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Ben & Aubrey // Romantic Mansion wedding at the Ebell of Los Angeles

Romantic Mansion wedding at the Ebell of Los Angeles // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles wedding photographers

FROM THE BRIDE // After a year of planning our dream wedding, it took almost a week for Ben and I to fully debrief our wedding experience together. One of his favorite recollections was just before our first look: he not only heard the click-clack of my footsteps, but also realized that he could hear his heart beating from excitement and anticipation. Those felt like the longest 20 seconds of his life, and he knew things were about to get real. I could relate: as I tapped him on his shoulder and saw his face light up, I suddenly felt a sudden wave of eagerness and joy. When the processional began, I walked toward him once again, this time as he stood beneath our lush, fragrant chuppah, before our family and friends. It might have been because of the lighting during the ceremony, but the only thing we could really focus on was each other. He took my hand as we said our vows—never without a wide, gleeful smile across our faces. 

The rest of our wedding can only be described as a magical blur! Although we spent a lot of time and energy painstakingly picking out ivory linens, white and blush floral arrangements, signature cocktails and decadent meals for our timeless affair, we didn’t get a chance to focus on any single detail that day. The best part of our wedding reception was seeing the Cheshire cat grins on our guests’ faces, as they danced the night away and knew they were part of the most special night of our lives.

Our advice for engaged couples is simple: You prepare for how you think you should feel during your wedding, but how you anticipate feeling is nowhere close to the overwhelming happiness you’ll experience as your wedding is actually happening (or recreating those feelings afterward while you look at your pictures). Stay in the moment, and take my Nana’s words to heart: don’t sweat the small stuff—it’s all small stuff. 

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MY VENDORS: 

Venue & Caterer: The Ebell of Los Angeles 

Coordinator: Amy Greenberg Events  www.amygreenbergevents.com

Photographer: Sun & Sparrow   www.sunandsparrow.com

Videographer: HD Studio www.hdstudioart.com

Florals: Loris Flowers www.lorisflowers.com

Invitations: Signature Imprints www.signatureimprints.carlsoncraft.com

Rentals: Elegant Designs Specialty Linens Inc www.elegantdsl.com

Desserts: Susie Cakes www.susiecakes.com

Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier www.moniquelhuillier.com

Bride Details: Nadri Jewlery and family heirlooms 

Hair & Makeup: Lucy Muradyan @lucyritam

Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo @jimmychoo

Groom Suit: Custom Tuxedo from Carroll & Co. of Beverly Hills www.carrollandco.com/

Groom Details: Mont Blanc Cufflinks and Pen www.montblanc.com

Groom shoes:  Santoni www.santonishoes.com

Bridesmaids dresses: Wtoo www.watters.com

Groomsmen suits: The Black Tux www.theblacktux.com

Pianist: Emily Grace www.emilygraceonkeys.com

DJ: DJ Crash www.djcrash.com

Ring makers: Eytan Brandes, Eytan’s & Vartan and Lucy Nazarian, Pyramid Diamond

3 comments
  • Della White PhotographyJanuary 14, 2017 - 1:51 am

    Beautiful photos, everything is just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    • SunSparrowJanuary 14, 2017 - 5:59 am

      Thank you Della! You are so sweet. So appreciated!ReplyCancel

  • LoriJanuary 16, 2017 - 12:58 am

    Such an honor to work on this wedding and what a fabulous job you did documenting it! Let me know if it’s possible to get some high resolution flower photos and I’d be happy to feature them with your photo credit . I’m in the process of putting together a new website and we now have a brand new cooperative workspace called The Wedding Hub.
    I look forward to hearing from you and working together again,
    Lori Mark
    Lori’s Flowers
    Lorisflowers1@yahoo.com
    818.512.7820ReplyCancel

Rustic Desert Wedding // Kyle & Molly // Palm Springs wedding photographer

KYLE & MOLLY’S RUSTIC DESERT WEDDING IN PALM SPRINGS

ENGAGEMENT STORY  //  Kyle and I got engaged on an incredibly special Saturday. We spent the morning in our final session of an eight week long ‘seriously dating and engaged’ class. We had talked about getting married but not when exactly we would be getting engaged. We spent the afternoon in San Clemente on the beach and walking around downtown. We love San Clemente and Dana Point and it was a warm and beautiful October day. All day I kept telling Kyle how perfect the day was, not knowing how much better it was going to get! We had dinner at a favorite Mexican food place near my apartment and planned to go back to my place, watch a movie and cuddle- our idea of an ideal Saturday night  . When we arrived at my apartment, it was filled with hundreds of roses. It was so beautiful, all lit up with all kinds of candles. I was completely shocked; I couldn’t even go into the apartment at first. I couldn’t understand what was happening until Kyle got down on one knee and asked me to marry him- with a gorgeous diamond ring! We spent the rest of the night calling our friends and family and excitedly coming up with ideas for our wedding day. It was such a surprise to me and the day was so special because we just enjoy being around each other so much- we were able to spend the morning working on our relationship, the afternoon enjoying each other’s company in one of our favorite places, and the evening eating delicious food and planning our lives together. An absolute perfect day and perfect proposal!

 

MOLLY’S FAVORITE DIY PROJECTS  //  I planned and designed the whole wedding myself.Often times during the process I thought I was totally crazy to do so. I felt a little overwhelmed with the projects, but I had soooo much help and support! My mom came out from Colorado for a week to help us with planning and details and my wonderful in-laws, Bob and Robyn, took on the huge task of making all of the chalkboard signs that we used for the ceremony and reception. We also had Kyle’s family and my younger sister help us out with the favors, live succulents in terra cotta pots. Not to mention all of the help from family and friends the weekend of the wedding!

 

One of my favorite DIY projects that we did for the wedding was the fabric ‘bunting’ we used as a backdrop for the dessert table. After choosing Palm Springs as our wedding destination, we knew what wanted the wedding to have a desert theme and really focus on the fact that we were in Palm Springs. Palm Springs has such a wonderfully retro yet modern feel to it and I wanted to use a coral to bring that out- contrasting with the desert around us and highlighting how fun Palm Springs is! Coral seemed like the perfect color to me. We also knew we wanted to use yellow because of the Craspedia we used for flowers and a little turquoise- my favorite color and oh-so-deserty. The bunting brought all our colors together in one place and I loved making it! It was something I felt totally in control of during the planning process!
We knew we wanted to incorporate a lot of terra cotta- so we did the favors as well as made the dessert stands out of terra cotta pots and plant stands. That was something we felt was unique and added a lot to the feel of the wedding.  The best DIY project, in my opinion, was the one that lasted! Our guest book was made by my very talented sister, Jade. She made the pages of the book by dipping the sides in watercolor to make them coral and bound the book with turquoise ribbon. We had guests write on chalkboards and have a Polaroid taken of them to paste into the book. It’s something really special that we love having and was a fun way for guests to interact during the cocktail hour.

 


VENDORS  //  Venue: The Cree Estate  //  Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography  //  Catering: Ana’s Taqueria, Corona, CA  //  Rentals: Signature Rentals, Indio, CA  //  Flowers: David Rohr Floral Studio, Cathedral City  //  Cakes and Cupcakes:  Susie Cakes in Newport Beach, CA  //  Macarons: ‘Lette Macarons in Beverly Hills, CA  //  The Dress: Enzoani

 

©2013 Sun & Sparrow Photography // DIY Rustic Desert Wedding //  Historic Cree Estate Wedding

 

4 comments
  • Casey FiglewiczJune 19, 2012 - 5:45 pm

    Love it. Epic job you guys! Best wedding yet!!ReplyCancel

  • alicynJuly 4, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    YES! This is the best capture of the Cree Estate I’ve seen yet! We are getting married there in Oct. and I haven’t seen many pictures that really capture the amazing energy and spirit of the venue.

    Lovely couple, gorgeous wedding! Love it!!!!ReplyCancel

    • photosisJuly 9, 2012 - 4:00 pm

      I wish that we could be there for you. Let us know if you need a photographer. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • SarahAugust 4, 2012 - 7:38 am

    This is a beautiful wedding! I think I’m going to copy some of your awesome ideas for the desert theme 🙂ReplyCancel

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