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Athenaeum Wedding | Cal Tech Pasadena

 A luxury Athenaeum Wedding | Pasadena, California

This luxury Athenaeum, Pasadena soiree embodies everything a fairytale wedding should be, including an incredibly romantic surprise from the groom to his bride. 

Just after the ceremony, surrounded by congratulatory cheers and swirling rose petals, emotions on high, is when the bride first glanced the beautifully adorned horse and carriage waiting to take them away! A magical moment she will never forget. 

When looking for the perfect venue Rick and Flora knew they wanted a place with beautiful architecture and privacy. A place where they could get ready before the ceremony and also relax in to the night with their guests. They found exactly what they were looking for at The Athenaeum, a private social club on the California Institute of Technology campus. This gorgeous venue had us from the moment we walked in to the pre planning meeting. As visual artists we’re always looking for settings that will enhance the story but we also consider logistics. Keeping the couple’s experience fun carefree is a priority for us, and this amazing location has it all.

What a night! Rick and Flora’s love for each other was so contagious, that not a person in attendance could deny the joy and happiness that filled the room! Everyone was up and about, dancing the night away!

Peggy Kelley of Timeless Celebrations weaved this couple’s ideas in to a vision that exceeded their dreams

Hats off to the incredibly talented crew of creatives that brought this event from dream time to real time:

Venue: Athenaeum

Planner: Peggy Timeless Celebrations

Floral Design & Programs SRO Events

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Wedding Cake Takes The Cake

Rentals: Elegant Designs

Dance Floor & Monogram MTB Rentals

Lighting: GoGo Sprockets

Ceremony Music Cattus Quartet

Reception Music Elegant Music

Video Walter Pawluk

5 Star Limo

Hair & Makeup Audrey B Salon

Bride’s gown Bridal & Special Times


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Black Tie Wedding The Ebell Long Beach Cal


 Black Tie Wedding Long Beach Cal



The Ebell of Long Beach is an extraordinary venue and the perfect setting for celebrating Tim and Courtney’s love story.  

The open archways and natural daylight spaces are a photographers dream. 

The bride’s dress by Pronovias is a personal favorite. The beauty of the lace over the blush colored, luxurious silk slip had me at first sight. 

Before the ceremony the couple met in the natural light foyer to share a first look and to greet their sweet pup, Winston.

The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. The floral arbor designed by Bottles and Blooms looked stunning above the mosaic tile floors and the lush greenery set along the aisle. 

The couple chose long dark trestle tables for their reception with pale blue and gold accents. Soft hued, luscious blooms and garland, gold sequin runners and hundreds of twinkling candles were displayed down the center of the tables. The head table where the bride and groom dined with the wedding party was framed on either end by tall green trees adorned with hanging baubles of light. The look was magical against the dark wood walls and high vaulted ceiling. 

The father of the bride, maid of honor, and best man gave speeches after dinner. Then Courtney and Tim cut the cake before dancing began. 


Coordinator / Sarah Zarcone / Pop The Champagne

Wedding Designer / Cat @Choura Events

Photography / John and Colette

Rentals /   Choura Events 

Flowers /  Bottles and Blooms

Cake / Susie Cakes Bakery

DJ / Showcased DJ

Makeup and Hair /  Jessica Steingard

Dress /  Pronovias

Shoes /  Pelle Moda

Calligraphy / Letter Lee Shop

Paper ( Menu cards, table #s )  / Lola Louie Paperie

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Luxury Destination Wedding Laguna Beach, Surf and Sand Resort 

Luxury Destination Wedding Laguna Beach, Surf and Sand Resort 

When a 101 of your favorite people travel far and away to celebrate your destination wedding weekend with you!A wedding inspired by the sea and a blush and gold palette.


The Surf and Sand Resort was the perfect place for Jessica and Lee to celebrate their wedding day with their family and friends. Inspired by the sea and a blush and gold palette, the details, accompanied by the spectacular view of the ocean, made for a beautiful oceanside wedding.  

Jessica and Lee and the majority of their family and guests traveled from Kansas City for the wedding but as a young girl, Jessica lived in Newport Beach. Her fond memories of that time with her mom inspired her to dream up a Southern California beach wedding. With the help of Ashley and her team at Agape Planning this beautiful wedding became a reality and the end result was magical.

Highlighting the ceremony was a unity tradition and for Jessica and Lee they chose to blend two very unique wines. The story begins a year earlier in Northern California’s wine country. A romantic getaway for two and where Lee popped the question! While enjoying the wineries, Jessica and Lee had a chance to each create (and title) their own wine. Forward to the wedding day (wine aged for a year) ceremony when the couple invited their families to join them at the altar for the first uncorking and blending of both wines to make one unique blend, and symbolic of two families joining together. It was a wonderful moment of applause. Everyone laughed and delighted in the fact that the wine blend actually tasted great!

The wedding cake was absolutely gorgeous and the layout design was a personal favorite. The white cake was adorned with pops of  pink coral and green roses was beautifully displayed next to vintage black and white wedding portraits of their grandparents, perfection! The groom was also very close to both of his grandfather’s. He wanted to commemorate them in a meaningful way and decided to wear his maternal grandfather’s wrist watch and keep his paternal grandfather’s lovingly-worn, tiny bible tucked away in his breast pocket all day.

The reception design was modern and luxurious and featured a showcase white dance floor. But the focal point was the sweetheart table. Draped with a rose gold sequined linen and adorned with large sea glass colored vases and nautical inspired lanterns. But, as if this wasn’t enough beauty, add a wow-factor, rustic wood, succulent wall backdrop! 

The couple’s grand entrance first dance required a dress change! An incredible, sure footed, acrobatic “Dancing with the Stars” kind of moment. That had their guests jumping out of their seats with loud cheers! So much fun!

During the planning process Jessica asked us about the idea of photographing a day-after wedding session on the beach. Trashing the dress a bit. But after she found her dreamy, blush pink gown by Lazaro she just couldn’t go through with it and after seeing her dress, it was obvious why!  

Congratulations, Jessica & Lee!

Event Planner: Ashley and her fab team at Agape || Venue: Surf and Sand || Floral Design+Succulent Wall || It’s All About The Cake || Sweet Salvage Furniture Rentals  || Makeup + Hair: Dolled Up OC || DJ: Visions Entertainment || Hand rolled Cigar station || Impulse Event Lighting || Expert Alterations: Felicity Couture Bridal || Bride’s shoes: Angela Nuran || Groom’s suit: Jos A Banks


Review from Jessica:
John and Colette did a PHENOMENAL job on all of our photos… I really couldn’t be happier! We were lucky enough to have them for our engagement, rehearsal dinner, and wedding day. All of them, AMAZING. They are more than wedding photographers…their work tells the love STORY of your day and gives you the feeling of the love and support that you felt on your special day EVERYtime you look through your photos. They are professional, artistic, and dedicated to their work.. I just love these two!! So if you want the best, you want John and Colette!!











Congratulations! Jessica & Lee

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Serendipity Garden Wedding

Apple orchards, winding roads and small town generosity. Serendipity Gardens is less than an hour drive from the city but another world away. A charming wedding story of the bride’s Scotch-Irish heritage and the couple’s shared love of homemade pie, dinosaurs, and Star Wars!



On the edge of a pine forest, just down the road from Serendipity Gardens is a quaint apple orchard, a perfect location for Marnee and Dillon to sneak away for a private First-Look before the ceremony. Their vintage Pontiac looked right at home in this charming farming town too!

Perched on a hillside with the most breathtaking view of the valley below was where the couple exchanged their wedding vows. Afterward guests enjoyed cocktails under a shady canopy of trees, adorned with shimmering chandeliers. Dinner and dancing followed. Deep red tartan plaid and Scotch-Irish details represented the couples family heritage.  A surprise performance by the couple was the highlight of the evening. Serious Star Wars fans, Marnee and Dillon carefully planned a lightsaber duel that was pulled off with absolute perfection! Their sure-footed skit was nearly over when suddenly Darth Vader entered the room! The music turned ominous, the couple trembled with fear, dropped their weapons and reached out for one another.Miraculously the power of their love brought Darth Vader to his knees! The crowd went absolutely wild, jumping out of their seats with cheer and laughter! Honestly it was hard to hold the camera! So much fun!

In between dancing guests mingled around the open fire pit, eating s’mores and gazing at the brilliant, starry night. Sending off the couple with a giant sparkler line up was the perfect ending to a very memorable event.

Hats off to the creative team that helped to bring the couple’s vision to life:

 Event Planner: Carole / Bright Blue Events Venue & Catering: Serendipity Gardens  Cake: Michelle’s Bakery  Pies Thankful Heart Kitchen-Redlands  Floral Design:Flowers Etc   DJ Musical Phunktions  John & Colette Photography

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