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Rock ‘n Roll Smog Shoppe Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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Put together one super rad couple, the talents of photographers Callaway Gable and designers Lauren of A Fabulous Fete and Amber of Amber Events, and you’ll end up with this totally unique California wedding at one of our favorite venues, L.A.’s Smog Shoppe. Check out all the little details that make this wedding something truly special, like the personal notes for guests on their place settings!

bride and groom

From the bride, Anita: My brain was swimming in an ocean of wedding decor and theme ideas and I was having an impossible time making decisions of any kind. Lucky for me, my talented friend, Sharon, of Cupcakes & Cutlery, kindly drove up from the OC to help clear the clutter and put me on the right track. She asked me all the right questions to get me to make some decisions… and she advised me to put together a vision board for the big day. She, also, recommended a talented friend of hers, Lauren, of A Fabulous Fete
calla lily bouquet

bride and groom

bride and groom
flower dress details

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Mark and I both fell in love with SmogShoppe when we went for our walk-through! We just KNEW it was the perfect place for us. My mom, Athina, however, who lives in Arkansas and Greece (odd, I know) was a bit skeptical of the location site name – but, she was really cool about letting me do things my way. (Yay, Athina!) She was telling people that we were having “an alternative, California-style wedding” – which made it sound like I was marrying a girl, somewhere in the redwood forest, wearing a hemp sundress and birkinstocks… but, I digress.


lambs ear wedding bouquets
Modern Pop wedding

black dress bridesmaids
wedding napkin

outdoor bridal processional

The wedding colors were black and white, with accent colors of dark turquoise and egg yolk yellow. For table decor/centerpiece items, I spray-painted figurines the 2 accent colors… some were items we already owned (like Mark’s Fantasy Football trophy from 2007), some were gifts from friends, and some were treasures we found at local Goodwills and garage sales! I even put a call out on Facebook asking for figurine donations from friends for an “art project” (I didn’t dare say it was for wedding decor, or my mother would have blasted off into orbit!) We ended up having hundreds of yellow and turquoise treasures!


Modern Pop wedding

outdoor bridal processional

wedding favor packaging idea

outdoor bridal processional

Rather than rent silverware, we scoured Goodwills for ornate-looking silverware. We cleaned them and taped off the parts used for eating – and Lauren (of A Fabulous Fete) spray-painted the handles white. I’ve always wanted white or black ornate silverware, and this was a dream come true!


hanging wedding guestbooks
turquoise wedding idea

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Smogg Shop wedding

black white place settings
glove mold wedding decor

turquoise decor wedding idea

yellow reception decor
handwritten paper doily

Rather than use tableclothes or placemats, we bought large, white doilies and came up with personal messages for our guests that Lauren hand-wrote in her amazing and unique calligraphy. Some messages were specific (to our parents) and other were general messages that we wanted to share with our guests.


turquoise wedding idea

bride and groom rings


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Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Wedding Photographer: Callaway Gable / Wedding Planner and Styling: Amber Gustafson of Amber Events / Wedding Venue: Smog Shoppe / Wedding Dress: Armine Ohanessian of R-Mine / Bride’s Hair: Dessarae of Parlor / Bride’s Makeup: Brittney of Brows By Brittney / Groom’s Suit: The Groom’s Valet / Wedding Flowers: Holly Flora / Wedding Caterer and Desserts: Auntie Em’s Kitchen / Beverages: Sunseri’s / DJ: DJ Nahchey / Rentals and Lighting: Smart Party Rents / Napkins: DwellStudio for Target / Wedding Invitations and Placemats: A Fabulous Fete / Invitation Printing: Creative Letterpress / Wedding Programs: bride / Officiant: David A. Hutchinson, MDiv.

Cherry Valley Peach Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Today’s wedding captured by Sara Lucero, is the sweetest of the sweet. With only 60 guests, the newlyweds married under an aged oak tree surrounded by touches of peachy pinks and vintage whites. It doesn’t get much more precious than this!


From the photographer, Sara: Sarah and Brian have a deep and sincere love and their intimate wedding of 60 guests reflected that. Sarah’s dream was to get married under an oak tree and Highland Springs Resort had an 1,100 year old oak tree that fit the bill perfectly. The rain clouds parted moments before Sarah and her father walked down the aisle and Brian; who had been relaxed and collected all day, could not contain his excitement! He smiled the entire ceremony and when it was time to kiss his bride he put his hands around her face and kissed her until she was bashful. It was perfectly sweet and charming.






The happy couple sat amongst their 60 guests for dinner on one long stretched table and ditched the dancing and garter toss for story time and toasts with the people who matter most to them. They shared cookies and milk in classic milk jugs (that doubled as their wedding favors) and she tossed her bouquet as they walked to their get-away car. It was a unique, classic, sweet, and sentimental wedding that we were blessed to be a part of. Sarah and Brian are the real deal!










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Wedding Location: Cherry Valley, CA / Wedding Photographer: Sara Lucero / Styling and Floral Design: Brier Rose Design / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Highland Springs Resort

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DIY Teacup Planter Favors

DIY Projects

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We can all unanimously agree that everything is cuter in miniature size. Case in point are these vintage teacups transformed into mini planters. They are the bee’s knees of eco-friendly, practical and personal wedding favors. Jenny Batt of Hank & Hunt is back with us to share her latest tutorial:

teacup place card

From Jenny of Jenny Batt of Hank & Hunt : I’m sure you have seen all the succulent DIYs out there for weddings, but have you seen the other miniature plants in the terrarium section of the nursery? They are full of tiny flowering and hosta like lovelies. They have some with pink spotted leaves and small soft silvery white leaves. Miniature violets? Yes, please. I love all of them, their diminutive size makes them perfect to stick in a collection of teacups. Add a flag and use these as escort cards.

You will need:

potting soil
teacups
mini plant for terrariums

diy teacup plant escort card

Wash and dry your teacup. Using a spoon, fill the bottom 1/3 of the cup with soil. Remove your plant from its pot and gently squish the bottom of the roots. Place in the center of the teacup and add dirt around until planted. Dust off the sides and water lightly. Add a tag to the handle or a paper flag like we show here. These would be just as cute sprinkled around the reception, too.
diy teacup plant escort card

teacup place card

Can’t find a large enough collection of teacups that match? Try searching pattern names on ebay on the ones you have found. Another idea? Add a pop or color and spray paint the outside of them all, a great way to make frilly teacups a bit more modern. Are you having a hard time finding mini plants? Try boutique style nurseries, these aren’t at your local hardware store.

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Holland Daze Weddings

Your florals should be as unique as your signature. We love to capture your personality in the flowers of the day with your own floral signature. We love happy brides, and look forward to surrounding you with exquisite blooms and memorable fragrance as you share your vows and celebrate your marriage. Can’t wait for you to meet your blooms!

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