Pasadena Estate Wedding, Part One
Jason and Elizabeth

I have to admit. This particular post is hard for me to write. I've been fumbling around in phrases and sentences for the past week trying to find the right words. Not because there isn't anything to say about these two. But because there just isn't enough blog space on the internet to say how much we love them.

Lizzy and Ipp have a kind of wise humility in their love story - they know that the joy and blessing they have with each other is something to be treasured. And oh how they treasure it! When Ipp holds her hand, it's not just a simple touch. Her entire being lights up with delight like she will hold onto that touch with all of her soul. She shines in his presence. And when Ipp holds Lizzy, it's more than just a loving squeeze. It's a place of comfort that he must care for with all of his heart. It's like he's holding onto the world. His world.

Lizzy and Ipp have become dear friends to us over the past couple of years, and they are two of the most meaningful people I have ever met. I've been trying to figure out a way to sum up everything I know and love about them and their super emotional wedding day, and the best way I can is this: Lizzy and Ipp's wedding was all about how they love each other and love their families with a passion that is more than just remarkable. It makes me want to love like they do.

Two years ago, we photographed Lizzy's sister's wedding at their parents estate in Pasadena, and Lizzy and Ipp chose to have their wedding at the same place. While the house remained the same, the two weddings ended up being so perfectly different. With the help of Chris Clark, wedding coordinator/designer extraordinaire, Lizzy and Ipp created a wedding experience that had their personalities written all over it. From the adorably casual picnic-style dining area to the 1920's prohibition-like cocktail lounge (complete with a mixology bar and a cigar and whiskey lounge), this wedding was not only crazy emotional for everyone involved, but so stinkin' cute that we could hardly stand it!

This wedding held so much significance for Jeff and me, so combine that with the crazy awesome details and we've got a recipe for a three-parter here on the blog! A few shout-outs before we start though - the incredible Casey Figlewicz helped us photograph the day, and the uber-talented Bui Brothers worked alongside us shooting video. It was basically the dream team for Jeff and me. We'll start with Part One - this first image is the perfect way to start this wedding story because it reminds me of all of the memories that have already occurred for this family, and how this day will become another touchstone image on this same wall. (This image is for you Jim).

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I loved Lizzy's meaningful details. The family broach was tied to Lizzy's bouquet, the bracelet is the same one her mother wore on her wedding day, and the handkerchief is a family heirloom. I also loved that Lizzy opted to wear her favorite wedges instead of bridal heels. These shoes totally fit her personality more than any other pair of shoes!

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Mother, daughter, sister, laughter. Perfect.

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Lizzy is so STUNNING in her J.Crew gown. This was point number one where I cried. There were a lot of tears that day. A lot.

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Love, love, love! What a quiet moment before going out to see Ipp.

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Meanwhile, Jeff was hanging out with the boys.

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Ipp was looking GOOD. He may be the first groom we've had that I'm pretty sure spent more time picking out his outfit than the bride.

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All the boys wore socks that also happened to tie into the decor at the reception.

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Bowtie. Classic.

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Waiting for his bride.

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And this is point number two where I cried. We all did.

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Awww! Ippi!

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We felt so inspired by these two - it was like our cameras could no wrong with their lovely faces!

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Some of my favorites!

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This next series is vying for my favorite images of the day. Nerd Alert: I shot these two images below at f/1.2. Like buttah.

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Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I feel like I've been looking at too many Anthropologie ads, cuz I could just tear these straight out of the catalog!

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So sweet and lovely!

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Definitely a fave!

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Stay tuned for Part Two and Three of Lizzy and Ipp's estate wedding in Pasadena, coming to the blog the rest of this week. Still to come are the ceremony, bridal party, and all of the delicious reception details, including a mixology bar! It's like Lizzy and Ipp week here at The Youngrens! Enjoy!

Hugs,
Erin

    

Curt Anderson - Beautiful pictures

Janet Anderson - Wonderful pictures that tell a wonderful story!

Betsy, La Vida Creations - Oh, for serious!!! These two are just adorable and you can feel the warm of their souls and smiles through the images. Just lovely, you guys!

Garrett Richardson - You nailed it! Love those two :)

Erika Roberts - These are beautiful!!!!!!!!! LOVE!

leslie - Really like the creativity of the pictures. Most unusual and captivating.

Sue Ippolito - Your words and pictures are beautiful!

Rachel Wilkes - I almost teared up looking at these …can’t wait to share the big day with you two in two weeks!!!

The Youngrens - @Rebecca Ickes that’s so sweet of you! We love these two so much that it was tough putting it all into words!

Ipp - Fabulous! Absolutely amazing!

The LOVE depth of these photos! (1.2 what what)

Keary Dee Cheney - Jeff and Erin, you knocked this one out of the park! This wedding is such your style and I love all the emotion between Lizzy and Ipp. I love every single one of these!

Ginny Corbett - WOW!!! My favorite moment was their First Look. So incredibly emotional! Amazing job!

julia - GORGEOUS!!!!!!! i can’t even pick a favorite – i love them all!! you captured them so well – their laughter, love, anticipation! just beautiful!

Kay Beaton - Amazing images Youngrens…. beautiful bride Elizabeth…. and thanks for letting us see these Jim Collins! So inspiring!

Chris Humphreys - Jeff and Erin,

One word. Amazing. Not enough space on the internet to talk about how talented the two of you are. It’s been SO cool to see you both grow over the last few years. Thanks for being inspirational… both in your photography and in the way you run your business and live your lives.

Elizabeth and Jason, congrats you guys! :)

Rebecca Ickes - Love, love, LOVE! And love how sincere and meaningful your words in addition to the images are. Stunning and inspiring as usual.

Cara Homan - Amazing. I even got a little tearing seeing these pictures and reading the blog

Joanna Burkholder - just perfect! Great job guys!

Jeff Youngren - Thank you so much, you guys!

Angela Collins - Woo hoo!!! You guys rock! These are gorgeous and so are ippy and lizzy! Way to go!

Jim Collins - Hey you guys …

To me the best part of the day besides the marriage of two people who are so deeply special to me was the fact that I got to celebrate their marriage with so many friends there in support. You guys aren’t just the photographers. You’re part of the family and having you in our homes (even when we’re not there) feels as natural as any other member of the family. (our great big integrated extended family!)

I love the image in our hallway and will look forward to hanging it and one of the unbelievably beautiful images that Erin shot of Elizabeth against the door in that very spot as a way to celebrate all of the specialness that this weekend came to be and in the midst of that the sense that you were there to capture our hearts for posterity…

These are the things that give life meaning.

Julie - What Beautiful Pictures!!!!! <3

Rebecca Thill Steyne - Stunning pictures!

Jenna Rowe Photography - im not even sure where to begin! the light! his reaction! her beauty! their love! now i don’t know where to end :) perfect you guys. You can feel YOUR love for them. what a blessed day!

Katie Humphreys - Guys, these are absolutely stunning!!! I was SO sad to miss their wedding and seeing these pictures just really captures the spirit of their day! I totally started tearing up seeing this while I was working. Amazing, as always!

Katie Rothhammer-Mast - yay so happy happy

Brie Aronson - absolutely stunning!

Stephanie Villa Davis - Perfect. Just perfect. It’s all I can say. Perfect in every way. Love u guys.

Kate and Josh - All I can say is yay. and love. yay love. YAAAAY!!

Stephen Knuth - You guys are amazing! His reaction was perfect! How every groom should react to his Bride. :)

Rachel LaCour Niesen - Ok, I nearly cried looking at these in the office! You guys warm my heart.

Amanda Thompson - Gorgeous!!!

Emily Crall - Awwwww, this is truly beautiful! My gosh. I don’t even have words for it…

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