Heather & Michael // Calamigos Equestrian Garden wedding

Calamigos Equestrian Garden wedding Griffith Park

 ©2015 Sun & Sparrow Photography //  Calamigos Equestrian Garden wedding

how she did it

FROM THE BRIDE //    We are about the moments, about being so in love that you can feel it when you get close, about the twirl of our beautiful daughter in her dress. We are about family and friends and joy and laughter. These are the things that inspired us both for our wedding day. We wanted to capture the essence of who we are together and so we chose our beautiful venue, surrounded by hills and horses, choosing with intention the day of the summer solstice, celebrating on the longest day of the year. What better than a midsummers day with enchanting yellow and white bouquets of flowers, feathers and dreamcatchers and of course marrying my love.

It was the perfectest of days for us, the energy was so full of love, my shy daughter as flower girl, a very dear friend performing our ceremony. There was laughter, there were tears and there was dancing. Through all of that y favorite part was seeing Michael waiting for me as I walked down the aisle, the shimmer of tears in his eyes as he met might, the knowing that this was so right. And our first dance, so romantic and full of love and so full of silliness and laughter as we changed up the music so our 2 year old daughter could join us! And the couples dance, we had so many married couples, we decided to dedicate a dance for them and it was just so amazing and wonderful watching everyone get on the dance floor together, embracing each other and just genuinely feeling the love.
So many aspects of planning a wedding are important, choosing the right vendors to work with, but the most important vendor for us was our photographer ( and the food!). We wanted to make sure we chose a team that would celebrate with us, be passionate about day, to be able to trust that the moments would be captured, especially the moments we didn’t know were there. We chose Sun and Sparrow because their photo have an almost ethereal magic to them.Their photos seem to come to life, just beautiful photos that would capture everything. And can I just say…a photographer willing to face the elements! (Thank you Tiffani for also doing our stunning rainy day engagement photos!)
To brides planning their wedding now, don’t forget to include your fiance in this process,,,even if they just want to do a little bit. Find your rhythm, and go with it, enjoy the whole journey, even the lows of it. It will be an amazing day no matter what! When the day finally arrives, just remember you are there to marry your love, if some piece of that day doesn’t come together the way you planned – its really ok- you will be the only one who knows, everyone else will be all eyes on you two!
What is our favorite part of being married? We have been together for many, many years, we have a two year old daughter that we adore and so we thought things would remain relatively the same, but they didn’t, things got so much better. We see each other differently, we are husband and wife, we have made that commitment to our family, to the journey. Its a great feeling being married!
Shout out to – Dress – Kirstie Kelley, Shoes – Frea Rose, Necklace – Special made by Kelly Morgen, Earrings – BHLDN, Hair and Make-up – Mariah Nicole, Venue and food – Calamigos Equestrian, MC – Dave Mancini, Flowers – Flowers by Dan, Cake – Portos bakery.

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