Ending off the week with a touch of whimsy with this pastel ranch wedding from Sun and Sparrow Photography. With the most stunning ceremony location and a soft mint and pink color palette, this wedding is sweetness personified!
We had no idea where to start when we started planning, but we definitely wanted the wedding to be bright, happy, and pretty! We decided that we’d just start by finding a venue, and since our first “proper” date was at The Getty Villa in Malibu, we thought we’d start by looking around that area. We had a few places we had picked to go tour, but when we saw The Oak Room at The Calamigos Ranch, we were completely smitten and didn’t really want any other location. The style of the place matched everything we were hoping for, with the slight rustic and vintage feel, but a bit of fairytale and glamour. Having picked the location definitely helped us make our choices for everything else. We envisioned it will be a bright, summer day, so a light and fresh blush and mint were quick choices for our colors. We loved rose gold because it has a muted elegance to it, so we put it in as accents where we could!
I had so much fun trying on wedding dresses. I almost think I tried on too many, there were so many beautiful dresses and it was definitely a dream come true to get to feel like a princess! I loved so many of them that it did become a bit difficult to choose one in the end, but the reason I chose the Reagan Gown by Hayley Paige was because of the happy energy it had. It was for sure one of the most beautiful dresses I’d tried on, and the subtle blush tone made it feel unique, and I didn’t want to wear something that felt too predictable. But besides all of that, I realized I was smiling the absolute widest when I tried on that dress, and that made me feel sure that was the one!
One thing I definitely wanted to include was something to honor my Mom. My mom passed away when I was 18, and I knew that she would have loved to see me marry someone awesome like Sun Jae and be happy. We rented a pretty little table and put her photo on it, and adorned it with flowers and put the table where she would have sat if she were there at the wedding. As I walked up the aisle, I stopped by her table and put a few freesias down by her photo, since freesias were her favorite flowers. It made it feel like she was there, I hope she was happy to see me!
The most important thing for our wedding planning was to try and make it a very happy day for everyone there. We also knew we’d have family members and friends coming from Korea that had never attended an American style wedding before, so we wanted to try and strike a balance between making it feel fun and new to them, while not veering too far from what weddings in Korea deem important. We splurged a bit on the location for sure, because The Calamigos Ranch was a bit more expensive than we had planned in terms of the location budget, but it was a beautiful spot with a lot of great amenities included so we were happy to splurge there. We’re both artists, so we tried to see if we could save here and there by making some things ourselves. Overall, I think we were able to make the whole affair a sparkly, happy fairytale of a day so we were very satisfied!
The whole day was just perfect, filled with so much love, light, and happiness so it was so hard to pick a favorite! We loved our niece singing “I See The Light” with the most beautiful voice, our parents smiling as they thanked the guests and congratulated us, and watching our friends get up a dance like we’d never seen before! Another highlight was when our two aunts from each of our sides of the family, even with their old age, and having only just met for the wedding, get up and join hands to dance merrily! It truly made us feel like we had brought our two families together, and that love and happiness was shining brighter than ever on our wedding day.
We both are artists that work in the animation industry, so we wanted to include some artwork here and there if we could. We both had a simple, cute art style so we put a lot of work into our wedding invitation and cake topper. We did a cute caricature of us and sent it to Minted.com to make a customized wedding invitation. For the cake topper, we made a little sculpture version of that caricature. We got paper clay and both got to work making little versions of ourselves and our cat Warrick, and painted it and mounted it on a little wood board we painted gold. We had lots of fun making it, but we did end up being up till 4am the morning of the wedding trying to finish it so that was a bit of a nail-biter!
Photography: Sun and Sparrow Photography | Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Planning: Tanya Boyd | Florals: The Little Branch | Photo Booth: Pixel Perfect Photo Booth | Videography: Jun Ku Lee | Cake: Lark Cake Shop | Invitations: Minted | Vintage Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals | Makeup: Theresa Huang | DJ: Vox DJ | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige from JLM Couture Bridal Gown Boutique | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Bride’s Shoes: Emmy London | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Veil: JLM Couture Bridal Gown Boutique | Headpiece: Twigs & Honey | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Ring: Brilliant Earth | Bridesmaid Robes: Kim + Ono | Submitted via Matchology