Scott & Karin

My first recollection of Scott and Karin was at a brewery in Hood River, OR, when my friends and I were a few tables away admiring Karin’s elegant beauty, graceful demeanor, and subtle confidence. Moments later, a smiling, handsome, gentle giant comes up behind her, surprising her, and wraps his arms around her in an tender embrace. It was hard not to stare throughout their afternoon date. Scott and Karin are one of those couples that truly look at each other like nobody else is in the room. That’s probably why they were a little shocked when I swung by their table on my way out, and told them how adorable they are! My job is capturing love, so I told them I knew true love when I saw it and gave them my card, told them I hoped to capture their love one day, and went on my way.

Fast forward 1 year later, and I am feeling absolutely ecstatic to be in Pasadena, CA capturing their wedding day. After getting to know them at their engagement session (see their epic engagement session HERE), I knew their wedding would be nothing short of extraordinary. While Scott is the quietest man I’ve ever met, he also has this charming, subtle badass-ness that reminds me something of James Bond. Karin is not afraid to be the center of attention, loves to sing (she is an opera singer!), carries herself with such grace and elegance, and don’t get my started on how beautiful this girl is! While some may thing these two are the definition of “opposites attract,” it became obvious to me that Karin brings out a livelihood in Scott, and he brings out a tender side of Karin. I could go on about these two forever… but I’ll move on to their wedding day.

They wed at Karin’s Christian Orthodox church, with a few hints of Hawaiian tradition, since Scott grew up in Hawaii, they passed out lei’s and a Hawaiian band performed the prelude. Scott beamed as he saw Karin for the very first time on their wedding day, walk down the aisle to him, with her dad. The ceremony was lovely, but the real party got started when their 200 guests moved over to The Athenaeum. The amount of planning and details that went into planning this party really showed off. Karin certainly has good taste (and loves pink!), so the whole ambiance of the reception space was to die for! Scott and Karin paraded into the party to a traditional Armenian wedding song to start off the night, and it only got more wild from there. Her opera singing friend, SANG the whole menu for the evening, which was quite entertaining! Karin and two of her friends sang a special song, as well.. The toasts were incredible, the tears flowed, the laughter roared, and Karin kindly reminded her guests that she would like EVERY PERSON on the dance floor all evening. And boy, did that actually happen! Their live band was incredible and had the whole dance floor going all night long. A huge highlight was the choreographed First Dance that Scott and Karin did… it was so sexy! It was a perfect presentation of their flirty love. Of course later in the night, Scott had every girl wanting to be lifted up in the air by him, “dirty dancing” style.

As amazing as their wedding was, I know their journey together in this next chapter will be even more amazing. They are both such incredible individuals, I cannot even imagine what they are going to conquer in this world together as a duo! Scott and Karin, I am beyond honored that you chose me! I went from admiring your guys’ love on a random afternoon date to actually getting to be a part of your love story, and I am forever grateful. Thank you for inspiring us all with how madly in love you guys are!

Venue: The Athenaeum at the California Institute of Technology

Coordinator: Karin and Lauren Mushegain, with Maggie Jensen Floral Co. and Kathy Winterrowd of the Athenaeum

Photographer & Videographer: RP Imagery

Officiant: Father Sarkis Petoyan of St. Gregory Armenian Church, Pasadena, CA

Florals: Maggie Jensen Floral Co

Invitations and/or Signage: Carmody and Co. Pasadena, CA 

Ceremony and Cocktail band: The Alcatraz Islanders

Performance of the menu: Singer- Jonathan Beyer // Pianist - Paul Romero

Reception Band: Jump Start from Bob Gail Music and Entertainment

Linens Rentals: La Tavola

Glasses/Table Setting/Flatware/Chairs/Barstools Rentals: Theoni Collection

Custom Bar: Designer 8

Lighting: Bright Event Rentals

Dance Floor: Vincent Starr

Catering: The Athenaeum

Cake: Fantasty Frostings

Bridal Dress: Bespoke Carolina Herrera

Bridesmaids Dresses:  Haute Hippie

Groom Tux: Bespoke JB Clothiers 

Groomsmen Attire: Mens Wearhouse

Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Navarro // Brides by Stephanie

Custom Ice: Penny Pound Ice