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Ryan & Jenny // A colorful wedding on Catalina Island

FROM THE BRIDE // Our wedding was wonderful (from what we’ve heard), although we can only remember little bits and pieces, oh if it was three times as long! The day went well; it was a beautiful sunny, 75 degree day on Catalina. Sans the boat ride over it seems everyone had a wonderful time. Everything ran smoothly and was well organized. Guests had fun chatting, enjoying the trail mix bar, the coffee reception, the guest puzzle, the views, the drinks, the music, the food, and the folks at their tables. The kids enjoyed the size of the space; plenty of room to run around!

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING?  //  The inspiration was Catalina itself. I (Jenny) visited the casino when I was probably around 14 years old and went on a tour, on the tour the guide said that they hold weddings at the casino for a reasonable price (some things may have changed in the next 20 years). Since that day I decided, if I got a chance, I would get married at the casino on Catalina…and it came true!  Another inspiration was my Catalina Pottery collection, which was not only used as the vases for the floral arrangements around the event, but the colors of the 1940’s pottery inspired the colors of the wedding party’s attire, as well as the flower arrangements.  I also wanted people who have lived in the South Bay their entire lives, and have not taken the hour long boat ride to this magical island an opportunity to go and experience Catalina. It was our nearby destination wedding.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY?  //   I (Jenny) think just being there, and watching everybody enjoy themselves. I love that it was a self-sufficient relaxed wedding, nothing seemed forced, nothing seemed delayed. The space was perfect for the entire event. I just wish it was longer! I also loved that people came from all over the country to our wedding! It was amazing the distances people traveled to be there for our special day, and not just that, but also pay for the boat ride across the sea to Catalina. Ryan’s favorite part was the entire wedding; he just wishes that he had more time to soak it in (we agree!).

WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW?  //  Sun and Sparrow were the first vendor we hired (after the venue). Photography is sooo important at a wedding, due to the inability to remember or experience the majority of the event. Photos fill in the spaces you can’t remember. And great photography is especially important, because it documents the occasion. This is how you (and people you show the photos to) will remember your wedding your entire life, and you want the best memories you possibly can have. We wanted to have these great, talented ladies as a part of our wedding.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?  //   Don’t over plan. Remember the crowd mentality: if one person starts doing something, others will follow. You can’t control a crowd, you can just give them options so they don’t get bored. Sit back and enjoy the day, it will go smoothly if it’s well organized and people have things to look at. And even if it doesn’t, you won’t be able to remember much of it anyway, so hire a great photographer to take pictures for you. It also doesn’t hurt to look at Pinterest for ideas and know graphic design.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING MARRIED NOW?  //   Jenny – GETTING TO SEE RYAN EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!!! It’s the best! Also, having Zoey (Ryan’s dog) as my stepdogter. Ryan– I think the best part is getting to begin the next chapter of our lives together.

©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // A colorful wedding on Catalina Island


©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // A colorful wedding on Catalina Island

VENDORS  // Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography    //   Makeup: Larissa Singhoff  //  Santa Catalina Island Company Coordinator – Shannon Cook (she’s the best!)  //  Coordinator: Karen Courtney  //  Graphic Design: Jenny Cowell  //  Wedding Dress: Tara Keely  //  Groom / Groomsmen’s outfits/Bride’s Jewelry: Banana Republic

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  • Renee Weedman

    Way, way, way!!!! Did I mention “way” too hard to pick a favorite. Beautiful pictures because you two reflect beauty from within! God is so good … yup all the time!

    Love you both deeply, Aunt ReneeReplyCancel

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