This was our wedding page -- there are now pictures at by Christine Bourgeois, and you can check out our honeymoon page about our trip to Australia.

Sofia and Allen's wedding page

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2001
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Dabney Gardens, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA, Earth, Solar System, Andromeda

Our contact info

telephone: (510) 848-5669
our madlib wedding site

How to get to Pasadena and Caltech

  • From LAX
  • From Burbank Airport
  • From the Bay Area


    Parking is available in several areas on the campus. Please see the campus map (below) for a closeup of campus and parking locations.
    Street parking (on Hill, Holliston, Michigan, Del Mar, Wilson, California, or Arden) is easiest.

    Campus map

    For scale, the width of this map (from Catalina Ave to Hill Ave) is 700 meters.
    Dabney Gardens is inside the L-shape of Dabney Hall (building 40, below the label "Dabney Hall"). WARNING: this is not Dabney House


    Here is a map of Pasadena. For scale, the distance between the numbers on the grid is approximately 2 kilometers.
    Note that COLORADO BLVD is a major road with many of the hotels listed (below the map).
    The blocks 1000-1400 E. Colorado Blvd. sit 3 blocks directly north of campus.

    Telephone number
    Distance from campus
    Saga Motor Hotel1633 E Colorado Blvd(626)795-0431 0.85 mi. green smiley
    Vagabond Inn. 1203 E Colorado Blvd (626)449-3170 0.69 mi. orange smiley
    Westway Inn-Pasadena 1599 E Colorado Blvd (626)304-9678 0.82 mi.
    Hilton Pasadena 168 S Los Robles Ave (626)577-1000 1.02 mi. purple smiley
    Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel 1401 S Oak Knoll Ave (626)568-3900 1.04 mi.
    Super 8 Motel 2863 E Colorado Blvd (626)449-3020
    Sheraton Pasadena 303 Cordova St (626)449-4000 1.15 mi.
    Pasadena Motor Inn 2097 E Colorado Blvd (626)796-3122 1.26 mi.
    Pasadena Inn 400 S Arroyo Pkwy (626)795-8401 1.26 mi.
    Doubletree Hotel 191 N Los Robles Ave (626)792-2727 1.29 mi. also purple smiley
    Travelodge 2131 E Colorado Blvd (626)796-3121 1.30 mi.
    Best Western Inn 2156 E Colorado Blvd (626)793-9339 1.32 mi.
    Comfort Inn 2462 E Colorado Blvd (626)405-0811 1.63 mi.
    Pasadena Courtyard By Marriot 180 N Fair Oaks Ave (626)403-7600 1.67 mi.
    Econo Lodge2860 E Colorado Blvd (626)792-3700 2.07 mi.

    More hotels here. The towns neighboring Pasadena are South Pasadena, Arcadia, La Canada, and Glendale.


    Check the weather in Pasadena.
    In Pasadena, the average high in July is 89 degrees, and the average precipitation is 0.00 inches.
    This is quite pleasant as long as you remember to drink lots of water.
    While Dabney Gardens will be mostly in the shade after 4:30pm, sunscreen and a hat would be nice to bring.

    Schedule of events

  • Friday, July 13th
    6:00pm: Rehearsal dinner for ceremony participants and families

  • Saturday, July 14th
    9:00am-2:00pm: Classic car show on campus, in front of Beckman Auditorium.
    4:30pm: Wedding ceremony in Dabney Gardens
    5:00-8:30pm: Reception in Dabney Gardens and Dabney Hall

  • Sunday, July 15th
    10:30am-???: Picnic at Switzer Falls
    Switzer Falls is located in the San Gabriel Mountains at around 3000 ft. The picnic site is in the shade and next to a stream.
    There's an easy to moderate trail that starts at the picnic site and leads to the falls.

    We'll be meeting at 10:30am at the Saga Motor Hotel (1633 E Colorado Blvd). Please arrive with a lunch and snacks.
    We'll try to go together in as few cars as possible (so as to use up few parking spaces in the parking lot up there, which fills up quickly),
    with arrangements taking form the previous day.

    If you prefer to arrive at the picnic later, and therefore drive there separately, here are the directions:
    From Caltech, take Hill Avenue north
    Go west on the 210 freeway - stay right in order to avoid getting on the 134. The 210 will curve towards the north.
    After approximately 5 miles, exit at the Angeles Crest Highway and turn right. (Hwy 2 east)
    Drive up into the mountains for approx. 10 miles, and purchase a parking pass from the ranger at Clear Creek Information Station (to the right)
    The Switzer Falls picnic area entrance is approx. 100 yards past the ranger station, also to the right.

    The earlier you get there, the lower you can park. The parking lot often fills up in the summer by noon or one,
    and the gates close to cars arriving later.

    late afternoon: sunset at the beach

  • Monday, July 16th
    10:15pm - Sofia and Allen depart for Australia.
  • Registry

    We are registered at
  • (cool Japanese dishes)
    Note: this is not an on-line registry (we had to register by phone), though a partial catalog and a telephone number are available on their site.