Fairytale garden inspired Calamigos Ranch wedding // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Calamigos Ranch wedding photographer
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.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com
CEREMONY SINGERS MARIE EDWARD BAND // http://futureofadventure.com
LIVE BAND KARAOKE CASUAL ENCOUNTERS // http://casualencounterskaraoke.comfutu
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
Fairytale Oak Glen engagement // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Big Bear wedding photographer
FROM THE GROOM // It all started with a swipe…
Dating has become a wonderful thing in the 21st century. As a single you have the ability to connect with a diverse set of people who have similar interests and values as yourself, and who live in your general vicinity, all with the flick of a thumb. That’s how this story starts… kind of.
On a rainy day in July almost 3 years ago, in their search for love and companionship, Tim and Esther both swiped right… little did they know that they were almost polar opposites; they came from different backgrounds, had different interests and approached life with very opposing mentalities. After 3 weeks of trying to arrange a first date, they realized two things that would define the greater part of the next couple years; (1) they genuinely enjoyed each other’s company and felt at ease chatting about the important stuff and (2) that they lived 100 miles apart, Tim up by New York, and Esther in Philadelphia. Most would have called it quits, and in fact Tim tried but Esther was resolute in her decision to meet and they surprisingly gave it a shot anyway… (Shout out to Coffee Meets Bagel for a massively failed geo-location component within their app LOL)
On August 2, 2014 Esther ventured for 3 hours up I-95 (in traffic) to visit Tim in Hoboken, forcing him to break his cardinal rules of first dates… I want to say it was all rainbows and unicorns when they first met, but that would be a blatant misrepresentation. Esther was… HANGRY at best and Tim was defeated.
Despite the odds being stacked against them, their time was filled with everything you’d want from a perfect first date; some Texas BBQ, live music, speakeasy crafted cocktails, some quality ‘getting to know you’ talk and most importantly a little karaoke and lot of laughs, all of which lead to the ENGAGEMENT.
The Engagement // For months Tim told Esther time and time again that there was absolutely no point in getting married until they were ready to have kids… tax benefits or not, she still lived in Philadelphia and it just didn’t make sense. Behind the scenes, however, he was hard at work rallying their family and friends for the ultimate surprise.
On a stormy evening, October 22nd, 2016, Tim had promised Esther a much needed date night. He called her at work to make sure she’d be dressed for the fancy restaurant uptown that he knew she’d love, and like most of their story… things didn’t go that easy.
After a long day at work, with a storm brewing outside, Esther was in no mood to play dress up or listen to Tim explain why she needed to park the car and come up to the apartment before dinner. Eventually she folded and begrudgingly walked back home, fumbling with the house keys in frustration. Upon opening the door, the stage was set and four jack’o lanterns (as well as her then boyfriend) starred back at her, exclaiming “Will You Marry Me?”
Her answer: “Huh?… What?… No?!?… What?! Ummmm… is this for real? This better be real… if this is a joke that is not ok!”
And finally… after a couple more minutes of complete disbelief… she responded with a resounding “YES!”
With love, Esther