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Gerardo & Sharlene // Glamorous desert engagement at Vasquez Rocks

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Glamorous desert engagement at Vasquez Rocks

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FROM THE BRIDE // It was just another normal Saturday. Gerardo had put together a nice date night for us which consisted of dinner at Perch in Downtown LA followed by Disneyland! I got ready as I normally did and kissed my parents goodbye. “Donden van?” (Where are you guys going) they asked. “Oh, just dinner & disneyland”. And so I left. Dinner was nothing out of the norm. Gerardo managed to make me laugh throughout dinner as he always does with his amazing sense of humor. Little did I know that just a week before he had shown up to my parents house unannounced to ask for my hand in marriage and for their blessing. And so dinner carried on and we were soon on our way to my favorite and happiest place on earth: Disneyland. Or so I thought. Gerardo managed to find an excuse to get us back to my house and an even better excuse for us to go inside (he said he had to use the restroom, badly!). He started to rush me and insisted I open the door as soon as possible and so I laughed and rushed to open the door. When I opened the door, I noticed rose pedals and candles leading to the backyard! At this point, I remember saying aloud, “What the…is this?” I immediately thought that I had walked in on my parents having a date night of their own…that is until I heard our song, “Eres” start playing. It was in that moment I knew exactly what was happening. I was in shock and speechless, as tears streamed down my face. He grabbed my hand, told me to breathe, and led me to the backyard. It was like a real dream. The backyard was full of roses. He led me to a part of the backyard that had handwritten letters from our family and closest friends, all sending us their best and congratulating us on this very special moment. He of course had to read them aloud since I could barley see through all my tears. He then walked me to another part of the backyard where pictures of us over the past 10 years were hanging, as well as pictures of our families and closest friends. He grabbed my hand once more and walked me to the center of the patio where a heart shaped had been made of rose pedals. There, he got on one knee and asked me to marry him.  After saying yes and hugging each other for a bit, He said, “Okay, let me get everyone they are all inside the house hiding!” So out came my family and his family, as well as my two closest friends! After more hugs, tears, and more hugs, the backyard was once more transformed to host an engagement dinner! It was all just a dream and a night full of so much love!

Peter & Karen // Etherial engagement at Griffith Park

 Etherial engagement at Griffith Park // ©2016 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles wedding and engagement photographer



We had talked a lot about marriage in the year leading up to the proposal and had even gone shopping to look at rings. I started to watch for hints from Peter…perhaps a weekend getaway trip, a date night at a special restaurant…as it turns out, the day that Peter proposed was a typical lazy wear-pajamas-all-day Saturday for us.

Peter had been nursing me through a terrible cold that week and I was still feeling too miserable to go out. I did, however, need to take my car to get it serviced that afternoon. Peter offered to pick up takeout for lunch from one of our usual restaurants, so I stayed home with my DayQuil to rest. 45 minutes later and he wasn’t home yet…I was starting to get hungry…1 hour later and I was starting to worry, but also I was Hangry! Finally, he came home with food and groceries and a story about how the credit card machine at the restaurant was broken. I believed his story because all I wanted to do was dive into my lunch and eat! I only found out later that he used that time to pick up flowers for the proposal!
Fast forward an couple hours later and I came home from getting my car serviced. I was fumbling to find keys to the front door when Peter opened it. I heard John Legend’s “All of Me” playing in the background with rose petals leading up to a bouquet of roses on the table. On it had a card that read “From me and Mocha, now go give Mocha a kiss!” (Mocha is our little dachshund). I stooped down to give Mocha a kiss and Peter said “do you notice any new bling on her?” I was looking for a ring, but couldn’t find it! Mocha had a new dog tag that read “Will you & Mocha marry me”. I stood up with tears in my eyes and that’s when Peter proposed. Of course I said yes! We are so excited to be starting this new chapter of our lives together.


MINI SESSIONS AT SAINT FRANCIS EPISCOPAL – Fields, trees & light  

We are hosting a portion of our annual holiday mini sessions in Palos Verdes at Saint Francis Episcopal! We believe that every family should have a professional portrait at the end of each year. It’s a great way to remember who you are in the most beautiful way possible.  If you are looking to take your family photos, call us to schedule your family session! We are so excited to see all of our friends and families!

Saint Francis is known for it’s beautiful eucalyptus and open air feel. We most love the glorious ivy covered walls and the beautiful trees that make every photo feel like a fairytale. There is a spectacular view of the ocean and hiking trails all close together.  This location is perfect for those looking for that grassy whimsical look for their holiday mini session! We are very excited to take photos of your family at Saint Francis Episcopal!

 

HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONS $275 INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

• 20 minutes of photography

• Sessions can be couples, families (maximum of 7 people), individuals high school seniors, maternity, puppies, or any other fun combo you can think of!

• 20 High Resolution images delivered via digital download (includes a print release)

• $125 deposit is due at the time of booking to secure your date (by PayPal)

• Remaining balance is due on the date of the shoot (cash or PayPal)

• Images will be delivered within seven days from the shoot


 

ALL AVAILABLE SPOTS ARE POSTED IN THE LINK ABOVE

For ease of booking, please review your favorite location and choose the date and time that works best for you. If you do not see your desired time, it is no longer available.


1 comment
  • Edith sanchezDecember 6, 2016 - 5:04 am

    Hello,
    Are the weekend dates for the mini sessions still available? If so, what is available?
    Thank you,
    Edith SanchezReplyCancel

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

The Licari Family // Redondo Beach family and maternity photographer

Redondo Beach family and maternity photographer // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow maternity & newborn photography

We are so excited to welcome our second baby girl! Feeling all the emotions right now but most of all we feel blessed. We’re about to have two beautiful little girls in our life and it will be an honor and privilege to be their parents. Our two year old Juliana is very excited for the arrival of “baby sister”. She can’t wait to take care of her and play with her and we look forward to them being best friends. Counting down the days till our family becomes filled with even more love and happiness!

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