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Garrett & Deanne // Fairytale garden inspired Calamigos Ranch wedding

Fairytale garden inspired Calamigos Ranch wedding // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Calamigos Ranch wedding photographer

FROM THE BRIDE // 

The morning of the wedding was the first time in a while I felt so relaxed because everything was out of my hands. I really got to enjoy the morning getting ready with my mother, mother in law and sister in law. It was so nice to chat before the hectic craziness of the day took over. Once Tiffani got there and the videographer Russell everything went full speed ahead and the day just went so fast! It was just so lovely to see all of our family from across the nation and the globe come together to celebrate us, it really was just so special. Everything came together perfectly and all the planning was so worth it in the end. The best compliments we had about our wedding was how fun it all was and that just meant the world to us because that was what he had planned from the start. From our personal vows, hilarious speeches from friends and family, to the live band karaoke allowing everyone to sing their hearts out—the entire night was so full of belly laughs, wide smiles, and carefree dancing. We wanted to make our wedding not just beautiful but personal, unique, fun and memorable and I think we really did achieve that!

 

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?

It really is true that the whole day goes by so quickly, but luckily I made it a point with Garrett to remind ourselves to take it all in and remember special moments. My favorite moment from my wedding day was entering the reception after we had just walked down the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife. We had not been alone yet the entire day and were alone for just a couple of seconds while everyone was cheering outside as the ceremony ended. I had never seen my (now) husband so happy in our entire years together; I will remember that moment forever. His favorite moment was seeing everyone dance and sing on the dance floor. Everyone really let loose! We cannot wait to see all the pictures to relive our amazing day!

 

What inspired you while planning your wedding ?

I had spent many months making our own décor—my mom told me that our wedding was going to be my little art exhibit. My husband and his family is from Connecticut and my family is from California so I made string art to welcome our families to our wedding. (I guess someone loved these so much because they have not been seen since after the wedding!). From the table numbers, sewing the sweetheart table linen, all the sign in table décor, our dog’s collar wreath, toss petals, metal geometric table décor with air plants—it was all a labor of love. Garrett made the seating chart and my family pitched in making all of the succulent wedding favors. Our décor reflected our own modern rustic style and mirrored the beautiful greenery of our venue. It was important to me to decorate our wedding with things we would love in our own home, which made our wedding feel not too formal but very casual and inviting.

 

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

I recommend ranking vendors by importance to you and your fiancé and let that dictate how much you spend. Maybe the venue isn’t that important but the food is, or maybe the dress is lower on the ranking but the band is number one. For us, the atmosphere of the venue and décor was really important to me. The band and entertainment was most important to my husband. Weddings really are a money pit but I don’t regret choosing vendors that really matched my vision. The best advice I got was – no one is going to remember the color of the chair they were sitting on or if you had a napkin ring- they will however remember the overall feel of the wedding, the entertainment and the food. Don’t lose the bigger picture- the coming together of people to celebrate your love. That is what will be remembered in the end for you and your guests. Also- thinking out of the box pays off. We had a very nontraditional wedding- short ceremony, our friend was the Officiant, we had no bridesmaids or groomsmen, and we had live band karaoke so our guests could partake in the entertainment. This really made our wedding very personal and special for us.

 

MY VENDORS:  

Venue:  Calamigos Ranch // http://www.calamigos.com/weddings.html

Coordinator:  White Blossom Events // http://whiteblossomevents.showitsite.com

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

Videographer:  Russell John Films // http://russelljohnfilms.com

Photo booth:  Pixster // https://www.pixsterphotobooth.com

Florals:  Violette’s flowers // http://violettesflowers.com

Invitations: Zazzle // https://www.zazzle.com

Calligraphy // By the Bride –email for orders- 619-850-8007- deanne.enriquez@gmail.com

Desserts:  French Confection Co. // http://www.thefrenchconfectionco.com/sweets-gallery/

Wedding rings maker:  Darbini Jewelry // www.darbinijewelry.com

All Décor by the Bride –email for orders – 619-850-8007 – deanne.enriquez@gmail.com

CEREMONY SINGERS MARIE EDWARD BAND // http://futureofadventure.com

LIVE BAND KARAOKE CASUAL ENCOUNTERS // http://casualencounterskaraoke.comfutu

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Wedding Gown Maker: Sotterro & Midgley – “Wyatt”

Wedding Gown Boutique:  2000 Dreams Bridal // www.2000dreams.com

Other Bride Details:  Hairpiece – Bel Aire Bridal, Earrings & Bracelet -Nordstroms

Hair & Makeup:  Jackie Romero Makeup // www.jackiemakeup.com

Bride Shoes:  Klub Nico http://www.klubnico.com – purchased at Nordstroms

Groom Suit & details:  Custom suit by Men’s Warehouse  // www.menswarehouse.com

 

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.

ALSO PLEASE LIST ALL OF YOUR WEDDING VENDORS INCLUDING VENUE, DINING SERVICES, FASHION VENDORS, FLORISTS AND WHOMEVER ELSE HELPED ADD TO YOUR DAY.

I have provided all of the potential vendors below. If you did not use a vendor for one of these examples, please feel free to delete. If you used a vendor that is not listed, please feel free to add them in! If you did any DIY or have a family heirloom, feel free to mention that as well. 🙂 We want to make sure that everyone is tagged on their social media platforms. Please send websites to your vendors in this format below:

Please send websites to your vendors in this format below:

MY VENDORS:  NAME INSTAGRAM WEBSITE

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

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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

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

 

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