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Tora & Jen // Whimsical wedding at the Lombardi House

Whimsical wedding at the Lombardi House // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles fine art photographer

Hi Jenn & Tora,

We are so pleased to share your photos. They are so freaking amazing and I can’t wait to share everything with you! I hope you love every single photo and every single moment. We love you guys! <3 Sun & Sparrow

Romantic Wedding inspiration at Bixby Knolls Manor

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WRITTEN AS FEATURED ON SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BRIDE // “Our bride wore a beautiful sleeveless wedding dress that was topped off by a floral head piece made of fresh flowers. Calligraphy signs were displayed matching the hand written menu cards placed on the tables. Unlike the traditional full floor length linens, and standard table runners, our tables were dressed with a simple silk table runner running through the middle allowing the tables’ natural beauty to be showcased with the plate setting. Fresh floral arrangements sat lined up on the silk runner while detailed plates were stacked and perfectly arranged side by side; tall white candle sticks lit the tables to emphasize that romantic feeling. To give it a pop of color, we had linen plum colored napkins cascading on the side of the table. Vineyard chairs was our cherry on top as it completed the look of our dinner tables.

What wedding would not have sweet treats? Not ours! We included a mini dessert table that showcased delicious cake pops, cake shots, hand-designed cookies, and a wedding cake. A fresh garland wrapped around the setting really helped emphasize the natural feel we wanted to incorporate in the look.

This exclusive historic mansion in Bixby Knolls of Long Beach was the perfect location to have our mock up of a timeless romance style wedding. With it’s historic features inside and out, the property gave a unique vintage feel which fit perfectly for the theme. Our color palette was based off the setting of the property: nudes, blush, green, and a pop of plum color. I wanted to create a look that would never go out of style but at the same time, incorporate small trends that are happening now.” -Dean Bernard Events

Daniel & Roselou // Handcrafted wedding at Descanso Gardens in Pasadena

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Handcrafted wedding at Descanso Gardens

how she did itFROM THE BRIDE //  Roselou’s love of nature inspired her to create a rustic romantic wedding decor. Daniel was very understanding of this vision and helpful in creating it. We chose Descano Gardens because it’s beautiful. We were surrounded by nature and the reception hall was rustic looking. We did a few do it yourself projects to create the decor we envisioned such as our table numbers, staining the crates that we used during our ceremony and reception, and our beautiful sweetheart table backdrop. It was a lot of work; but in the end, it was all worth it seeing it come together on our wedding day.

The most memorable part for me is the first time I saw Daniel for the first look. I remember the day being really hot and he was not on time; so my bridesmaids and I were outside in the heat for a while so of course, I was a little upset. But when it was time for me to walk towards him for the first look, I became carefree and knew that this was our big day so we needed to enjoy and treasure every moment of it. I had a huge smile the first time I saw him and I knew everything was going to be okay. Our wedding planner also recommended for us to ‘hide’ after the recessional. We found an area away from everyone and just gave each other lots of hugs and kisses. We treasured those first few minutes to ourselves as a newly wed couple.

Photography was very important to us because it captures our special day. These photos will be kept for life! We loved Sun and Sparrow’s photos on their website and after speaking with Tiffani, she made us feel at ease. They capture the light in a great way and has a great eye on where it’s best to take to pictures. We loved working with Sun and Sparrow. They made everything feel stressed free.

For any bride planning their wedding process, my advice is to stick to your plan/vision. There will be many pinterest picture inspirations but once you decide on what you want on a certain detail, I would stop looking for other inspirations. Enjoy every moment of the planning process (though it could be hectic and stressful) and remember that this is for your special day. Everything will come together on your wedding day.

My favorite part of being married now is being able to come home everyday to Daniel.

#VENDORLOVE  // Wedding Planner: Kelly Demaray  //   Hair and make up by Echou Makeup //   Florals by Rosebud Floral Design   //   DJ/Music by DJ Greg J  //  Venue at Descanso Gardens  //  PhotoBooth by Cheesy Photobooths   //  Caterer by Patina Catering at Descanso Gardens  //   Cake/Dessert by Fantasy Frostings   //   Sound System by SSR Sound System Rentals  //  Invitations by Smitten on Paper   Wedding Dress: Nouvelle Amsale (purchased at Nordstrom)  //  Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka  //  Groom’s suit: Calvin Klein  //  Groomsmen’s suit rented at Friar Tux Shop

 

Michael & Katie // Bohemian inspired wedding at Calamigos Ranch

Calamigos Ranch Wedding Photographer

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Bohemian inspired wedding at Calamigos Ranch

how she did it

August 9th, 2015… our wedding day.

This day was everything we ever imagined and more, it was filled with smiles, laughter, and overflowing love. Looking back, we wish we had more time and wished things happened in slow motion, we even joke about wanting to do it all over again just minus the 9 months of planning. ADVICE: Live in the moment J

As soon as we got engaged we couldn’t wait to start planning. We had always envisioned a rustic, shabby chic, garden wedding. So next step was to start looking on our Pinterest boards where we had millions of ideas. All we had to do was narrow them down, find our favorites, and either DIY or find a vendor who could replicate that exact look and feel. From shopping locally in the south bay to ordering our incredible flower dresses from our favorite place to travel in Thailand everything came together. ADVICE: At the beginning planning everything will seem overwhelming, but if you take each step together you will start to unveil the dream wedding you always imagined.

Next big hurdle for us was to choose our vendors, which took multiple calls, Skype sessions, and even in person interviews to ensure we all had the same vision. ADVICE: As said by our DJ – Michael “If you are not getting the name on the door (one of the owners), then keep looking.” We can honestly say we couldn’t agree more, which lead us to the best! Between our coordinator/florist (A Touch of Lavender by Cindy Wu), our DJ (Ovation Entertainment by Michael McNeil), our fabulous hair and makeup team (Nicol Makeup Artistry by Kimberley Nicol, w/ Aubrey & Lindsey), and most of all our INCREDIBLE photographers (Sun & Sparrow by Tiffani & Elli). They all truly made our day flawless, beautiful and carefree!

We originally fell in love with Sun and Sparrow when Katie saw photos from her friend Larissa’s wedding on Facebook. The photo was incredible and they truly captured the love they had for each other. Once we met with Tiffani, we immediately knew we had to have them be a large part of our wedding. So we decided to have them shoot our wedding and engagement session. Both of their attention to detail and kindness make you feel like you are the only two people in the room. ADVICE: Taking posed photos is always awkward but not when you are with them. They are both so fun and thoughtful, which helps to ensure no hiccups along the way.

The biggest piece of advice we could give any Bride and Groom would be, DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF. All of the work leading up to the wedding, no matter how impossible it seems… it will all work out and be worth it in the end. Don’t loose sight of what your wedding is all about, the celebration of the two of you becoming one. The day is all about you so be selfish and remember it only happens ones. Your wedding day will truly fly by so try and absorb every moment.

Michael – “My favorite part of being married is, the smirk on her face when I call her my wife J”

Katie – “My favorite part of being married is, marrying the man who has the same vision in life as me and makes the best out of any and all situations. I am truly the luckiest girl in the world, I get to live life with my best friend, partner in crime and the man who makes me feel like I am the only woman in the room. Oh, and moving up in the alphabet ;)”

VENDORS  //  Wedding Dress: Katie May // Earrings: BHLDN  //  Garter: Etsy  //   Bride/Flower Girl’s floral wreath’s: A Touch of Lavender  //  Bride/Groom/Groomsmen Shoes: Steve Madden  //  Groom’s Tux: Express  //  Groom’s cuff links: Etsy  //   Groomsmen Tuxes: Friar Tux  //   Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN/Jenny Yoo  //  Flower Girl Dresses: Etsy  //  Hair & Makeup: Nicol Artistry  //  Bride & Bridal Party Robes: Etsy  //   Venue: Calamigos Ranch Malibu – The Oaks Room  //   Coordinator: A Touch of Lavender – Cindy Wu  //  Florist: A Touch of Lavender  //   Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography //   DJ/Entertainment/Lighting: Ovation Entertainment – Michael McNeil  //   Photobooth: Classy Booths  //   Wedding Cake: Hansen’s Cakes  //   Cake Cutting Utensils: BHLDN  //  Cake Topper: Etsy  //   Table Runners: Ebay  //   Hotel : Westlake Village Inn

DIY: Arbor, BAR marquee lights, table numbers, all wood signs, favors, lanterns, fabric curtain, place card doors, cake table décor, and much much more, couldn’t be completed without help from our amazing parents, sister in-law, brother in-law & bridal party.

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Jimmy & Jennifer // Enchanted Villa Montalvo wedding in San Jose

©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Enchanted Villa Montalvo wedding in San Jose

how she did itJimmy and I wanted our wedding decor to include things from our family heritage as well as make it very romantic and magical. I love romance and Shakespeare. My favorite moment of my wedding day was when I was preparing to walk down the aisle to meet my husband in front of our families and friends. I remember being super nervous and excited waiting for that moment. Even though we’ve been together for almost 10 years, I still felt the butterflies in my stomach and had the sweaty palms. 
 
Photography was the most important to us because the memories captured will last us a lifetime. I want to show my future children and grandchildren our photos. When we were researching photographers, we wanted someone who not only fit the style we wanted, but someone we are comfortable with. Tiffani and Ellie are both wonderful and would do anything to make sure you get all the important moments during your big day! My advice for brides-to-be who are currently in the planning process is to make sure you find a great photographer. Your wedding is only a day, but the memories captured will last forever. 
 
MY VENDORS // 
CINEMATOGRAPHY: MiCha Videography (http://www.michavideography.com)
CAKE: Sweet Tooth Confections (http://www.sweettoothconfections.net
MAKEUP & HAIR: Faces by Emily (http://www.facesbyemily.com)
VENUE: Villa Montalvo (http://montalvoarts.org)
BRIDE’S DRESS: Martina Liana (http://www.martinaliana.com)
BRIDAL SHOES: Badgley Mischka (http://www.badgleymischka.com)
GOLD LEAVE HEADPIECE: Acute Designs (https://www.etsy.com/shop/AcuteDesigns)
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Badgley Mischka (https://www.renttherunway.com
FLORAL DESIGN: Tanjeeryn Designs (http://www.tanjeeryn-designs.com)
EVENT DESIGN: Magic Moment Wedding Decor (http://www.magicmomentwedding.com)
DJ: Victor Cape
GROOM & GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE: Bar III (https://www.macys.com)


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