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Anthony & Laura // Romantic wedding in Santa Cruz

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Laura: The subtle tribute to steampunk as a theme was originally Anthony’s idea. I had always enjoyed that style, but never knew the name attached to themes present in movie like Disney’s Atlantis. I thought it was a great idea and you can see “the nod to” the theme with gears in our invitations/flowers/cake, real victorian medicine labels on bottle on the tables, old fashioned keys on the tables, and even Anthony’s pocket watch (a gift from his bride). Then we added the touch of Pirate themed elements into the wedding because of our dual United States Navy background: the Port wine that is typically part of “Naval Dinning In” ceremonies, the background music in the cocktail hour from “Alestorm” a band Anthony and I adore, and our seating chart to make the guests smile.
Laura: The most memorable moment was when I discovered how wonderful a speaker my sister-in-law, Alicia, is. Alicia was my Maid of Honor and I could be more touched with her kind and well though out speech that was a not so subtle hint that Anthony is a lucky man and that I am so lucky to now also be a part of such a kind and loving family in addition to my own. My favorite part of the night was dancing with my groom to our first song and to the last song of the night: “Lucky by Colbie Caillat and Big, Bad, Handsome Man by Imelda May”. In the hustle and bustle of the wedding those were moments when I could breathe and relish in being married to Anthony. My other favorite moment was walking down the aisle with my new husband laughing our butts off because we forgot that our recessional music was the “Concerning Hobbits” music from “The Hobbit”, which went with our “With Love and Adventure Together” idea inscribed on our wedding bands.
Anthony: The Bride’s mother crying into my shoulder was my most memorable. Watching my Bride dance her heart out was my favorite.WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW?
Laura: My father, Charles Dutkiewicz, was a photographer and I learned at a young age the power to film as an art medium that can capture a feeling. The only thing I would grab if I had to flee my home land would be photos. Sun and Sparrow had an etherial style that was light and romantic, which is what I was hoping for in my photos … no to mention that my wedding day photographers were super involved, helpful, kind, and concerned during the planning and execution process.
Anthony: Photography is important because photos are memories put in to print for the whole world to see.DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?
Bride Advice: If at all possible try to have all the services grouped into a package, like an Event Hosting that does food, flowers, lighting etc… because it makes thing so much simpler the day of. Planning and executing the wedding ourselves did create more beautiful chaos the day of there should have been.
Groom advice: Have a list of objectives for you groomsman to take care of in your stead on the big day.

Laura: Our relationship transitioned to transcontinental with Anthony being in stationed in Japan and me going to medical school on the opposite side of the globe for over 2 years now and still going. Since I can’t be with him, there is a joy in knowing that we’re in this adventure of life together because we love each other so much.
Anthony: Knowing I have the perfect partner in life, love, and adventure.

VENDORS: Anthony and I took special pride knowing that our wedding supported nearly all local vendors (Santa Cruz, San Diego, and DC) and that our money goes back directly into the local economy.  //  Reception Venue: Bargetto Winery  //  Photography: Sun & Sparrow // Catering: Felice Forno Wood Fired Pizza Company  &   The Buttery  //  Cake: Buttercup Cakes and Farm House Frosting  //   Deserts: The Pacific Cookie Company  //  Flowers: The Flower Shack  //   DJ: DJ Niki Matteo //  Wedding Dress: Carine’s Bridal Atelier  //   Hair: Sharone Bishop  //   Makeup: Brian Bond

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    Mario & Julie // Wilderness engagement in Yosemite

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    HOW HE ASKED // FROM THE BRIDE //  I was on my way up to the observatory to watch a show at the planetarium. According to me I was there helping a friend get extra credit for school and I was promised a michelada and kbbq after the show. Mario had gone out with his best friend that day, and since my friend drove us to LA I let Mario take my car. On my way up I ran into my cousin (which I thought was weird but didn’t think anything of it) and I asked what he was doing there. He said he was meeting up with his friends. After talking for a minute we parted ways and I started to comment to my friend how he observatory is a really popular spot and I wasn’t surprised to run into him. As we were waiting for the bathroom (because I have a teeny tiny bladder) I happen to see Mario’s brother and his girlfriend. I got really excited to see them one last time before they went back home to Merced. I started to think how strange it was that I’d run into more people I know. I started asking why they were there and the answer was “we were so amazed by Interstellar that we just wanted to stop by” I had watched the movie as well so I figured “aaaaha that makes total sense”. As we were walking they began to slow down and well I was in a hurry trying to catch a show so I said my good byes and we took off (speed walking), my eyes were dead on the door I really wanted to make it to the last show. As I’m walking toward the entrance I feel someone grab my hand and to my extreme surprise it was Mario! I was beyond confused and when I saw tears in his eyes I began to get scared (my car? Chris?). I wasn’t understanding what was going on and I kept asking him but he was so emotional he couldn’t talk. So I keep asking him “Mario are you ok?” He nods yes and drops down on his knee. I remember looking around, where did my friend go? And then I see a huge crowd of people (family and friends) and everything starts to make sense. He tells me how much he loves me, I start to get nervous, happy, excited and shocked all at the same time. It was such a rush of emotions I thought I was dreaming. Of course I said yes. It was one of the most confusing day of my life! I had been fooled for almost an entire week, and everyone knew except me. I’m happy I didn’t spoil the surprise because there were tons of clues but I somehow managed to miss them (or find justification) for all of them. I know I’m so lucky to have such an amazing man in my life.

    HOW HE ASKED // FROM THE GROOM //  I had been planning the proposal for close to a month. I had already told all of our friends and family about the details of the proposal and I felt very excited about it all. I wanted to plan out the perfect proposal and wanted it to be complete surprise for her. I managed to get everyone in on it and even had her friend Jessica make an excuse to hang out so that she wouldn’t catch on to the master plan. My friends Danny and Chris met me at my house and we drove up to the observatory. The original plan was for everyone to meet at the observatory at five, but when I got to the observatory there was a really long line. I had to park the car about half a mile away from the observatory but besides all this I still felt calm. I met up with all of our family and friends and explained to them the plan for the proposal. After waiting for about 20 minutes her friend Jessica text me to let me know that they were there, I informed everyone and began to feel a little nervous but I still felt fine. After waiting for another 20 minutes I saw Julie walking down the walkway up to the observatory and I turned around so she wouldn’t see me and patiently waited for her to get closer. Once I heard her voice I grabbed her arm, it was at that moment that I began to feel very emotional about the whole thing. I had a whole speech planned out but I felt so overwhelmed with emotions I couldn’t get all my words out. I told her that I loved her and then I got down one one knee, I remember seeing her face filled with so much excitement and as she began to get watery eyed all of our family and friends came out from hiding. I have to admit that the rush of emotions i felt at the time of proposal definitely comes from the overwhelming feelings i have for Julie. I am very blessed and fortunate to soon call her my wife.

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    • Sandra PleitezOctober 13, 2015 - 5:55 am

      Every time I read this amazing proposal I start crying it is beautiful
      I I wish you the very best you both are in my prayers every day congratulation and may God bless this beautiful Union.