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Brady & Tiffany // Romantic Backyard wedding in Castaic

Romantic Backyard wedding in Castaic // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Santa Barbara wedding photographers

We got married in Castaic, CA at a family friend’s beautiful home. Tucked in the hills of a very quiet and quint area…and honestly a place that I could have only imagined. We were so blessed to be gifted the use of this family’s home. The minute it was offered to us, I knew this was going to be the perfect location…..tons of greenery, a huge white rustic farm house, & a white barn to top it off! It was perfect….exactly what this Tennessee girl wanted! Because it wasn’t a typical wedding venue, there were lots of details & preparation that took place the 10 months leading up to the big day! I’m not sure how we did it, but it all came together beautifully with the help of our family. We of course had the typical small hiccups the day of (that everyone warned us about!). The weather was perfect all week and by our wedding day, it was going to be 98 degrees so we were a little nervous about that. It was a tinsy bit warm in the barn where we held the ceremony, but we were prepared. The ceremony was about 7 1/2 minutes (which was the game plan because we wanted to party!) so there was a little excessive sweating, but once the ceremony ended the sun was going down beyond the hill and the weather could not have been more perfect the rest of the night! Another little hiccup that day was that our 16 foot white chiffon draping in the barn decided to fall down an hour before the ceremony! Thank the Lord for the groomsmen and father of the groom — they were able to fix it with minor injuries (our poor coordinate took a good one to the head while trying to help, but she muscled through the night with no complaints!! She’s amazing!). And of course we (the groom & bride) knew nothing about this until after the ceremony….probably a good call there! lol.

I have so many favorite moments from the day — from waking up with my fiancé and blasting music throughout the house we rented (had to start the day off fun, it’s the only way we roll 🙂 to walking with my Dad down the aisle. One of the highlights was also having our family & friends together during a traditional Greek dance (my request as I’m from a Greek family). Dancing, & laughing with the people we love…it was such a special moment! Overall, it was such a gift to have all the people who matter the most in our lives together in one place — something that will probably never happen again. Truly a once in a lifetime celebration that we will always remember!
My advice to any future brides/grooms is to stick to your own vision for your big day (it’s all about you guys!) and have it represent who you are; enjoy every little challenge and special moment because the time leading up to the big day flies by; and once the day comes, just roll with it…laugh at the hiccups, be present in every moment, and remember what truly matters that day is the love you are celebrating together!


Coordinator:   Kate Wright //  www.bluedoorcreative.net

Photographer:  Sun & Sparrow   //  www.sunandsparrow.com

Photo booth: Pixster   //  www.pixsterphotobooth.com

Florals: Culver City Flower Shop  (Mike)     @culvercenterflowers

Invitations:  CardHunter on Zazzle  //  https://www.zazzle.com/cardhunter

Calligraphy: All wood signs by Tiffany Malichis     @fitlifetif

Rentals:   24/7 Events //  http://247-events.com

Caterer: WoodRanch (Valencia)   //  https://www.woodranch.com/restaurants/valencia/

Desserts:   Kupcakekitchen   //     https://kupcakekitchen.com

Wedding rings maker: Robbins Brothers www.robbinsbros.com


Wedding Gown Maker:  Essense of Australia  //  https://www.essensedesigns.com

Wedding Gown Boutique: Le Marriage Couture //  https://www.lemarriagecouture.com

Wedding & Engagement rings:  Robbins Brothers  //  https://www.robbinsbrothers.com

Other Bride Details: Earrings (Etsy by CrystalAvenues) //  etsy.com

Hair & Makeup: Design Visage //  http://www.designvisage.com

Bridesmaids dresses: Revelry //   http://wedding.shoprevelry.com

Bridesmaids robes: Etsy by HaydenHarlowPR


Groom Suit: Kenneth Cole (purchased at Men’s Warehouse)   //   kennethcole.com  // www.menswarehouse.com

Groom Details: All Ties & pocket squares — The Tiebar  //   https://www.thetiebar.com

Groom shoes:  Garfield & Grand

Michael & Alyson // Riviera Mansion estate inspired wedding in Santa Barbara

Riviera Mansion estate inspired wedding in Santa Barbara // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Santa Barbara wedding photographers

Describe your experience at your wedding in 1 paragraph, everything you remember.

When we think back to our wedding day the first word that pops into our mind is joy. Every moment of the day was filled with joyful love and laughter. The second word that comes to our minds is smooth. The whole day ran so smoothly! All of our vendors, family and friends did everything in their power to make our day perfect. They allowed us to not have to worry about the details but rather focus on each other and this special day which was the greatest gift we could have been given!

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day? Did you have any special moments/story with friends or family that stand out to you?

One of our favorite moments was our first look. I was so nervous for Michael to see me and didn’t want the typical first look where I have to walk up and tap him on the shoulder and then he turns around to see me but, in the chaos of the day I forgot to tell everyone this. Therefore, as I was standing there, experiencing all the butterflies that comes with your future husband seeing you for the first time it dawned on me what was about to happen. I quickly tried to tell our videographer that I was too nervous to walk all the way in and tap Michael on the shoulder but it was too late..the film was rolling.  I made it about half way into the room before mustering up the smallest “please turn around, Michael” to which he spun around, face beaming, and instantly took me into his arms. My butterflies retreated and we then shared about 20 beautifully intimate minutes in the library reading our vows to one another.

During the wedding day Michael, Tiffani and I loosely planned some time for us to head to the beach to take some pictures. We we’re hesitant to leave our guests but decided last minute that we should go. Having that time to escape with each other and get some beautiful pictures was such a fantastic decision! Those pictures are some of our favorites and the memories of escaping together that comes with them brings a smile to our faces every time we see them.

What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor? Was there any special element that made your decor come together for you, personally?

The first thing Michael and I did when we began planning our wedding was we sat down and independently wrote down the three most important things to us for our wedding and then shared them with each other. This really helped us create a clear view of how we were going to divide up our budget and created a great starting off point for planning. Both of us wrote down that above all, we wanted the day to feel romantic and intimate as if our guests were stepping into our love. From here we decided that the best way to capture this feeling for us was a classically elegant wedding with an old Hollywood glamor feel. Therefore, we chose a venue that was previously an old mansion and allowed the space to influence our design. I think this all really came together when we completed our floral designs. To me flowers and candles can transform a room into an incredibly romantic atmosphere so seeing our flowers come together completed the vision I had of our décor.



Venue: The Riviera Mansion, https://www.uclubsb.org/, @riviera_mansion
Coordinator: Laura Bevilacqua, 646-596-1700
Photographer:  Sun & Sparrow  3 @sunandsparrow   www.sunandsparrow.com
Videographer: Rowboat Films, @austinhvideos, rowboatfilms.com
Florals: Floral design by Roni,http://www.floraldesignsbyroni.com/
Rentals: Just4fun rentals,  just4funpartyrentals.com, @just4funpartyrentals
Caterer: The Riviera Mansion

Wedding rings maker:  Sam Jewelry ,  samjewlery.com

String Trio: El Real Chamber Players,  http://www.elrealchamberplayers.com/

DJ: Patrick Butler, http://www.patrickbutler.com/

Wedding Gown Maker: Paloma Blanca
Wedding Gown Boutique: Bella Bridal Couture
Hair: Kia McMillin, 805-264-0989


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    Marc & Elaine // Secret Santa Barbara Elopement

    Secret Santa Barbara Elopement // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Santa Barbara wedding photographers

    My favorite moments from our elopement: Marc carrying me down the stairs that ended mid-air to the secret beach. Climbing rocks barefoot while carrying layers and layers of fabric (a.k.a my dress) in my arms. Watching our two families join and meet (including Koda, my sister’s dog!). We loved the personal experience of our private ceremony!
    Venue: Santa Barbara Courthouse
    Photographer: Sun & Sparrow @sunandsparrow www.sunandsparrow.com
    Florals: Alpha Floral www.alphafloralsb.com/
    Wedding Gown Maker: Corset top- Catherine Deane, Tulle skirt- Willowby by Watters
    Wedding Gown Boutique: BHLDN @bhldn www.bhldn.com
    Wedding & Engagement rings: Blue Nile @bluenilediamond www.bluenile.com
    Bride Details: Hair Comb – PowderBlueBijoux www.etsy.me/2vECJI9, Bridal Sash- BridalBeltsandSashes www.etsy.me/2vEuE6g @Etsy
    Hair & Makeup: Kohnur (artist Tokiko) @kohnur www.kohnur.com/
    Bride Shoes: JustFab/ShoeDazzle @ShoeDazzle www.shoedazzle.com/
    Groom Suit: Hugo Boss @Nordstrom www.nordstrom.com


    Collin & Melissa // Fairytale Malibou Lake Club wedding

    Fairytale Malibou Lake Club wedding // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Malibu wedding photographers

    Venue: Malibou Lake Mountain Club // The Lodge at Malibou Lake  @maliboulakelodge
    Coordinator: Tricia Dalhgren – @tdahlgrenevents
    Videographer: Matrimony Films – @matrimonyfilms
    Photobooth: Pixabooth Co. @pixaboothco
    Florals: Enchanted Garden Floral Design – @egfloraldesign
    Invitations: Minted.com
    Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop – @vanillabakeshop
    Wedding Gown: Lillian Westwood
    Wedding gown boutique: Mon Ami Bridal Salon – @monamibridalsalon
    Bridal Shoes: Betsy Johnson
    Hair and Makeup: Bliss Bridal Beauty @blissbridalbeauty
    Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
    Tux Rentals: Black Tux