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Jack & Cindy // Southern California Coastal wedding at Casa Romantica

Southern California Coastal wedding at Casa Romantica // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Casa Romantica Wedding photographer

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

Jack: The first emotion I felt during our wedding was joy on a number of different levels – joy that I was about to marry the woman of my dreams, joy that all of our shared experiences were about to culminate in a wonderful celebration, and joy that all of our hard work preparing for the big day was over and that we could finally savor all the day’s special moments.  The instant I saw Cindy during our first look felt like an incredible rush that didn’t let up until we woke up the next morning. The rest of the day felt like living in a fantasy. Our ceremony overlooked the Pacific Ocean on a beautiful Fall day, we had an amazing dinner with 120 of our closest friends and family, and then we danced the night away inside of a beautiful hacienda ballroom.  I’m glad that we have pictures to prove that we weren’t dreaming!

Cindy: The moment my bridesmaids and I arrived to Casa Romantica I felt a surge of emotions that brought me to a high unlike any other – excitement, nerves, anticipation, delight, and so much love. I was incredibly grateful for all the hard work that our families and bridal party had put in to make this a special day, and for all of our guests that had traveled from near and far to be with us. Walking down the aisle with my father to meet Jack was the sweetest and most loving scene that we could have asked for. We read our vows in front of our closest friends and family, and in that moment I couldn’t believe how fortunate we were – not only did I get to marry a wonderful man that has brought so much happiness into my life, but we also managed to have the wedding of our dreams. The coastal views, the laughter and cheers echoing through the walls, the beautiful flowers and decorations, our wedding band playing our favorite songs, it all came together to make our wedding an incredible experience.

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day? 

Out of all the amazing moments, our favorite would have to be  the ceremony itself.  The ceremony took place on the ocean terrace of Casa Romantica, which overlooks the San Clemente pier and the beautiful Pacific coast. The weather was warm and the skies were clear. At one point, our officiant asked us to look out on all of our friends and family in attendance, and the feeling of love and support emanating from all of our guests, coupled with the love and support we felt from each other, is something we will never forget. A close second would have to be dancing with all of our guests as we wrapped up the reception to our song, I’m Gonna Be (500 miles).

What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor? 

No one really tells you how much work goes into planning a wedding, but with the help of our fantastic wedding coordinator extraordinaire, Cortney Helaine, we were able to make our wedding dreams a reality. We wanted to set the scene in a beautiful, romantic, and intimate spot, and Casa Romantica allowed us to do just that. A venue as lovely as Casa meant that we only needed to add a few personal touches to make it special. From the dark red dahlias to the San Francisco themes, we wanted to bring details that were closest to our heart. The fact that each component of the wedding had been carefully curated by us brought on a feeling of accomplishment, as well as a feeling that we were living in some sort of dream world that had been created in our imaginations.

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

So much time and effort goes into planning a wedding that it can be easy to become distracted and not be in the moment. Make sure you let yourself enjoy the big day! All of the planning and stressing will be worth it, as long as you remember to turn off that part of your brain come wedding day.

Venue:  Casa Romantica, www.casaromantica.org,  @casaromanticasc
Coordinator: Weddings by Cortney Helaine, www.cortneyhelaine.com,  @cortneyhelaine_weddings
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow, www.sunandsparrow.com,  @sunandsparrow
Videographer:  Memory Machine Films, www.memorymachinefilms.com,  @memorymachinefilms
Photo booth:  Orange Box Photo Booth,  www.orangeboxphotobooth.com, @orangeboxphotobooth
Florals:  The Tangled Vine, www.thetangledvinedesigns.com,  @tangledvine
Invitations:  Minted,  www.minted.com,  @minted
Rentals:  Signature Party Rentals,  www.signatureparty.com,  @sigpartyrentals
Caterer:  Iva Lee’s,  www.ivaleescatering.com,  @ivaleescatering
Wedding Cake/ Desserts:  Plumeria,  www.plumeriacakes.com,  @plumeriacakestudio
Wedding Band:  Lucky Devils Band,  www.luckydevilsband.com,  @luckydevilsband
Wedding Gown Maker:  Paloma Blanca,  www.palomablanca.com,  @palomablancabridal
Wedding Gown Boutique:  Archive Bridal,  www.archivebridal.com,   @archive_bridal
Wedding & Engagement rings: Sloane Street Jewelry,  www.sloanest.com,   @sloanestreetjewelry
Hair & Makeup:  Bijou Beautiful,  www.bijoubeautiful.com,  @bijoubeautiful
Bride Shoes:  Le Silla,  www.lesilla.com/us,  @lesilla
Bridesmaids dresses:  Jenny Yoo,  www.jennyyoo.com,  @jennyyoonyc
Bridesmaids jewelry:  Kate Spade,   www.katespade.com,   @katespadeny
Groom/ Groomsmen Suits:  Friar Tux Shop,   www.buy.friartux.com,  @friartux

John & Pam // Villa Verano Santa Barbara wedding

Santa Barbara Wedding Photography - Love on the Beach

Sun & Sparrow is one of the leading engagement and wedding photographers in the Los Angeles area as well as Santa Barbara and Orange County.

FROM THE BRIDE // We can both honestly say that the entire weekend was the best time of our lives!  We spend those few days with our closest friends and family, and we couldn’t be more blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives.

Our wedding day took place in gorgeous Santa Barbara, California.  This location has an extra special meaning because John proposed at the fountain in front of the Old Mission church, the same place we had our wedding ceremony!  The ceremony was nice and the priest allowed us to enjoy the moment with all the people who traveled to be with us.  We then took advantage of the beach landscape to take photos after the wedding; the entire wedding party rode in a cute open-air trolley.  The wedding reception took place in the Riviera Mansion of the University Club, and this unique venue helped us achieve our wedding dreams.  Also, that particular weekend was the annual Spanish Fiesta, so there were even more festivities around Santa Barbara that our guests could enjoy!

Our wedding party and friends stayed in an amazing private villa during the wedding weekend.  That time together gave us a chance to reunite and bond since we aren’t all in one place often enough.  It was a ton of fun and we created even more everlasting memories there.  Even the photographers got to partake in our fun and delicious food ☺


WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING? //  It’s funny, John and I both thought we were a modern, trendy couple and liked that style.  But, as we were planning the wedding, we were choosing more traditional and romantic themes.  We definitely learned a lot about ourselves through this process.  Rather than a theme, it was most important to us to make this wedding both personalized to us as a couple as well as interactive with our guests.  This wedding wasn’t just about us; we genuinely wanted everyone to have a good time.  Our wedding colors were teal and yellow, but we didn’t want the reception to scream that color scheme.  Our wedding coordinators, Carpe Diem Events, helped us achieve this vision!


WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY?  //  There were honestly so many memorable moments that it was difficult to choose just one!  If we had to pick, our top 2 favorite moments were probably the surprise flash mob and the last dance.  It was crazy that so many people were involved in learning the dance routine and pulling it off!  During the last dance our friends and family circled us, and John even had a chance to sing.


WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW?  //  We put so much effort into this wedding, and created so many amazing memories.  The time flies by like everyone says, and there may have been many things we didn’t get a chance to see.  We wanted to remember these moments forever, so great photography was definitely a priority for the both of us.  We clicked with Tiffani right from our initial meeting, and most importantly, we loved the style of Sun & Sparrow’s photography.  Throughout the process they went above and beyond to meet our needs.  From the super fun engagement shoot to the actual wedding day, Tiffani and the team were very professional yet very fun.  I hope this isn’t the last time we work together ☺


WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING MARRIED NOW?  //  Although we have been together for many, many years…being married still feels different.  There’s this feeling of true commitment and that we are really in this relationship side-by-side, officially.  It’s great calling each other “husband” and “wife.”


VENDORS //  Wedding Coordinators: Carpe Diem Events  //  Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photographers  //  Videography: Cloud 9 Cinematography //  Church:  Old Mission Santa Barbara  //  Reception:  University Club of Santa Barbara  //  Bride’s dress:  Casablanca , Purchased at Trudy’s bridal in Campbell, CA  //   Bride’s shoes:  Shoes of Prey  //  Bridesmaids’ dresses:  Alfred Angelo  //   Men’s attire:  Friar Tux Shop  // Men’s Bow Ties: The Tie Bar  //  Music: DJ Lux from Premiere Events Group