Smog Shoppe weddings get me every.single.time. I swear it might be the most stylish venue in all the land, and the couples that say I do there always seem to be equally chic. This darling duo is no different, their day was overflowing with lovely, and thanks to Mark Brooke Photographers, you can see it all here.
From the Bride…When Johnny and I started planning for our wedding, we both knew we wanted a venue that had fun and unique written all over it. We came across the Smog Shoppe online and decided to drive by it to see what it looked like. We actually walked in without an appointment, luckily someone was inside and was nice enough to show us around. We instantly fell in love! We knew we had to have our wedding there! We asked when their next availability was and it was in 2014. We were so sad. We were planning on having our wedding in 2013. We left and continued our search for a venue. 2 days later, the Smog Shoppe calls us and tells us that they just had a cancellation for August 31, 2013. Without any hesitation, we said YES!
We kept our decor very simple. Erica and Jackie from live love create events filled the space with hand painted mason jars and filled them with fluffy baby’s breath. I loved that the Smog Shoppe was unique and had its own personality but was also so easy to incorporate the things we loved and still looked perfect! Did I forget to mention that I have an obsession with giraffes? Johnny got me one of the giant giraffes when we first started dating almost 7 years ago. The other one was sent over to my hotel room during my Bachelorette party. As you can see we picked the right venue, we can’t imagine giant giraffes in a fancy ballroom.
I have to say it really didn’t hit me that I was getting married. I wasn’t nervous at all until I walked down the stairs and saw my dad waiting to walk me down the aisle. I couldn’t keep the tears from rolling down my face. Seeing Johnny waiting for me at the end of the aisle was so emotional. I’ve never seen Johnny cry like this. We also loved writing our own vows. We felt like we really got to share our special moment with family and friends.
One of our favorite parts of the wedding was when we ran out of sand for our sand ceremony. Unfortunately I measured wrong and the unity vase was too BIG for the tiny bit of sand. This is usually a beautiful moment between the bride and groom but we both laughed hysterically along with our guests. This is what reminded us that weddings aren’t always perfect and that we were just so happy to celebrate this amazing day with our family and friends.
Photography: Mark Brooke Photographers | Videographer: Cloud 9 Cinematography | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: New York Bakery | Shoes: Melissa + Campana Pape | Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom | Makeup + Hair: Kelly Yi | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Wedding Venue: Smog Shoppe | Bouquets: Etsy Alternative Blooms | Catering + Bar: Shin Mi Caterin | Centerpieces:: Etsy Lilykayy | Ceremony And Reception: Smog Shoppe | Cookies: Milk Jar Cookies | Coordination, Planning + Design: Live Love Create Events | DJ + MC + Lighting: Prokreation Productions | Groom's + Groomsmen Lapel Pin: Hook + ALBERT | Management Co: Tact Event Management | Photo Booth: Mark Brooke Photographers | Rentals: Huntington Catering Company | Valet Services: Jeffrey Valet | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother