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Steve & Janet // Elegant wedding at the Athenaeum Cal Tech

Elegant wedding at the Athenaeum Cal Tech // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Associate photographers // Pasadena wedding photographers

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

Our wedding day was filled with joy and love. Everyone came together to celebrate our union in marriage and it couldn’t have been more beautiful and perfect. We both have lived through a lot and waited a long time to find each other and when we did, we knew that our lives would change forever. What made our wedding day especially wonderful was to be surrounded by the love and energy of all of our friends and family. The tone was infectious—it really didn’t even matter where we were, what the decor or dress looked like or the fact it was extremely hot and humid…people had smiles on their faces. laughter was in the air and love abounded. St Bedes Catholic church was a powerful and serene place to exchange our vows and surrounded us with the holy spirit in all its grandeur. The Athenaeum, where we celebrated our reception on the campus of Cal Tech, could not have been more beautiful with its luscious grounds and architectural details. The settings were both perfect and special in their own way and a reflection of each other and our marriage. We couldn’t have asked for a more incredible day!

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 from our wedding day was listening to the Ave Maria as we walked over to give flowers to Mary at the church and say our first prayers together as husband and wife. Our most special moment was when our daughter Talie (who was also one of our maids of honor) gave the most eloquent and meaningful, heartwarming speech and toast to us at the reception.

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

We were inspired to create a timeless and classic feel to our wedding and decor that would reflect our taste and personal style. Having the reception at the Athenaeum with it’s beautiful architecture and history was the special element that really brought everything together.

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

Don’t overthink every detail or feel pressure to go over the top. Stay true to yourself and what feels right to you as a couple. This day is about coming together in marriage–not the production of a wedding.


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Venue:  St. Bedes Church, La Canada                                                     www.bede.org

The Athenaeum, Cal Tech                                                                   www.athenaeumcaltech.com
Coordinator:  La Bella Dia , Samantha Sisk                                         www.labelladia.com
Photographer:  Sun & Sparrow  @sunandsparrow   www.sunandsparrow.com

Florals:              Tea Rose Garden   @tearosegardenofficial          www.tearosegarden.com
Invitations:  Traction Press, Los Angeles
Rentals:  Dolphin Rental                                                         www.dolphinrentals.com  
Caterer: The Athenaeum                                                   www.athenaeumcaltech.com
Desserts: Fantasy Frosting   @fantasyfrostings     www.fantasyfrostings.com


Wedding Gown Maker: Monique Lhuillier    @moniquelhuillier     www.moniquelhuillier.com
Wedding Gown Boutique: Monique Lhuillier, Los Angeles
Wedding & Engagement rings: Sarah Wolfgang, NY
Other Bride Details: Jewelry, heriloom & Tiffany & Co. @tiffanyandco www.tiffanyandco.com
Hair: Angel V. Prado             @angelvprado                        www.framedsalon.com/angelvprado 

Makeup: Samantha Navarro            @beautiebystephanie                                 www.bridesbystephanie.com
Bride Shoes: Rachel Simpson        @rachelsimpsonshoes                www.rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk  

& Badgley Mischka                     @badgleymishckabride                www.badgleymishcka.com

Bridesmaids dresses: Jennny Yoo  @jennyyoonyc                         www.jennyyoo.com
Bridesmaids robes: Plum Pretty Sugar, BHLDN     @bhldn       www.bhldn.com


Groom Suit: Calvin Klein
Groom Details: Cuffflinks, Tiffany & Co   @tiffanyandco www.tiffanyandco.com
Groomsmen suits: Calvin Klein




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. 



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

  • 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

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