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Michael & Heather // a Rainy South Coast Botanical Garden engagement

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©2015 Sun & Sparrow // South Coast Botanical Garden engagement
FROM THE BRIDE // Michael and I have been writing our story for many years, our first chapter began in High school and has grown beautifully over the years. We have a beautiful family, with our little girl being our light, always smiling, loving and amazing. With the beginnings of our family, it was clear that it was time to get engaged!
  Michael and I decided we needed little vacation time, so, just the two of us, we hopped in the car and headed up north Morro Bay. We stayed in a beautiful hotel on the water front, and enjoyed the coast in all its splendor! We visited the beautiful Hearst castle, watched the sea lions and their pups and strolled along the waters edge hand in hand, fully enjoying the time with one another. On our last night there we got dressed up a bit and went out to a lovely dinner, finished with a delicious desert and a late night walk. We stopped on a dock and enjoyed the fresh air and starlit night for a while, when it was time to head back to our room for the night,Michael grabbed by hand, got down on one knee and asked me marry him! And of course i said yes! We are ready to add another chapter to our wonderful story together!
 Its been excitement buzzing while we plan our wedding and enjoy the celebrations with our family and friends!

©2015 Sun & Sparrow // South Coast Botanical Garden engagement

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    Raphael & Michelle // Glamorous wedding at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica

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    ©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Glamorous wedding at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica

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    FROM THE BRIDE //  When I began planning my wedding, I knew the colors I wanted and I knew that I wanted to add a romantic touch. We didn’t necessarily have a theme, but I wanted our wedding to have a hollywood glam feel.  I feel like we were able to achieve the look and create the most amazing memories from our day. When I look back on my wedding day, there are so many moments that I want to remember forever! One of my most memorable moments is getting married in our local parish St. Monica. St. Monica is such a special place for Raphael and I, since we have been attending mass there for many years. We actually knew we wanted to get married there the first time we attended mass at the church. We had family and friends travel from all over the world to witness our vows and that was very meaningful to us. It was just the most magical day, being able to say our vows in front of all our family and friends was special too.

    One of my most memorable moments was seeing all of our business fraternity brothers from USC back together again for our wedding. We have a running inside joke with our friend Sean that has lasted for 5 years now…he surprised us with real doves to release at our wedding (don’t worry they are trained to come back to the dove keeper 😛 ) . It was so special for us to know that our friends still value our friendship after all these years.

    If I could give advice to any brides who are planning their wedding, I would recommend to make time for all the wonderful things that you want from your wedding. I fortunately had time to plan our wedding for a year. I definitely made a checklist of all of my “must-haves” and attacked one item at a time. One of the biggest items on my list was to find a wedding planner who was AWESOME and who could help tremendously with our planning. I would highly recommend finding a wedding planner who understands your vision and can help you execute your wedding. Photography was the second most important item on my list. It was extremely important to me because I knew our day would be filled with so many emotions. I wanted to make sure we were able to capture everything. I chose Sun & Sparrow because I instantly fell in love with their work and how they tell beautiful stories through their photography. All of their pictures are gorgeous!

    Also, don’t be afraid to lean on your maid/matron of honor, or bridesmaids for some help. I am lucky enough to have wonderful women in my life and whenever I felt like I wasn’t sure, or needed an opinion I would reach out to these ladies. Your wedding will be close to being perfect, and things will happen on the day of that maybe aren’t intentionally planned…don’t fret or let it cloud over your amazing day.

    Last, I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to be married! I absolutely love when Raphael & I get to call each other husband and wife 🙂 We were together for 5 years prior to getting married, but now we truly feel like we are one family now. Also, our families coming together is great. We are both close to our families and having them together is an amazing experience. The thought of expanding our own family in the future is also another wonderful feeling.

    VENDORS // Wedding Coordinator – Sassy Girl Weddings // Venues – St. Monica Catholic Church & Casa Del Mar // Bride’s Hair/Makeup – Jennifer Conejo // Bridesmaids Hair/Makeup – Kelly Zhang // Bridal Dress – Lovella Bridal // Bridal Earrings – Haute Bride // Bridal Shoes – Manolo Blahnik // Bridesmaids Dresses – BHLDN // Florals – Commerce Flowers /  Linen – Luxe Linen /  Lighting / Dancefloor / Chairs – TMMPRO  // Photobooth – Rockstar Photobooth /  Fresh Donuts – The Fry Girl, Inc. // Cake – Vanilla Bake Shop // Videographer – White Rose Production // DJ – Mike Soltani // Wedding // Invitations – Jen Simpson Design // Reception Stationary – Papercake Designs // 1962 Rolls Royce – Classy Chassis

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    • Haute BrideOctober 22, 2015 - 2:05 am

      These are gorgeous! Love the Haute Bride chandeliers of course! And the blush gowns! The colors are all so pretty! And the USC Trojan jersey! Fight on! Who is the designer of the gown? Such beautiful lace! Congrats Raphael and Michelle! Beautiful photos! xReplyCancel

      • MeeshOctober 22, 2015 - 6:34 pm

        Thank you! Bridal gown designed by Matthew Christopher 🙂ReplyCancel

      • SunSparrowMarch 30, 2016 - 3:12 pm

        Hello!! I believe the dress came from Lovell LA.ReplyCancel

    • UyenOctober 22, 2015 - 9:03 am

      It was such an amazing day. We loved working with you & love love love these images!

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      The Sassy Girl Weddings crewReplyCancel

    Hilario & Raquel // Vintage Maravilla Gardens Wedding

    how she did it FROM THE BRIDE //  Hilario and I were going for a botanical themed wedding, with a hint of comic book characters. Hilario is a comic book fanatic, so I wanted to add a touch of that to make it not just for me, but I wanted that day to be all of him, as well.   The most memorable for both of us, is just having everyone there who we love, and who have always supported us from the very beginning. We loved that we get to finally share this moment with all our close friends and family.   DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?  //  When making decisions, go for what you want and do not settle, but at the same time, it all comes down to who you are marrying at the end of the day, because that’s what matters in the end.   WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW?  //  Photography was really important to us, because other than the memories we have from our wedding day, photography captures those important memories. By looking at these pictures, I want to always be able to go back to those moments, and how it felt, and I knew Sun & Sparrow would fulfill it beautifully. The reason why we chose Sun & Sparrow, they were actually the photographers for one of my close friend’s wedding, and we fell in love with their pictures and how they turned out. I loved their style of photography, and the way they used natural lighting was beautiful.

    ©2014 Sun  & Sparrow – photo and film //  Vintage Maravilla Gardens Wedding // Thank you to our intern Tess Goodrich for assisting with us on this wedding 

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    VENDORS //  Photographers & Videographers: Sun & Sparrow  //  Groom’s and Groomsmen’s suit: Combatant Gentlemen  //  Groom’s Shoes: Aldo   //  Wedding Dress: Kitty Chan  //  Shoes: Jimmy Choo  //  Flowers: Bloomeria Floral Design  //   Venue: Maravilla Gardens  //    Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way  //  Hair: Salon Panache //  Make up: Cara Mia  Makeup   //  Catering: Command Performance Catering   //  DJ: DJ Keith Erickson  //  Flipbook Station: Darold Parcon   //  Cake: Susie Cakes   //  Invitations: Minted.com

     

    ©2014 Sun  & Sparrow – photo and film //  Vintage Maravilla Gardens Wedding // Thank you to our intern Tess Goodrich for assisting with us on this wedding 

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      Gabe & Alyshia // Romantic Riverside Mission Inn wedding photography

      ©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Riverside Mission Inn wedding photography

      amazingFROM THE GROOM //  Our wedding day was so special and spectacular to us. I loved every moment because every little bit of our day, every detail was from our hearts. We wanted a European feel to our wedding, but we also wanted to be close to home. So, we chose the Mission Inn in Riverside for several reasons. First, Alyshia  had dreamt of getting married there since she was a young girl. Being able to make that dream come true for her was amazing. Second, the venue is breathe taking and ultimately the most romantic venue you can ever visit. Third, the St. Francis Chapel is gorgeous, all of our guests were amazed at how beautiful the church was. For me, the most memorable part of our wedding day is when Alyshia walked down the aisle.  This is a moment that I will absolutely never forget.  I remember a ‘flash monsoon’ thundering down outside and I had to wait extra long to see her. But when those doors opened, I saw a beautiful silhouette  and it was hers. Just the rain and her. I will never forget that crazy storm that overtook us right in the at the start of our ceremony!! It was so awesome and spectacular. Let’s hope it brings us a lot of good luck!! Let me talk a little bit about our photographer. We chose Sun & Sparrow because we love how photography captures  those special moments in time. We love how Sun & Sparrow captures and shares every story uniquely. Tiffani, Claudia, and Vanessa, did an amazing job making us feel comfortable in front of the camera. I tend to get shy and feel awkward while taking pictures but Tiffani definitely helped make us feel natural and relaxed. I appreciated that support even more when it came to helping Alyshia feel comfortable and confident even throughout the chaos of the flash flood around us. As we exit that stage of our lives and we look back on our wedding, I would love to give some advice to brides and grooms on their special day. Just enjoy it. Enjoy and soak in every moment. Some things may not go as planned but enjoy your special day to the fullest, no matter what.

      ©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Romantic European wedding at the Mission Inn in Riverside //

      Big thanks to all our photographers for the day! Claudia Hurtarte, Vanessa Mestas & Jay Worsley from Everly Films

      VENDORS // Venue: Mission Inn in Riverside // Photographers: Sun & Sparrow // Videography:  Everly Films  //  Floral Design: Irises Designs // PhotoboothPhotobooth Bomber // Large light-up sign: Junk Art Gypszs

      ©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photography // Riverside Mission Inn wedding photography 

      Big thanks to all our photographers for the day! Claudia Hurtarte, Vanessa Mestas & Jay Worsley from Everly Films

       

       

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