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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

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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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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Andre & Susan // Fairytale wedding at Calamigos Ranch

Fairytale wedding at Calamigos Ranch // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Malibu Wedding Photographers

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