SmogShoppe Wedding from Closer to Love Photography
August 14, 2012
United States
If you would have asked me a few years ago what my favorite color would be, I guarantee pink would not have been on my radar. But then SMP happened and along with that came wedding after gorgeous wedding filled to the brim with pink hues. And you know what? I was totally converted. I'm now a proud pink lover through and through and it's for reasons like this SmogShoppe fête captured by Closer to Love Photography. The florals by The Little Branch make each detail shine that much brighter and the Bride and Groom are total smitten kittens, which is obvious from first glance. See it all right here.
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From the Bride... When Daniel and I first walked into the Smogshoppe, we instantly knew this was the placed to wanted to get married in. It was actually the first venue we visited, but we didn't need to look any further! It was unbelievable to find a venue that perfectly fit what we wanted on our big day. The walls filled with succulent plants helped us save on flower costs because no other decoration was really needed. I have always had soft spot for anything pink, sparkly, girly and romantic, and Daniel was always a fan of anything and everything vintage, so we resorted to flea markets almost every weekend to find props. I also found tons of great little things on Etsy. Everything we purchased was used during our e-session as well so everything from our engagement shoot to our wedding tied together.

As an interior designer, Daniel really loves to be hands-on and make things, and I have always loved arts and crafts, so we really took the time to do tons of DIY. It's a good thing we had a year and a half engagement because we had plenty of time to get things done. Daniel refinished some of the props we found to make them look more vintage, we collected various types of different lace and crochet ribbons for the ball jar vases we used for our centerpieces, we got pieces of vintage wood and made frames for the seating chart and menus, we played with tissue paper and metallic streamers to make our own balloons, we cut different types of pink and white fabrics for our dessert bar back drop, and we also created all the paper goods with our logo that was designed by a graphic design friend of ours. We loved our logo so much that we had to use it on other things for the wedding as well.

Daniel and I are the types to remember all the little things wherever we go, so we made sure that we had little details tucked in here and there for our guests to find — little pin back buttons with our faces, which were a hit, as well as little matchboxes with our logo stamped on them. We also made sure to include our favorite little ones, our lovely doggies! They had so much fun getting dressed up for the big day, and we also had little doggie bags with treats for guests to take home to their little ones as well. From the dress to the venue, everything was just perfect and exactly what I had wanted my wedding to be. We were very blessed to find all of our vendors who understood our vision clearly and made all this possible. My favorite part was the Hello Kitty cake that was placed on top of our cupcake tower. It was a dream come true to see my favorite childhood character come to life on my big day. We wanted the overall atmosphere of our wedding to feel more like a big party rather than a typical wedding, and that's exactly how our guest felt when they arrived. The cozy venue, lounge chairs, coffee tables, walls of succulents and serving our main dish family-style really helped people interact and have a good time. The photo booth was also great because we really wanted our guests to capture all the fun moments at the wedding, and it was so much fun for us to go back and see all the photos and see how much fun everyone was having. It was a lot of work, but we couldn't be happier with the results. Looking back on that day now, we can't think of anything that we would want to change. We are so thankful to all our friends, family and vendors for making our big day such a memorable one — a day we will never forget. 

Wedding Photography: Closer to Love Photography / Wedding Venue: SmogShoppe in Los Angeles, California / Floral Design: The Little Branch / Wedding Cinematography: Mooney Media / Catering + Bar Service: Huntington Catering / Appetizers: Porto's Bakery / Salad + Main Course: Bossa Nova / Dessert Bar + Hello Kitty Cake: Cupcakes Couture / DJ: A-Rok Entertainment / Wedding Invitations, Programs: DIY / Envelopes: Envelope Mall / Printing: Indie Printing / Bride + Groom Logo: Designed by Janice Song / Tags: finding nana / Bakers' Twine + Ribbons: caramelos / Rubber Stamps: stampoutonline / Guest Book: Amazon / Photo Sign-In Album: Blurb / Dessert Bar Backdrop, Vintage Props, Name Board, Paper Garlands, Jar Decor: DIY / Succulent Favors: The Succulent Source + DIY Wrapping / Large Balloons: Any Occasion Balloons / Ball Jars: Kmart / Fork Set: prettyparis / Logo Pinback: roundwords / Matchboxes: Amazon / Wedding Dress Hanger: whiskeynweddingbells / Valet Service: Jeffrey Valet / Photo Booth: Photobox LA / Dog Handling: Bark After Dark / Wedding Dress + Veil: Custom by Dawn of Atelier / Bride's Reception Dress: Motel via Nasty Gal / Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka via Bloomingdales / Bride's Bracelet + Earrings: Nadri via Nordstrom / Bride's Rings: Designed by the Groom / Hair + Makeup: Etude Lounge / Bridesmaids' Dresses: Custom by Dawn of Atelier / Bridesmaids' Shoes: Steve Madden via Zappos / Bridesmaids' Necklaces: Tiffany & Co. / Groom's Suit: Calvin Klein / Groom's Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider via Nordstrom / Groom's Socks: ALDO / Groom's Bow Tie: Amazon / Groom's Belt: Gucci / Groom's Wedding Band: Bulgari / Groom's Watch: Hublot / Groomsmen's Suits: Giovanni / Groomsmen's Shoes: Converse / Groomsmen's Bow Ties: Zara / Dog's Tutu: rufflesandstitches / Dog's Tuxedo: Amazon