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David & Frangelica // Garden fairytale wedding at the Belmond el Encanto in Santa Barbara

Garden inspired wedding at the Belmond el Encanto in Santa Barbara // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Santa Barbara wedding photographers


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FROM THE BRIDE // From the moment you step onto the Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara, you can feel its magic. The stunning ocean views to the bungalows set among the lush green grounds set the tone for a fairy tale setting. As we walked under the wisteria covered arbor surrounding the lily pond, our 12 year old pug dove in for a swim with the turtles. We knew right then and there that this was going to be the place where we would get married.

“The Secret Garden”, Fran’s favorite childhood book, provided the inspiration for our wedding theme.  Some details we loved included the antique key name tags placed upon moss covered tables, the roses that dangled from every chandelier, and the table numbers made from selected novels from Fran’s antique book collection.

Our favorite moment of the day occurred before the ceremony while we were alone and blissfully unaware that we were 30 minutes late to our own wedding.  We had found a baby grand piano situated within the quiet hallway beside the ballroom.  This is where we spent time sipping champagne and talking while Fran played the piano.  That moment was special as it gave us an opportunity to pause, appreciate the moment, and take everything in, advice that we would give to every bride and groom.

Our wedding was dream come true and we felt the love all around us.  It was the perfect day to mark the beginning of  our life together. Our secret garden wedding is perfectly summarized in the quote by Alfred Tennyson, which we displayed at the entrance of the lily pond. “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.”

 



FEATURED ON: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BRIDE BLOG | Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography | Ceremony Venue: Belmond El Encanto | Reception Venue: Belmond El Encanto | Event Planning: Events by Mr. Butler | Floral: Three Bunch Palms | Stationery: Minted | Videography: Twin Taoers Productions| Wedding Cake: Belmond El Encanto | Hair: Christina G Hair | Makeup: Dream Catcher Artistry | Ceremony Musicians: Brian Stodart | Wedding Dress: Limor Rosen | Groom’s Attire: Giorgio Armani | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN | Veil: BHLDN | Engagement Ring: Arka Designs | Groom’s Attire: Armani | Groomsmen Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Submitted via: Matchology

Fairytale Los Angeles Wedding at Vibiana // Matt & Sarah

Fairytale Los Angeles Wedding at Vibiana // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles wedding photographers

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FROM THE BRIDE

I remember waking up the morning of the wedding at 3 AM. While staring at the ceiling, I wished it was a more reasonable time to wake up.  I was already so excited for our wedding day! I had been dreaming about an Fairytale Los Angeles Wedding at the Vibiana  for so long. Dreaming about my fairytale wedding and all the special moments that would come with it. The day felt so long as we began to prepare. With hair, make up, and a bit of nervous anticipation, all of my heart was ready to see Matt.

One of my favorite moments was our first look. We opted to have our first look privately in the courtyard next to the RedBird Cafe. We wanted our moment to be just ours. I remember the moment with so much clarity. I came down the stairs from and met him in the hallway. When we saw each other in that first glance, there were butterflies in our stomachs and tears in our eyes. This moment was just like I had dreamed of. After so much time and effort put into every detail of the day, seeing Matt at our first look made everything fall into place. From that moment, the entire day flowed naturally. I instantly relaxed and was able to let my day happen.

 

WEDDING DAY DESIGN

I absolutely loved my wedding day decor! In creating an fairytale Los Angeles wedding at the Vibiana, I wanted our day to be classic and timeless with a bit of a whimsical element.  I wanted to bring naturally lush elements, both outside and inside. I loved the ivy that we brought in to cover the marble inside Vibiana. Because the Vibiana had once been a cathedral, there were so many beautiful architectural elements. We focused most on the designs of the flowers and mixed in a touch of metals (gold and copper) to add personality. Overall, I would definitely say the flowers and greenery absolutely made the venue shine.

If I could give one piece of advice to future brides, I would say, “slow down and enjoy every moment.” It wasn’t easy for me. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer gravity of getting married. I keep remembering that while your wedding day will be wonderful, it’s just another day–it doesn’t have to be perfect. Remember that nothing is perfect. The more you can remember to be in love with your moments with the people that you love. And that’s what it’s about! It’s about your love, your moments and you’re forever.



FEATURED ON: Southern California Bride Blog | Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography | Ceremony Venue: Vibiana | Reception Venue: Vibiana | Event Planning: Amy Greenberg | Floral: Lori’s Flowers | Stationery: Tracy Saritzy | Videography: Tim Irvin | Bakery: Redbird | Engagement Ring: Revolution Jewelry | Hair: Design Visage | Makeup: Design Visage | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Groom’s Attire: Theory | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Veil: Panache Bridal Beverly Hills | Groom’s Bow Tie: The Tie Bar| Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Submitted via: Matchology

Nishith & Tracy // Boho Fairytale wedding at the Lavender Inn, Ojai

Boho Fairytale wedding at the Lavender Inn, Ojai // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Ventura wedding photographer

MY VENDORS: NAME: WEBSITE //  NAME: INSTAGRAM
Venue: The Lavender Inn: https://lavenderinn.com
Coordinator: Beth Keenen
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow : www.sunandsparrow.com | Sun & Sparrow : @sunandsparrow
Videographer: A Sunny Day Production: http://www.asunnydayproductions.comFlorals: A Beautiful Day Productions: https://www.facebook.com/A-Beautiful-Day-Productions-323917551294/
Invitations: Shine: https://www.shineweddinginvitations.com
Caterer: Catering Connection: https://www.cateringconnect.com
Cake: Delicious Artistry: https://deliciousartistry.com
Wedding rings maker: Valentio Fine Jewelers: http://marksingermandesigns.com
Wedding Gown Maker: Willowby: https://www.watters.com/willowby/products/lupine 
Wedding Gown Boutique: Lili Bridals: https://www.lilibridals.com
Hair & Makeup: Cheek to Cheek Artistry: http://www.bookcheektocheek.com

Collin & Melissa // Fairytale Malibou Lake Club wedding

Fairytale Malibou Lake Club wedding // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Malibu wedding photographers

Venue: Malibou Lake Mountain Club // The Lodge at Malibou Lake  @maliboulakelodge
Coordinator: Tricia Dalhgren – @tdahlgrenevents
Videographer: Matrimony Films – @matrimonyfilms
Photobooth: Pixabooth Co. @pixaboothco
Florals: Enchanted Garden Floral Design – @egfloraldesign
Invitations: Minted.com
Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop – @vanillabakeshop
Wedding Gown: Lillian Westwood
Wedding gown boutique: Mon Ami Bridal Salon – @monamibridalsalon
Bridal Shoes: Betsy Johnson
Hair and Makeup: Bliss Bridal Beauty @blissbridalbeauty
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Tux Rentals: Black Tux

 

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Ben & Aubrey // Romantic Mansion wedding at the Ebell of Los Angeles

Romantic Mansion wedding at the Ebell of Los Angeles // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles wedding photographers

FROM THE BRIDE // After a year of planning our dream wedding, it took almost a week for Ben and I to fully debrief our wedding experience together. One of his favorite recollections was just before our first look: he not only heard the click-clack of my footsteps, but also realized that he could hear his heart beating from excitement and anticipation. Those felt like the longest 20 seconds of his life, and he knew things were about to get real. I could relate: as I tapped him on his shoulder and saw his face light up, I suddenly felt a sudden wave of eagerness and joy. When the processional began, I walked toward him once again, this time as he stood beneath our lush, fragrant chuppah, before our family and friends. It might have been because of the lighting during the ceremony, but the only thing we could really focus on was each other. He took my hand as we said our vows—never without a wide, gleeful smile across our faces. 

The rest of our wedding can only be described as a magical blur! Although we spent a lot of time and energy painstakingly picking out ivory linens, white and blush floral arrangements, signature cocktails and decadent meals for our timeless affair, we didn’t get a chance to focus on any single detail that day. The best part of our wedding reception was seeing the Cheshire cat grins on our guests’ faces, as they danced the night away and knew they were part of the most special night of our lives.

Our advice for engaged couples is simple: You prepare for how you think you should feel during your wedding, but how you anticipate feeling is nowhere close to the overwhelming happiness you’ll experience as your wedding is actually happening (or recreating those feelings afterward while you look at your pictures). Stay in the moment, and take my Nana’s words to heart: don’t sweat the small stuff—it’s all small stuff. 

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MY VENDORS: 

Venue & Caterer: The Ebell of Los Angeles 

Coordinator: Amy Greenberg Events  www.amygreenbergevents.com

Photographer: Sun & Sparrow   www.sunandsparrow.com

Videographer: HD Studio www.hdstudioart.com

Florals: Loris Flowers www.lorisflowers.com

Invitations: Signature Imprints www.signatureimprints.carlsoncraft.com

Rentals: Elegant Designs Specialty Linens Inc www.elegantdsl.com

Desserts: Susie Cakes www.susiecakes.com

Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier www.moniquelhuillier.com

Bride Details: Nadri Jewlery and family heirlooms 

Hair & Makeup: Lucy Muradyan @lucyritam

Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo @jimmychoo

Groom Suit: Custom Tuxedo from Carroll & Co. of Beverly Hills www.carrollandco.com/

Groom Details: Mont Blanc Cufflinks and Pen www.montblanc.com

Groom shoes:  Santoni www.santonishoes.com

Bridesmaids dresses: Wtoo www.watters.com

Groomsmen suits: The Black Tux www.theblacktux.com

Pianist: Emily Grace www.emilygraceonkeys.com

DJ: DJ Crash www.djcrash.com

Ring makers: Eytan Brandes, Eytan’s & Vartan and Lucy Nazarian, Pyramid Diamond

3 comments
  • Della White PhotographyJanuary 14, 2017 - 1:51 am

    Beautiful photos, everything is just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    • SunSparrowJanuary 14, 2017 - 5:59 am

      Thank you Della! You are so sweet. So appreciated!ReplyCancel

  • LoriJanuary 16, 2017 - 12:58 am

    Such an honor to work on this wedding and what a fabulous job you did documenting it! Let me know if it’s possible to get some high resolution flower photos and I’d be happy to feature them with your photo credit . I’m in the process of putting together a new website and we now have a brand new cooperative workspace called The Wedding Hub.
    I look forward to hearing from you and working together again,
    Lori Mark
    Lori’s Flowers
    Lorisflowers1@yahoo.com
    818.512.7820ReplyCancel

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