Happy Monday, everyone!  I am SO excited that we are kicking off this week with a feature on one of my favorite blogs: Green Wedding Shoes!  Jen curates a fabulous blog and pulls together some of the most unique, creative, beautiful weddings for us to enjoy.  It was such an honor when she said she’d be featuring this special wedding, with incredible photos courtesy of my dear friend Braedon of Braedon Photography.

You will recognize this couple as that ultra-stunning pair from that ultra-stylish engagement shoot I featured back in February.  Check them out HERE if you haven’t already.  🙂  Well, they were married in July at the Smog Shoppe and I have been so anxious to share these images with all of you!  A few fun facts to note about this wedding:

-There was an abundance of cats.  Let me explain.  🙂  The bride happens to be a self-professed cat-lady (I know, she looks nothing like the stereotypical cat lady) and has a number of feline friends at home.  We integrated her favorite creatures into the wedding design in a playful, cheeky way using figurines in tablescapes and statuettes for a fun favor.  (Check out the “Adopt-A-Kitty” table…)  I got in on the fun by wearing a tiny cat button on my blouse, too!

-Their ceremony was THE FIRST to take place in Smog Shoppe’s *brand new* ceremony courtyard.  It is directly adjacent to the “original” Smog Shoppe and has all of the quirky, industrial-chic awesomeness you would expect.

-They didn’t serve a plated dinner!  The couple opted for a cocktail-style lounge reception with delicious stations serving up their favorite foods including tacos, sliders (three kinds including kobe beef, salmon with lime aioli and pulled pork), and sweet potato and regular fries!

The wedding was all about FUN and there was joy pulsing through the air that evening. I had such a blast working this wedding and cannot say enough about how perfectly it all turned out.

I wrote up a detailed piece for Green Wedding Shoes so scoot on over to THIS POST FOR PART 1 of the feature, and HERE FOR PART TWO!!  (Thank you again, Jen, for featuring this wedding!!  <3) For now, feast your eyes on some (mostly) uninterrupted eye candy from Braedon!

i love everything about this one!

begs to be framed.

on the left: keeper of the kitties — a succulent cat creation made by the genius ladies of hollyflora.  note that the kitty is perched on a cigar box and is delicately handling a cigarello — a nod to the groom’s love of cigars.

i played calligrapher for the chalkboard menu.  🙂  despite my initial terror of messing it up, i did it all in one shot, 10 minutes.

picture perfect ending to an amazing evening!

…and you know i had to get a snap with holly!  we were instant BFFs when we first met.  adore her.  🙂  (can anyone spy my cat pin??)

{vendor round-up}

wedding planning & coordination: angel swanson // events of love and splendor

photography: braedon flynn // braedon photography

ceremony & reception sites: smog shoppe (+ brand new smog shoppe ceremony space)

florals: hollyflora

catering: huntington catering

vintage furniture: {found} vintage rentals

ceremony audio: BTS

band: latin express

cake: susie cakes L.A.

cigar roller: mursuli cigars

valet: jeffrey valet

site management: TACT

Enjoy your week!!  xoxo, Angel

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Comments (14)

  1. weezermonkey: August 30, 2010

    I want to get married again just so you could coordinate my wedding!

  2. loveandsplendor: August 31, 2010

    i want you to get married again for the same reason!! 🙂

  3. AngelaC: August 31, 2010

    I love this wedding! You and Anna did a wonderful job. And how gorgeous is the bride? I love how she uses her mom & grandma’s dress and transform it into a stylish and modern one-of-a-kind dress! Great job on the chalkboard menu, love the mini taco drawing! heheheh…. hope to see you and Anna soon!

  4. loveandsplendor: August 31, 2010

    i love that you noticed the little taco. 🙂 xoxo yes, we will be seeing each other SOON! email coming your way! xo

  5. tammi shen: August 31, 2010

    omg absolutely speechless! i loooooooooooooove the bride’s dress!

  6. loveandsplendor: August 31, 2010

    isn’t it gorgeous?? she created it herself — she altered the dress that her grandmother *and* mother wore on their wedding days. i love that!!

    p.s. i miss you A LOT!

  7. sherlock stories: September 1, 2010

    your beautiful weddings never cease to impress & always am drawn to look @ the pics over & over

    btw….i TOTALLY knew it was your hand-writing on the chalk board before i even read the caption.

    love you!

  8. loveandsplendor: September 1, 2010

    you are sooo sweet 🙂 thanks lovey!

  9. anna: September 1, 2010

    This was one of my favorite weddings this year! i heart the smog shoppe, braedon, and everything about their wedding. PLUS, holly & ryan are two of the best looking people i’ve EVER seen. everything was perfect!
    yay! 🙂

  10. loveandsplendor: September 1, 2010

    don’t forget the yummy taco cart!! xo

  11. Cynthia: October 24, 2010

    Beautiful wedding and gorgeous couple!

  12. Betsy: January 22, 2011

    I love this wedding, and especially Holly’s incredible homemade hairpiece. Random question, but I’d love to see if see if she is by chance making them to sell… I’m getting married next month and would love to hire her to make such an amazing hairpiece! 🙂 Anyone know how I can get a hold of her??? 🙂


  13. loveandsplendor: January 24, 2011

    thank you for your sweet words, betsy! i sent your email address to holly! best wishes for your upcoming wedding. 🙂 xo

  14. Betsy: January 25, 2011

    so sweet; thank you!

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