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Little Jenna // Los Angeles newborn photography

Los Angeles newborn photography // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles newborn and family photographers

Throughout the pregnancy, we kept asking ourselves “Will the delivery go safely?  Will our child be healthy?  Are we doing everything right for our child?”  Pam was formerly a nurse in the NICU at UCLA, so she knew all of the scary stories that could possibly exist, hoping that our child wouldn’t fall victim to one.  During every prenatal doctor visit, we would hear news that everything looks fine and our response was always “are you sure?”  Looking back, we definitely might have been more paranoid than we needed to be, but it’s because we wanted so badly for God to grant us a child this time.  As we approached the 36 week mark, our doctor informed us that the baby’s growth had slowed down.  She was in the 19th percentile based on her size.  We were told that if the labor doesn’t happen by Thanksgiving, we would have to seriously consider inducing.  This certainly wasn’t something that we had planned, and caused us a bit of worry.  Our target due date was on Saturday after Thanksgiving and we though taking the baby out early might introduce risks of complications, but since all we wanted was a healthy baby by any means necessary, we opted to trust our doctors.
Thanksgiving came, and still no contractions, so we were quite certain we would check into the hospital later that night.  We spent most of the holiday with Pam’s family then checked into UCLA around 9pm, spending the rest of our Thanksgiving in the hospital.  The labor lasted 36 slow, tortuous hours.  Then, to our surprise, on Saturday morning, our target due date, the doctor told us that it was finally time.  At 10:05am, our little Jenna Audrey Baldivia was born.
We can’t thank the medical staff at UCLA enough for all of their hard work and support during our stay.  Because we were down the hall from Pam’s former unit, we had several of our friends come to visit while we were there.  We even had some familiar faces in the delivery room, which was a bit awkward at first but didn’t matter in the end.  We finally had our baby in our arms, ready to face the world as a family! Thank you Sun & Sparrow for sharing this blessed moment with us, as you did on our wedding day.  We’re so happy to have befriended you through this process and can’t wait to share many more milestones with you down the road.


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    Raphael & Michelle // Rustic Redondo Beach engagement

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    FROM THE BRIDE // We had planned a trip to visit my family in the Philippines last April 2014. Our trip would include traveling to Boracay and Palawan, but also traveling to other cities to spend time with family.Raphael, my mom, and I flew out together to Manila. We met up with some of my family members and all of us immediately flew to Boracay, Philippines the next day. While in Boracay we got to enjoy a lot of leisure time and island hopping. My family let me know that on our last day in Boracay we would be having a sunset dinner together. Raphael and I got ready and headed towards the van that would provide us transportation to the restaurant. When we got to the restaurant our host had let us know that our reservation wasn’t ready and that we would have to hold tight while they finish the preparations. When it was ready for our dinner, Raphael grabbed me and led me to the dining area alone. We start to walk towards the outdoor patio where the resort has a private beach. As we’re walking  I suddenly hear my favorite song on the outdoor speakers which immediately starts to trigger some emotions in me. Raphael is talking to me about our relationship and leads me to this area on the beach where a man is standing next to a draped item. The man pulls the drape and a huge sandcastle is shown. On the sandcastle the artist had written “Will you Marry Me Michelle?” Raphael got on one knee and asked me to marry him. I immediately start to cry and say yes with a big kiss. I hear my family applauding and cheering. My family had been watching the whole proposal which was so sweet.
    After the proposal, Raphael walked me to a dining table that was set up for my family and I to have dinner on the beach. Raphael arranged the dinner with my cousin and the resort as a way for us to celebrate the proposal with my family. It was the most romantic beach proposal ever. 🙂

    ©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Rustic Redondo Beach engagement 

    ©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Rustic Redondo Beach engagement 

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      Carissa & Stu // Colorful wedding at Studio 1342 in Los Angeles

      ©2015 Sun & Sparrow // Colorful wedding at Studio 1342

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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: Studio 1342  // Wedding planner & stylist: Nicole Alexandra Designs // Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography // Rentals – La Piñata Rentals  //  Tables & chair rentals – Circa Party Rentals  //  Catering – Parks Finest  //  Flowers – Chloe and Mint  //  Bar – Goose on The Rocks

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        How to ask your friend to be a bridesmaid //

        Finding the perfect wedding photographer for you can be challenging. But when you find a photographer you connect with, someone who sees your vision, then you will have the right match.

        Hello Sparrows! My name is Claudia & I’ve been working with Sun & Sparrow for over a year, helping at weddings and building my portfolio.  I’m very excited to be part of the Sun & Sparrow team! One of the best perks to working with Sun & Sparrow is that I am able to share one of my favorite pastimes…. DIY crafts for parties and weddings. In this first edition of my SIMPLE DIY IDEAS, I wanted to share a little bit about my upcoming wedding and how I asked my friends to be my bridesmaids. With that, I’d love to share how to ask your friend to be your bridesmaid.

        My fiancé and I have been dating for 6 years and engaged for about a year and a half. That being said, I have had alot of time to plan my wedding in my head. That may sound like an advatage, but it has left lots of room for changing my mind about it very often! It wasn’t until I decided to stop trying to copy every idea that’s out there on Pinterest or wedding blogs (and changing my mind after anything new came out) that I finally came to a design idea that was totally ME and US.

        We are both simple people that love to hang out with family and friends. This is how we decided that casual and easy-going was the best style for our upcoming wedding. I love crafts, both doing them and the final outcome. I have titled the style of my wedding “Sweet, Crafty Romance” because it sums up the girly touches, the DIY approach, and the love between us both and our loved ones. I chose to mainly DIY my wedding so that my fiancé and I could have fun selecting and working on projects, as well as getting my fairly large bridal party involved in the process! So far, we have had a couple projects where we’ve worked together and it has been so fun reminiscing on old times and getting excited for our big day.

         

        The majority of my guests speak Spanish (in fact, many of our family members speak ONLY spanish), so we decided to use strictly Spanish in both our stationary and our wedding day activities. I wanted to give my guests a little peek at what’s to come with my Save the Dates. I had a quick shoot with my sister with some outfits coordinated to our wedding colors for our cards (pink, blue, ivory and a hint of gold). The card itself was something quick and simple that I came up with on Photoshop, ordered it as a postcard from www vistaprint.com, and put together with a little heart-shaped confetti and sparkly ribbon. I also added our favorite bible verse to the back of my card, as we are dedicating our marriage to God, even starting from the planning. It was so simple, inexpensive, and it has really made an impact. My guests are so excited to get a first glimpse at our wedding and plans.

         

        I mentioned that I have a large bridal party, 13 girls that are so special and dear to me. I wanted to make something extra special for them as a way to ask them to be my bridesmaids. I looked around on Pinterest for some inspiration and decided on a goodie box for each girl (see my inspiration board here: http://pinterest.com/claudiaandalex/the-girls/). I purchased some inexpensive boxes from Joanne’s and used the same materials I used for the save the dates to dress them up. I made some quick cards on photoshop and had them printed at Costco as 4X6 and trimmed them down to the size I needed and included information about their dresses, our wedding day, and their roles in the wedding. Everyone that knows me knows that I LOVE nail polish. It’s a serious addiction! So I thougth it would be so fitting to gift them each their own shade of pink polish to wear at the wedding (my MOH’s got a shade of blue). I also included some gold candies in the box, first of all because they are my favorite, and second because they matched our wedding colors! I enjoyed giving each bridesmaid their gift as a small thank you for being such great friends, and a plus was that I got to explain alot of questions they may have had for me after I asked them to be part of my day.

        Thanks for reading about my projects! I look forward to working with Sun & Sparrow and bringing you more how to’s on simple projects that are cute and budget friendly. I’m so excited to marry my best friend, and to spend time with those that I love so dearly getting ready for my magical day!

        ©2013 Sun & Sparrow Photography //  photos by Claudia Navarette {a Sun & Sparrow associate photographer}

         

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        • BeckyJune 16, 2013 - 10:45 am

          Your so creative! Your ideas are so cute! Love it!ReplyCancel

        Daniel & Sherry // Los Angeles Engagement Photographer

        ©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Los Angeles Engagement Photographer

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        OUR PROPOSAL STORY  //  Daniel & I had been dating for a while. We had gone through years of family holidays, birthdays, anniversaries together. All in fun & in love. On Christmas Eve/Day 2012, Daniel presented me with a bike as a present. Hidden on the bike was a red book titled “100 More Things I Love About Sherry.” This little treasure was a sequel to an original “100 things I love about Sherry,” when we were first dating. I decided I would wait until all the hustle and bustle of opening gifts was over to read the details. Once all the Christmas gifts were opened and family members were either cleaning up  the kitchen, watching tv, or taking a dookie in the toilet, I decided to plop on the couch and finally read my book. In the meantime, Daniel was secretly watching me read his “opus.” But since all the family was still over, my niece, Elizabeth, kept distracting him by  turning on and off the lights (she was playing with her new light toy). Daniel doesn’t easily get angry, and I wondered why he was so sensitive, but I brushed it off and  I just kept on reading. Each page described his love for me in a deeper way. I began to tear up because I knew how far he had fallen from that first book he wrote so many years ago. When I flipped to the final page, it read “She is going to marry me, right?” At that moment, I looked at Daniel and he was on one knee with a beautiful ring. He made a beautiful speech of his love an affection for me, but I was way too nervous to pay attention. After he got up, I jumped to hug him and gave him a PG13 kiss (because family was around), and then my mom asked… “what’s happening?!”

        It was the perfect proposal.
        OUR ENGAGEMENT PICTURE STORY  //  Daniel and I wanted an engagement session that reflected our love for Downtown LA and good cocktails. We often times go on random dates to Las Perlas, Cole’s, and Varnish to quell our thirst and thought that these venues would be an awesome backdrop for our photo session. Keeping in mind the Speakeasy theme for our wedding, we decided to extend the idea to convey that “Love is Timeless.” Whether it was having some “prohibition” cocktails in the 1920’s, sharing a root beer float in the 1950’s, or shooting some tequila/mezcal shots in present day, Daniel and I had a blast on our dates, falling in love in each era.  Los Angeles Engagement Photography

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        ©2013 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Los Angeles Engagement Photographer  //  Big thanks to Nicole Alexandra Designs for styling & florals // Big thanks to  Cheryl Nacario [hair & makeup] 

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        • Audrey & KyleOctober 3, 2013 - 10:58 pm

          Hey Nice work!! U guys look good and distingue, we love you!!
          xoxoxox

          been looking through it twice, nice work. Cant wait for the wedding even if I am going to be a planet.

          Audrey & Kyle
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        • Liz GomezOctober 25, 2013 - 10:59 pm

          Beautiful picture! Love your dressReplyCancel

        • Maria and PacoJanuary 14, 2014 - 6:52 am

          Whoa! What happened to the little girl next door named Raul? Geez what a beauty! Daniel don’t you worry! You can hold your own in the “Great looks” category!! What a perfect couple! We’ll see you at the party aka…wedding!! xoxoxoxReplyCancel