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Ryan & Christina // Chic Palm Springs wedding

©Sun & Sparrow Photography // Chic Palm Springs Wedding

FROM THE BRIDE // Our wedding turned out to be a really fun party! Ryan and I were really excited to hear how much fun everyone had and it was so great to watch everyone hang out throughout the wedding weekend. All of these different people from different places, coming together to celebrate our union. It was pretty amazing.
I was inspired by a lot of weddings I had seen online on sites like Green Wedding Shoes and Style Me Pretty and I followed a lot of Australian designers/photographers/stylists on Instagram. I found I was really drawn to the aesthetic of Australian weddings. They often have a very natural, organic, and bohemian look to them. I really wanted a “bohemian glam” vibe and I wanted it to feel like a wedding without being “weddingy”.
One of the most memorable moments for me was dancing with my father to “In My Life”. We’re both big Beatles fans and he started singing the lyrics before choking up and he was holding me so tight. It was such an emotional moment with my father.
Ryan: I’ll never forget my reaction when seeing Christina for the first time in her wedding dress.  Time stopped and all I could see was Christina.  I’ve never been in a “moment” more that at that time.  It was an amazing feeling and even just thinking about it, makes me emotional.  She was beautiful and it’s something I’ll cherish forever.
Photography was important to us because we didn’t want our photos to look too posed or corny and we both have an aversion to anything that seems phony or cliche. When we decided on our venue, The Historic Cree Estate,  I was looking at real weddings that had taken place there and I noticed that I kept being drawn to the photos by Sun and Sparrow. The photography was natural and romantic, it felt fresh and dynamic without being overly trendy. It feels classic and relaxed. Tiffani was so awesome at making up feel like rock stars even though we are both super awkward in front of the camera.
My advice to brides planning right now would be to pick three things that are most important to you and your fiance for your wedding and make those a priority. Stick to that vision of what is most important and everything else will fall into place.
The best part about being married is not having to plan a wedding! Seriously though, planning a wedding with a groom that was as invested as Ryan was made for a really great bonding experience. We were both in this together, just like we’re in this journey through life together.
Ryan: Some people say being married is no different from before.  It’s certainly different for me.  I can’t put my finger on it and really explain it though.  I feel different in the best way possible.  Our bond is stronger.  Not because the State of California recognizes it, but because of the entire experience from planning, to getting married, to now.  I can’t tell you a single best part of being married because I’m enjoying the whole experience.
VENDORS :
Venue: The Historic Cree Estate  //  Flowers: My Little Flower Shop   //  Catering: Paella Project  //  Dessert: Over the Rainbow   //  Rentals: Signature Party Rentals   //  Photographer: Sun and Sparrow   //  Wedding Coordinator: Nicole Alexandra Designs   //  Invitations: Paper Please Studio 
Bride’s dress: Sarah Seven   //  Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka   //  Belt: Millieicaro   //  Headband and veil: Twigs and Honey   //  Bride’s rings: Kirk Kara   //  Groom’s ring: Steve Padis of San Francisco   //  Groom’s suit: J Crew   //  Groom’s shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue Collection  //  Groom’s tie and pocket square: Pocket Square Clothing   //  Bridesmaid’s dresses: J Crew  //  Groomsmen’s suits: J Crew

Mark & Jennifer // A Romantic desert wedding at Colony 29

Palm Springs Colony 29 wedding photographer

©2015 Sun & Sparrow // Romantic desert wedding at Colony 29

how she did it

FROM THE BRIDE // Mark and I spent most of our courtship getting to know one another on long hikes in Palm Springs, so the desert seemed like a natural fit to host this major life milestone and leverage it as our decor inspiration.  We chose Colony 29 Estates because we wanted the venue to be unique, natural and really beautiful but not stuffy, and we tried to weave those adjectives into the rest of the wedding. The colors were pulled from the desert sunset, with shades of purples, pinks and melons, and you’ll see them pop up everywhere from the bridesmaids dresses to the flowers and succulents and table settings.

Mark and I both love to travel, and it was on our own respective holidays that we met, so we subtly and selectively pulled this motif throughout the decor as well.  For example, we used a mix of themed props such as suitcases, a globe, binos and a gold-plated camera amongst photos of us from various trips we had taken together to decorate the welcome table.  We also integrated it into our tables leveraging vintage-inspired post cards for table names, paper airplane name cards and a travel-inspired menu.  I’m a big believer in little details counting, and I have to give major props to Mark Boyce and Crayon’s Catering for helping us pull off the vision for our day.

First off , I have to mention that in preparation of writing my response, I asked Mark for his favorite moment and it thankfully matched my answer!  We would totally crush the Newly Wed game. 😉 The ceremony was my favorite part for many reasons.  First of all, just like our choice of venue and decor, we decided, as a couple, on each element to be included in the ceremony:  every song played, every reading read, our vows, our officiant, the family that participated in the ceremony…literally, EVERYTHING was carefully selected by Mark and me to represent us, our family and friends celebrating with us.  This made the ceremony very personable and special to us as a couple.  Some of our most memorable moments include the private last moments I got to spend with my Dad before we walked down the aisle, making the journey down the aisle to meet my future husband, my dad giving me away to Mark and then exchanging our vows.

One thing I knew for sure was that we were going to prioritize photography & videography in our budget.  Photos (and music) to me act like a time machine and can transport you back to some of the best moments in your life.  I knew this event was a big part of my story as an individual and our story as a couple, so it was really important for me to find a team that could capture the essence of how I/we felt in really beautiful photos.

I specifically chose Sun and Sparrow because we weren’t just in need of a photographer for our wedding day, but a team that was fun and creative with just a dash of crazy to join us on this journey that included 3 separate photo shoots: a Boudoir session for my husband’s wedding gift, the actual wedding day, and a Day After photo shoot.  These two gals are, in one word, AMAZING.  Just one look at the photos and there’s no doubt their talent is ridiculous, but they are also kind, funny, supportive and smart, and we are so thankful they were the team to help us capture this time in our lives.  I must also give a huge shout here to Cheryl Nacario, who was my hair & makeup artist for all three sessions too and made me feel ridiculously beautiful.  I now call these 3 women “My Dream Team”!

I apologize because I know many of you are probably getting unsolicited advice left and right from just about everyone in your lives at this moment about what you should (not) do for your wedding – friends, mom, grandma…mailman.  Well, I also love doling out unsolicited advice, so here we go…

• Opt for a “Day After” Session!  Seriously, you will thank me. • Choose the best vendor, even if they’re not the least inexpensive.  You will be spending a lot of time and rely on these people, and I truly believe you get what you paid for. • Ask the DJ to send you a link to the version of your first song he plans to use.  Our DJ decided to play the Portuguese version of our song, which made our choreographed first dance interesting because we knew our cues for moves based on the words! • Don’t be afraid to write your own rules.  It’s important to consider friends and family in your decision making, but at the end of the day, it’s about you and your man, and you have to keep that central to your decision making process.  So if you want cupcakes instead of a cake or a black dress instead of white, I say go for it! • In the words of Taylor Swift, “Shake it Off”.  No matter how much you plan, something will go wrong and you have to roll with it.  Case in point with our first dance.  We were so fortunate we had GREAT coaching from our dance teachers Sara and Joe, so we were able to take a “the show must go on” approach and just danced through it.  It certainly was not perfect, especially because I froze a little, but after we were done, my new husband leaned over to me and said “that was the first time you let me lead!”  When I look back at that day, I will never forget him saying that to me – it still makes me laugh just thinking about it.

Now you didn’t think I would give out just ONE piece of advice, did you?!

When I reflect back on our entire wedding experience, the “Day After” Session was one of my favorite memories.  We opted to do this session in lieu of an engagement photo shoot because I knew the timeline was going to be tight on the day of the wedding, and we wouldn’t be able to make it to all of the spots in Palm Springs we wanted photos at, like the quintessential Windmill Farm and one of our favorite hiking spots at Whitewater.

I loved the “Day After” Session for many reasons.  As every bride will come to find out, there is this bittersweet feeling that comes with a wedding day.  You dream, plan and coordinate so much for so long, and in one day, it’s gone.  This Day After shoot afforded me the opportunity to hold onto this sweet time in my life for a few weeks longer, and for just that alone, it was worth it.  It also allowed me the opportunity to get my hair and makeup done again, get back in my wedding dress and just have a lot of fun with my new husband without the chaos that comes with the day of a wedding. I am so lucky Tiff and Ellie were up for doing this unique photo shoot for us!

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  • MauraNovember 1, 2015 - 7:19 pm

    What time of year was this wedding? We’re looking into this venue and I love the flowers and foliage that are in bloom in these photos!ReplyCancel

Stu & Carissa // Chic Ace Hotel engagement in Palm Springs

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FROM THE BRIDE // Stu and I met freshman year of high school. We were in the same group of friends for many years, but never thought about dating one another. Stu was in band and I was on the drill team. We saw each other often and even hung out in the same circles.  Though we were always in together, we never talked much. I felt he was shy and I was very outgoing, so I didn’t think we made a good match.  After high school we basically parted ways and hadn’t seen one another since.  

It wasn’t until over 10 years later that we reconnected.  About two years or so ago, I began to see him at some friends get togethers and parties. I suppose you would say that the “Stars Aligned”. It was the night of Stu’s holiday work party when everything went right. He called me and asked me to hang out with him.  Unfortunately, he was a little nervous to ask me to the actual party, but we hung out afterward and we have been together ever since. I know that he is the man of my dreams because I can be with him night and day and it never gets old. I can’t believe that we hit it off on that holiday night.  Two years after that beautiful holiday evening, he proposed in Redondo Beach. It was a private and romantic evening where we shared an exchange under the stars. I’m so glad to be marrying my best friend and I can’t wait for our wedding day!

VENDORS: Venue: Ace Hotel in Palm Springs // Photography:  Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Styling:  Nicole Alexandra Designs // Yellow Dress: Shabby Apple & Pink Dress: Rent the Runway  // Hair & Makeup:  Cheryl Nacario // Suit Jacket: Mattucci // Calligraphy: Kindred Calligraphy // Wooden Mr & Mrs // Florals: Bridewell Market  // My Little Flower Shop // Cake: Over the Rainbow Desserts

©2104 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Chic Ace Hotel engagement in Palm Springs

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VENDORS: Venue: Ace Hotel in Palm Springs // Photography:  Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Styling:  Nicole Alexandra Designs // Yellow Dress: Shabby Apple & Pink Dress: Rent the Runway  // Hair & Makeup:  Cheryl Nacario // Suit Jacket: Mattucci // Calligraphy: Kindred Calligraphy // Wooden Mr & Mrs // Florals: Bridewell Market  // My Little Flower Shop // Cake: Over the Rainbow Desserts

©2104 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Chic Ace Hotel engagement in Palm Springs

Nick & Maria // Historic Cree Estate Wedding Photographer

how she did it

After a year of planning and months of mounting anticipation we weren’t sure how not only the wedding day but the entire experience would play out. Of course we were hopeful, trusting in our decisions that the 3 day affair, with the wedding as the main event, would be nothing short of amazing and memorable for all involved. The Cree was both our centerpiece and our canvas and it could not have worked out better. We invited our loved ones to this hidden oasis to attend the rehearsal, the wedding and the goodbye brunch and we firmly believe that it could not have gone any better. No event, big or small is without its hiccups but we were able to take ours in stride and execute the vision that we always had in our heads.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING?  //  We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding and beautiful weather but we also knew that we didn’t want to be just another summer wedding – which is required if you want an outdoor wedding in our home-state Washington. Having both spent time together in Palm Springs, in springtime, we decided that we had our answer. We wanted to welcome our loved ones to an area, a climate that would be a welcome reprieve to the weather they’d just endured in their respective locales. Fun, sun and love; that’s what we wanted.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY?  //  To see the faces of our loved ones and the overall setup of the wedding were amazing, but not nearly as amazing as holding hands at the altar, hearing the touching words of our officiant and marrying the love of our respective lives.

On a side note, the orchestration of the event itself was phenomenal. All of the vendors appeared to work in unison, providing an entire day that we’ll remember forever.

WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU?  //  Our memories, they’re amazing. The memories our loved ones created also incredible. Photography is not only a means of capturing those memories but having them represent the unique perspective of an artist that we trusted and adore.  Photography was important to us because we see it as a primary pillar of any wedding – maybe not as important as the bride / groom but certainly on par with the venue, the officiant, etc. We want to be able to find ourselves, 40 years down the road, being transported through through time to the emotion of the day, as we share our wedding photos with our grandchildren. Photos transcend time and serve as direct portals to our emotions, our hearts.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW?  //  Once we determined our location, we set off in search of our venue. We came across many viable options, including the Cree. We came across a few S&S photos (pinterest? general search?) taken at the Cree and traced them back to their portfolio to find a trove of weddings shot at the venue.  The classy, elegant and deniable energetic style of S&S brought the Cree to life in a way that told us “this is it.” We may have found the Cree on our own but we fell in love with it through the lens of S&S.

DID YOU DO ANY DIY PROJECTS? IF SO, WHAT?   //  We made the ribbon garland that was strung across the doors. Our friends helped us make our terrarium centerpieces two nights before the wedding. I gathered and wired brooches to make my brooch bouquet and then my bridesmaid Braiden put it together and made it look AMAZING.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?  //  Just know that everything will come together beautifully. But also, don’t procrastinate TOO much.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING MARRIED NOW?  //  The undeniable sense of comfort and love being officially tied, forever, to the love of your life. The world is a bigger, better place in which our trust in one another helps us exist more confidently and happily.

 

MAKE SURE TO LEAVE A COMMENT OR A TOKEN OF YOUR LOVE FOR NICK & MARIA BELOW! THEY LOVE YOU ALL AND ARE SO HAPPY TO HAVE SHARED THIS SPECIAL DAY WITH YOU!! 

©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Historic Cree Estate Wedding Photographer

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 This Film was taken & produced by Two Spoons Productions.

VENDORS  //  Venue – The Historic Cree Estate  //  Photographer – Sun & Sparrow  //  Hair & Makeup – Cheryl Nacario  // Wedding Coordination – In Love Events & Productions //  Catering – Coachella Valley BBQ // Caterer – Tacos Gonzalez  //  Bar Service – Papaya Sky // Videography – Two Spoons Productions  //  DJ – Tim @ California DJs

 

MAKE SURE TO LEAVE A COMMENT OR A TOKEN OF YOUR LOVE FOR NICK & MARIA BELOW! THEY LOVE YOU ALL AND ARE SO HAPPY TO HAVE SHARED THIS SPECIAL DAY WITH YOU!! 

©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Historic Cree Estate Wedding Photographer