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Library Inspired Wedding at the Smog Shoppe

You know what’s super cute? Meeting the love of your life at your college library. Even cuter? Fashioning your wedding after that book-infused beginning.From library card invitations to favorite books dotting the landscape of Smog Shoppe, the beauty is in the details planned by LVL Weddings & Events and gorgeous coral peonies by Twig & Twine too. Find even more captured by Kaysha Weiner right here.

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From Kaysha Weiner PhotographerOur super sweet couple met at the UCLA Library 9 years ago, and they both love to read so it makes sense that they’d want to incorporate such a personal touch to their wedding. Thoughtful details like library card invitations, the couples initials made out of books for the sweetheart table, and a collection of vintage books that belonged to the bride’s mother and her family were pulled in to enhance the library romance.

The Smog Shoppe was the perfect setting for family and friends to witness this union. They were treated to yummy bites and a delicious dinner courtesy of Angie Orsino and her fantastic team from Tender Greens Catering. The seriously gorgeous florals were created by Twig & Twine, and the perfect ending to a lovely and heartfelt evening were the desserts by Sweet & Saucy.

Beautifully, what was more apparent then any theme was the true love these two felt for one another. Throughout the planning process I was able to see how much they cared for and complemented one another. It was a happy lesson in love and understanding and so wonderful to witness. I’ll admit I tend to get a tiny bit fluttery during wedding ceremonies, but usually no tears. That being said, I honest to goodness choked up when I heard her say during her vows “If someone had told me 9 years ago that I would marry the boy from the library, I would not have believed it. But I am so grateful and happy that my life has lead me to this moment with you” Gah. Love them.

Everything was perfectly encapsulated by the talented Kaysha, of Kaysha Weiner Photographer. She thoughtfully captured their personalities and family dynamic along with all of the prettiness of the day.

From The Bride…We met at a library where we both worked in college. When it was time to decide on a theme for our wedding, I knew I wanted it to be something that represented who we are but still simple. We’re both big readers, so a wedding that was inspired by books and libraries just made sense. The books in our centerpieces were mostly books that belonged to my mother and her siblings when they were growing up in the 60s. It was really special to me that I got to use something from my family in the wedding.

One of my favorite parts of the wedding was the soundtrack. Our DJs were amazing. There were so many moments during the wedding where I was smiling just because the music was so good.

My advice for people planning a wedding is that vendors are important. We asked a lot of questions before we hired our vendors. We looked for things like professionalism, punctuality, and attention to detail. By looking for these traits during the hiring process, we were more confident that our day would run smoothly.

My other advice is to do what you want. Weddings are expensive, and they go by in a flash. So don’t do what you think other people want or need, just focus on yourselves. Spend your money on what’s important to you.

Photography: Kaysha Weiner Photographer | Floral Design: Twig & Twine | Invitations: Etsy Seller | Ceremony Venue: Smog Shoppe | Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan For Nordstom | Catering: Tender Greens Catering | Hair And Makeup: Passion For Make-up | DJ: Dart DJ | Bookmarks: Etsy Seller | Brides Dress: Nicole Miller For Nordstrom | Cake Topper: Etsy Seller | Coordination: Courtney Caplin Cotter Of LVL Weddings & Events | Desserts: Sweet And Saucy Shop | Getting Ready: The Culver Hotel | Guest Book: Etsy Seller | Mike And Groomsmen: Friar Tux | Rentals: Town & Country

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It’s no secret we have a love affair with wedding photos. We’re bloggers, after all. So when Michael Anthony Photography first popped up our on radar, we knew we’d be in for something really good. He’s got a serious way with the camera AND there may just be a book discount waiting right below. You can thank us later!

Michael Anthony Photography is an award-winning destination wedding photography studio located in Los Angeles. We specialize in creative documentary, and tell the story of our brides in a unique way that is romantic, pure, and beautiful. Our goal is to tell the story of our bride and groom using powerful, emotion driven imagery. I believe that every wedding has many individual stories that a bride and a groom will look back on years from now to remind them of how their journey started.

Our style of wedding photography is documentary, and I believe in encompassing a couple’s environment, details, and interactions within our photographs. While our style is primarily modern photojournalism, we present traditional elements of timeless portraiture into our clients’ galleries. Our studio has won multiple awards for our imagery and client satisfaction, and we are very passionate about telling our client’s story through our photographs.

*We would like to offer a $500 print credit to all couples who book our services from October 1st – December 31st and mention this SMP Welcome Post during their consultation.*

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After the question has been popped and the news has been celebrated, locking down a date and venue is always top priority on the list. And for couples looking to seal the deal in Laguna, choosing that perfect spot just got a whole lot easier. *Enter* The Ranch at Laguna Beach that just so happens to combine classic elegance and rustic charm in one perfect setting.

From The Ranch at Laguna Beach… Laguna’s legendary nature sets the stage for unforgettable weddings at The Ranch, whether you’re making your first promise or renewing your vows. Couples have their choice of once-in-a-lifetime venues, from the golf fairways to our open-air Scout Camp to our lush Putting Green. Photo opps abound, from romantic bridges and abundant gardens to a vintage tractor.

Like everything at The Ranch, our style of personalized service is warm and inviting, adding to the sense of an inclusive atmosphere that joins two families as one. Food and beverage offerings are bespoke for each event and tailored to your tastes. Bridal hair and salon services are rendered beautifully right here on site. Our Personal Concierges at your beck and call for each event, ensuring every detail is flawless.

With our idyllic Laguna location, The Ranch is the perfect host for your summer destination wedding, putting your out-of-town guests within easy reach of sun, sand, sea and all of the Village’s famed offerings. Our Destination Wedding Planning services will orchestrate every element of your event, whether it’s a sand volleyball tournament, a golf tournament for the bridal party or a barbecue rehearsal dinner at Scout Camp. Locals prefer the relaxed pace of Laguna’s off-season.

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Elegant Estate Wedding Inspiration Part II

Now that you’ve swooned part one of this perfectly styled lovefest, it’s time to dive into the celebration that follows. I’m talking a reception table decked out with sprawling blooms, gold accents and an Edison bulb chandelier that’ll rock your world. Cloudless Weddings filmed the affair designed in the hands of Brooke Keegan, and Marisa Holmes snapped the gallery with so much more.

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From Brooke Keegan Weddings And EventsFor the dining table, we wanted to bring in a little bit of the industrial feel from the Ceremony into the Reception. AK Johnston Group hung vintage Edison bulbs over the table top and we once again used the metal “X” back chairs. The wood table and romantic and lush flowers were accompanied by a screen printed hemstitch napkin. We gathered them with a leather band with the guests name beautifully written on it in gold by KA Kalligraphy.

Who needs bread? We had the sweet B. Toffee treat on each b&b plate. Instead of a traditional cake, we went with a B.Toffee cake. Something that the guys were able to break a piece off of and still do the ceremonial exchange. We set up a Cigar and Scotch bar for later that evening. It is always a fun idea when you have a group of guys that love to sit around and chat. Once the guests got back to their room, there was a Hangover Kit waiting so that they could prepare themselves for the morning that was to come from all the fun drinking the evening before. Doesn’t the Bloody Mary look amazing!? It is the Alchemy Hail Mary, which is bacon infused vodka, homemade bloody mary mix and pickled vegetables.

Photography: Marisa Holmes | Videographer: Cloudless Weddings | Planner: Brooke Keegan Weddings And Events | Calligraphy: KA Kalligraphy | Lighting: AK Johnston Group | Officiant: JP Reynolds | Bridesmaid Dress: Bella Bridesmaid | Bridesmaid Getting Ready Outfit: Plum Pretty Sugar | Catering/Mixologist: Alchemy San Diego | Dining Table: Signature Party Rentals | Floral/Decor: Holly Flora | Grooms' Styling: Crow Thief | Hair/Makeup: Beauty By Melina | Models: JP Calderon, Julz Heaney, Aimee Miller & Austin Johnston | Paper Goods: Wiley Valentine | Tabletop Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals | Toffee Cake: B. Toffee | Venue: Hancock Park

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