Ricky & Monica // Romantic wedding in San Juan Capistrano

Romantic Wedding in San Juan Capistrano // ©2017 Sun & Sparrow San Juan Capistrano wedding photographers

Describe your experience at your wedding in 1 paragraph, everything you remember.

The night before the wedding, Southern California experienced one of the worst storms it’s ever seen. To our surprise (and relief), the skies were clear and beautiful by the time the wedding began. It was truly a sign of God’s grace and presence! We were both nervous but excited that morning. Over a year of planning and preparation had finally led us to the big day. In our respective rooms at the church, before the wedding began, we started to get very emotional reflecting on the journey that we have been through; friends, long-distance, engaged, and soon-to-be husband and wife.

We can’t even begin to describe the feeling we had when we first saw each other at the aisle. In that moment, it truly felt as if time had stopped. That nothing and no one else in the world mattered except us. We had our family members play important roles within our ceremony, and we were overwhelmed with the love that surrounded us. We exchanged vows and rings and were pronounced husband and wife. We did it!!! The day didn’t stop there…the heartwarming ceremony led into an even more breathtaking reception. From the food, to the music, to dancing, and celebrating with everyone, everything was perfect and we had an absolute blast. We are so thankful for our family, friends, each other, and God.

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day? Did you have any special moments/story with friends or family that stand out to you?

Our favorite moment was seeing each other for the first time at the aisle.It was such an emotional moment of the wedding as it signified the beginning of our new life together. We will always cherish that memory. Between the two of us we have a huge family. Seeing them at our wedding and spending time with them, everyone together, was so special and meaningful. At the reception, our hearts lit up when we looked around and saw ALL of our family and friends on the dance floor with big smiles on their faces.Monica’s cousins even planned a surprise performance for us and sang Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. We loved it! Ending the night in our traditional attire was perfect because it signified the marriage of not only two people, but two cultures.

What inspired you while planning your wedding & decor? Was there any special element that made your decor come together for you, personally?

Monica’s engagement ring (along with our wedding bands) are gold so we used that as a starting point for our decorations and color scheme. We used Instragram and Pinterest as sources of inspiration for our decor and built off that. We are also very detailed-oriented so we were very hands-on in planning in our wedding – from the invitations to the centerpieces, we put it all together.

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

Remember to take time and enjoy the process! While it may seem stressful and tiring at times, you only get married once so embrace everything and cherish the memories. At the end of the day, its about you and your spouse – so do what makes you happy! Tip: don’t feel obligated to provide your guests with a plus one. It’s 100% your day so invite the people that you want to share in your special day with!


Venue: Plaza de Magdalena​ ​http://plazademagdalena.com/

Coordinator: Sheila Foster – Weddings by Sheila http://www.weddingplannersd.com/

Photographer: Sun & Sparrow  @sunandsparrow  www.sunandsparrow.com

Videographer: (if applicable) Dave Farese – Light Up Video http://lightupvideos.com/


Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas https://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/

Caterer: Sundried Tomato http://sundriedtomatobistro.com/

Desserts: Wedding Cake – SusieCakes http://susiecakes.com/

Wedding Gown Maker: Maggie Sottero

Wedding Gown Boutique: Mariposa Bridal Boutique http://mariposabride.com/

Hair & Makeup: Sherri Quach Garza Instagram: @sherriquach

Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Groom Suit: Joseph Abboud

Groom Details: Watch – Burberry

Groom shoes:  Joseph Abboud

Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Musician: Jesse Macleod http://jessemacleod.com/

DJ: Soundwave Productions – Chris Berry​​ http://soundwaveprosdj.com/

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