We especially love that no two weddings are ever the same. We love to see when couples make every detail unique to them, from the venue, to the dress, to the traditions.
The couple we’re featuring this week had a truly unique wedding. To whet your appetite, here’s a small taste of what their big day included: a katana sword cake cutting, a bouncy house at the reception, a ring bearer dressed as Thor, lion dancers, food trucks, and so much more. Just scroll through the images to see all the awesomeness!
The wedding seemed to span the northwestern corner of the San Gabriel Valley, starting in La Canada Flintridge, where the bride got ready with her family. Then the couple saw each other for a first look on the trail to Pasadena’s Cobb Estate. Then they tied the knot in an intimate backyard ceremony in Altadena. Finally, a rocking celebration followed at ArcTek Studios in Monrovia, where the couple took the blank slate of a photography/film studio and transformed it into the reception of their dreams.
Enjoy this full wedding story of this couple’s awesome day!
The bride’s Casablanca wedding dress overlooks La Canada Flintridge from her family’s front porch.
This bracelet, held by the bride’s sister, was a family heirloom worn by the bride.
Mother-of-the-bride helps her into her dress as her bridesmaids stand by.
Stunning bride-to-be descends the staircase in her family home in La Canada Flintridge.
Meanwhile, the groom gets ready at the couple’s home in Altadena.
The bride sneaks up on the groom during their first look on the trail to the Cobb Estate in Pasadena.
I love that the bride jumped on the groom for their first look! We adore a silly couple!
Everyone stick out your tongue and make a face!
We got to photograph the bride and groom portrait session under the towering pine trees of the Cobb Estate trail.
The ceremony was held in the couple’s backyard in Altadena, where live violin music was played by a close friend.
I just love this intimate backyard setup. The couple made the benches and stage, and did all the decoration. DIY-bride for the win!
For her “something blue” the bride wrote her vows on a blue piece of paper that got pinned into the underside of her dress.
During the ceremony, the couple exchanged Katana swords. They later used them to cut cake!
The ring bearer, dressed as Thor, used his hammer to pop some of the bubbles after the ceremony.
This practical bride had actually planned to wear some fancy blue wedges, but ended up wearing comfortable sneakers the whole day!
Happily jumping off as man and wife!
After the ceremony, everyone headed over to ArcTek Studios in Monrovia. The awesome staff at ArcTek turned the film studio into a classy modern reception space.
The bride designed her reception with sparkling blue crystals and bright yellow sunflower centerpiece. She also folded one thousand paper cranes that hung over the tables as a symbol of peace and prosperity.
Forget plated dinners and buffets! Try a food truck for your wedding. This couple served up tasty Maine lobster rolls and Korean BBQ tacos. Deeeeelicious.
After dinner and toasts, the guests were surprised with a performance by traditional Chinese lion dancers. The dance turns interactive as guests egg on the dancers with treats, and the bride and groom fed the lions candy in return for blessings.
One of the most spectacular events of the evening was when the bride and groom slayed the cake! Remember those katana swords from the ceremony? They used the big one to cut the cake. There was even red berry filling for dramatic effect!
The Coolhaus ice cream sandwich truck showed up for late night desserts. They had exotic ice cream flavors like brown butter candied bacon and avocado sea salt. Yes, please!
No wedding is complete without a photobooth, provided by our studio! The guests had a blast with our fast-paced photo fun.
We projected live photobooth images onto the reception’s photo studio wall so everyone could enjoy the silliness!
And we can’t forget the bouncy house! Way. Too. Much. Fun!
Congratulations to the happy couple! If you love these two as much as we do, don’t miss their outstanding engagement session.