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Ryan & Melody // Enchanted wedding at The Oaks at Calamigos Ranch

Enchanted wedding at The Oaks at Calamigos Ranch // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Malibu wedding photographer


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If I were to describe how I felt the morning of our wedding day in one word, I would say “surreal.” After a year and a half of looking at bridal photos on Pinterest and Instagram, I just couldn’t believe that it was finally my turn to be a bride. I remember looking at my girls with their hair and makeup done, wearing their robes, and thinking “Wow, they look so beautiful.” We laughed and were silly. It was just about us having fun.

Everything started to feel real when I put on my dress. My maid of honor and mom were patiently helping me button all of the buttons. They are beautiful, but can be difficult! I remember starting to feel my anxiety rise, even though I was so confident in what this day was about. All I could think was,  “I’m getting married. This is it.”

One of my favorite moments of the day was my first look with my dad. He had no idea what to do or how to act. He literally asked, “What do you want me to do?” as he came out and saw me. We all thought it was hilarious and couldn’t stop laughing. My dad is so special to me and I loved that we didn’t have the typical cheesy moment. He just did what came naturally to him and it was awkwardly perfect.

I remember that I couldn’t wait to see Ryan. I kept wondering, “What is he doing?  How is he feeling?” My heart missed him so much and couldn’t wait to give him a hug. We decided not to do a first look because we wanted to see each other for the first time at the ceremony. That moment of walking down the aisle felt incredible. There was so much love, walking on a trail of rose petals in the middle of friends and family. And then, I saw him and instantly felt a sense of euphoria and peace; like I was home. He looked so handsome and I could see the tears in his eyes. I got teary-eyed too and began to look around me. My mom looked so radiant and happy. His mom couldn’t stop crying. Our dads looked proud. There were so many emotions going on and I was about to marry the man of my dreams. I’ll never forget that moment.

The rest of the day felt more relaxed and we got to focus on eating, dancing, and having fun. Looking back at the day, it was our own version of a perfect little fairytale. The flower arrangements were whimsical, the crystal accents added a touch of elegance, and the scenery at Calamigos Ranch is pure romance. It was one of the best days of our lives and I’m so happy Sun and Sparrow beautifully captured the special moments so we can cherish these memories forever.

 

MY VENDORS: Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Coordinator: Dianne Valladares : www.atlastplanning.com | At Last Event Planning : | Photographer: Sun & Sparrow : www.sunandsparrow.com | Videographer: Kyle Dijamco : www.2010films.co | Florals: Linda Marshall : www.actoncreativeflowers.com | Rentals & Designer: Patty Cioffi : www.facebook.com/PattyCioffiEvents | Caterer: Iman : www.parkwaykebab.com | Desserts: Caesar’s Pastry : www.caesarspastry.net | Wedding Cake: Sasha Gustafson : www.buttercakeshoppe.com | Wedding rings maker: King of Jewelry : www.kingofjewelry.com | Wedding Gown Maker: Pallas Couture: www.pallascouture.com | Wedding & Engagement rings: King of Jewelry : www.kingofjewelry.com | Hair & Makeup: Lucy Alvarez : www.hairmakeuplucy.com |  Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka : www.badgleymischka.com | Bride Earrings: Nadri : www.nadri.com |

Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo : www.jennyyoo.com | Bridesmaids robes: Le Rose : www.shoplerose.com | Bridesmaids jewelry: Givenchy: www.givenchy.com | Groom Suit: J. Crew : www.jcrew.com | Groom Details: Coach : www.coach.com | Groom shoes: Allen Edmonds : www.allenedmonds.com | Groomsmen suits: The Black Tux : www.theblacktux.com | Groomsmen gifts: 

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Sun-Jae & Hyun-Min // Fairytale wedding at Calamigos Ranch Oak Room

Fairytale wedding at Calamigos Ranch Oak Room // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Southern California wedding photographer

HYUN MIN: The day of our wedding started as a total whirlwind.  We were both up till 4am trying to finish making all the little items and decor pieces we wanted for the ceremony and reception, and then we had to get up at 7:30am!  We barely had a chance to look at each other properly that morning, and I just remember frantically saying “See you later!!!” as we each rushed off to get ready. As I was getting my makeup and hair done, I was constantly nervous and worried that something wouldn’t go as planned, but having my aunt there the whole time was a huge relief.  My wonderful mom sadly passed away almost 20 years ago, and for a long time I was worried I wouldn’t be able to stop crying on my wedding day because she wasn’t there. My aunt, as my mom’s sister has always been like a second mom to me and my siblings, and I could feel her love and care in every moment during the preparation. She took care of me, all the bridesmaids, my fiance’s mother and aunts, the makeup artists……Everyone with such loving attention and I think that was what helped me slowly calm down my nerves as the morning progressed.

Once I was done getting ready though, it felt amazing!  It was as if everyone around me, the hair/makeup artist, our wedding coordinator and the photographers all had waved a magic wand and made everything feel perfect, sparkly and happy!  I think from that moment on I pretty much couldn’t stop smiling. First look was so much fun – it was wonderful to see Sun Jae’s face light up as he opened his eyes and saw me, and after that we were just a pair of grinning, giddy, silly lovebirds!  Contrary to my worry about crying too much on my wedding day, I was so filled with excitement and glee that I almost started to worry I wouldn’t cry at all. I needn’t have worried though, because once I started reading my vows during the ceremony, tears just started gushing out.  As I read on and looked at Sun Jae’s tender smile, all the sadness I ever had before I met him seemed to wash out of me through my tears, and I felt like I was being born again into a loving, blissful life together with him.

Our wedding day, despite the crazy start to it, was truly a fairytale dream come true.  Everything was so beautiful, glowing, and fun. It was more joyful than I ever imagined any day could be, I just wished it didn’t fly by so quickly!  The most magical part was seeing how our union brought two separate groups of family and friends together, and it was like everyone had been sprinkled with glittery, happy fairy dust.  I hope Sun Jae and I can always love and laugh together, and be able to spread that joy to all those around us, for as long as we both shall live!

SUN JAE: My first look experience was truly magical and unforgettable. I honestly did not know what to expect, as I nervously closed my eyes shut and waited at the spot where my bride was to arrive for the first look. Hyun Min got out of the shuttle bus and walked toward where I was standing. I held Hyun Min’s hand and slowly opened my eyes and I was struck in awe! It was even more beautiful than I had imagined. My mouth was just wide open with joy and happiness the whole time. Our photographer Tiffani was awesome so we quickly warmed up to taking photos and from then on, we were just having fun and enjoying the moment together. It was the happiest, most joyful moment of my life. Looking back on that day again it was a full day of so many emotions, love, and laughter. At times, there were moments when we were hustling and the day just went by too quickly.  But getting to spend a whole day with your loving wife, blessed by the people we cherish, was such an amazing experience that I will forever keep dear to my heart.

MY VENDORS // 

Venue: Calamigos Ranch – The Oak Room : www.calamigos.com | Coordinator: Tanya Boyd : http://xoxowed.com/ | Photographer: Sun & Sparrow : www.sunandsparrow.com | Videographer: Jun Ku Lee | Florals: The Little Branch : www.thelittlebranch.com | DJ: Abraham Chase : http://voxdjs.com/  | Photo booth: Pixster Photo Booth : www.pixsterphotobooth.com |  Invitations: Bride and Groom’s drawings added onto a design from www.minted.com | Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals : http://prettyvintagerentals.com/ | Cake: Lark Cake Shop : http://larkcakeshop.com/ | Cake Topper: DIY by the Bride and Groom! | Wedding Gown Maker: Hayley Paige  | Wedding Gown Boutique: JLM Couture : www.jlmcouture.com | Wedding rings: Tiffany & Co : www.tiffany.com |  Engagement ring: Brilliant Earth : www.brilliantearth.com | Hair & Makeup: Theresa Huang : https://kohnur.com/ | Bride Shoes: Emmy London : www.emmylondon.com |  Bride Hair Accessories: Twigs and Honey : www.twigsandhoney.com | Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo : www.jennyyoo.com | Bridesmaids robes: KIM+ONO : https://kimandono.com/ | Groom Suit: Hugo Boss : www.hugoboss.com | Groomsmen suits: The Black Tux : https://theblacktux.com/

 

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The Oak Room  |  The Redwood Room  |  The Pavillion  |  The Birchwood Room 

Chris & Sheila // Fairytale inspired Calamigos wedding at the Oaks

Fairytale inspired Calamigos wedding at the Oaks // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Malibu engagement and wedding photographer 

 

FROM THE BRIDE //  Our wedding day can be described in only one word: magical. I remember feeling stressed the entire week over the possibility of rain, but when I woke up that morning I felt surprisingly calm.  The day went by seamlessly with the sun shining! Getting ready with the girls before the wedding was so much fun. We listened to music and danced up a storm (especially my mother). I surprisingly was hungry and able to eat a lot! Once Sun & Sparrow arrived however, things started to feel very real. I am normally the one in control at all times (disclaimer: I was a bridezilla) and the day of I let the reigns go because Ellie was able to execute my itinerary flawlessly. She got everyone moving and shaking! Before the ceremony, Chris and I had our first look which was very beautiful and private. We continued taking pictures with our family and friends at the beautiful Calamigos Ranch Oak Room and I was absolutely blown away by the enchanting arch that Petals & Linens executed. I was speechless at our floral arrangements! We hired a jazz band for the ceremony and cocktail hour which all of our guests really enjoyed under the gorgeous chandeliers of the outdoors area. After walking down the aisle, the party flew by. Dancing was one of my favorite parts, especially when my new husband decided to do the running man on the floor! It was a beautiful party to celebrate the beginning of a lifelong relationship and I couldn’t be more thankful for our supportive families and of course our amazing vendors!
One special moment that sticks out the most to me is the first look with my Dad. It was the only time I felt really emotional. I saw his eyes get watery and it just broke me. Also, his father of the bride speech was very genuine and from the heart. It was very special for my family.
If I could give one piece of advice to couples currently in the planning stages is to have a first look. The day goes by so fast and it was nice to have the pictures all taken care of prior to the ceremony. Plus your hair and makeup is perfect still. Also, do not download three different weather apps and stare at them all day long leading up to the wedding. It is what it is!
What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor? Was there any special element that made your decor come together for you, personally?
I have always loved the movie The Secret Garden since I was a little girl. I was very inspired by that movie and wanted to recreate it with a bright colored floral arch that looked like it grew from the ground and the waterfall backdrop.
MY VENDORS : 
Coordinator & Florals : Petals & Linens 
Videographers: Hadley Studios
Photo Booth : SillyBooth
Rings Maker : Towne Jewelers 
Jazz Band : Jon Stanger Band
Wedding Gown Maker : Stella York
Wedding Gown Boutique : Beautiful Day
Hair : Hair by Karianna  & Makeup : Felicia La Tour //  booked with Fee-Love
Bride’s Shoes: Michael Kors
Bridesmaids Dresses: Vera Wang at David’s Bridal
Groom Suit : Calvin Klein 
Grooms Shoes : Men’s Warehouse 

 

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Tim & Esther // Calamigos Ranch wedding at The Oaks

Calamigos Ranch wedding at The Oaks  //  ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Malibu wedding photographers, Preferred Vendors at Calamigos Ranch

 

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

 

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