SmogShoppe Wedding by Picotte Photography + Amber Events
December 30, 2010
United States

Color. In a word, that basically sums up this absolutely stunning fiesta of a wedding celebration by Krista Malinin of Amber Events. Well, that and darling, gorgeous and festive. But there is so much color I can barely contain myself. That's what happens to New Englanders in the winter, we crave color - so I do believe I will be bookmarking this beauty for my daily dose. Looking at the work of Picotte Photography is just what the doctor ordered for the winter doldrums, so plan some time today to cozy up with the gallery.











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The moment we walked into SmogShoppe for the first time, I knew it was going to be our wedding venue. Everything about it is perfect for Cody and I - centrally located for all of our family and friends, beautiful without much extra effort needed, full of personality and just completely "us." It felt like a place where our guests could relax and have a good time, which is exactly what I had been looking for. I was spending a ton of time browsing the internet for inspiration for our details - I had so many ideas but nothing was really coming together for me. That is, until I came across Ay Mujer's custom papel picado flags. I instantly was drawn to these flags, loved the colors and the festive atmosphere they would create. Once I found Ay Mujer all my other details started to fall into place.

Being a graphic designer and craft-geek, I have always know that I would make my own wedding invitations. After finding the papel picado flags, I had the idea to make my invitations look like these hand cut flags. I wasn't sure how or if it could be done, but I was goign to try! I used drawings provided by the lovely Yreina of Ay Mujer to create a design. I then used a Xyron Wishblade to cut over 100 invitations. It was a long, painful process, but with Cody's help we got it done and the work was definately worth it in the end. I was so happy with how they turned out!

The most important thing for us is that our wedding was fun and everyone was happy. I wanted everything to be colorful, cheerful, and summery. I never picked a color, or a set color scheme. This seemed to freak some people out along the way, but in the end everything looked so beautiful and exactly what I had hoped for. I didn't want to rely on a color scheme to be the thing that people remembered - I wanted to create a *vibe*. Cody described our wedding details as "John Wayne's Quinceniera." When choosing my vendors, I wanted those that are most familiar with the SmogShoppe. The venue draws an incredible group of talented vendors who love to work together - I am so amazed with every one of them. I chose vendors who I trusted and knew would do a great job no matter what. I gave very little direction, just described the vibe, and allowed them to run with it and add their spin. I must say, it all worked out great! Seeing everything come together on our wedding day was magic. It all looked perfect and, most importantly, every one of our guests had a big smile on their face. Our ulitmate goal was achieved - everyone had a blast and the day went off without a hitch!


Venue: SmogShoppe / Wedding Coordinator: Krista Malinin for Amber Events / DJ: Smiles Davis / Flowers: Holly Flora / Catering: Jalisco's Mobile Taco Grill / Bartenders & Wait Staff: Huntington Catering Company / Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew / Bridesmaids Shoes: Unforgettable Moments by Lela Rose for Payless / Groom & Groomsmen Tux & Shoes: Men's Warehouse / Bride's Dress: Saja Wedding / Bride's Shoes: J. Crew / Photobooth: PhotoboxLA / Cupcakes: My aunt, Jane / Mexican Flags: Ay Mujer on Etsy / Signs on Welcome Table: Yee Haw on Etsy / Wood Table Numbers: Dave's Signs / Photographer: Picotte Photography / Hair and Makeup: Mariah Nicole / Flowers in Bride's hair: Mikiye Creations on etsy