Even the garden squirrels wanted in on this action! Every single detail was thought of – including an epic “We’re nuts about each other” snack station that had a few unexpected visitors. But who can blame them when a wedding is this good. Thanks to the talented team of vendors including CCL Weddings and Events, Peony & Plum, Borrowed Blu and Found Vintage Rentals, it was pure perfection – and The Great Romance Photo captured it all. Get in on all this action yourself in our Vault right this way!
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From CCL Weddings and Events… They say rain is always good luck on a wedding day, yet it always seems to give any couple a good scare. Luckily Ali and Matt embraced the scare of a little rain and decided to dance it out instead. Little did the couple know while planning their wedding seven months before that there would even be a small chance of rain for their May wedding.
Ali and Matt had always known that Pasadena would be the place they would tie the knot as it was the hometown of the bride. They checked out a few venues, but still were always led back to home. They chose the beautiful property of the Ambassador Mansion for the nuptials in front of 180 of their closest family and friends. It was an entirely outdoor location with a gorgeous garden, amazing architecture and a staircase for the grandest entrance of the bride. A ceremony where the couple was literally surrounded by their friends and family as they stood in the center on a bridge in a garden.
The couple wanted to make sure they added details about themselves throughout the wedding. As guests arrived they served pre-ceremony aguas frescas as a nod to the couple’s favorite beverage. A welcome nut station not only attracted their friends, but also the little critters from the garden.
From the ceremony, to the cocktail hour and reception, each event took place in its own space where the guests could experience different parts of the garden. Guests enjoyed appetizers and some of the couple’s favorite specialty drinks catered from Cynthia Brooks Catering during cocktail hour, while viewing the couple’s “Wall of Fame” of family photos. Their love for tea played a role in their escort cards for the guests as a “Plenty of Love” installation were filled with glass vials of the couple’s favorite tea leaves.
The reception was definitely the main event taking place under a tent frame with white draping and chandeliers above. The best part of it all was the live band from Soultones that played during the duration of the event and brought all the guests to their feet. It was the first time the bride had seen her now hubby dance, and it will definitely not be the last.
Photography: The Great Romance Photo | Floral Design: Peony & Plum | Cake: M Cakes Sweets | Bride's Shoes: UGG Australia Jules | Catering: Cynthia Brooks Catering | Hair + Makeup: Kelly Zhang | Band: Downbeat LA | Venue: Ambassador Mansions & Gardens | Desserts: Snow Monster | Event Planning, Coordination + Design: CCL Weddings & Events | Getting Ready Venue: The Athenaeum | Hand Lettering: Skye Cho | Lounge Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Tabletop Rentals: borrowed BLU
As soon as this gorgeous bride and her handsome groom decided on a wedding date, the same date on which her grandparents said “I do” fifty years earlier, they knew they wanted to design a timeless, elegant wedding. With Victorian details to highlight her grandmother’s favorite era, this sweet couple paid homage to their families and started off their life as husband and wife in beautiful style. See it all from Koman Photography and ByDesign Films in The Vault!
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From The Bride…Ever since I was a little girl I have been envisioning the wedding I would once have. I knew I would have beautiful pink flowers, an amazing photographer, décor that would leave a lasting impression on my guests, etc. The only thing I couldn’t see was who I would pledge my love to for the rest of my life, that is until I met Victor. He set up a picture perfect proposal that I will never forget because these precious moments were beautifully documented by Koman Photography. As soon as I said yes, I couldn’t wait to start planning one of the biggest days in our lives. The first vendor we booked was the amazing photographers Koman Photography to capture the important day with a timeless and elegant feel. We then decided to choose August 9, 2015 as our date. We were excited to have a day and at the same time felt blessed to be married on the same day my grandparents did 50 years before us. For this reason, Victor and I really wanted to convey a timeless and elegant wedding that highlighted my grandma’s favorite era in memory of her. For this reason, we chose a beautiful mansion called the Ambassador Mansion and Gardens built in the 1900’s located in Pasadena, CA. Because of this we utilized pops of gold and Victorian elegance throughout the wedding décor. We put emphasis on these elements from getting ready to the reception. We used the garden that the owner of the mansion built for his wife as our ceremony cite and decorated with lush white flowers and greenery (he built this for her to have celebrations in). Our reception was held on the lawn with the mansion overlooking it underneath a white chiffon tent with hanging chandeliers. In the end, we wanted to leave a lasting impression on our guests of how important family is to us and really wanted our personalities to shine through the wedding décor.
Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: ByDesign Films | Floral Design: The Finishing Touch Wedding Design | Wedding Dress: Casablanca Flagship Store | Cake: Fantasy Frostings | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Cynthia Brooks Catering | Makeup: Bliss Bridal Beauty | DJ: Better Music Services | Venue: Ambassador Mansions & Gardens | Coordination + Decor: Event Design By Lucy | Rentals: Unique Chic Events
Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the artistry that is this inspiration – because honestly, it’s beyond. Complete with some of the most incredible hairstyles we’ve EVER seen, Honey Honey Photography has captured an ethereal gallery that you’re sure to love. See it all for yourself in The Vault!
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From Honey Honey Photography…Focusing on a color palette of earth-tones and neutrals with a tease of vibrant spring florals, we wanted to evoke the spirit of a Grecian Goddess and all her elegance, femininity, and worldly beauty.
We chose the Pasadena City Hall as our location for its Mediterranean revival styled-columns and architecture. With the highly embellished vintage pieces provided by Etablir, we wanted to bring indoor luxury to an outdoor space to showcase a harmony between manmade-glamour and natural elements. Lavienne provided us with the simultaneously simple yet detailed dresses. Using an abundance of reflective objects and mirrors through out our shoot, we hoped to bring to light the simple and demure make-up, along with the intricacies of the beautifully styled hair by Grace Lin Hair & Make-Up. In keeping with our theme of small, but elaborate, details, we trusted Emma from Honey Honey Photography to capture the many components that Master Plans Events & Designs thoughtfully selected for this shoot.
We could not be any more grateful for the amazing vendors that made this shoot a fantastic way to welcome the changing of the seasons from winter to spring.
Photography: Ether & Smith | Event Planning: Master Plans Events & Design | Floral Design: Master Plans Events & Design | Hair + Makeup: Grace Lin | Venue: Pasadena City Hall | Decor: Master Plans Events & Design | Dresses: Etablir Shop | Furniture Rentals: Etablir Shop | Model: Willow Model Management