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John-Anthony & Remy // The Sepulveda House engagement

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 FROM THE BRIDE //   ” The story really all started on October 17th of last year when Anthony and I set off for our adventure in the Big Easy. It had been about a year in the making and after hearing all the good things about NOLA we were SO excited! We were looking forward to a change of scenery and exploring the fun city. We were happy to have met my beautiful cousin Morgan for a portion of the trip along with a few folks from back east and Canada. It was a fantastic group and we all got along so well. We had such a blast!

    About four days in on a Tuesday evening, much like the nights prior, Anthony and I were on our way to meet Morgan and a few others from the group. We had plans to see a show with one of our new friends and later meet up with the others for some drinks. Along the way we took a little detour. Exploring the area near us, we decided to check out the Riverwalk which sits on the bank of the gorgeous Mississippi River. It was lovely.  It was then, as we were taking it all in,  just the two of us, that Anthony suprised me with a proposal. He made an awesome video/ slideshow for me that he showed on his phone and he said some really special words that I won’t forget. And yes, he did also get on a knee as he asked me to marry him, although, I’d have to say it wasn’t for long. It wasn’t long after that I said “yes, of course!” Everything about that night was absolutely perfect. There’s not much more I can say about it.

    Overall, our trip was just fantastic, every bit of it. I know if we could do it all over again, we would and in a heartbeat!! New Orleans definitely lived up to it’s name. It’s magical. That place, that moment, those people, that food, the music, the art…. it’s all there. It lives with us now as a memory, one that I know Anthony and I will treasure forever.

And now we’re looking forward to our wedding this fall and all the exciting things that are in store for us after. We can’t wait to celebrate the start of this new adventure with our friends and family!

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    Jayme & Luis | Bella Vista Gardens Wedding

    The only thing I can really say about our Wedding Day, aside from the fact that we had a blast, was that it was US!!! From the wardrobe, to the music, to the food, to the decorations–every detail was a reflection of both, who Luis & I are as individuals and who we are as a couple. Being a previous Event Coordinator, I made the decision to tackle most of the planning, decorating & coordinating myself. We spent over a year crafting, bargain hunting, building, DIYing & up-cycling as much as we could. Looking back, it was a lofty & time-consuming endeavor, but the hard work allowed us to customize a wedding that was a perfect reflection of us & our personalities–Fun, Quirky, Crafty & Colorful.

    Originally, we had planned to have a “Love Is…” themed-wedding; kind of pop-artsy, kitschy, and a little vintage (which is what I love). But as the planning progressed, things morphed into a little less cutesie and a little more classic. This was the best balance between mine & Luis’ styles. We ended up incorporating many rustic elements for Luis, paid homage to 1950’s style that I adore with my tea-length wedding dress, brooch bouquet, classic body-wave hairstyle & vintage luggage accents, and focused a great deal on the food & music. Luis & I are definitely “foodies” and wanted to take our guests a culinary tour of many of the foods we love. So, we melded cuisine from both our Filipino & Mexican backgrounds (Adobo, Lumpia, Pancit, Pollo Norteno, Horchata, Bean & Rice), hired a Taquero “Taco Man,” offered Nothing Bundt Cakes as our Wedding Cake & gave away Porto’s Cheese Rolls as Wedding Favors. Lastly, we had a Mariachi Band during Cocktail Hour &
    our Grand Entrance which was a nod to Luis’ heritage.  

    ***JAYME: A very special moment for us was definitely our First Dance. As the DJ announced us, our wedding guests gathered along the edge of Bella Vista Grove’s beautiful, outdoor dance floor with huge glowing Sparklers in-hand as we made our way to center stage. Can you imagine dancing under a star-filled sky, with your new wife/husband in your arms, to Ed Sheeran’s “Talking Out Loud,” surrounded by a sea of glimmering lights? There was definitely love in the air that night & it was truly magical… 
    ***LUIS: My favorite part of our big day was, without question, when Jayme walked out of the house and made her way to the alter. She was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen–she looked stunning! I felt like no one else was there but us… I fell in love again, a million times over, that day.

    Once your big day has come & gone and the freshness of your memories begin to fade, all you’ll have left are the pictures/video footage from that special day… A picture is worth a thousand words, and that’s why it’s SO important to invest in professionals who will skillfully & stylishly capture all those feelings & experiences & moments for you. As we interviewed many published & notable wedding photographers, Sun & Sparrow climbed to the top of our list because, as a bride, not only did I want beautiful pictures, but I also wanted us to be able to spend our day with people we enjoyed, people we could laugh with, people that would reassure us & keep us smiling, people that we would make our day memorable. We chose correctly!

    With my past experiences in Event Planning, I knew how much couples invested (and ultimately OVER-invested) on their Weddings, so it was important for us to keep costs as low as possible. Luis & I spent many weekends at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, Ventura Swap Meet & a plethora of antique shops trying to find vintage frames, shutters, barrels, brooches, etc. We literally spent our evenings building & crafting everything we could ourselves: Boutonnieres, Crepe Paper Flowers, Chalkboard Signs, The Bar, All Decorations, Backdrop, Curtains, Photo Booth Props, Bridal Bouquet, Table Centerpieces, Luminaries, Bridal Party Gifts, etc, etc… The list goes on-&-on! We were exhausted, but the sense of pride we felt when it all came together and knowing that everything we made was from our hearts & carried a small piece of us was well worth it.  

    The biggest pieces of advice I can offer any couple is to make efforts to slow down & enjoy each moment as they come, because faster than you realize, it will all be over. Also, inevitably, something unplanned will happen, someone will be late, something won’t go according to plan, some part of your master plan will fall through–but that’s okay. Most times, something that seems like a “big deal” to you will go unnoticed by your guests (as they were not part of the planning process), and at the end of the day, you are marrying the person you love and that’s what counts! And lastly, don’t focus on pleasing others (mother-in-law, friends, family, etc) or make decisions that you’re not comfortable with; its your special day and should be yours & your fiances vision–no one else’s.

    ***JAYME: My favorite part of being married is knowing that I have someone, a forever “partner-in-crime,” who made a decision & promise to always stand beside me, support me, act silly with me, share in my adventures, love me, protect me, inspire me, and build a life & family with me. When I wake up in the morning next to my husband, it’s the best knowing that he adores me & thinks I’m beautiful even though my hair is messy and I have no make-up on. Love & Commitment are things many people spend their whole lifetime searching for, and I feel lucky & blessed to have found mine.
    ***LUIS: My favorite part of being married is feeling the bond we have get stronger and stronger with each new day. Being able to come home every night, knowing that my wife will always be there for the rest of our lives, is incredibly heart warming and a blessed feeling. 

    Officiate: Warren Geisler
    Venue: Bella Vista Groves | www.bellavistagroves.com
    Dress: Dolly Couture | www.dollycouture.com
    Hair: Kristen Thompson of Salon Rouge | www.salonrouge.net/home
    Make-Up: Lindsay Dickenson of Kiss The Bride | www.kissthebridemakeup.blogspot.com
    Women’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | www.tiffany.com
    Men’s Watches: Fossil | www.fossil.com
    Acoustic Guitar: David Komski
    Photography: Tiffani, Ellie & Claudia of Sun & Sparrow | www.sunandsparrow.com
    Disc Jockey: Jerry Gutierrez of GTZ Entertainment | www.gtzentertainment.com
    Catering: El Pollo Norteno Grill | www.elnortenogrill.com
    Catering: Del’s Sweet Creations 
    Taco Man: K.O. Tacos | https://www.facebook.com/pages/KO-Tacos/228855383793584
    Favors: Porto’s Bakery | www.portosbakery.com
    Wedding Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes | www.nothingbundtcakes.com
    Photo Booth: Caught Up In The Moment | www.caughtupphotobooths.com
    Mariachi: Mariachi Estrellas de Jalisco | https://www.facebook.com/mariachiestrellas.dejalisco

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      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

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      • Erin LeppoOctober 24, 2014 - 2:23 pm

        LOVE IT!!! 😀ReplyCancel

      • GinaNovember 25, 2014 - 3:11 pm

        Love this session! Especially the interior shots in the lobby and the details… good job! Love the Ace! 🙂ReplyCancel

      • Joel DantoNovember 25, 2014 - 9:24 pm

        amazing location! Gorgeous looks.ReplyCancel

      • VictoriaNovember 25, 2014 - 10:50 pm

        You seriously could not have picked a more gorgeous location. Loving it!ReplyCancel

      • Brittney HannonNovember 26, 2014 - 11:02 pm

        I have always heard of this hotel but have never been there. It is absolutely gorgeous as is the couple and your work is amazing! Great job on all of these!ReplyCancel

      • PascalAugust 1, 2015 - 8:10 pm

        Great job with the sunlight – and way to catch all that emotion!ReplyCancel