DIY Wedding with Gorgeous Style, II
November 23, 2009
United States

Max Wanger is kind of a celebrity in the blog world. His blissfully dreamy photographs are beloved by bloggers and brides alike so when I saw his name in my inbox, my heart did a little flutter. And the wedding he sent didn't disappoint. The bride actually read SMP every if we had even a tiny hand in the gorgeousness of this wedding,'s a proud day indeed!

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My dress is by Claire Pettibone, and pink-studded shoes by Pedro Garcia. Jeff wore a dark grey glenplaid suit from Zara, paired with a Hugo Boss tie and shoes from Kenneth Cole. The bridesmaids each wore a different gray dress fit to their own style. The groomsmen wore gray Alfani suits with coordinating striped ties. We loved that the Smog Shoppe was eco-friendly and wanted to contribute to the green venue in some way. My gown was locally made and constructed of unbleached cotton.

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Beth Helmstetter introduced us to the Smog Shoppe and we immediately knew it was the spot for us. Jeff was drawn to its urban design and I loved all the eclectic elements. With a design background and an obsession with wedding blogs (with SMP as one of my faves!), I couldn't wait to start the design process.

The ceremony was decorated with an assortment of blue and white china which came from a collection of sources including a family friends backyard. Our floral designer, Holly of Holly Flora, adorned the event space with an organic mix of ivory flowers. We raided the flea markets and scored several items including the crown cake topper, my bohemian headpiece and the travel case that served as a card box.

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We ditched the idea of a traditional sit-down meal, and served dinner cocktail style – tray-passed miniature delectables by Bite Catering. Our awesome bartender, Kasey of Luscious Libations created our signature drink, named I Effen Love You (made of Effen black cherry flavored vodka). Our deliciously adorable wedding cake (of cupcakes!) was made by our friend, Stefani at Skye Cakes.

Vendors: Florals by Holly Flora, Entertainment by Dash Entertainment, Stationery by Papermade Design, Cakes by Cake Syke, Catering by Bite Catering, Venue by Smog Shoppe, Beverages by Luscious Libations