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Justin & Andrea // Romantic Wedding at the Waterfront Hilton Resort

Romantic Wedding at the Waterfront Hilton Resort // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Huntington Beach & Southern California wedding photographers

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Jan-Michael & Jennifer // Romantic Muckenthaler Mansion wedding

Romantic Muckenthaler Mansion wedding // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow wedding photographers

 

FROM THE BRIDE // Where to begin…? It was probably one of the most stressful yet fun & memorable day we have ever experienced. I remember the night before; I started to freak out over some last minute details before the wedding. Not being able to sleep throughout the night due to worrying if the foods were going to be picked up on time for breakfast, if my bridesmaids remembered to wake up at the crack of dawn to be beautified, if everyone remembered to arrive on time, so on and so forth. When the celebration had finally came, all the stress and worry just went away when I saw both our families and friends outside the house waiting for the groom-to-be to win me over during the tea ceremony. The wedding went by so fast, but I was happy everyone was able to make it to our wedding; it felt great to just have all of our loved ones and friends there to join us on our special day.
 If I could go back to one moment in my wedding day, my favorite moment was our first dance. Those who know me, knows I CANNOT dance. The only way to get me to the dance floor is pretty much liquor courage. But that night I didn’t need any of it, all I needed was my now husband next to me dancing the night away.
 
FROM THE GROOM // Our favorite part about our wedding was our Star Wars details. I totally loved being able to walk with my groomsmen with their Stormtropper helmets, while I had on my Darth Vader helmet and light saber. My wife may hate star wars, but too bad…
 
Our favorite colors and Jan-Michael’s love for Star Wars inspired us with the planning and décor. Like most couple planning their wedding, Pinterest was our go to source of inspiration on how we wanted the wedding to be like.
 
Do you have any advice for brides/grooms who are currently planning their weddings?

Our advice would be to just have fun and enjoy every little moment of the planning & the day of the wedding. Yes, it is stressful and you both may agree to disagree on some things, but in the end it’s about all about you guys. On the day of the wedding, things may not go your way and that’s perfectly fine, also normal. Just go out there and put on the biggest fake smile and let it go – because at the end of the night, you don’t want your guests to remember you guys as the crazy bridezilla/groomzilla.
 
I would advise to enjoy the day, eat a big breakfast if you are only having an evening ceremony, in our case it was a whole day event. Keep in mind that things will happen that are not in your control and that to stay calm if not everything goes exactly on time.
 
 
MY VENDORS:
Venue: Muckenthaler Mansion – www.themuck.org
Coordinator: With Love, B Weddings – @withlovebweddings
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow @sunandsparrow www.sunandsparrow.com
Videographer: Xposure_Films – www.xposure-films.com
Florals: Pink Daffodils – www.pinkdaffodil.com
Invitations: Tange Designs – www.tangedesign.com // The Knot – www.theknot.com
Rentals: Glow Concepts – www.glowconcepts.com

Photobooth: Photo Booth by Chic 

Dance Choreography: Quest Dance Studio – www.questdancestudio.com
Caterer: Colette’s Catering & Events – www.colettesevents.com
Wedding Gown Maker: Forever Us Bridal // Lumière Couture Bridal – www.lumierecuration.com
Wedding & Engagement rings: Balian & Sons – www.baliandesigns.com
Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Ryulala – @beautybyrulala
Bride Shoes: TOMS – www.toms.com // Mossimo
Groom Suit: Suited Gentlemen
Groom Details: Watch – Diesel
                            
Cuff link & Tie clip – Amazon
                           
Darth Vader Helmet – Amazon 
                       
Sock – Box Lunch – www.boxlunch.com
Groom shoes: Converse Chuck Taylor – www.converse.com
Bridesmaids dresses: Forever Us Bridal
Groomsmen suits: Suited Gentlemen
DJ: Ovation Entertainment – www.ovationcelebrations.com

Paul & Despina // Elegant Greek inspired Pasadena wedding

Elegant Greek inspired Pasadena wedding // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Pasadena wedding photographers

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

The church ceremony was everything we could have asked for and more. We were blessed to have such an intimate ceremony, and standing by each others side was such an empowering feeling. We felt the support of our families behind us, the love of our friends around us, and God above us. However, we were not so fortunate with the weather. It was a scorcher. But you know once you hit that dance floor, rain or shine, it’s a great feeling. That first dance with your parent is this defining moment of all the love involved in your life growing up and it’s this magical way of showcasing that love to the world. I’ve always felt that, and for us it certainly felt so. When we did our couples dance we could somehow feel the love throughout the room, and for that we are forever humbled and thankful. We danced late into the night, and we both wish right now we could go back to that moment.

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?

In the morning, my favorite part was when I was getting my hair done. It was quiet, I was surprisingly calm and relaxed, my mom and grandma came upstairs and sang Greek village songs to me. They also had another Greek relative on speaker that sang to me as well, while my aunt captured the moments. We all had tears of joy and it was so beautiful and special. That moment was unreal because days before, my grandmother had showed up (from Greece) in our driveway.

Later in the evening, I think we both agree that the dancing, especially the greek dancing, was our favorite part. We loved seeing people who didn’t know the steps still get out on the floor and live it up. At the end of the night when the crowd was a little more intimate, we had so much fun just being around loved ones.

What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor? Was there any special element that made your decor come together for you, personally?

I’ve always associated closely with the olive tree. The olive is for my ancestors our livelihood. Having that element sprinkled throughout the wedding – bouquets, wedding favors, we even had an olive tree that we used for guests to hang wishes which is now planted in our front yard! This made the wedding close to home.

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

The amount of wedding ideas out there are mind-boggling. Pinterest, magazines, expos…- it’s endless. The best advice I can give is to make it personal. Find inspiration from your parents weddings and families culture. Don’t be cookie cutter! Make something! We made signs that said “Welcome” and we’ll always have them as usable souvenirs. We got these big goofy headshots of us for the photo booth, and now we have them around the house as a funny reminder of our wedding. Basically, at the end of the wedding all the decor and event items will be hauled off, so its nice to have something beyond the dress to remember your special day.

Planning a wedding is hard. Harder than you can imagine until you actually do it. You will get scared, you will run out of time, you will cry, but at the end of the day it’s going to be ok, and you will be One.

 

 

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Carlos & Laurie // Wedding at the Colony House

 Colony House wedding in Anaheim  // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow Orange County & Anaheim wedding photographers

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 // For those that know me, I’m not a girly girl. I’m a no make up, tshirt, jeans and sneakers girl. However I do have a design background and my husband (now!) is an engineer so with both of our powers combined, we create some pretty cool things. And so for our wedding, it was our very own DIY project. From the invitations to centerpieces, we wanted everything to be made by us because we wanted our family and friends to see that we did this for them. For Carlos and I, the wedding was never about us. The wedding was about our diverse families coming together. He had family coming from Guatemala and I had family coming from Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand. And a lot of these families (from both sides) we very rarely see. So it was an amazing night to see all these people that very never get to see each other, come together in one room and have a good time. So all our design in the décor was meant to represent the love from our family and friends that have supported us through the years and also supported us together. Without them shaping us into the people we are, we would never have met and been so compatible. For future brides and grooms, remember that you’re not only marrying each other, you’re joining two different families together. And that, is a beautiful thing.

Coordinator: Kethia Harris
Caterer: 24 Carrots
DJ: Andrew Trego with www.voxdjs.com
Officiant: Pastor Norman Alexander www.pastornorman.com
Shoes: Ellie Wren on Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/EllieWrenWeddingShoe
Bouquet/Boutonnieres: Gypsy Farm Girl on Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/GypsyFarmGirl
Hair/Makeup: Mindy Lee with E2beauty www.e2beauty.com
Custom Ties: www.knottytie.com

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