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Joey & Mariah // Romantic fairytale wedding at Calamigos Ranch

FROM THE BRIDE // I, like most little girls, dreamt of my future wedding well before it came to life! Thinking back about the day still makes me tear up. I did not sleep much the night before the wedding so many emotions ran through my head. My day started early with my bridesmaids running into my room and maid of honor shaking me awake yelling “You’re getting married time to get up!”. From the moment I woke up we began checking things off the timeline. Hair- check, makeup-check, photos-check, dress on-check. While everything moved around me I remember feeling this inner peace and silence like someone was telling me everything would be perfect. All of the emotions that kept me up the night before were silenced. Things just felt right. The rain that had been pouring down all night and most of the morning finally came to an end, and it was time to put my dress on. My mom helped me get into my dress and put on all of my details before I revealed it to my girls and closest family. Just before getting into the limo to go to the venue my dad (who had not seen my dress before) came for his reveal. Being a “daddy’s girl”, I knew I would cry the whole way down the aisle if I did not do this father daughter moment early enough in the day! A limo ride and some photos later it was time to walk down the aisle. Butterflies filled my stomach, and on came my song. My brother walked our dogs Sadie-Rae and Scout down first, and then my father escorted me down the aisle, handed me off to Joey and our ceremony began. I remember seeing him for the first time, waiting at the end of the aisle. Its a difficult emotion to describe seeing your forever waiting for you. Holding Joeys hands and looking into his eyes, committing to spend the rest of my life with him was one of the happiest moments in my life. When it came time to exchange rings, my maid of honor had to quickly run back to the bridal suite to get Joeys ring that had been left behind. Joey and I both laughed (and our guests too) and took this time to look out into the seats and see everyone who came to support us on our special day. We finished the ceremony, had our first kiss as Mr. and Mrs. and for the first time we were announced as husband and wife! Joey and I decided it was more intimate to do communion the first time as husband and wife with just our pastor right after the ceremony. It gave us time to let everything set in and a moment of silence to thank God for all that He has given us. The party began not long after an amazing dinner with speeches, dancing, dessert bars, photo booth fun and a late night espresso bar. Several dances, photos, and laughs later the last dance was called, and the night came to an end. Before my wedding I was given great advice from my sister-in-law to just enjoy and take in every moment (anticipated or not), because it is over in a blink. I love being a wife and, looking back, would not have changed a thing about our wedding! I am so appreciative to everyone who helped our fairytale wedding play out.


What was your favorite moment from your wedding day?

Walking down the aisle and seeing Joey for the first time. We both felt strongly that we wanted the first time seeing each other to be when I walked down the aisle. And Joey’s only request was that the aisle be long enough for him to take the moment in.

What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor?

I wanted simple timeless elements, lace, pearls, roses, and diamonds combined with the natural rustic elements in the venue.

Do you have any advice for brides who are currently planning their weddings?

It is easy to get caught up in the details; don’t lose sight of why you are having a wedding. The most important part is you are marrying the man (or woman) of your dreams. The rest will fall into place.


Venue: Calamigos Ranch, Redwood Room www.calamigos.com // Coordinator: Kylie Raache from Wish Wonder Dream wishwonderdream.com // Photographer: Sun & Sparrow   www.sunandsparrow.com // Videographer: Rayne Films www.raynefilms.com // Florals: White House Florals www.whitehouseflower.com // Invitations: William Arthur from Nantucket Press nantucketcrossing.com // Desserts: Vanilla Bakeshop www.vanillabakeshop.com // Wedding Gown Designer: Stella York www.stellasbridal.com // Wedding dress boutique: Bridal Elegance www.bridalelegancesalon.com // Ring: Robbins Brothers, Simon G www.robbinsbrothers.com // Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang kellyzhang.com // Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka  www.badgleymischka.com // Groom Suit: Men’s Warehouse www.menswearhouse.com // Groom Details: Rolex // Groom shoes:  Magnanni // Bridesmaids dresses: Bari Jay www.barijay.com // Groomsmen suits: Men’s Warehouse  www.menswearhouse.com

The Licari Family // Redondo Beach family and maternity photographer

Redondo Beach family and maternity photographer // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow maternity & newborn photography

We are so excited to welcome our second baby girl! Feeling all the emotions right now but most of all we feel blessed. We’re about to have two beautiful little girls in our life and it will be an honor and privilege to be their parents. Our two year old Juliana is very excited for the arrival of “baby sister”. She can’t wait to take care of her and play with her and we look forward to them being best friends. Counting down the days till our family becomes filled with even more love and happiness!

Ricky & Monica // Romantic wedding in San Juan Capistrano

Romantic Wedding in San Juan Capistrano // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow San Juan Capistrano wedding photographers

Describe your experience at your wedding in 1 paragraph, everything you remember.

The night before the wedding, Southern California experienced one of the worst storms it’s ever seen. To our surprise (and relief), the skies were clear and beautiful by the time the wedding began. It was truly a sign of God’s grace and presence! We were both nervous but excited that morning. Over a year of planning and preparation had finally led us to the big day. In our respective rooms at the church, before the wedding began, we started to get very emotional reflecting on the journey that we have been through; friends, long-distance, engaged, and soon-to-be husband and wife.

We can’t even begin to describe the feeling we had when we first saw each other at the aisle. In that moment, it truly felt as if time had stopped. That nothing and no one else in the world mattered except us. We had our family members play important roles within our ceremony, and we were overwhelmed with the love that surrounded us. We exchanged vows and rings and were pronounced husband and wife. We did it!!! The day didn’t stop there…the heartwarming ceremony led into an even more breathtaking reception. From the food, to the music, to dancing, and celebrating with everyone, everything was perfect and we had an absolute blast. We are so thankful for our family, friends, each other, and God.

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day? Did you have any special moments/story with friends or family that stand out to you?

Our favorite moment was seeing each other for the first time at the aisle.It was such an emotional moment of the wedding as it signified the beginning of our new life together. We will always cherish that memory. Between the two of us we have a huge family. Seeing them at our wedding and spending time with them, everyone together, was so special and meaningful. At the reception, our hearts lit up when we looked around and saw ALL of our family and friends on the dance floor with big smiles on their faces.Monica’s cousins even planned a surprise performance for us and sang Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. We loved it! Ending the night in our traditional attire was perfect because it signified the marriage of not only two people, but two cultures.

What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor? Was there any special element that made your decor come together for you, personally?

Monica’s engagement ring (along with our wedding bands) are gold so we used that as a starting point for our decorations and color scheme. We used Instragram and Pinterest as sources of inspiration for our decor and built off that. We are also very detailed-oriented so we were very hands-on in planning in our wedding – from the invitations to the centerpieces, we put it all together.

Do you have any advice for brides/grooms who are currently planning their weddings?

Remember to take time and enjoy the process! While it may seem stressful and tiring at times, you only get married once so embrace everything and cherish the memories. At the end of the day, its about you and your spouse – so do what makes you happy! Tip: don’t feel obligated to provide your guests with a plus one. It’s 100% your day so invite the people that you want to share in your special day with!


Venue: Plaza de Magdalena​ ​http://plazademagdalena.com/

Coordinator: Sheila Foster – Weddings by Sheila http://www.weddingplannersd.com/

Photographer: Sun & Sparrow  @sunandsparrow  www.sunandsparrow.com

Videographer: (if applicable) Dave Farese – Light Up Video http://lightupvideos.com/


Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas https://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/

Caterer: Sundried Tomato http://sundriedtomatobistro.com/

Desserts: Wedding Cake – SusieCakes http://susiecakes.com/

Wedding Gown Maker: Maggie Sottero

Wedding Gown Boutique: Mariposa Bridal Boutique http://mariposabride.com/

Hair & Makeup: Sherri Quach Garza Instagram: @sherriquach

Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Groom Suit: Joseph Abboud

Groom Details: Watch – Burberry

Groom shoes:  Joseph Abboud

Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Musician: Jesse Macleod http://jessemacleod.com/

DJ: Soundwave Productions – Chris Berry​​ http://soundwaveprosdj.com/