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Steve & Shanele // Industrial Romantic wedding at the Millwick


Industrial Romantic wedding at the Millwick // © 2016 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles wedding photographers


Our main focus when planning our wedding was our guests. To begin with, we wanted to find a venue centrally located to our family and friends and also be a reflection of who we are. For two people who enjoy the outdoors, such a location in Los Angeles is not easy to come by. Millwick was the answer. It was local to our guests and we could customize it however we wanted.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE YOUR BEAUTIFUL DECOR? // From the Bride: I have always been a DIY’er and I am a fan of practical and useful pieces. Thankfully our venue spoke for itself in many ways and I didn’t want to take away from it’s simple yet detailed design. For the flowers, I chose succulents for two reasons: 1) they’re plants! There would be no stress of running to the flower mart at 5 am the day before and you don’t need a green thumb to take care of them 2) our guests could take home unique practical pieces that they could use to decorate their personal space long after the wedding. After deciding on the succulents I did some extensive Instagram research and found talented artists around the world that were creating everyday objects out of cement. The creative juices started to flow and with the help of both of our families and close friends we became a production line of weekend designers, mold makers, cement mixers, driers, painters, and (no joke Steven’s favorite) cleanup crew. We learned the ins and outs of the cement curing process, how cement sticks to cardboard when you don’t use cooking spray, and that some people get emotional when watching Armageddon and some think its the cheesiest movie in the world (you know who you are 🙂


WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE MOMENT ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY? // From the Groom: The most memorable moment for me was our first dance as a married couple. It was nice to be close to her and show everyone how much fun we have together and how much we love each other. // From the Bride: The most memorable moment for me was walking down the aisle holding my dad’s arm and taking in the significance of that moment. I am extremely grateful to to have had my dad by my side as I walked towards the next phase of my life and receive his blessing before saying I Do to my best friend.

WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW? // From the Bride: From the beginning of the planning process I knew photography was very important to me. I enjoy looking back at my families old wedding photos and I wanted to be able to share our wedding memories just the same. I was fortunate enough to help at an engagement shoot and be a part of wedding in which Sun & Sparrow (Tiffani) was the hired photographer. From both of these experiences I was able to see Tiffani’s amazing eye for detail first hand and I knew that when it was my turn to get married, I wanted the Sun & Sparrow team!

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?  //  Don’t sweat the small stuff. When you start to stress over the details, take a step back and ask yourself “will anyone REALLY notice this?”. I should have done this more often, but I will say it did come in handy the day of our wedding!

Wedding Dress: Lourdes Dress by David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Bride shoes: Nordstrom
Groom’s Suit: Bar III Macy’s
Groom’s Shoes: Steve Madden
Bridesmaid Dresses: Renz Rags via Etsy
Bride & Bridesmaid Hair: Moya Cruz (instagram @moya_cruz_)
Photobooth: Genuine Photobooths (genuinephotobooths.com)
Live Music: Bolero Soul (www.bolerosoul.com)
Signs & Seating Chart: Lela Rose (instagram @orangeandmelrose)




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  • SBMay 11, 2016 - 5:50 am

    Wow. Bricks can be as stunning as trees. Excellent stuff!ReplyCancel

Wilfredo & Sheena // Luxury wedding at the Mission Inn in Riverside


will&sheena©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Luxury wedding at the Mission Inn in Riverside

how she did itFROM THE BRIDE // So what inspired me regarding the decor I chose for the wedding was the venue itself. The Mission Inn is so romantic and beautiful, I wanted everything else to match that romantic theme. My dress was by the designer Berta. I fell in love with this dress because of its unique design, the beautiful lace, and all of the beads/pearls. My shoes were Jimmy Choo’s and actually pretty comfortable considering I didn’t break them in prior to the wedding. My earrings and rosary were by Maria Elena, she also makes beautiful headpieces. My husband’s navy tuxedo was by Theory, and matched perfectly with my dress and the theme of our wedding. Posh Peony did an amazing job on my florals, linen, and draping. Everything came out more beautiful than I imagined. I wanted a very soft romantic feel, so I went with cream roses with a hint of pale blush. I was so happy with Sweet Traders design and taste of our wedding cake. The design was beautiful. Again, I was going for a romantic theme so I had them add fondant lace appliqués to the top and bottom layer, along with some ribbon and rhinestones at the very bottom of the two middle layers, then had them add a few fresh flowers throughout. My DJ, Dance All Night DJ, did a wonderful job! He also did the lighting which added that romantic feel throughout the ballroom at the reception.
Wedding photographs were very important to me, and I decided on our venue based on the many photo opportunities of the beautiful decor and architecture at Mission Inn. At the end of the day, all you have are memories and photographs from your wedding day and that’s why I wanted to make sure I hired photographers/videographers that would capture that.  The most memorable part of our wedding day was the moment we first saw each other as I was walking down the isle and Wilfredo was waiting for me at the alter. That is a moment we will never forget.

My Vendors //  Venue: Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside // Florist: Posh Peony  //  Bridal Gown: Berta Bridal   //  DJ: Dance All Night DJ  //  Wedding Coordinator: Rebecca Calagna Events  //  Photography & Videography: Sun and Sparrow  //  Cake:  Sweet Traders  //  Save the dates and invitations: Minted  //  Rosary and earrings: Maria Elena Headpieces  // Makeup Artist: Britney Moya  //  Hair Stylist: Donett Dee Eiwasian


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  • Cristina BarraganNovember 26, 2015 - 11:56 pm

    Jaw-dropping gorgeous! Such a pleasure working with you! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • SunSparrowMarch 30, 2016 - 3:10 pm

      We loved working with you as well!!ReplyCancel