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Traditional Downtown Los Angeles Wedding

Until I laid my eyes on this beautiful LA affair captured by Samuel Lippke Studios, I was fully on board with planning my garden party style wedding.  But that was before.  Because this is the type of wedding that makes you rethink everything you ever thought you wanted, and spend your days completely drooling over traditional details with a massive side of pretty.  Join me in the gallery for so much more.

From Samuel Lippke StudiosWhat a gorgeous wedding day this was! Samuel loved photographing Chelsea & Dave’s special day at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles this December. We cannot get over how stunning this wedding was – especially the all-ivory scene in the bride’s dressing room! The day was complete with Chelsea’s stunning Marchesa dress, driftwood trees and hundreds of delicate orchids.

Samuel was partnered with an amazing team for the day including planner Emma Petievich, florals by Margit Holakoui and Lee’s Orchids, and Julie Hill of Elysium Productions!

Photography: Samuel Lippke Studios | Videography: Elysium Productions | Cake: Ester Siswadi | Bride's Shoes: Charlotte Olympia | Rings: Cartier | Bride's Dress: Marchesa | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Vibiana | Event Planning : Emma Petievich | Floral Design (Personal): Margit Holakoui | Floral Design (Tables & Trees): Lee's Orchids | Food Truck: In-n-Out Burger | Music: DeBois Entertainment | Photobooth: ShutterBooth

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Sweet Los Angeles Wedding at Smog Shoppe

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 | Groom's Attire: Burberry | 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 | Makeup + Hair: Kelly Yi | Management Co: Tact Event Management | Photo Booth: Mark Brooke Photographers | Rentals: Huntington Catering Company | Valet Services: Jeffrey Valet | Wedding Venue: Smog Shoppe

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Cloud 9 Cinematography

Intimate Los Angeles Wedding at SmogShoppe

I swear, SmogShoppe is a total magnet for seriously cool couples. Ladies and gents like these two who aren’t afraid to bend the rules when it comes to their wedding - which ultimately leads to some of the coolest parties ever to grace the pages of SMP. This fête is the perfect example. It’s intimate dinner party meets meaningful nuptials all planned to perfection by Nira Luna of Amber Events and captured beautifully by Valerie Noel - leaving us with a gallery too good to miss.

Al Fresco

From the Bride…Rob and I knew we wanted to have an intimate and fun wedding, and we wanted it to be as stress free as possible, enter Nira from Amber Events! We live in New York, so planning a wedding cross country was a daunting task, but with Nira’s help and my mom and best friends we were able to put together a truly special day. Rob and I fell in love with the Smog Shoppe because it was an awesome combination of industrial elements mixed with the beautiful succulent garden and a Vintage flair- it felt like us! The whole theme of the wedding was combining things that on paper aren’t supposed to go together like burlap and lace and succulents and roses. My mother started collecting old tins and tea pots and our incredible florist Gilly filled them with yellow flowers and succulents that were in season. Our ceremony was very special and non traditional, our officiants were my brother and Rob’s step mother and we wrote the whole thing ourselves, including many different traditions as possible. We stood under a chuppah made by one of my bridesmaids out of old and handkerchiefs and remembrances given to us from our families. We wanted our guests to feel like they were at our home for a back yard bbq so the food had to be great! Heirloom more than delivered, we had burgers and tacos and farmers market fresh salads. Neither Rob or I have ever liked cake but we love pie, so we got a variety of incredible pies from Porch Pies and decorated them with fun novelty cake toppers. The band was very important to Rob since he is a musician himself (we met at one of his gigs) and Nira suggested Dustbowl Revival- an great bluegrass/rock and roll band based in LA- they were so good that a few of our guests went to see them play the following night! We tried to incorporate as many fun details as possible, vintage fans to use during the ceremony in case it was hot and yellow and green pashminas for when the sun went down. We had an old fashioned photo booth and used that for our guest book. And we also made wedding mad libs which were so much fun to read later. Our wedding ended up being everything we wanted, intimate and fun and a great party!

Photography: Valerie Noell | Flowers: Gilly's Flowers | Caterer: Hierloom | Hair And Makeup: Fiore Beauty | Lighting And Sound: Best Audio | Band: No Vacancy Entertainment | Bridesmaid's Dresses : Anna | Coordination: Nira Luna Of Amber Events | Groomsmen Attire: Rag & Bone | Photobooth: Classic Photobooth | Pies: Porch Pies | Rentals: Town And Country | Venue: SmogShoppe | Wedding Gown : Greta By Watters

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Fiore Beauty