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Anthony & Kristen // Boho inspired forest wedding in Southern California

Boho inspired forest wedding in Southern California // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Southern California wedding photographers

FROM THE BRIDE // Our main goal for our wedding was to make sure we were in the moment and present, especially since we didn’t have a videographer. I would say we did just that. I couldn’t have asked for a better night from the vendors to our guests. I honestly couldn’t think of anything I would have done differently, it was truly a dream come true. My inspiration started with more of a Rustic theme with burlap and all that good jazz. It fit well with our venue being outdoors and an equestrian center. That all changed the moment I found “the” dress. My mom was a big part of planning and was helping me every step of the way. My mom has more of a glamorous, bedazzled, blingy, and sparkly style (which is much different from my rustic, vintage, plain jane style). We decided to meet in the middle and decided our décor would be Chabby Chic as we called it. There were mason jars, and lots of flowers, with some fancier looking centerpieces with lace dollies. I was so happy with the outcome of our two styles coming together and I couldn’t imagine it being any different, it was perfect.
My most memorable part of the day was just dancing the night away. My husband and I shared our first dance but unlike most weddings we also got to share it with our two children which was very special to us. Our DJ was so amazing and new exactly what kind of music to play to keep everyone dancing the night away.
I have a few words of advice for brides/grooms planning there wedding….
1. Spend the extra money on your vendors, especially your DJ and Photographer. Spend less on décor and such because honestly people don’t notice those things (and neither do you the  day of) I am waiting to see all my décor, and wedding cake from my photographers!
2. Make sure you are living in the moment and not looking at photos later and then remember all the things that happened. Be present… put your phone away and live YOUR special day (you only get to once!)
3. Don’t stress about the little things, or about the people that can’t make it. I realized a lot of “family” have weird priorities, but you can’t let that get you down. You have to know that whoever is there to celebrate is who matters most. As for the little things… don’t stress if certain things don’t get done right or at all. No one will notice but you (maybe).

Venue: Middle Ranch // http://www.middleranch.com
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow  //    www.sunandsparrow.com
Photo booth: DJ Pasha Entertainment //   www.djpasha-ent.com
Florals Party Posies Floral and Events //   www.partyposies.com
Invitations: Elegant Wedding Invitations  //   www.elegantweddiginvitations.com
Caterer: Anoush Catering //  www.anoush.com
Desserts: Great Dane Baking Co  // www.greatdanebakingcompany.com
Wedding rings maker:  Jewelry Exchange Tustin, Carbon 6
Wedding Gown Maker: David’s Bridal // http://www.davidsbridal.com
Makeup: Hair- Kristen Hall
Hair:  Dusty Kuskie Diamond Beauty
Bride Shoes: Ralph Lauren
Bridesmaids dresses: Show me your Mum // https://www.showmeyourmumu.com
Groom & Groomsmen Suit: Friar Tux // https://www.friartux.com


Chris & Tamara // Romantic Big Bear wedding

Romantic Big Bear wedding // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Big Bear wedding photographer

The morning of the wedding was incredibly peaceful. Anything that wasn’t perfect was just dropped, and I knew the things that mattered would fall into place. My girls and I did a little bible reading and prayer time before getting ready. Prepping for the day was a breeze. Chris slept in until he had to get dressed for the first look, which was done behind the groomsmen cabin. The first look location was perfect: romantic and natural. Chris’ favorite moment of the day was turning around and seeing me in my dress. I loved the intimacy of that moment. My favorite moment was sharing our private and personal vows in the gazebo. Then we were rushed off to the ceremony, which was mostly a blur. One of the most memorable moments for me was at the last second, our brothers decided to switch mothers to demonstrate that we were all family. My brother who was originally supposed to escort our mom ended up escorting Chris’ mom, and Chris’ brother escorted my mom. Chris surprised me by having our dear friend who officiated translate parts of the ceremony speech into Serbian, my first language. Our rings were left in the bridal suite up the hill, creating a comical moment during the ring exchange. Thankfully my bridesmaids had two rings between them that we used as props (something borrowed?). The first kiss was magical, walking together was just right. The family photos were done in true Todorovich-Webster fashion: chaotic, fun, and full of love. I was so surprised to see how well everyone connected. This was even more evident during the toasts. We had planned for only the Maid of Honor and the Best Man to make a speech. But the microphone just kept getting passed along to other family members until everyone shared their feelings of our love. At the head table, we were crying laughing from the sweetness it all. Neither one of us had ever felt so much love all at once.
While planning, we both immediately knew we wanted to be outdoors. Every banquet hall and chapel we visited had the same stifled air about it. Being in nature was a necessity. Given the craziness of both of our families and the excitement of the wedding day itself, being surrounded by peaceful, steady nature helped us really center ourself on what matters: our love. It was a perfect balance. The rest of the decor had to honor the nature. Our florist used mostly flowers and greenery native to the mountain, and then only ones that would complement them. Our whole aura is romance, so of course my bridesmaids were in a deep red, and his groomsmen had deep red velvet ties. It all came together better than I imagined. Romance and nature.
Chris’ advice for anyone planning their wedding is simply don’t stress. Make a list, delegating tasks to each person. Take time to snuggle and focus on the whole reason you’re getting married. My advice would include a wedding journal as well. From day one, I wrote absolutely everything wedding-related in my journal, even information I thought might be useless. It just really helped to have all of my thoughts, ideas, documented conversations, timelines, etc all in one place. And also don’t stress. So many things were imperfect about my wedding. In the end none of those details matter. If you go home with a spouse you absolutely adore, you had a successful wedding.
Venue: Bristlecone Weddings, www.bristleconeweddings.com
First look site/cabins: Cienaga Creek Ranch, www.bigbearcabinscalifornia.com
Coordinator: Stephanie Lim  @slimadventures
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow, www.sunandsparrow.com
DJ: Omar Khan, www.djomarkhan.com
Photo booth: Creative Photo Booths, www.creativephotobooths.net
Florals: Branch and Bulb  @branchandbulb
Invitations: Always B Brave, https://www.etsy.com/shop/AlwaysBBrave
Wedding rings maker:  Kay Jewelers & Family Heirloom
Wedding Gown Maker: David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Luisa Gaxiola from Peroxide Beauty & Barbershop, peroxidehair.com
Bride Shoes: ALDO, www.aldogroup.com
Bridesmaids dresses: Weddingtonway, www.weddingtonway.com
Bridesmaids robes: Thalia Sodi created for Macy’s, Macys.com
Bridesmaids gifts/details: Fuzzy slippers by Express, @express
Groom Suit: Alfani for Macy’s
Groom shoes: Military standard black patent
Groomsmen suits: Alfani for Macy’s



James & Crystal // June Lake Mountain wedding

how she did itFROM THE BRIDE //  

James and I were just looking to have a fun day to share with our family & friends. Since we both enjoy the outdoors, a rustic wedding seemed like the way to go.
I would have to say that our favorite and most memorable part would have to be the chairlift ride up the mountain for all our guests and the breath taking views from all angles of our venue site.

Photography was important to us because it is the only way to capture these once in a life time memories and for us to be able to share these memories with our future children. We chose Sun & Sparrow because you girls are awesome and fun and our friends! I wouldn’t have had it any other way because it was easy to let loose and be ourselves in front of people we already knew. Not to mention seeing all the other weddings and events they have been a part of were spectacular!!!

Oh man, DIY… To complete our rustic theme, mason jars were our main project. My mom and I diligently worked on the center piece vases by wrapping 40+ mason jars with burlap followed by a slightly narrower piece of lace and then topped it off with tying a piece or coral cord and a “love” charm around the mouth of the jar. Then we moved on to the small jelly jars that we wrapped with a burlap ribbon and completed it with a small white ribbon flower. For our escort cards and the display, I ordered business cards from the company that made our invitations so that we could stick with the theme of that and then one of my bridesmaids helped out by hand writing all our guest names and their table assignments. The display, I found a large clearance frame at the local craft store, strung twine across and pinned up each card with a small mini-clothespin. And, I believe that is it for the DIY, at least the big stuff!

For those ladies that are planning a wedding right now, make sure to do you and your fiance… no one else! Friends and family will have their opinion, but this day is about the 2 of you and no one else!!! Also, do everything in your power to have fun with it. You will always come across speed bumps that will try to cause stress, but remember to stay calm and work through it. On your wedding day, be open to the things that will inevitably go wrong, and when something does go wrong, embrace it and laugh!!!
The awesome thing about being married is knowing that I am officially tied to the man that I love!!!

June Mountain – venue (https://www.junemountain.com/Groups/Weddings)
Michelle Denault – flowers (denaultcatering.com)
Hair by Carrie – hair & make-up (www.hairbycarrieg.com)
Flare’s Bridal – wedding dress (www.flaresbridal.com)
Friar Tux – suit rentals (friartux.com)
Mimi’s Cookie Bar – bakery (www.mimiscookiebar.com)


©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // June Lake Mountain wedding

VENDORS // Hotel: Boulder Lodge //  Venue: June Mountain  //   Photographers: Sun & Sparrow Photographers  //  Flowers: Michelle Denault //  Hair & Makeup: Hair by Carrie  //  Bridal Gown: Flare’s Bridal   //  Bridal Shoes: Converse //  Groom’s Tux: Friar Tux  //  Bakery:  Mimi’s Cookie Bar


©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // June Lake Mountain wedding

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