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Chris & Crystal // Los Angeles Fairytale engagement

Los Angeles fairytale engagement // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles fairytale engagement photographers

From the groom:  I never imagined that any of my teenage dreams would come true, let alone my dream of marrying my high school sweetheart. From the moment I laid my eyes on her, I knew she would be the one that would forever change my life. And, if I might add, she has changed my life for the better. For many years Crystal and I had dreamed about the idea of marriage. We planned about our future home with children and how we would grow old together. Unfortunately, in the midst of our dreams, we had news that would change our lives forever. When we heard the diagnosis that Crystal had breast cancer at such a young age, our dreams were put on hold to fight for her life. We battled and had an up and down fight, but Crystal finally won! After 8 years of loving my girl, through all the pain, and a hard fight with breast cancer, I knew it was finally time to take hold of our dreams of marriage and a family that we had put aside.

My plan to propose was simple, but stealthy. I contacted her aunt and asked if she would  take us out to a field and take photos. I posed to Crystal that her aunt just wanted to “try out her new camera.” But in reality, I wanted to have the moment when I get down on one knee and ask Crystal to be my wife.  The day we went out, it was a beautiful spring day with the flowers for miles. Now, I do want to mention that I had the whole event planned out, but none of the plan happened. Ten minutes into our “photo shoot” I couldn’t contain my composure as my nerves had been getting to me.  Before it was time, I dropped down to one knee and the question had come out, “Will you marry me?” To my surprise, she (and I) was absolutely shocked! She had no clue that I would pop the question! But without a beat, she answered, “Yes!”  My heart pumped at one million beats per minute and everything was blurred. I couldn’t come back to my senses and even put the ring on her finger. I would almost say I was in shock, but to more accurately put it, I was in complete awe. The day and my proposal could not have been more perfect. I can’t wait for the day to come, to give our vows before our family and friends and officially become Husband and Wife.

James & Crystal // June Lake Mountain wedding

how she did itFROM THE BRIDE //  

James and I were just looking to have a fun day to share with our family & friends. Since we both enjoy the outdoors, a rustic wedding seemed like the way to go.
I would have to say that our favorite and most memorable part would have to be the chairlift ride up the mountain for all our guests and the breath taking views from all angles of our venue site.

Photography was important to us because it is the only way to capture these once in a life time memories and for us to be able to share these memories with our future children. We chose Sun & Sparrow because you girls are awesome and fun and our friends! I wouldn’t have had it any other way because it was easy to let loose and be ourselves in front of people we already knew. Not to mention seeing all the other weddings and events they have been a part of were spectacular!!!

Oh man, DIY… To complete our rustic theme, mason jars were our main project. My mom and I diligently worked on the center piece vases by wrapping 40+ mason jars with burlap followed by a slightly narrower piece of lace and then topped it off with tying a piece or coral cord and a “love” charm around the mouth of the jar. Then we moved on to the small jelly jars that we wrapped with a burlap ribbon and completed it with a small white ribbon flower. For our escort cards and the display, I ordered business cards from the company that made our invitations so that we could stick with the theme of that and then one of my bridesmaids helped out by hand writing all our guest names and their table assignments. The display, I found a large clearance frame at the local craft store, strung twine across and pinned up each card with a small mini-clothespin. And, I believe that is it for the DIY, at least the big stuff!

For those ladies that are planning a wedding right now, make sure to do you and your fiance… no one else! Friends and family will have their opinion, but this day is about the 2 of you and no one else!!! Also, do everything in your power to have fun with it. You will always come across speed bumps that will try to cause stress, but remember to stay calm and work through it. On your wedding day, be open to the things that will inevitably go wrong, and when something does go wrong, embrace it and laugh!!!
The awesome thing about being married is knowing that I am officially tied to the man that I love!!!

June Mountain – venue (https://www.junemountain.com/Groups/Weddings)
Michelle Denault – flowers (denaultcatering.com)
Hair by Carrie – hair & make-up (www.hairbycarrieg.com)
Flare’s Bridal – wedding dress (www.flaresbridal.com)
Friar Tux – suit rentals (friartux.com)
Mimi’s Cookie Bar – bakery (www.mimiscookiebar.com)


©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // June Lake Mountain wedding

VENDORS // Hotel: Boulder Lodge //  Venue: June Mountain  //   Photographers: Sun & Sparrow Photographers  //  Flowers: Michelle Denault //  Hair & Makeup: Hair by Carrie  //  Bridal Gown: Flare’s Bridal   //  Bridal Shoes: Converse //  Groom’s Tux: Friar Tux  //  Bakery:  Mimi’s Cookie Bar


©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // June Lake Mountain wedding

Dave & Dulce // Travel Town Engagement

how he asked-torrance wedding-photography

March 2013 //  It was an early Saturday morning in Big Bear, and with nerves of steel (aided by an early morning whisky), Dave was finally ready. Months of research, trips to the LA Diamond district, and careful planning had lead up to today, and with the ring safely tucked into the least conspicuous pocket of his snowboard pants, he and Dulce made their way to the ski lift. His heart had not beat this fast on a lift before, not even his first time skiing when he was all but certain he would fall flat on has face at the top (fun fact: Dulce ended up falling flat on her face later that day). He ran through the brief but carefully thought out words he would say, knowing that she would be completely surprised in just a few minutes. At the mountain top, strapped into his boots, Dave started into the “speech.” He could see that Dulce wasn’t fully processing what was happening, but as she asked “Are you serious?!” he simply replied “yes,” and pulled out the ring. After a kiss, made somewhat awkward by the helmets they were both wearing, he slid the ring onto her finger, and they snowboarded down to the congratulations of their friends. The rest of the morning was a blur of phone calls in between snowboarding.


©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Travel Town Engagement 


©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Travel Town Engagement 

  • Veronica VasquezMay 22, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    I love you guys. Awesome pictures . Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • Liz KemperMay 22, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    These are fabulous photos! Who would have thought that 27 years after your first trip to Travel Town you would have your engagement photos taken there. The wedding photos are going to be amazing!
    Lots and lots of love, Liz/MomReplyCancel

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