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An Enchanting Wedding at NOOR in Pasadena


Kathy & Anthony’s love story unfolded against the backdrop of Pasadena’s historic charm, NOOR and Pasadena City Hall. Their wedding day was a beautiful blend of elegance, love, and heartfelt moments.

As a wedding photographer, I had the privilege of documenting their journey from the early morning preparations to the joyous ceremony and reception at NOOR. This blog will have the first look, wedding day photos, the ceremony, the reception, and even some film photos for nostalgia. We will also talk a bit about NOOR and why it's a great wedding venue. Now, let’s dive into the enchanting details of their special day!

The First Look

Nestled in the heart of Pasadena, Kathy and Anthony made a little pit-stop at Pasadena City Hall (only one block away from NOOR!) for a romantic first look reveal and of course, a fun wedding day photoshoot. Imagine the moment when you first lock eyes on your wedding day, surrounded by the Mediterranean and Spanish influences of Pasadena City Hall’s architecture. The large courtyard, stone-carved water fountain, and multiple stairways offers a picturesque setting that promises to add an extra touch of elegance and grandeur to your special day. Seeing those big smiles at this first look moment was priceless. 🥺

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Wedding Photoshoot at Pasadena City Hall

After Kathy and Anthony shared an intimate first look moment, they had a wonderful time capturing portraits while exploring the gorgeous Pasadena City Hall. The sun bathed them in a warm glow as they stood in each other's arms. They lit up with love, and I clicked away, freezing these special moments forever. Later, we explored the lush gardens, capturing stolen kisses and wedding party group photos under blooming magnolias. The city hall bells chimed, and Kathy and Anthony made beautiful wedding memories—a prelude to the magic awaiting them at NOOR. ✨

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Wedding Ceremony at NOOR

Kathy & Anthony exchanged their heartfelt vows in NOOR’s dreamy terrace courtyard, which is situated around a beautifully ornate fountain with old world trellis, a white curtain, and hanging plants. With all of their closest loved ones, even their cute doggo (she looked adorable in her dress!), Kathy & Anthony made their forever promises. The officiant pronounced them as husband and wife, and they sealed their love with a kiss. What a beautiful wedding ceremony and what a beautiful love! That precious hug after their first kiss as husband and wife is so precious. ❤️

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Wedding Reception at NOOR

The wedding reception was a celebration of love, laughter, and shared memories. NOOR’s Ella Ballroom welcomed guests with ghost chandeliers and vintage Hollywood glamour. The boba bar, a nod to their first date, delighted everyone. Friends and family toasted to Kathy and Anthony, sharing stories of their adventures. The dance floor came alive, and Kathy twirled in Anthony’s arms. Their love story unfolded in every note of the music, every clink of glasses, and every heartfelt speech. 💙

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Film Photos at NOOR

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All About: NOOR

NOOR is a premier event space located in the heart of Pasadena, California. This award-winning venue is renowned for its stunning architecture and versatile spaces perfect for creating your dream wedding. Not only loved for its sophistication and timeless charm, but this location also stands out for its dedicated team of professionals committed to give you a seamless wedding experience. Couples love the all-inclusive wedding packages because it means all the details are well taken care of and allows the couple to focus solely on cherishing their big day. As a photographer, my favorite my part about this venue is its close proximity to the picturesque Pasadena City Hall, only one block away! So many reasons to love NOOR, from the historical charm, modern luxury, and dedicated services, this is a top choice for couples seeking a memorable, customizable, and stress-free wedding venue in Los Angeles, California.

Why Couples Love NOOR:

  • Historic Charm Meets Modern Elegance | NOOR artfully blends the grandeur of its historic setting with contemporary luxury, offering a wedding experience that is both grand and intimate.

  • Versatile Spaces | Whether you envision a grand ballroom affair or an intimate outdoor ceremony, NOOR’s spaces—including the Sofia and Ella Ballrooms, and the Terrace—cater to every dream.

  • Stunning Backdrops | The venue’s elegant interiors and picturesque outdoor settings provide the perfect canvas for your wedding photography, ensuring every special moment is captured against a backdrop of beauty.

  • All-Inclusive Experience | With transparent pricing and comprehensive packages, NOOR takes the stress out of wedding planning, allowing couples to immerse themselves in the joy of their special day.

  • Award-Winning Service | The dedicated team at NOOR is committed to excellence, ensuring that every detail is meticulously crafted to reflect the couple’s unique vision. You will have a stress-free experience with this award-winning team.

  • A Venue Like No Other | NOOR’s allure lies in sense of magic and wonder. The Sofia Ballroom, with its art nouveau inspiration, and the Ella Ballroom, echoing the art deco era, are more than just spaces; they are stages set for love stories to unfold. The outdoor Terrace, with its romantic ambiance, invites couples to exchange vows under the sky, surrounded by the soft glow of city lights.

  • The Perfect Setting for Every Chapter | From the first look to the final dance, NOOR promises a setting that is as unforgettable as the love it celebrates. It’s not just a venue; it’s the beginning of a lifelong journey, the first page of a new chapter, and the setting for memories that will last a lifetime!

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Thanks for Reading!

Wedding couple walk together photo at pasadena city hall by Paper Birch Collective, California Wedding Photographer in Orange County

Thank you for checking out our blog! Kathy and Anthony’s wedding was much more than a beautiful celebration—it was a testament to love’s enduring magic. Witnessing moments of love like this is what makes being a wedding photographer so special. It was an honor to be entrusted with capturing their happily ever after. ✨📸 Cheers to Kathy and Anthony! 🎊

We really hope this you enjoyed this blog and we hope you have the wedding of your dreams that you and your partner deserve! Always remember, your wedding is a celebration of your unique love, laughter, and shared moments. Cherish each second and just let us capture the magic of your once in a lifetime memories. So, here’s to love, laughter, and happily ever after! 😊

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You might be wondering why choose Paper Birch Collective to capture your Wedding, Engagement, or special event. Our team is based in Orange County, California and serving all of SoCal and beyond. We are your friendly neighborhood team of award-winning photographers & videographers. We are addicted to adventure and new experiences, always on the cutting edge of our craft.

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Let's Make Some Memories!

We are lucky to have captured so many special Wedding memories, from getting ready, to first looks, to ceremonies, and reception parties. To make your wedding planning easy, we offer a couple simple packages. Our packages come with unlimited photos during your event with no upcharge for any delivered images. All our images will be edited to reflect how your big day truly felt. Each package can be customized to your liking including more hours or a second shooter. If you are looking for an elopement package, we have that too! For any specific questions or requests, feel free to reach out and contact us and we will get back to you as soon as humanly possible! Let’s make some memories!

~ Your friendly neighborhood photographer and videographer team (PBC)


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