Wedding at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Dec 9, 2017

Morgan + Jonathan


This wedding is a special one since its between our good friends Jonathan and Morgan.   We have known Jonathan for awhile being that he is in my Army National Guard unit and we have gotten to know Morgan throughout the years as he has brought her along to different Guard functions here and there.   The other special thing about this wedding is the venue that it was located, Storrier Stearns Japanese Gardens in Pasadena.  It is not every day where a bride can say that her great grandfather was the original designer of the Japanese garden at a venue.  This is the case for Morgan and the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden. =)

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Jonathan gives Morgan a gentle kiss prior their wedding at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena.


Getting Ready photos at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Both Morgan and Jonathan opted to both get ready at this special venue for them.  Since it was a small, intimate wedding consisting of mostly, if not all,  family, they did not have a bridal party.  We were amazed at all the DIY that Morgan and Jonathan had going on in this one.  For starters, the lace on Morgan’s dress was hand-done, and everything from the bridal bouquet to boutonniere to all the decorations at the reception were all DIY.  Also, since it was so intimate, all the guests made us feel welcome especially Morgan’s grandmother who is just the cutest. =)

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Morgan’s hand-crafted wedding dress hanging on the entrance of the Japanese teahouse.

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The tea house setup with the wedding dress in the background.

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Some colorful origami cranes add some pop to the gardens.

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Morgan laughs with her mom while getting ready.

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Officiant Akiko holds up an old picture of Morgan’s great grandfather Kinzuchi Fujii, the original landscape designer of the Storrier Stearns Japanese Gardens in the mid-1930s.

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The moment when your grandmother sees her granddaughter in her wedding dress for the first time.

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Beautiful DIY wedding bridal bouquet created by Morgan.

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Jonathan’s DIY boutonniere to go along with the beautiful bouquet.

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Jonathan reaches out to put on his suit jacket while getting ready.

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Our groom adjusting his collar to get all spiffy prior to the First Look.

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Wedding guest points out to Jonathan that Navy was beating Army.

Pre-Ceremony Portraits at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Prior to the ceremony, Morgan + Jonathan had a first look where they saw each other for the first time all dressed up on their big day.  After they had their own private moment, we then proceeded to take a  couple of portraits around Morgan’s great grandfather’s beautiful garden!

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Morgan smiling as she walks up to Jonathan during their First Look.

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Jonathan all smiles as he turns to see Morgan for the first time in her wedding dress.

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Intimate moment between Morgan and Jonathan with Japanese tea house in the background.

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Portrait of our lovely couple from across the pond.

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Gorgeous light peeking in from the bamboo hit Morgan and Jonathan the right way.

Ceremony photos at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Morgan + Jonathan’s family all gathered for their small, intimate wedding at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena.  The backdrop of the tea house behind them was perfect.  Akiko had everyone laughing when she mentioned the story of a boy who loved all things spicy.  That’s my buddy, alright! =)

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Nothing is more touching than a father walking his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day.

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Small, intimate gathering of family during Morgan + Jonathan’s wedding at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena.

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That smile never left Jonathan’s face the whole time during the ceremony.

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The proud parents sitting in the front row and looking on during the wedding ceremony.

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Morgan wipes some tears out of her eye as officiant Akiko talks about how the two met.

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Different perspective to capture more of the atmosphere of the wedding ceremony.

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Officiant Akiko officially announce Morgan + Jonathan as husband and wife.

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A portrait of our newly married couple with a wide view of the gardens.

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Off camera lighting of Morgan + Jonathan inside the teahouse with a view of the garden.

Reception photos at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Being the winter time, it got dark and a bit cold fast.  Morgan + Jonathan were prepared for this however with all the pathways lit by tea candles and each guests provided a blanket hanging from their chairs.  They even had some fun activities for their guests to do such as a crossword puzzle and how to make an origami crane.  The night ended with an outfit change into comfortable customized matching

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The reception setup for Morgan + Jonathan’s wedding at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden.

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The creative DIY floral bouquets and origami cranes filled the reception area.

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Wide shot of Morgan + Jonathan’s first dance as a married couple.

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Morgan + Jonathan enjoying themselves during their first dance.

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Jonathan gives his mom a big hug during the combined mother/son and father/daughter dance.

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The stunning multi-tiered, multi-flavored wedding cake created and designed by Portos

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Morgan + Jonathan cut into their wedding cake while having some fun at the same time.


By the end of the night, it was hard to leave especially after Morgan’s grandma stopped us and wanted to take a picture with us. =)  She definitely is the sweetest!  Morgan + Jonathan, we hope that you enjoyed your time over in Catalina this past couple of days.  We will see you two soon!

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Nighttime silhouette of our lovely couple leaning in close at the entrance of Storrier Stearns.

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Wide shot of Morgan + Jonathan to end the night.


Venue: Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Wedding Coordinators: Grace and Rebecca of Pink Martini Events

Officiant: Akiko

Rentals: Arcadia Party Rentals

Catering: Wood Ranch

Cake: Porto’s Bakery


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