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Joey & Mariah // Romantic fairytale wedding at Calamigos Ranch

FROM THE BRIDE // I, like most little girls, dreamt of my future wedding well before it came to life! Thinking back about the day still makes me tear up. I did not sleep much the night before the wedding so many emotions ran through my head. My day started early with my bridesmaids running into my room and maid of honor shaking me awake yelling “You’re getting married time to get up!”. From the moment I woke up we began checking things off the timeline. Hair- check, makeup-check, photos-check, dress on-check. While everything moved around me I remember feeling this inner peace and silence like someone was telling me everything would be perfect. All of the emotions that kept me up the night before were silenced. Things just felt right. The rain that had been pouring down all night and most of the morning finally came to an end, and it was time to put my dress on. My mom helped me get into my dress and put on all of my details before I revealed it to my girls and closest family. Just before getting into the limo to go to the venue my dad (who had not seen my dress before) came for his reveal. Being a “daddy’s girl”, I knew I would cry the whole way down the aisle if I did not do this father daughter moment early enough in the day! A limo ride and some photos later it was time to walk down the aisle. Butterflies filled my stomach, and on came my song. My brother walked our dogs Sadie-Rae and Scout down first, and then my father escorted me down the aisle, handed me off to Joey and our ceremony began. I remember seeing him for the first time, waiting at the end of the aisle. Its a difficult emotion to describe seeing your forever waiting for you. Holding Joeys hands and looking into his eyes, committing to spend the rest of my life with him was one of the happiest moments in my life. When it came time to exchange rings, my maid of honor had to quickly run back to the bridal suite to get Joeys ring that had been left behind. Joey and I both laughed (and our guests too) and took this time to look out into the seats and see everyone who came to support us on our special day. We finished the ceremony, had our first kiss as Mr. and Mrs. and for the first time we were announced as husband and wife! Joey and I decided it was more intimate to do communion the first time as husband and wife with just our pastor right after the ceremony. It gave us time to let everything set in and a moment of silence to thank God for all that He has given us. The party began not long after an amazing dinner with speeches, dancing, dessert bars, photo booth fun and a late night espresso bar. Several dances, photos, and laughs later the last dance was called, and the night came to an end. Before my wedding I was given great advice from my sister-in-law to just enjoy and take in every moment (anticipated or not), because it is over in a blink. I love being a wife and, looking back, would not have changed a thing about our wedding! I am so appreciative to everyone who helped our fairytale wedding play out.

 

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day?

Walking down the aisle and seeing Joey for the first time. We both felt strongly that we wanted the first time seeing each other to be when I walked down the aisle. And Joey’s only request was that the aisle be long enough for him to take the moment in.

What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor?

I wanted simple timeless elements, lace, pearls, roses, and diamonds combined with the natural rustic elements in the venue.

Do you have any advice for brides who are currently planning their weddings?

It is easy to get caught up in the details; don’t lose sight of why you are having a wedding. The most important part is you are marrying the man (or woman) of your dreams. The rest will fall into place.

MY VENDORS:

Venue: Calamigos Ranch, Redwood Room www.calamigos.com // Coordinator: Kylie Raache from Wish Wonder Dream wishwonderdream.com // Photographer: Sun & Sparrow   www.sunandsparrow.com // Videographer: Rayne Films www.raynefilms.com // Florals: White House Florals www.whitehouseflower.com // Invitations: William Arthur from Nantucket Press nantucketcrossing.com // Desserts: Vanilla Bakeshop www.vanillabakeshop.com // Wedding Gown Designer: Stella York www.stellasbridal.com // Wedding dress boutique: Bridal Elegance www.bridalelegancesalon.com // Ring: Robbins Brothers, Simon G www.robbinsbrothers.com // Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang kellyzhang.com // Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka  www.badgleymischka.com // Groom Suit: Men’s Warehouse www.menswearhouse.com // Groom Details: Rolex // Groom shoes:  Magnanni // Bridesmaids dresses: Bari Jay www.barijay.com // Groomsmen suits: Men’s Warehouse  www.menswearhouse.com

4 ways to elevating your engagement session and wedding with flowers

4 WAYS TO ELEVATE YOUR MATERNITY, NEWBORN, ENGAGEMENT, AND WEDDING WITH FLORALS

Everyone knows that flowers are a MUST HAVE for any wedding day. But have you considered that one of the reasons that weddings are so beautiful are because of the soft and flowing nature of flowers. I believe that flowers really add to and elevate all types of sessions! We recommend flowers for engagement sessions, maternity sessions, boudoir, newborns and for all of our sessions.

Below, I have included some awesome examples of how flowers can elevate your sessions.

1. Bouquets & garlands & wreaths – I always recommend at least a bouquet for any bride at their engagement session or wedding. Often times it’s easy to think, maybe some with and some without, but I always think that flowers bring that extra glamour!

2. Loose flowers – One way to elevate your session is incorporating loose flowers all around. You can place them in your hair style or even around in your props, picnic, or on your table scape. One of my FAVORITE THINGS to do with lose flowers is to toss them in the air with bridesmaids. Not only is a flower toss super fun, it brings in extra smiles and wonder into any photo.

3. Flower crowns – I don’t think we have to mention how amazing flower crowns are! Flowers in your hair is always so heavenly. A flower crown is like a beautiful halo that makes any bride or flower girl look angelic and beautiful.

4. Flowers or foliage in nature – One thing that is a little more challenging to accomplish, but so beautiful if you can find the right spots to incorporate flowers or foliage in nature. All of our Sun & Sparrow photographers, including associates just love foliage in nature. We are always looking for leaves or natural flowers to place our couples into. There is something magical and romantic about natural vines that grow on walls or trees that have hanging leaves that makes our hearts sing.

 

A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY

In our experience, a little goes a long way. Whether you have a huge floral budget or a minimalistic budget, there are always creative ways to incorporate flowers into your sessions. Ask your photographers if they have ideas or suggestions as to how to bring flowers into your session. Sun & Sparrow does actually have small session options for florals. Tiffani loves to design wreaths and bouquets for new moms and brides-to-be.

Another option is to make a bouquet yourself. Pinterest has many options to create your own wreaths and bouquets. I often recommend bringing a few flowers from your garden or even from your local grocery store that can be incorporated into your session. A little bit goes a long way.

You can see our pinterest board for making your own bouquets HERE. 

 

FINDING THE PERFECT FLORIST

Just like finding the right photographer, finding the right florist will make your wedding day that much more special. We always recommend interviewing florists and reviewing their portfolios, just as you would a photographer. Make sure you connect with the person you will be working with and make sure that you love them. Everyone’s dream is to work with your “dream team” at your session or wedding. When choosing your florist, make sure that their vision matches you vision for your big day. Lastly, make sure that you have fun!

Every session should be fun and creative. When working with creatives, remember that they love collaborating to make your story that much more special! Let us know if you want to help bring your session to life with florals or creative fabrics, ribbons, or textures.

 

We are so excited about all of your upcoming sessions! Thank you for reading and thank you for being a part of our hearts!

photo by Sun & Sparrow // Florals by Enchanted garden floralsphoto by Sun & Sparrow // Florals by Bride & Bloom floralsphoto by Sun & Sparrow // florals by White House Floralsphoto & florals by Sun & Sparrow
photo by Sun & Sparrow // florals by Fitzgerald FloralsPhoto & Florals by Sun & Sparrow

photo by Sun & Sparrow // Florals by Posh Peony

Jacob & Negin // SaddleRock Ranch wedding

SaddleRock Ranch wedding // ©Sun & Sparrow Malibu wedding photographers

My favorite wedding moment was the way Jacob proposed. It was a very special and intimate moment the both of us got to share and cherish forever. Jacob was invited on a trip to visit economic development, education, and health care projects in Kenya. Jacob convinced me to meet him in Nairobi at the end of the trip to travel in Uganda for a week, where we went on stunning safaris drives, biking in a zebra-filled national park, feeding African animals, and hiking with gorillas. After one of the game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the guide drove us to a lookout point over the Great Rift Valley. Waiting for us was hotel staff with a makeshift bar, snacks, drinks, and two chairs. As the sun started setting, Jacob expressed his love for me and asked “Uganda marry me?” And that was start of our magical wedding adventures.

My Vendors:
Venue: Saddlerock Ranch
Coordinator: Neda Davari @mizbaanevents
Photographer: sun & sparrow @sunandsparrow
Videographer: firstlookfilms.net
Flowers: Isabel Cañas @floralsbyisabelle www.floralsbyisabelle.com
Rentals: @arentsconnection
Makeup: Brittany Paige @peckisme brittanypaigemua@gmail.com
Dress: Monique Lhuillier
DJ: @djsepi
Engagement Ring: @laurenbjewelry
Dessert: charm city cakes





Dennie & Kim // Fairytale wedding at Skirball Cultural Center

Fairytale wedding at Skirball Cultural Center // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow Los Angeles wedding photographer

The wedding day flew by so quickly. I can honestly say that it was one of the happiest days of my life. I keep thinking back and wishing that I could relive it. 
 
Before the wedding, everyone told me that I should try to enjoy every minute of it and to not worry about the small stuff on the big day. However, after planning for this big event for so long, I couldn’t help but want to make sure every detail was going according to plan. Hindsight being 20/20, I should have listened to what everyone told me. So for all the future brides reading this, really try to enjoy your wedding day. Don’t let the small things get to you. 
 
It’s so hard to pinpoint my favorite moment. There are so many! I loved being with just my bridesmaids in the morning; it was fun to have girls time. I loved having my dog and my sister’s dog in the wedding. I loved how the decor of the wedding came together, even though I’m not very design savvy. I loved seeing my grandparent’s and parent’s happy faces that day, knowing that they’ve been waiting for this moment for some time.   
 
We just feel so grateful and lucky that Dennie and I were able to celebrate such an important day with all our families and friends that love us so much.    
 
MY VENDORS:
Venue: @skirball_la
Coordinator: @wishlovesthis
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow @sunandsparrow www.sunandsparrow.com
Videographer: @etceteraphoto
Florals: @flowerallie
Invitations: @colorandcreation
Rentals: @partypiecesbyperry
Caterer: @skirball_la
Desserts: @sweetladyjanebakerycafe
Wedding Gown Maker:@martinalianabridal
Wedding Gown Boutique: @theivorysuitebridal
Wedding ring box: @the_mrs_box
Hair & Makeup: @kellyzhangstudio @jennyung_mua
Bride Shoes: @badgleymischka
Groom Suit: @menswearhouse
Groom shoes: @menswearhouse
Groomsmen suits: @menswearhouse
DJ: @voxdjs
Bar signs: @359am @christinekingwong
Hotel: @wlosangeles

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