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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/

Chris & Crystal // Los Angeles Fairytale engagement

Los Angeles fairytale engagement // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles fairytale engagement photographers

From the groom:  I never imagined that any of my teenage dreams would come true, let alone my dream of marrying my high school sweetheart. From the moment I laid my eyes on her, I knew she would be the one that would forever change my life. And, if I might add, she has changed my life for the better. For many years Crystal and I had dreamed about the idea of marriage. We planned about our future home with children and how we would grow old together. Unfortunately, in the midst of our dreams, we had news that would change our lives forever. When we heard the diagnosis that Crystal had breast cancer at such a young age, our dreams were put on hold to fight for her life. We battled and had an up and down fight, but Crystal finally won! After 8 years of loving my girl, through all the pain, and a hard fight with breast cancer, I knew it was finally time to take hold of our dreams of marriage and a family that we had put aside.

My plan to propose was simple, but stealthy. I contacted her aunt and asked if she would  take us out to a field and take photos. I posed to Crystal that her aunt just wanted to “try out her new camera.” But in reality, I wanted to have the moment when I get down on one knee and ask Crystal to be my wife.  The day we went out, it was a beautiful spring day with the flowers for miles. Now, I do want to mention that I had the whole event planned out, but none of the plan happened. Ten minutes into our “photo shoot” I couldn’t contain my composure as my nerves had been getting to me.  Before it was time, I dropped down to one knee and the question had come out, “Will you marry me?” To my surprise, she (and I) was absolutely shocked! She had no clue that I would pop the question! But without a beat, she answered, “Yes!”  My heart pumped at one million beats per minute and everything was blurred. I couldn’t come back to my senses and even put the ring on her finger. I would almost say I was in shock, but to more accurately put it, I was in complete awe. The day and my proposal could not have been more perfect. I can’t wait for the day to come, to give our vows before our family and friends and officially become Husband and Wife.

Roberto & Alyson // Dreamy forest engagement in Los Angeles

FROM THE BRIDE // Roberto and I met a little over 2 years ago while doing a service year in AmeriCorps and have been inseparable ever since! We had talked about getting married so I knew an engagement was coming I just didn’t know when. I already knew it was going to be the best day ever because we were going to see my absolute favorite band (Johnnyswim) which I had been looking forward to for months!! Little did I know Roberto had also been planning a proposal the whole time. He asked me to meet him a little bit early so that we could “go to dinner” but when I met him at the venue, he surprised me by saying that we were actually going to be able to meet the band! So we go in to meet the band and they are rehearsing songs for the show. After a couple songs they start to sing one of my favorite songs (Summertime Romance) and the lights go down and pretty twinkly lights come on. Midway through the song Roberto got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! Afterwards the band came to talk to us and signed one of their records for us. It was the most surreal experience! I’m really looking forward to marrying my best friend and I can’t wait for all of our family and friends to come together for the wedding.

 Dreamy forest engagement in Los Angeles // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles engagement photographers

Rob & Sandy // Fairytale wedding at Oak Canyon Nature Center

 Fairytale wedding at Oak Canyon Nature Center // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Orange County wedding photographers

FROM THE BRIDE // I was actually surprised at how calm and aware I was. When I saw Robert for our first look, I thought it was so funny that he looked more nervous than me! I was super blessed to have a great wedding coordinator, my mom, my maid of honor and my bridesmaids (and bridesmen) who took care of me and made sure I had nothing to worry about. Robert and I loved that so many of our friends and family could be there, especially since a lot of them are from out of town. We can’t imagine a better day.

One thing that I remember best was our first dance. I absolutely loved that moment of pure bliss. All of the stress of the wedding had completely melted away and it was just us for that moment. I sigh just thinking about how special it was. Robert says that our first look did the same for him… But I beg to differ. 🙂

When considering my wedding day, I wanted all of my decor to have a whimsical and woodland feel. I’m from New Jersey originally, where there are lots and lots of trees. When I showed some Californians my hometown on Google Earth, they said, “you lived in a FOREST!!” I would have never called it that myself, but I guess that explains why I like trees! I guess that’s what I loved about this venue – all the greenery and the way it plays with the light. Robert and I also got to know each other in the beginning while hiking and biking in a lot of Orange County’s parks, so the park scene was very meaningful to us in that way.

If I could offer brides one bit of advice, I would love to offer one thing, definitely go with your gut, and stick with it. Don’t go on Pinterest late at night. And make sure you carve out time for just you and your new husband on the Big Day! We are so thankful for our first look and our private limo ride!


Ceremony Venue: Oak Canyon Nature Center
Reception Venue: Orange Hill Restaurant
Coordinator: Kimi Wislocki of Perfect Planning
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow @sunandsparrow
Videographer: Michael Khein with One of a Khein videography, @oneofakheinmedia
Florals: Kevin Reeder @kevinreeder
Invitations: vintagesweetdesign on Etsy
Calligraphy: Michelle Shaw, @michelleshaw
Desserts: Patty’s cakes, @pattys.cakes
sweetheart cake by Patrick Reese of @patthebakerman
Wedding Gown: Ferndales Bridal, @ferndalesbridal
Makeup: Flawless Faces, Inc. @flawlessfacesinc
Hair: Madison Bourne, @madhair_
Bride Shoes: Lucky brand shoes
Groom Attire: Friar Tux Shop, @friartux
Bridesmaids dresses: Bridesmaid dress maker, Bella Bridesmaids @bellabridesmaids #bellafreehold @jennyoon
Ring makers – NGY Jewelry in Orange, CA.

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