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Lakeside wedding at The Lodge at Malibou Lake // Robin & Jen

Lakeside wedding at The Lodge at Malibou Lake  // ROBIN & JEN @2019 Sun & Sparrow // Malibu & Los Angeles Wedding Photography

1. Describe your how you felt on your wedding morning, all the anticipation and the love. What were you most looking forward to in the beginning of your day.
Robin: I was a bit nervous, cold, stuck in traffic and a bit late. I had anxiety about my tie because I still didn’t know how to tie a tie. I didn’t know how to deal with the pocket square. I had never worn cuff links. This was one of the few times I had ever worn a suit. I felt uncomfortable and then finally when I saw my beautiful bride, Jen, I knew everything was going to be okay.
Jen: I was crossing my fingers for the rain to stop but also nervous about my vows. However, the time passed by so quickly, I hardly had time to think about anything. I think I just wanted everything to start and be able to see everyone we loved in one room. I was ready to see Robin.
2. Did you have a ‘first look’ or a ‘walk down the aisle’ moment? How did you feel when you saw your significant other for the first time?
Robin: I thought that’s the most beautiful bride here tonight by far…
Jen: When I saw Robin, I thought to myself, “Finally”. Even though we had just been apart for a few hours, it was comforting to be with him on our wedding day. Seeing him put me at ease and made me feel ready to start the day.
3. What was your favorite moment/story from your wedding day?
Jen: My favorite moment was when our flower girl, Sienna, refused to walk down the aisle. I loved how her dad improvised and threw the flowers for her. Having everyone laugh brings a smile to my face. I also loved hearing Robin’s vows- his writing was so beautiful and touching. I was in awe of his writing skills, although not surprised! It was nice to reminisce about the beginning of our story and the adventures we have been through.
Robin: My favorite moment was standing at the end of the aisle and hearing Blackbird by the Beatles (instrumental) start playing and then I saw Jen walking down the aisle. It was like my 2 favorite things happening all at once in front of all my beloved family and friends. It’s as if my whole life was “waiting for this moment”- just like in the song, and then the most important moment in my life occurred.
4. How did your day most feel like a fairytale?
Jen: Hearing all the speeches and realising how much effort and thought my dad and our siblings put into each speech was so heart-warming.  I don’t think people often express how they feel to one another but on that day, we were able to share our feelings so candidly and loving with one another.   It is so beautiful to see everyone come together with so much joy.
Robin: The day felt like a fairytale because all of the people from different times in my life, came together for the first time, and celebrated this significant moment in our life. There is something special in the joining of two families and two lives.

Venue: The Lodge at Malibou Lake // Coordinator: HoneyFitz Events  // Photographer: Sun & Sparrow // Videographer: Anchor Pictures // DJ & Photo booth: Vox Djs  // Florals: Garden Florist // 
Calligraphy: Simply Stated // Caterer: Chef Cordelia // Desserts: Sugar Fairy Desserts/   //  Guest activities: Charming Lights  //  Wedding Gown Maker: Sarah Seven  //  Engagement Ring: MaBelle //  Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang   //  Bride Shoes: Nina Venetia  //  Bridesmaids dresses: reformation and tulle & chantilly  //  Bridesmaids robes: Seline Lounge (Etsy)/ @selinelounge  //  Groom Suit: Made in Hong Kong: Empire Tailors  //  Groom Details: The Tie Bar/ @thetiebar // Groom shoes:  Joseph Cheaney and Sons/ @josephcheaney  //  Groomsmen suits: Made in Hong Kong: Empire Tailors


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

Glenn & Jessica // Fairytale wedding in Malibu

Fairytale wedding in Malibu // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Malibu wedding photographer

FROM THE BRIDE (Jess) & THE GROOM (Glenn) : 

Jess – I was beyond excited the morning of the wedding! Our long-awaited day for our fairytale wedding in Malibu was HERE … after a two year engagement! We had been planning and thinking about it for so long that I couldn’t believe it was actually time. We actually had breakfast together at Calamigos Ranch and Glenn basically had to force me to eat because I was so excited that I had no appetite! As soon as my bridesmaids started showing up for the day, it hit me that it was finally happening, this was OUR day! I felt so surrounded by love and friendship while getting ready with the girls. Seeing all the wedding details, my bouquet, my dress, jewelry, opening my gifts from Glenn – I could not stop thinking about how in just a couple short hours, we would be saying our vows in front of our friends and families, and I would be MARRIED to my soulmate!

Glenn – The morning of the wedding was a combination of excitement, anticipation, and a LOT of waiting. The girls started at 8am and the guys didn’t have anything to do until 12:30pm. Those may have been longest 4.5 hours of my life. I spent the time relaxing with family and friends, drinking coffee, and debating whether to do my vows from memory or not. After two years of waiting and planning, we were both so excited to finally say I do and celebrate with everyone. I was personally most excited to get to the first look and see my beautiful bride. I knew that we would both be anxious for the rest of the day, but from then on we would be by each other’s side through the whole event.


Did you have a ‘first look’ or a ‘walk down the aisle’ moment? How did you feel when you saw your significant other for the first time?

Jess – We decided to do a first look before our ceremony! I was a bundle of emotions on the walk over from the bungalow I’d gotten ready in to where Glenn was waiting for me. As soon as I saw him standing on the bridge, with his back to me, I started tearing up. We had been waiting for so long for this moment and I had been so excited for MONTHS for him to see me in my dress, and the moment was FINALLY here. It took all I had to keep from crying before I stepped up and took his hand in mine, and from that second on, neither of us could contain our tears of joy and disbelief that our Big Day was finally happening.

Glenn – After spending the morning relaxing, the day immediately turned into a whirlwind of photos, interviews, whiskey, one lock out, and some lost items. Before I knew it, I was whisked away from my groomsmen for the first look. And then I waited what felt like 30 minutes on the bridge. I couldn’t wait to see Jess, but wasn’t exactly sure how personal the moment would feel with five different lenses pointed at me. But, as soon as she walked up behind me and touched my hand, everyone else melted away. It was just the two of us and we’d be married in two hours!


What was your favorite moment/story from your wedding day? 

Jess & Glenn – This is a hard question! Our whole day was filled with incredible, magical, perfect moments but I think my ABSOLUTE favorite moment from our wedding day was our first dance. We had been planning it for months and had secretly been taking dance lessons the past month and a half with an incredible teacher we found in Dallas! We wanted a fun dance that meant a lot to us so we had mixed two of “our” songs together – Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros mixed with Alive (Zedd Remix) by Empire of the Sun and Zedd – for our first dance. It was SO fun to finally be performing what we had worked so hard on and for it to go so well, even with our nerves and our “we just got married!” adrenaline.


How did your day most feel like a fairytale wedding?

Jess & Glenn – Every moment just felt so magical. Our day truly was a dream come true. From putting on my gorgeous wedding dress to seeing Glenn during our first look all the way to the last dance of the night, I felt like a true princess marrying her prince. Saying our vows in front of a gorgeous waterfall, surrounded by friendship and love from all sides, flowers and hops adorning the arch above us, the setting and the vibes throughout the entire day just felt like a fairytale.



Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Coordinator: DB Creativity | Photographer: Sun & Sparrow | Videographer: Event Filming  | Photo-booth: Tipsy Booth | Florals: DB Creativity | Invitations: Minted | Desserts: Vanilla Bake Shop | Wedding rings maker: Simon G Jewelry | Wedding Gown Maker: Wtoo by Watters | Wedding Gown Boutique: BHLDN Beverly Hills  | Sky Mist Veil: BHLDN by Debra Moreland |  Earrings: BHLDN by Sorrelli: www.sorrelli.com | The Mrs Box: https://themrsbox.com/ | Blush Ring  & Bridesmaids earrings: Kendra Scott | Hair & Makeup: Bright Crystal Wedding | Bride Shoes: Kate Spade   | Bridesmaids bracelets: Alex & Ani | Groom Suit: BOSS | Groom Watch: TAGHeuer | Groom Shoes: Allen Edmonds 


CANDLELIT WOODLAND WEDDING AT CALAMIGOS RANCH // BRANDON & CHLOE @ 2019 Sun & Sparrow // Malibu Wedding Photographers


1. Describe your how you felt on your wedding morning, all the anticipation and the love. What were you most looking forward to in the beginning of your day.
The day began with us both very excited, yet also waiting for the other shoe to drop. We had a lot of bad luck leading up to our wedding and throughout our wedding planning that caused us to be anticipating something to go wrong on the day of. It had been pouring rain all week and our ceremony was supposed to be outside so we were fully expecting to have to get creative come day of. The rain cleared up, though, that morning and we were ready for our day to begin with the sun shining. We felt very blessed to have had woken up with a kiss from an angel, but still on edge about the next hurdle coming our way. Our relationship has always been easy because our foundation is rock solid, but we have had many hurdles throughout that makes us laugh when we think about them and just were ready for the next one to come on our wedding day (since that is typically how our luck has been in the past). I think we were both looking forward to getting the day going since we had been waiting a long time for this day to come due to our long engagement. We were ready to start our next chapter.
2. Did you have a first look or a walk down the aisle moment? How did you feel when you saw your significant other for the first time? 
This is where, of course, how hurdle came in! We were supposed to have a first look at 3PM, but when I (the bride) arrived to the venue to meet Brandon for the first time, I was immediately informed that the Groom’s shoulder had been dislocated when he was putting on his suit jacket and the paramedics were on their way. Our first look immediately was put on the back burner and, instead of a romantic meeting on the bridge like we had planned, it was me running into the grooms room, throwing my bouquet and just trying to help hold Brandon’s shoulder in any way I could without hurting him further. The paramedics came after about a half hour only to tell us they couldn’t do anything other than transport him back to the hospital, so after 45 minutes of going back and forth on if he was going to leave he ended up popping it in the socket again himself, just in time for our family photos. We didn’t get a first look, we didn’t get much bridal party photos and we don’t have too many romantic shots since the first hour of photos were cancelled due to the shoulder mishap, but we do have a pretty funny story right on par with the rest of our relationship to remember forever.
3. What was your favorite moment/story from your wedding day?
Our favorite moment of our wedding day is probably the dance party. We finally got to let go from the year + stress we felt planning this wedding and dance the night away with all of our nearest and dearest. Our band was the best band in the world and kept the party going until the very last song. The dance floor was always popping and everyone is still talking about how much fun they had celebrating with us.
4. How did your day most feel like a fairy tale?
The only reason I would use fairy tale to describe our day is because it ended with us married and most fairy tales end happily ever after, which in our case is exactly what happened. The lead up to our ceremony and reception was full of bumps and bruises and we didn’t get to capture all of the moments we had really wanted to, nor did we have the time to take all of the photos we had hoped to take, but the day ended with us loving each other more than when the day started and that was all we could have truly asked for when all was said and done.

Tim & Esther // Calamigos Ranch wedding at The Oaks

Calamigos Ranch wedding at The Oaks  //  ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Malibu wedding photographers, Preferred Vendors at Calamigos Ranch


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