A Soft, Elegant Wedding at the Athenaeum at Caltech in Pasadena, California

Mediterranean Revival architecture was the backdrop for Tabitha Chen (30 and a dentist) and Loren Lee's (31 and a dentist) elegant wedding. The venue

Mediterranean Revival architecture was the backdrop for Tabitha Chen (30 and a dentist) and Loren Lee's (31 and a dentist) elegant wedding. The venue itself, the Athenaeum at Caltech (where both the ceremony and reception were held), proved to be the biggest statement piece of all and allowed the couple to outfit the space with soft, romantic details like lush garland and anemone flowers. "We decided on a muted pastel palette—mauve, taupe, blush—and gold details for a little bling," Tabitha says. "We didn't want our wedding to be flashy, we wanted it to have a romantic feel, something that goes well with candlelight." Between the light green vintage, free-standing double doors that welcomed guests into the reception to the ornate chandelier hanging from the top of the blush reception tent, the decor was fresh and bright. The Athenaeum's high-arch walkways added an element of grandeur to the neutral palette, while dessert tables and a light-up heart marquee gave the reception a modern twist. —Allie Volpe

Tabitha's engagement ring features a design she had preferred, inspired by the popular three-stone pear ring but with two smaller rounds for the adjacent stone.
Originally, Tabitha thought she'd wear a princess gown down the aisle, but she changed her mind when she stepped into this A-line chiffon Watters gown with an embellished bodice and belt. The illusion neckline was perfect for the look of a strapless gown without the hassle.
Tabitha's mother gave her the same shoes and jewelry she wore on her wedding day for her daughter to wear. "Seeing Loren's jaw drop when he finally saw all the ideas I had been blabbing about for a year come together [was amazing]," Tabitha says.
The couple had their first look on a veranda overlooking the ceremony area. "I will never forget our first look for the rest of my life," Loren says. "Seeing Tabitha in her wedding dress for the first time took my breath away."
"When we were searching for rental pieces, these vertical freestanding double doors stood out," Tabitha says. They used them as the entrance to the venue. Programs and menus were painted onto the doors' glass panes.
The altar was decorated with two curtains hung in between a tall arch. Trailing garlands of greenery and blush anemone were entwined with the draping and weaved in between lanterns that sat on steps leading to the altar.
Each reception table was named after a different district in San Francisco, California, the city where Tabitha and Loren fell in love. The same-style garland that decorated the ceremony altar was used for the reception tables: lush greens and ivory and blush florals. White candles added to the ambiance.
A ruched blush tent was home to the reception where a large, ornate chandelier hung from the center. "We budgeted for a band instead of having other popular wedding entertainment, such as a photo booth," Loren says. "We wanted all our guests to be congregated in one area instead of constantly being pulled to other activities."
A light-up heart marquee was placed behind the couple's sweetheart table, which was outfitted with the same-style garland as the ceremony and other reception tables.
The couple created a choreographed first dance to a medley of Tyrone Wells's "Sea Breeze," Wonder Girls's "Nobody," Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" and Silento's "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)." The bridal party joined them for the nae nae.