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Birchwood Room at Calamigos Fairytale wedding // Scott & Meghan


Birchwood Room at Calamigos Fairytale wedding  //  ©2019 Sun & Sparrow wedding photographers

FROM OUR BEAUTIFUL BRIDE //

1. Describe your how you felt on your wedding morning, all the anticipation and the love. What were you most looking forward to in the beginning of your day.

We woke up both feeling super giddy and excited for our big day at Birchwood Room at Calamigos Fairytale wedding! We planned it so we would be well rested from the night before which I think helped us feel energized and ready for all the fun to begin. I was most looking forward to seeing Scott looking super sharp in his suit and having our first look. I loved spending the morning with my best gals surrounding me
and sharing all of my excitement with them but it wasn’t until I saw Scott for the first time, that all my nerves went out the window and I just felt a sense of calm and knowing. He looked incredible! And he’s always my rock when it comes to navigating high emotion situations. We’ve always said we can do anything if we’re doing it together.

2. How did you feel when you your husband at your FIRST LOOK for the first time?

Walking down the aisle was also one of the most powerful and impactful moments of the day. My dad walked my mom down first and circled back around for me so I ended up having a few minutes or so to myself as I watched the rest of the procession move ahead of me. It was definitely a moment where I was able to pause and really breathe everything in. I remember “Something” by the Beatles playing and then “Dear Prudence” coming after and knowing I was next. (The Beatles have always been significant to Scott and I’s relationship as our first date was the Beatles exhibit at The Grammy Museum). Once my dad came back to join me, we had a few moments together of getting ready and really soaking everything in. I told him his one job was to not let me trip, which he assured me I was good. We linked arms and again took a moment to pause once we approached the two beautiful birch trees. I was able to look around and take in so many smiling faces. The sun was shining through the trees and the moment just felt completely heavenly. It filled my heart with so much joy seeing all of our closest family and friends there to honor and support us. And then I saw Scott, and again, I felt that same calmness once we made eye contact and followed each others gaze until my dad and I reached him. After hugging my dad, Scott leaned in to steal a kiss from me… I later told him this was not standard, in which he said he couldn’t resist in that moment. Pure love and joy right there. I later learned he also hugged each one of the groomsmen as they walked up… again, just so much love, no one could resist sharing it with one another.

Scott describes his moment of watching me walk down the aisle as being “blown away and the happiest I’ve ever felt in my life.” (He’s not as descriptive as me ;))

3. What was your favorite moment/story from your wedding day?

There are sooo many!!!! First look, walking down the aisle, the musical interlude during the ceremony hand in hand with Scott (another great moment of pause), the recessional after being announced husband and wife and everyone cheering. We also both loved being re-introduced by our DJ after the cocktail reception. It felt like it was the moment we could really join the party and let the fun begin. We listened to “Let My Love Open The Door” on repeat at least five or six times the next day. Also loved our first dance to “Romeo & Juliet” by Dire Straits. We hadn’t practiced at all, but Scott took the lead and spun me a few times. We laughed and talked privately and just spun around the room as people watched, but it really just felt like we were the only two humans on earth in that moment. The speeches were also amazing! All three were so well written, thoughtful, funny, and incredibly heartfelt. I cried during all three of them… some of the most happy tears I’ve ever experienced. And then of course, the dancing! All the smiles and all of the excitement on the dance floor was so fun! I loved seeing people from all parts of our lives uniting on the dance floor. At one point Scott’s mom was dancing hand in hand with my best friend from high school from Chicago on one side, and my best friend from LA in the other.

4. How did your day most feel like a fairytale?

The whole day and evening was just truly magical, from the joy and feeling of love in the room, to the food, to the carefully curated playlist, to the garden setting, and the beautiful romantic atmosphere. Every time we paused to look around, we felt like we had to pinch ourselves to wake up from a dream. The sparkling twinkle lights and hanging chandeliers left such a lasting visual impression. And I absolutely loved my dress… I had so many compliments and people asking if it was vintage, which I secretly loved because it was not, but it was 100% the vibe and look I was going for. All of the lacey details were so dreamy. Of course the most fairytale part however was my incredible new husband. I was just so joyful and grateful to be marrying the absolute love of my life and to experience all of the love and support from our favorite people as we took this giant step together.

 



MY WONDERFUL VENDORS

Venue: The Birchwood Room at Calamigos // Coordinator: Frankly.Weddings //  Photographer: Sun & Sparrow // Photo booth: Third Eye Photobooth //  Florals: Flowers by Michael //  Desserts: Best Donuts in Thousand Oaks, CA  //  Wedding rings maker: James Allen Jewelry Wedding Gown  & Veil Maker: Marchesa //  Wedding Gown Boutique: En Blanc LA // Ring Box: Lace Byrd  //  Ribbons: Tono & Co. //  Hair & Makeup: Girl Meets Bongga  //  Bride Shoes: Badgely Mischka //  Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo   //  Bride Earrings: BHLDN //  //Groom Suit: The Black Tux
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    Oak Grove wedding at SaddleRock Ranch // Jacob & Negin

    Oak Grove wedding at SaddleRock Ranch // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Malibu wedding photographers


    From the Bride

    Before I even was engaged, I knew that I wanted a Oak Grove wedding at SaddleRock Ranch. There are so many reasons why I wanted to get married in this magical place, but my biggest reason is that it’s an adventure. Jacob and I had loved adventure from the beginning. We originally met on ok cupid. So silly, I know, but I always knew that my soulmate would find me somehow. Thank goodness for the internet!

    One of my favorite memories with Jacob was the day he proposed. Through his work, Jacob was invited on a trip to visit economic development, education, and health care projects in Kenya. Jacob had begged and begged me for months to come to Africa with him. Finally, he convinced me to meet him in Nairobi at the end of his trip. We were planning to travel in Uganda together and take a safari tour for a week.  It was a magical dream.

    The safari drives were enlightened, filled with gorgeous animals and beautiful landscapes. We went biking in a zebra-filled national park. We were able to feed many African animals in a nursery for the little babies. And finally, we went hiking with gorillas. After one of our drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the guide drove us to a lookout point over the Great Rift Valley. We stayed there for a while, waiting for the sunset. As the sun started setting, Jacob expressed his love for me and asked “Uganda marry me?” Of course I cried, then I jumped up and down and nodded my head. I was crying so hard I couldn’t even say the word, “YES!” And that was start of our magical wedding adventures. What an amazing adventure we get to cherish!

    ~ with love, Negin

     


    From the Photographers
    It’s such a blessing that we were able to work with Jacob & Negin.  My husband, Dan, met Negin at his job over 10 years ago. Since then, Negin and I have been friends. When she reached out to me to photograph her Oak Grove wedding at SaddleRock Ranch , I was honored and humbled. I love being a close part of my friend’s wedding days. When a friend or family member wants to share that part of their lives with me, I feel like I am trustworthy to hold such special moments in my hands.
    Negin was such a wonderful bride! Through h er day, many things did not go as planned, especially the weather. The temperature skyrocketed to 110 degrees, right in the middle of her wedding day. It was very hot, but even still very beautiful. Luckily, the ceremony was right at sunset. The twinkling lights
    ~with love, Tiffani















    My Vendors
    Venue: Saddlerock Ranch   |   Coordinator: Neda Davari of Mizbaan Events   |   Photographer: Sun & Sparrow photography   |
    Videographer: First Look Films  |   Flowers: Florals by Isabelle   |   Rentals: A Rental Connection   |   Hair & Makeup: Brittany Paige Hair  |   Dress: Monique Lhuillier   |   DJ: DJseppi   |   Engagement Ring: Lauren B Jewelry   |   Dessert: Charm City Cakes

     

    To see more photography from SaddleRock Ranch Venues, click on any of the links below.

    The Garden  |  The Oak Grove  |  The Vineyard  |  Camp Cabernet

    Peter & Karen // Beautiful wedding at Calamigos Equestrian

    Sun & Sparrow is one of the leading engagement and wedding photographers in the Los Angeles area as well as Santa Barbara and Orange County.

    Beautiful wedding at Calamigos Equestrian // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow wedding photographers

    FROM THE BRIDE // There were so many wonderful memories that I have from our wedding day that it’s impossible to pick a favorite! I loved all the moments that Peter and I shared. I’ll never forget Peter’s reaction to seeing me during the first look or the incredible intimacy I felt when he read his vows during our ceremony. Even though we were standing in front of all our friends and family, it felt as though it was just the two of us.

    One piece of advice I would give to brides is just go with your gut and don’t second guess yourself when it comes to making decisions. I am such a bargain hunter that even after I bought something, I would still look for a better deal and it just added unnecessary stress. My first decision was almost always the best decision!

    Vendors:

    Venue: Calamigos Equestrian http://www.calamigosequestrian.com/

    Cake: Portos Bakery
    Coordinator: JenEvents http://www.jeneventsca.com/

    Videography: Royal Films http://royalfilms.net/

    DJ: Edge Entertainment http://www.partyontheedge.com/

    Florist: Kate Baker Florals
    Photobooth: Make it Last Events https://www.makeitlastevents.com/

    Hair and Makeup: Cathy Shih http://cathyshih.com/

    Wedding Dress: Pebbles Bridal http://www.pebblesbridal.com/

    Officiant: Jacob Jurado http://www.jacobmarries.com/

    Wedding Favors: Pie Bar http://thepiebarlongbeach.com/

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      Matt & Gyselle // Fairytale wedding in Malibu Paradise

      A Fairytale Malibu Hills wedding // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow Malibu 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 // Our wedding was absolutely perfect! It was honestly a fairytale Malibu Hills wedding! We’ve never in our lives been able to truly enjoy living in the moment until our wedding day. The only thing on our minds on this day was the excitement of being with one another forever! We were both truly mesmerized and so in LOVE! Our wedding day was euphoric and full of joy!

      Our favorite moment of our wedding day was first laying eyes on one another at the alter. I’ll never forget taking my father’s arm and not realizing how heavy I was breathing until I looked up and saw him, my future husband, standing there in a royal blue suit like my Prince charming. He was waiting so patiently to see me! It was surreal…seeing him immediately calmed me down. Everything around us became a blur and all my attention was focused on him and how he looked at me with those beautiful blue eyes. I can just envision that day, where we were so mesmerized with one another, it was such an amazing and beautiful feeling.

      We are the type of people that truly do not like stress and do not mind when someone else takes control, which I know is not easy for many people. Our absolutely amazing Wedding coordinator, Aleta Parrish, and her amazing staff (who also catered our wedding as Choux Choux events) single handedly planned all our wedding from the flowers to the all white dance floor, the string lights, the rustic arch. At our ceremony, she had even planned the alter to look out toward a breathtaking view of the Malibu wine country while an amazing harpist played  in the background. Aleta even hired our DJ who was fantastic! The only direction we gave Aleta was the meal plan which we chose from her menu by Choux Choux (which is a farm to table caterer) the appetizers during cocktail hour and the 3 course meal, our guests had the main course option of filet mignon or miso salmon during dinner which was cooked perfectly and delicious! We also gave her a hint on the decor ” All White Wedding”, everything else she did from the napkins to the lace table runners, the gorgeous white flowers and silver ware and plates! Everything about the decor was ALL Aleta! She honestly made our dream wedding come true without barely any direction. Truly amazing!

      The best part of planning our wedding was allowing someone else to do it! Like I mentioned earlier Aleta Parrish from Choux Choux is simply spectacular! Tiffani Matsuura from Sun and Sparrow (our wedding photographer) was over and beyond what we expected from a photographer! Like our wedding planner she had amazing calming sweet energy. She made me look like a model! She needed no direction from us at all and had us take so many cute photos in the most adorable poses. She even came out an hour early to scout out the venue and figure out what places were the best photo ops. She was perfect! She truly captured the LOVE in our relationship so elegantly.
      Now my absolutely favorite part about planning our wedding was how much time I was able to spend with my mother. Unlike most brides I had the luxury of having my wedding dress designer and hair stylist be my mom! Yes, my mother Elvia Rocha designed, created, and tailored my wedding dress all by hand and did my hair on my wedding day. She is truly an amazing mother. I cannot or will never be able to thank her enough for making me feel so special on that day! My wedding dress stole the show! I felt so beautiful and gorgeous in it! It was so comfortable and fit me perfectly! It was truly a memorable experience, from driving down to the fashion district in LA once a week and picking out my fabrics, to seeing my dress made from start to finish, and watching my mom work day and night hand sewing each flower and Crystal bead. It’s an experience I’ll always treasure and remember. I’m so happy and proud to say that my mother made my wedding dress.
      My now husband and I are strong believers of hiring the right people to do the job and let them do what they do best! Sometimes its okay to let someone else take control, especially if you do your research! We can honestly say we definitely hired the right people for the job! We also used our family! Like I mentioned before my mother made and designed my wedding dress and did my hair! My mother’s friend daughter did my make up! My husband’s sister was our minister! We saved so much money utilizing these resources and were able to really go all out on other parts of our wedding like our venue. But having our family help us throughout our wedding really made it extra special and brought us even closer together!
      MY VENDORS:
       
      VENUE : Malibu Paradise on Malibu Wine Trail  Located in Malibu,CA www.vrbo.com
      Wedding Planner/Caterer/Florist/Decorations: Aleta Parrish // Choux Choux www.chouxchouxla.com
      DJ: Dominic Miranda, Lead Associate DJ/MC  //  Who’s That DJ www.whosthatdj.com
      Wedding Cake:  Jamie Cakes www.jamiecakes.net
      Wedding Photographer: Sun and Sparrow www.sunandsparrow.com
      Minister // Rachelle Moore
      Wedding Dress Designer/Creator/Hair stylist : Elvia Rocha
      Wedding Make-up artist: Paola Isabel  Paoisabel.mua@gmail.com

      A Fairytale Malibu Hills wedding // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow Malibu wedding photographers

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        Michael & Katie // Bohemian inspired wedding at Calamigos Ranch

        Calamigos Ranch Wedding Photographer

        ©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Bohemian inspired wedding at Calamigos Ranch

        how she did it

        August 9th, 2015… our wedding day.

        This day was everything we ever imagined and more, it was filled with smiles, laughter, and overflowing love. Looking back, we wish we had more time and wished things happened in slow motion, we even joke about wanting to do it all over again just minus the 9 months of planning. ADVICE: Live in the moment J

        As soon as we got engaged we couldn’t wait to start planning. We had always envisioned a rustic, shabby chic, garden wedding. So next step was to start looking on our Pinterest boards where we had millions of ideas. All we had to do was narrow them down, find our favorites, and either DIY or find a vendor who could replicate that exact look and feel. From shopping locally in the south bay to ordering our incredible flower dresses from our favorite place to travel in Thailand everything came together. ADVICE: At the beginning planning everything will seem overwhelming, but if you take each step together you will start to unveil the dream wedding you always imagined.

        Next big hurdle for us was to choose our vendors, which took multiple calls, Skype sessions, and even in person interviews to ensure we all had the same vision. ADVICE: As said by our DJ – Michael “If you are not getting the name on the door (one of the owners), then keep looking.” We can honestly say we couldn’t agree more, which lead us to the best! Between our coordinator/florist (A Touch of Lavender by Cindy Wu), our DJ (Ovation Entertainment by Michael McNeil), our fabulous hair and makeup team (Nicol Makeup Artistry by Kimberley Nicol, w/ Aubrey & Lindsey), and most of all our INCREDIBLE photographers (Sun & Sparrow by Tiffani & Elli). They all truly made our day flawless, beautiful and carefree!

        We originally fell in love with Sun and Sparrow when Katie saw photos from her friend Larissa’s wedding on Facebook. The photo was incredible and they truly captured the love they had for each other. Once we met with Tiffani, we immediately knew we had to have them be a large part of our wedding. So we decided to have them shoot our wedding and engagement session. Both of their attention to detail and kindness make you feel like you are the only two people in the room. ADVICE: Taking posed photos is always awkward but not when you are with them. They are both so fun and thoughtful, which helps to ensure no hiccups along the way.

        The biggest piece of advice we could give any Bride and Groom would be, DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF. All of the work leading up to the wedding, no matter how impossible it seems… it will all work out and be worth it in the end. Don’t loose sight of what your wedding is all about, the celebration of the two of you becoming one. The day is all about you so be selfish and remember it only happens ones. Your wedding day will truly fly by so try and absorb every moment.

        Michael – “My favorite part of being married is, the smirk on her face when I call her my wife J”

        Katie – “My favorite part of being married is, marrying the man who has the same vision in life as me and makes the best out of any and all situations. I am truly the luckiest girl in the world, I get to live life with my best friend, partner in crime and the man who makes me feel like I am the only woman in the room. Oh, and moving up in the alphabet ;)”

        VENDORS  //  Wedding Dress: Katie May // Earrings: BHLDN  //  Garter: Etsy  //   Bride/Flower Girl’s floral wreath’s: A Touch of Lavender  //  Bride/Groom/Groomsmen Shoes: Steve Madden  //  Groom’s Tux: Express  //  Groom’s cuff links: Etsy  //   Groomsmen Tuxes: Friar Tux  //   Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN/Jenny Yoo  //  Flower Girl Dresses: Etsy  //  Hair & Makeup: Nicol Artistry  //  Bride & Bridal Party Robes: Etsy  //   Venue: Calamigos Ranch Malibu – The Oaks Room  //   Coordinator: A Touch of Lavender – Cindy Wu  //  Florist: A Touch of Lavender  //   Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography //   DJ/Entertainment/Lighting: Ovation Entertainment – Michael McNeil  //   Photobooth: Classy Booths  //   Wedding Cake: Hansen’s Cakes  //   Cake Cutting Utensils: BHLDN  //  Cake Topper: Etsy  //   Table Runners: Ebay  //   Hotel : Westlake Village Inn

        DIY: Arbor, BAR marquee lights, table numbers, all wood signs, favors, lanterns, fabric curtain, place card doors, cake table décor, and much much more, couldn’t be completed without help from our amazing parents, sister in-law, brother in-law & bridal party.

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