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Ryan & Melody // Enchanted wedding at The Oaks at Calamigos Ranch

Enchanted wedding at The Oaks at Calamigos Ranch // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Malibu wedding photographer


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If I were to describe how I felt the morning of our wedding day in one word, I would say “surreal.” After a year and a half of looking at bridal photos on Pinterest and Instagram, I just couldn’t believe that it was finally my turn to be a bride. I remember looking at my girls with their hair and makeup done, wearing their robes, and thinking “Wow, they look so beautiful.” We laughed and were silly. It was just about us having fun.

Everything started to feel real when I put on my dress. My maid of honor and mom were patiently helping me button all of the buttons. They are beautiful, but can be difficult! I remember starting to feel my anxiety rise, even though I was so confident in what this day was about. All I could think was,  “I’m getting married. This is it.”

One of my favorite moments of the day was my first look with my dad. He had no idea what to do or how to act. He literally asked, “What do you want me to do?” as he came out and saw me. We all thought it was hilarious and couldn’t stop laughing. My dad is so special to me and I loved that we didn’t have the typical cheesy moment. He just did what came naturally to him and it was awkwardly perfect.

I remember that I couldn’t wait to see Ryan. I kept wondering, “What is he doing?  How is he feeling?” My heart missed him so much and couldn’t wait to give him a hug. We decided not to do a first look because we wanted to see each other for the first time at the ceremony. That moment of walking down the aisle felt incredible. There was so much love, walking on a trail of rose petals in the middle of friends and family. And then, I saw him and instantly felt a sense of euphoria and peace; like I was home. He looked so handsome and I could see the tears in his eyes. I got teary-eyed too and began to look around me. My mom looked so radiant and happy. His mom couldn’t stop crying. Our dads looked proud. There were so many emotions going on and I was about to marry the man of my dreams. I’ll never forget that moment.

The rest of the day felt more relaxed and we got to focus on eating, dancing, and having fun. Looking back at the day, it was our own version of a perfect little fairytale. The flower arrangements were whimsical, the crystal accents added a touch of elegance, and the scenery at Calamigos Ranch is pure romance. It was one of the best days of our lives and I’m so happy Sun and Sparrow beautifully captured the special moments so we can cherish these memories forever.

 

MY VENDORS: Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Coordinator: Dianne Valladares : www.atlastplanning.com | At Last Event Planning : | Photographer: Sun & Sparrow : www.sunandsparrow.com | Videographer: Kyle Dijamco : www.2010films.co | Florals: Linda Marshall : www.actoncreativeflowers.com | Rentals & Designer: Patty Cioffi : www.facebook.com/PattyCioffiEvents | Caterer: Iman : www.parkwaykebab.com | Desserts: Caesar’s Pastry : www.caesarspastry.net | Wedding Cake: Sasha Gustafson : www.buttercakeshoppe.com | Wedding rings maker: King of Jewelry : www.kingofjewelry.com | Wedding Gown Maker: Pallas Couture: www.pallascouture.com | Wedding & Engagement rings: King of Jewelry : www.kingofjewelry.com | Hair & Makeup: Lucy Alvarez : www.hairmakeuplucy.com |  Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka : www.badgleymischka.com | Bride Earrings: Nadri : www.nadri.com |

Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo : www.jennyyoo.com | Bridesmaids robes: Le Rose : www.shoplerose.com | Bridesmaids jewelry: Givenchy: www.givenchy.com | Groom Suit: J. Crew : www.jcrew.com | Groom Details: Coach : www.coach.com | Groom shoes: Allen Edmonds : www.allenedmonds.com | Groomsmen suits: The Black Tux : www.theblacktux.com | Groomsmen gifts: 

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David & Frangelica // Garden fairytale wedding at the Belmond el Encanto in Santa Barbara

Garden inspired wedding at the Belmond el Encanto in Santa Barbara // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Santa Barbara wedding photographers


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FROM THE BRIDE // From the moment you step onto the Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara, you can feel its magic. The stunning ocean views to the bungalows set among the lush green grounds set the tone for a fairy tale setting. As we walked under the wisteria covered arbor surrounding the lily pond, our 12 year old pug dove in for a swim with the turtles. We knew right then and there that this was going to be the place where we would get married.

“The Secret Garden”, Fran’s favorite childhood book, provided the inspiration for our wedding theme.  Some details we loved included the antique key name tags placed upon moss covered tables, the roses that dangled from every chandelier, and the table numbers made from selected novels from Fran’s antique book collection.

Our favorite moment of the day occurred before the ceremony while we were alone and blissfully unaware that we were 30 minutes late to our own wedding.  We had found a baby grand piano situated within the quiet hallway beside the ballroom.  This is where we spent time sipping champagne and talking while Fran played the piano.  That moment was special as it gave us an opportunity to pause, appreciate the moment, and take everything in, advice that we would give to every bride and groom.

Our wedding was dream come true and we felt the love all around us.  It was the perfect day to mark the beginning of  our life together. Our secret garden wedding is perfectly summarized in the quote by Alfred Tennyson, which we displayed at the entrance of the lily pond. “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.”

 



FEATURED ON: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BRIDE BLOG | Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography | Ceremony Venue: Belmond El Encanto | Reception Venue: Belmond El Encanto | Event Planning: Events by Mr. Butler | Floral: Three Bunch Palms | Stationery: Minted | Videography: Twin Taoers Productions| Wedding Cake: Belmond El Encanto | Hair: Christina G Hair | Makeup: Dream Catcher Artistry | Ceremony Musicians: Brian Stodart | Wedding Dress: Limor Rosen | Groom’s Attire: Giorgio Armani | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN | Veil: BHLDN | Engagement Ring: Arka Designs | Groom’s Attire: Armani | Groomsmen Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Submitted via: Matchology

Fairytale Los Angeles Wedding at Vibiana // Matt & Sarah

Fairytale Los Angeles Wedding at Vibiana // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles wedding photographers

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FROM THE BRIDE

I remember waking up the morning of the wedding at 3 AM. While staring at the ceiling, I wished it was a more reasonable time to wake up.  I was already so excited for our wedding day! I had been dreaming about an Fairytale Los Angeles Wedding at the Vibiana  for so long. Dreaming about my fairytale wedding and all the special moments that would come with it. The day felt so long as we began to prepare. With hair, make up, and a bit of nervous anticipation, all of my heart was ready to see Matt.

One of my favorite moments was our first look. We opted to have our first look privately in the courtyard next to the RedBird Cafe. We wanted our moment to be just ours. I remember the moment with so much clarity. I came down the stairs from and met him in the hallway. When we saw each other in that first glance, there were butterflies in our stomachs and tears in our eyes. This moment was just like I had dreamed of. After so much time and effort put into every detail of the day, seeing Matt at our first look made everything fall into place. From that moment, the entire day flowed naturally. I instantly relaxed and was able to let my day happen.

 

WEDDING DAY DESIGN

I absolutely loved my wedding day decor! In creating an fairytale Los Angeles wedding at the Vibiana, I wanted our day to be classic and timeless with a bit of a whimsical element.  I wanted to bring naturally lush elements, both outside and inside. I loved the ivy that we brought in to cover the marble inside Vibiana. Because the Vibiana had once been a cathedral, there were so many beautiful architectural elements. We focused most on the designs of the flowers and mixed in a touch of metals (gold and copper) to add personality. Overall, I would definitely say the flowers and greenery absolutely made the venue shine.

If I could give one piece of advice to future brides, I would say, “slow down and enjoy every moment.” It wasn’t easy for me. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer gravity of getting married. I keep remembering that while your wedding day will be wonderful, it’s just another day–it doesn’t have to be perfect. Remember that nothing is perfect. The more you can remember to be in love with your moments with the people that you love. And that’s what it’s about! It’s about your love, your moments and you’re forever.



FEATURED ON: Southern California Bride Blog | Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography | Ceremony Venue: Vibiana | Reception Venue: Vibiana | Event Planning: Amy Greenberg | Floral: Lori’s Flowers | Stationery: Tracy Saritzy | Videography: Tim Irvin | Bakery: Redbird | Engagement Ring: Revolution Jewelry | Hair: Design Visage | Makeup: Design Visage | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Groom’s Attire: Theory | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Veil: Panache Bridal Beverly Hills | Groom’s Bow Tie: The Tie Bar| Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Submitted via: Matchology

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