable moments is getting married in our local parish St. Monica. St. Monica is such a special place for Raphael and I, since we have been attending mass there for many years. We actually knew we wanted to get married there the first time we attended mass at the church. We had family and friends travel from all over the world to witness our vows and that was very meaningful to us. It was just the most magical day, being able to say our vows in front of all our family and friends was special too.

One of my most memorable moments was seeing all of our business fraternity brothers from USC back together again for our wedding. We have a running inside joke with our friend Sean that has lasted for 5 years now…he surprised us with real doves to release at our wedding (don’t worry they are trained to come back to the dove keeper 😛 ) . It was so special for us to know that our friends still value our friendship after all these years.

If I could give advice to any brides who are planning their wedding, I would recommend to make time for all the wonderful things that you want from your wedding. I fortunately had time to plan our wedding for a year. I definitely made a checklist of all of my “must-haves” and attacked one item at a time. One of the biggest items on my list was to find a wedding planner who was AWESOME and who could help tremendously with our planning. I would highly recommend finding a wedding planner who understands your vision and can help you execute your wedding. Photography was the second most important item on my list. It was extremely important to me because I knew our day would be filled with so many emotions. I wanted to make sure we were able to capture everything. I chose Sun & Sparrow because I instantly fell in love with their work and how they tell beautiful stories through their photography. All of their pictures are gorgeous!

Also, don’t be afraid to lean on your maid/matron of honor, or bridesmaids for some help. I am lucky enough to have wonderful women in my life and whenever I felt like I wasn’t sure, or needed an opinion I would reach out to these ladies. Your wedding will be close to being perfect, and things will happen on the day of that maybe aren’t intentionally planned…don’t fret or let it cloud over your amazing day.

Last, I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to be married! I absolutely love when Raphael & I get to call each other husband and wife 🙂 We were together for 5 years prior to getting married, but now we truly feel like we are one family now. Also, our families coming together is great. We are both close to our families and having them together is an amazing experience. The thought of expanding our own family in the future is also another wonderful feeling.

VENDORS // Wedding Coordinator – Sassy Girl Weddings // Venues – St. Monica Catholic Church & Casa Del Mar // Bride’s Hair/Makeup – Jennifer Conejo // Bridesmaids Hair/Makeup – Kelly Zhang // Bridal Dress – Lovella Bridal // Bridal Earrings – Haute Bride // Bridal Shoes – Manolo Blahnik // Bridesmaids Dresses – BHLDN // Florals – Commerce Flowers /  Linen – Luxe Linen /  Lighting / Dancefloor / Chairs – TMMPRO  // Photobooth – Rockstar Photobooth /  Fresh Donuts – The Fry Girl, Inc. // Cake – Vanilla Bake Shop // Videographer – White Rose Production // DJ – Mike Soltani // Wedding // Invitations – Jen Simpson Design // Reception Stationary – Papercake Designs // 1962 Rolls Royce – Classy Chassis

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4 comments
  • Haute BrideOctober 22, 2015 - 2:05 am

    These are gorgeous! Love the Haute Bride chandeliers of course! And the blush gowns! The colors are all so pretty! And the USC Trojan jersey! Fight on! Who is the designer of the gown? Such beautiful lace! Congrats Raphael and Michelle! Beautiful photos! xReplyCancel

    • MeeshOctober 22, 2015 - 6:34 pm

      Thank you! Bridal gown designed by Matthew Christopher 🙂ReplyCancel

    • SunSparrowMarch 30, 2016 - 3:12 pm

      Hello!! I believe the dress came from Lovell LA.ReplyCancel

  • UyenOctober 22, 2015 - 9:03 am

    It was such an amazing day. We loved working with you & love love love these images!

    xoxo,

    The Sassy Girl Weddings crewReplyCancel

Daniel & Roselou // Handcrafted wedding at Descanso Gardens in Pasadena

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Handcrafted wedding at Descanso Gardens

how she did itFROM THE BRIDE //  Roselou’s love of nature inspired her to create a rustic romantic wedding decor. Daniel was very understanding of this vision and helpful in creating it. We chose Descano Gardens because it’s beautiful. We were surrounded by nature and the reception hall was rustic looking. We did a few do it yourself projects to create the decor we envisioned such as our table numbers, staining the crates that we used during our ceremony and reception, and our beautiful sweetheart table backdrop. It was a lot of work; but in the end, it was all worth it seeing it come together on our wedding day.

The most memorable part for me is the first time I saw Daniel for the first look. I remember the day being really hot and he was not on time; so my bridesmaids and I were outside in the heat for a while so of course, I was a little upset. But when it was time for me to walk towards him for the first look, I became carefree and knew that this was our big day so we needed to enjoy and treasure every moment of it. I had a huge smile the first time I saw him and I knew everything was going to be okay. Our wedding planner also recommended for us to ‘hide’ after the recessional. We found an area away from everyone and just gave each other lots of hugs and kisses. We treasured those first few minutes to ourselves as a newly wed couple.

Photography was very important to us because it captures our special day. These photos will be kept for life! We loved Sun and Sparrow’s photos on their website and after speaking with Tiffani, she made us feel at ease. They capture the light in a great way and has a great eye on where it’s best to take to pictures. We loved working with Sun and Sparrow. They made everything feel stressed free.

For any bride planning their wedding process, my advice is to stick to your plan/vision. There will be many pinterest picture inspirations but once you decide on what you want on a certain detail, I would stop looking for other inspirations. Enjoy every moment of the planning process (though it could be hectic and stressful) and remember that this is for your special day. Everything will come together on your wedding day.

My favorite part of being married now is being able to come home everyday to Daniel.

#VENDORLOVE  // Wedding Planner: Kelly Demaray  //   Hair and make up by Echou Makeup //   Florals by Rosebud Floral Design   //   DJ/Music by DJ Greg J  //  Venue at Descanso Gardens  //  PhotoBooth by Cheesy Photobooths   //  Caterer by Patina Catering at Descanso Gardens  //   Cake/Dessert by Fantasy Frostings   //   Sound System by SSR Sound System Rentals  //  Invitations by Smitten on Paper   Wedding Dress: Nouvelle Amsale (purchased at Nordstrom)  //  Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka  //  Groom’s suit: Calvin Klein  //  Groomsmen’s suit rented at Friar Tux Shop

 

Dave & Dulce // Chic Los Angeles wedding photography

Chic Los Angeles wedding photography // ©2014 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles wedding photographers
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING?
We’ve been living in Downtown Los Angeles for over 4 years. We’ve had front row seats to the “Downtown Renaissance” and absolutely love living in the middle of so much change. There’s excitement in the air. We really wanted to show our friends and family what we get to experience on a day-to-day basis. Downtown naturally has this old-school glamorous feel. As soon as we walked into Cicada, just a few blocks from our loft, we knew it was the place. Everything else just flowed with that 1920s glamorous vibe.
 
WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY?
Hers: David’s reaction during the first look. It was priceless. My second favorite was dancing with my grandfather to an old mariachi song “Mi Niña Bonita“. My grandmother passed away recently and was a huge mariachi fan. It was a very special moment.
 
His: All of it.
DID YOU DO ANY DIY PROJECTS? IF SO, WHAT?
We did a few DIY projects and my best advice is to start early. You definitely don’t want to be doing any DIY in the weeks leading up to the wedding. For our guest gifts/table decorations we bought little 2×3 frames and filled them with pictures of the two of us and the people sitting at the table. It was our way to make them feel special. We chose the “Up” score to process to, so we also made the iconic mailbox from the movie with “David & Dulce” painted on the side of it with our handprints.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING MARRIED NOW?
There’s a certain gravitas that comes with marriage. We’re both enjoying that feeling.
OUR VENDORS: 
Ceremony & Reception: Cicada http://www.cicadaclub.com/main.asp
Rehearsal Dinner: Drago Centro http://dragocentro.com
Flowers: G Fiori Floral Design http://www.gfiori.com
Cakes: Vanilla Bake Shop http://www.vanillabakeshop.com
Coordinator: Ooh La La Events http://www.oohlala-events.com
Music: The Platinum Groove http://www.theplatinumgroove.com
Dress: Vera Wang
Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Tux: Indochino
Groom Shoes: Allen Edmonds
Bow tie & Suspenders: Brooks Brothers
All Jewelry: Blue Nile
Mother of Bride: Adrianna Papell
Mother of Groom: Teri Jon

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