Tag Archives: nicole alexandra designs

Dan & Tiffani // Monopoly inspired styled anniversary session

love-story

Dan and I have been together for a long time. This past September will mark our 9 years together, but more importantly it has marked a significant landmark in our lives. We have been married for 5 years! As our 5 year mark has come and gone, there is so much for me to remember, but even more for us to look forward to. 5 years of learning and growing together; living and building our faiths together. It’s definitely been a journey, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way. With so many amazing landmarks for us, I believe it is important to remember US, as we are now. Dan has supported me through all of my endeavors. I love this man, I love our puppy, and I love our life together.

 

To celebrate , I wanted to do something really special. A Monopoly inspired styled anniversary session seemed to be the most reasonable way for me, as a photographer and Dan as a monopoly lover, to celebrate us. When Dan and I thought through this idea, I wanted it to be our own with things that we loved.  Monopoly seemed a perfect fit for our anniversary session. First of all, we are quirky nerds who love games. Dan is a child at heart. He loves board games and playing them with lots of people! I love this about him. We always have someone over playing a game of Monopoly or sharing coffee over discussing past games. Dan even has a group of  Monopoly friends that gather every week to play!  Our house is always full of fun and laughter because of it. When it comes to me, I love all things vintage/parisian with a steampunk twist. To me, there is so much beauty in something weathered and old. I love rust, crumbling walls & old items that were once beautifully constructed. If you mix those old broken things with beautiful florals & lace, that’s where my heart is.

 

As we began to plan this monopoly inspired anniversary session, so many thoughts, vision boards, and DIY projects ran through my mind.  Being a wedding photographer, myself, I have seen many beautiful weddings styled by insanely talented designers. This project became overwhelming with the idea of putting this together all on my own. To help me get started, I brought this idea to Nicole from Nicole Alexandra Designs. She has always been an amazing person to work with at weddings. Her enthusiasm and dedication to her brides personal style is what drew me to her for this very unique project. The best part about Nicole, is that she guides ideas most beautiful realizations, building them into something personal and beautiful.  Nicole kindly edited my ideas, tied in so many beautiful ideas, florals, and vintage items and turned this styled shoot into what you see. She rallied some amazing vendors like Dish Wish Rentals, Sun & Sparrow Photography, & Cheryl Nacario (hair and makeup) behind this project.

  

The DIY projects were very important to me – making things by hand adds to each story and makes those personal details last. The main table with the sewing machine base, Dan and I built. We took the old petal sewing machine and an old piece of wood; sanded, stained & created a beautiful desk/table. The bow ties for the boys were next in line. For the puppy, a glittered bow collar that I made from an old belt and fabric sitting in my closet. Dan’s bow tie was simple, black and easy. His cufflinks were 4 separate pieces, two vintage cufflinks and two vintage gold monopoly hats that I fashioned together with special glue. I also made the cake topper & cupcake toppers, the “5 years” sign on top of the centerpiece, the “playing since 2008” cake topper, as well as made all of the paper goods myself. My favorite, and most personal, DIY project were the hand-painted cards. I absolutely love watercolor & calligraphy. Being that these are my free-time hobbies, this project was close to my heart and the perfect way for me to express my love for my husband.

 

I must talk about the details and fashion!  Laura from Dish Wish used her creative eye and provided us with fantastic vintage plates that correlated to each monopoly plot color.  Some of the other playful items were sourced from Anthropologie and from fabulous local vintage shops.  Both of the gowns featured in the shoot were Claire Pettibone Bridal Gowns.  These gowns fit me so beautifully, showing off my curves and natural beauty. They were truly works of art!  The gorgeous Hair and Makeup was done by talented Cheryl Nacario. From the braided bun to the beautiful red lips, she knew exactly what I wanted and pulled the entire shoot together. Dan’s amazing navy & black suit was from H&M.

On the day of the session, everyone really came together. Ellie and Claudia from Sun & Sparrow made the photo experience super fun and vibrant. While everyone was setting up each section of our session, these two girls were like a whirlwind. Taking photos of details and smiles, they helped Dan and myself feel very comfortable. She was able to set us up in snuggled poses as well as helped us smile and laugh at ourselves. Dan and I are honored that we were able to celebrate our 5 years of marriage together. We were even more honored that our friends were able to support us by styling, posing, painting, and laughing! Thank you to everyone involved in making this so memorable for the both of us.

 

Collaboration of concept by Tiffani from Sun & Sparrow and Nicole Alexandra Designs //  Styling and design by Nicole Alexandra Designs  //  Hair & Makeup by Cheryl Nacario // Photography by Sun & Sparrow  (Shot by Ellie & Claudia) // Cake and Cupcakes by Cake Bake Shop //  Flowers by Bride & Bloom Flowers // Vintage Dishes and Flatware by Dish Wish LA //  Dresses by Claire Pettibone // Suit by H&M

©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers  // So happy to have been a part of this Monopoly inspired styled anniversary session.

monopoly anniversary engagement wedding photography shoot monopoly anniversary engagement wedding photography shoot

monopoly anniversary engagement wedding photography shoot
monopoly anniversary engagement wedding photography shoot

 ©2013 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Monopoly inspired styled anniversary session

Collaboration of concept by Tiffani from Sun & Sparrow and Nicole Alexandra Designs //  Styling and design by Nicole Alexandra Designs  //  Hair & Makeup by Cheryl Nacario // Photography by Sun & Sparrow  (Shot by Ellie & Claudia) // Cake and Cupcakes by Cake Bake Shop //  Flowers by Bride & Bloom Flowers // Vintage Dishes and Flatware by Dish Wish LA //  Dresses by Claire Pettibone // Suit by H&M

6 comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

  • Damaris Mia // Le Magnifique BlogFebruary 14, 2014 - 2:45 pm

    Oh my goodness! This is soooo adorable! Congrats to both of you 🙂 My husband and I have been together for 8 years and will celebrate 5 years of marriage in November!ReplyCancel

  • Eliana StamperFebruary 14, 2014 - 5:55 pm

    So beautiful, your dress was exquisite, your man so handsome. What a fun theme.cherished memories recorded. Excellent photography.ReplyCancel

  • DanieFebruary 14, 2014 - 7:06 pm

    Love love love!!! What a special documentation of love and marriage.ReplyCancel

  • Sia CooperFebruary 15, 2014 - 7:29 pm

    Love you two! Gorgeous!! This idea rocks. Beautiful couple!ReplyCancel

  • Christine SlopkoSeptember 3, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    Hi! I met you all on Sunday, I was Cheryl (makeup artist’s) Hair partner in crime, and I loved the way you guys worked together and kept things moving so I thought I would look you guys up!

    Our date is 4.4.15 in San Marcos at Twin Oaks Garden Estate and if you are available we would love to discuss the possibility to booking you for your special day.

    Talk soon, cheers!ReplyCancel

Nicole Alexandra Designs // Los Angeles wedding coordinator

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Nicole Alexandra Events & Designs Los Angeles wedding coordinator

amazing

Nicole Alexandra Events & Designs is a premiere wedding coordinator and event designer based in The greater Los Angeles area, specializing her talents in the Beach Cities of California. She has been voted best of the South Bay, best of the Knot & Best of Wedding Wire for 3 years running now. She designs for big companies events, but loves intimate weddings where a bride’s true vision can shine.  This woman is an amazing designer with so much talent! We have worked with Nicole dozens of times and every time we do, she truly stands out with her passion for excellence. She can coordinate any event and turn any venue with any idea into something amazing! If you are looking for someone to help you plan your wedding or event from the beginning or even if you need someone to bring all of your ideas into reality, this woman and her team are the people to do it for you!!! Call Nicole Alexandra to make your wedding dreams come true!

Matt & Renee // Palos Verdes Golf Course wedding photographer

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING? // The inspiration of our wedding  – LOVE.   //  Matt and I just wanted to be ourselves, amped up, but us. Thematically, though, we definitely incorporated our shared enthusiasm for thoroughbred horse racing, as we had for our Hollywood Park racetrack engagement session. The racing theme came so naturally and easily just took a life of its own. Our beautiful wedding invitations incorporated an artistic rendering of one of my own horses, complete with a “ticket”. We realized the guest count would easily be accommodated by 11 tables, and there have been 11 winners of racing’s most difficult feat – the Triple Crown. So, instead of using numbers, naming the tables after these esteemed athletes just made sense. Cocktail hour featured hors d’oeuvres based on the respective Triple Crown races. We had miniature Kentucky Hot Browns for the Derby, mini Maryland crab cakes for the Preakness, and mini New York style pizzas for the Belmont. Oh, and, yes, the signature drink was a mint julep 😉 Beyond the racing theme, I also wanted there to be a nod to my Chaldean culture. Which brings us to…

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY?  //  My favorite part of the day was, of course, the exchange of vows and being pronounced man and wife. Second to that, our grand entrance went above and beyond what I had hoped! As I wrote above, I wanted there to be a nod to my Chaldean culture included in our wedding. I thought the perfect way to work it in was to do a traditional “khiga/zaffa” entrance, where the wedding party dances in to the beat of Middle Eastern rhythms, with colorful coined scarves undulating and joyful voices ululating. My blue-eyed, blond-haired husband got down like a true Chaldo, and I couldn’t have been more heartened – or amused.

WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU?  //  Photography was important to me because the day truly does fly by, much of it blurred. Memories are wonderful, but to capture a moment in time, in perfect focus… that’s priceless.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW?  //  We chose Sun & Sparrow because they were the only photography team whose vision was calibrated with my own. They knew/know how to balance romantic whimsy with timeless grace. There photos are not two-dimensional, as they express a tremendous depth of emotion, which one can not only see, but feel.

WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING OLD, NEW, BORROWED, BLUE?  //  Something old: A gold necklace with a diamond cross my mother gave me years ago, and which I wear every day. Also, a pair of shoes I had actually bought years ago to go with the first gift Matt ever bought me – a dress. I wore that very dress the morning of the wedding.  // Something new: My wedding gown, tiara and veil 😉  //  Borrowed: Oops, I didn’t wear anything borrowed, BUT, the amazing Sun & Sparrow ladies and Nicole of Nicole Alexandra Designs lent beautiful décor, including beautiful bronze horses and lovely lace linens.  //  Something blue: A gold bracelet set with blue lapis lazuli stones from my father’s home country of Iraq, which he had given me when I was an infant.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?  //  First and foremost – your wedding isn’t about a day. Your wedding is about a marriage. Keep the focus on the love you share. As for the planning itself… Find vendors who share your sense of style. It’s ok not to know exactly what you want and to defer to your team. Unfettered expectations were so fantastically exceeded in my case. 😉

VENDORS  //   Officiant: Pastor Jeremy McGarity  //  Venue: Palos Verdes Golf Club  //  Photography: Sun & Sparrow  //  Coordinator: Nicole Alexandra Designs  //  Flowers: FlorUnique  //  Hair/Make-Up: Cheryl Nacario  //  Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Angelica Strings  //  Reception DJ/MC: Shawn Vasquez of Amazing Event DJs  //  Dress: Enzoani “Emporia”  //  Dress, Tiara & Veil purchased at La Soie Bridal in Torrance  //  Wedding Stationery: Jenny Adjene of In the Treehouse (now Hiphiphooray.com)
MAKE SURE TO COMMENT BELOW AND TELL THESE TWO HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THEM AND CONGRATULATE THEM ON THEIR BEAUTIFUL DAY!!
©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers  // Palos Verdes Golf Course wedding photographer

palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical

palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verde s golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical rustic-wedding-photographer_1097 palos verdes golf course wedding photography whimsical

Daniel & Sherry // Marvimon House Los Angeles wedding

how she did it

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING?  //  Vintage 1920’s Speakeasy

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY?  //  The Ceremony/ Exchanging Vows

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW?  //  Beautiful photos and beautiful sisters! So easy to communicate with and work with. We wanted to have the best people to capture the best moments from our day and tell our story!

DID YOU DO ANY DIY PROJECTS? IF SO, WHAT?  //  Seating assignments through window-paned door // Printed guest name cards  //  Gold mercury glass candle votives  //  Chalk board table numbers  //  Flower centerpieces (purchase and set up courtesy of Nicole Alexandra Designs)  //  Chicken wire frame with drink menus (frame courtesy of Nicole Alexandra Designs)

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS? // My best advice is to “Do you and you will be fine.” We didn’t want to be traditional at all. It was important for the whole wedding to really feel like us. That’s why we did it the way we did. I loved every moment.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING MARRIED NOW?  //  No more wedding planning! And now planning the rest of our lives together.

 

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO COMMENT BELOW AND TELL DANIEL & SHERRY HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THEM!

©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Marvimon House Los Angeles wedding

VENDORS  //  Coordinator: Nicole Alexandra Designs & Events  // Photographer: Sun & Sparrow //  Dress: Katie May  //  Tuxedo: Dolce & Gabbana  //  Back necklace & Pearl bracelet: Kathleen Barry Bespoke Occasion Jewelry (Etsy)  //  Floral Design: Twig & Twine  //  Dish Rentals: Dish Wish Events // Catering: Heirloom LA & Mexicali  //  Mixology: Julian Cox  //  Cake: King’s Hawaiian  //  Cookies: Lizzy’s Sweets
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO COMMENT BELOW AND TELL DANIEL & SHERRY HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THEM!
©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Marvimon House Los Angeles wedding
2 comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

  • Mary SteeleApril 27, 2014 - 6:21 am

    Beautiful! I noticed that Raul was smiling the most everytime Daniel was giving her a kiss! You two were fabulous and the pictures should be in a magazine!
    Thank you for including us!
    We love you!
    Maria Y Paco!ReplyCancel

  • Mary SteeleApril 27, 2014 - 6:21 am

    Beautiful! I noticed that Raul was smiling the most everytime Daniel was giving her a kiss! You two were fabulous and the pictures should be in a magazine!
    Thank you for including us!
    We love you!
    Maria Y Paco!ReplyCancel