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Vintage Inspired Engagement Session

This is what happens when an adorable duo and a vintage-inspired engagement session join forces.  Pure, unadulterated pretty – from the crazy cool Culver City locations to the fabulous duds worn by a seriously stunning bride and groom.  Add in the talents of vendors like Melissa Beck-Swarberg and LilyRo Photography and, voila!  A gallery full of amazing.  Join me there for more.

From lilyRo Photography… Alyse and Ranjeet met in Texas, while he was in the United States Marines. She actually was not very fond of him at first, because she thought he was being mean to her girlfriend. Little did she know after getting to know him she would fall in love. Alyse is a Texas girl living in Los Angeles, which is why she wanted a vintage, old Hollywood look for their engagement shoot. They love this look and boy, was it fitting for them! We started at the Culver City Hotel, a beautiful little boutique hotel in Culver City, CA. These two can go from posing like models to laughing their heads off in a second. They truly know how to have fun together. They are naturals in front of the camera! From there we drove as close as we could to the Hollywood sign to include this historic landmark in their love story. Their session was a fabulous day with pretty clothes, cocktails, love and laughter!

Photography: LilyRo Photography | Hair & Make-up: Melissa Beck-Swarberg | Location: Culver City Hotel

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Colorful California Wedding Inspired by UNO Cards

We’ve seen wedding inspiration come from just about everything, but I do believe this is the very first SMP wedding inspired by a deck of UNO cards. And after taking a peek at this gallery from Studio Castillero, you’ll leave you never looking at the game of UNO the same. With stunning florals from The Little Branch, beautiful touches by  Casa De Perrin and Found Vintage Rentals, and beautiful planning by Amber Events this is a theme wedding done right.

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From the Bride…Planning a wedding is obviously a very daunting process. As we were planning ours, we wanted to make it as easy as possible. Being a marketer by trade, I’m always looking for the “big idea” that would guide the decision making process. In looking for that inspiration, we had a really easy answer – toys. Both my husband and I worked at Mattel, which is where we met.

Our main source of inspiration was UNO cards. We loved the idea of incorporating toys, but didn’t want to go overboard. The 40th Anniversary Edition of UNO felt like the right place to start. They had a vintage look and feel, perfect for table numbers, colors that we could work with for all aspects of venue, and of course, reflects so many emotions dating back to childhood. We wanted the entire wedding to feel light-hearted, colorful, and fun – just as we feel we are as a couple. For colors, we chose aspects of the primary colors of the UNO cards themselves. We took the idea of vintage childhood and incorporated other elements – classic coke bottles, craft pom poms, Dr. Seuss book as our guest sign in, baby pictures, and other childhood elements.

When thinking about your childhood, you also immediately think about the home you grew up in. We wanted as many of the environmental elements to convey home. Guests sat in couches with pillows and blankets. We walked down an aisle of layered rugs. The ceremony backdrop was a mantle with the added touch of the ceremony being led by my Husband’s father who wrote his own custom ceremony for us. We kept the ceremony short, with no wedding party, so everyone present could relax, enjoy the event, and have a great time.

Our vendors made the day seamless for us too. Nira from Amber Events, Rachel & Rico from Studio Castillero, the gals from Whoa Nelly and The Little Branch, brought the day to life in ways we didn’t even think was possible. We were able to fully enjoy every moment with our friends and family. Oh and the “Wild Card” table certainly lived up to their table assignment!

Photography: Studio Castillero | Florist: The Little Branch | Catering: Whoa Nelly | Hair and Makeup: Renee Loiz | Lighting: Stage Labs | DJ: RedShoe | Bar: Sunseri's | Carpets/rugs: Casa De Perrin | Desserts: Heirloom LA | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Town and Country | Venue: SmogShoppe | Wedding Coordination: Nira DeLuna of Amber Events

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DIY Wedding at SmogShoppe

When a bride handcrafts 150 feet of tassel garland in the months before the wedding, you know the day will be something really special. And while I’ve swooned my fair share of SmogShoppe “I dos” this DIY beauty from Leila Brewster truly takes the cake. Fresh and hip, yet elegant and refined, you’d be hard pressed to find a gallery more pin-worthy than this.

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From the Bride… Jesse and I are complete opposites. With that in mind it’s pretty amazing that we both had the same vision for our wedding – fun, full of life and unhindered by things that traditionally “have to be done”. We wanted an intimate ceremony, but an epic party – a wedding that represented us one hundred percent. Seeing SmogShoppe for the first time, I had stars in my eyes and Jesse signaled his signature nod of approval. Beautiful, hip and with a subtle element of surprise, it was the perfect venue for us.

As with all weddings, décor options are without limit, but because SmogShoppe had so many marvelous style elements already, we wanted to keep it simple. I have always loved the look of Confetti’s System’s tassel garlands, and I was inspired to craft my own set – all 150 feet of it. As a freelance painter, I had the time, but it was still a monstrous project to take on. Several months later, with the help of Jesse and my friends, and an uncountable number of hours of folding, cutting and twisting, we were finally done. It was truly a labor of love and the results were nothing short of fantastic!

In the midst of all this, Tracy – my coordinator from The Bride Concierge – went with me on a little adventure to downtown LA’s textile district to hunt for burlap fabric to use as table runners, along with ribbons to bring a peach and pink color scheme to life. We cut the burlap and stripped the sides to give it a warm, rustic look. And who doesn’t love some accents of gold glitter to top it all off? It was the perfect way to imbue the tables with just the right amount of sparkle!

I was overflowing with emotion on our wedding day as we watched it all come together with truly breathtaking floral arrangements from Erin of Dandelion and Grey. Coral and blush hued peonies, dahlias and ranunculus perfectly complimented the vintage stamps from our wedding invitations. Our photographer, Leila Brewster, did an amazing job capturing the essence of our décor and the spirit of our wedding and I really couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with.

As for the day itself, it was a blast! Our ceremony was immediate family only and felt like a warm hug; like a sanctuary in this crazy, fast-paced world that we live in. Without an awkward walk down an aisle, a bridal party, or even a bouquet to worry about, the focus was drawn completely to us, our love, and the ones whom we hold dear. Seventy-three of our closest loved ones soon joined us for dinner and a party that raged on well past everyone’s bed times.

We danced and whooped and bounced off the walls all the way until the very end and I’ll always remember that it was a night bursting with laughter and love. Jesse and I were so glad we did everything our way – no fuss, no muss – and we are so grateful that we had such a dream team of sweet, supportive and exceptionally skilled people who went above and beyond for us the whole way.

Photography: Leila Brewster | Floral Design: Dandelion + Grey | Catering: Huntington Catering Company | Planning + Coordination: Tracy Choy at The Bride Concierge | Venue: SmogShoppe