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November 8, 2018 - 11 comments

Bohemian Wedding at Smoky Hollow Studios

Kate said she wanted a man that was smart, funny, handsome, and from the South. Lucky for her, she found her dream man! Clem checked all the boxes off on her list, and he lived right here in the South Bay. It was only fitting that they celebrate their love locally with their friends and family, and they could not have picked a more perfect venue: Smoky Hollow Studios.

Getting Ready

Kate and Clem got ready at their home nearby, but arrived at Smoky Hollow Studios a bit earlier to take some pre-ceremony photos with each other and with the bridal party. A couple things I love about this venue is the upstairs loft that we used as the bridal suite, and the fact that the exterior is so beautiful and has so many cool places for photos. Check them out below!

Bohemian bride getting ready for wedding at Smoky Hollow Studios

Bride and bridesmaids toast before wedding ceremony

Bohemian bride and bridesmaids in white and pink dresses at Smoky Hollow Studios

Groom and groomsmen having fun before wedding ceremony

Bridal party for Bohemian wedding at Smoky Hollow Studios

The Ceremony

The ceremony took place on the patio right outside the studio. Guests gathered around on the patio while the couple exchanged vows from inside. From where we stood, this was our view. It was definitely cozy but it made for a very intimate setting.

Bride and groom saying vows at Smoky Hollow Studios

Outdoor wedding ceremony at Smoky Hollow Studios

Couple saying vows under sunlight at Smoky Hollow Studios

From guests’ point of view, the couple actually stood above eye-level because the studio itself is on raised grounds. With the sunlight hitting perfectly and the beautiful interior of the venue in the background, it made it so much easier to ooh and ahh about this special moment—and so hard not to cry!

Outdoor wedding ceremony on patio of Smoky Hollow Studios

bridal party on patio of outdoor wedding ceremony at Smoky Hollow Studios

Bride and groom say I do at Smoky Hollow Studios

Bride and groom kiss after ceremony

Happy parents at wedding ceremony

Bride and groom walking down aisle after ceremony

The Reception

Another thing I love about this venue is that we were able to create the ceremony and reception in one space. So after the ceremony, guests came back inside for the reception. Take a close look at some of the details of this bohemian-themed wedding. All the furniture, tables chairs, bars, couches etc. are included in the venue which is really amazing.

Rustic bohemian theme florals for wedding

Rustic themed sign-in table for bohemian wedding

Card box for bride and groom

Seating arrangements on blackboard for rustic bohemian theme wedding at Smoky Hollow Studios

Place setting for BBQ at wedding on rustic wooden table

Buffet setup on long wooden farm tables for wedding reception

Rustic bohemian theme wedding reception at Smoky Hollow StudiosBride and groom grand entrance at Smoky Hollow Studios

Bohemian bride and groom wedding reception at Smoky Hollow Studios

Rustic wedding reception under twinkling lights at Smoky Hollow Studios

Party time!

After a delicious BBQ dinner from Baby Blues BBQ, it was time to party! I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun just WATCHING everyone have fun! This crowd sang and danced the night away to classics and when I tell you that everyone was on the dance floor, I mean EVERYONE!

Bride and groom dancing at wedding reception

Couple dancing at wedding celebration

Happy friends celebrating at wedding reception

Man doing splits at wedding reception

VIPs Entertainment band performing at wedding reception

Friends celebrating at wedding reception

Friends doing limbo at wedding celebration

Bride celebrating with friends at wedding reception

Man dancing and celebrating at wedding reception

The Cake

This couple decided not to have the big traditional wedding cake. Instead, they went for something smaller, tastier, and easier to eat (and cut!) – good ol’ Sweet Potato Pie! They also had several mini pies as desserts for guests, all from Know Reality Pie.

Bride and groom cutting cake at Smoky Hollow Studios wedding

Bride and groom eat wedding pie

Did you like this bohemian industrial wedding at Smoky Hollow Studios? Check out this Winter wedding at Smoky Hollow next!

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Wedding vendor team

Photographer Geoff Rivers // Planner Cause We Can Events // Band VIPs Entertainment // Catering Baby Blues BBQ // Bar National Bar Staffing // Videographer Wandering Study Video // Desserts Know Reality Pie // Lettering Blue Poppy Lettering // Hair Dry Bar // Florals J Flowers

July 11, 2017 - 17 comments

Alli + Rob’s Smoky Hollow Studios Wedding

There are so many things I love about this Smoky Hollow Studios wedding but one of my favorites was that this local Hermosa Beach couple made it a priority to have great speeches. I know that's pretty much impossible to show you in photos but, trust me, they were EPIC!

Smoky Hollow Studios wedding at sunset

Like any great wedding, the day started out with the girls getting ready at the brand new ocean front Redondo Beach Shade Hotel. Armed with cute rompers and a glass of champagne, the bride and her bridesmaids got their hair and makeup done by the lovely Emerald of Makeup by Emerald M.

cute rompers bridesmaids

bride and bridesmaids cheers in rompers

lace bohemian wedding dress on hanger

bride and mother getting ready

red head bohemian bride

The bright floral bouquet by Floret Moon Designs with all of its different shades of pink and green really popped against Alli's ivory dress. The invitation suite matched the whole color palette perfectly and added that extra touch of detail.

bright coral and pink bouquet with sandals

invitation suite with soft pinks, greens and ivory

Meanwhile, Rob and his groomsmen were putting on their jackets, tightening their ties and putting the finishing touches on their groomsmen attires.

groom in light beige suit and grey tie

white and green boutonniere on light suit

groom and groomsmen in light suits and grey ties

The First Look took place in front of a really cool live succulent wall on one of the Shade Hotel patios. Although it was quite windy, Chloe Moore managed to capture some really sweet moments between the soon-to-be newlyweds.

sweet first look in front of plant wall

first kiss in front of plant wall

bride and groom kiss in front of succulent wall

After some cute photos, the couple and their bridal party headed to the ceremony and reception site, Smoky Hollows Studio in El Segundo. This venue is a warehouse meets trendy rustic studio right in the heart of the South Bay. It's filled with plants and a ton of cool eclectic decor. Alli and Rob, who brew their own beer, had branded pint glasses, farmhouse napkins and colorful floral arrangements on long wooden farm tables. The ceremony arch was a giant macrame backdrop surrounded by greenery and ferns. Such a great look!

smoky hollows studio outdoor patio

marquis love sign at smoky hollow studios

macarame ceremony backdrop with greenery

green and white floral centerpieces on farm table

branded beer pint on farm tables

pink, coral and peach flowers on farm tables

The ceremony itself was both sweet and funny. I don't think there was a single dry eye in the room. Once Alli and Rob were pronounced husband and wife, guests were given a margarita and Border Grill was ready with some delicious food!

ceremony at smoky hollow studios

ceremony in front of garage doors

ceremony with macrame backdrop

wedding vows at smoky hollow studios

first kiss in front of smoky hollow studios garage doors

newlyweds after ceremony smoky hollow studios

With Vox DJs in the house, we were now ready to get the party started! There was a selfie booth, great food, epic toasts, homemade beers and lot's of desserts from SusieCakes!

coral bridesmaids dresses at smoky hollow studios

bridal party in front of brick wall

bride and groom in front of warehouse

bride and groom kiss outside smoky hollow studios

chalkboard drink menu on wooden wall

Border Grill catering truck

chalkboard menu sign

wooden card box and guest book

selfiebooth station at smoky hollow studios

ladies posing at selfiebooth station

desserts from SusieCakes on farm table

naked cake by SusieCakes

 

cake cutting in warehouse

dancing at smoky hollow studios

selfiebooth at smoky hollow studios

bride and groom dancing

funny hats during wedding dancing

bride and groom dance-off

groom dance moves

And just like that, the night was over and two awesome humans were now husband and wife. Congratulations again Alli and Rob #hoppilyeverpalaniuk !

dip kiss bride and groom white brick wall

Planning by 'Cause We Can Events // Photography by Chloe Moore Photography // Flowers by Floret Moon Designs // Hair and Makeup by Makeup by Emerald // Videography by Luna Bay Films // Music by Vox DJs // Dress by Dreamers and Lovers // Rentals by Choura Events // Venue Smoky Hollows Studios // Catering by Border Grill // Desserts by SusieCakes

 

May 19, 2017 - 3 comments

Arwa + Zohaile’s Intimate Woodsy Ojai Wedding

Sometimes a destination wedding doesn't actually have to be very far from home. It also doesn't mean it has to be on a beach resort in Mexico. Arwa and Zohaile live in San Diego but wanted to have their guests come together and enjoy the beautiful Ojai area and the views of the Los Padres National Forest. Lucky for them, Zohaile's family has a Ranch right in the heart of Ojai that fit the description perfectly.

Ceremony Los Padres National Forest

Arwa and Zohaile come from two incredible cultures rich in traditions. They chose to incorporate pieces of them during the ceremony but also add new ones, like a tree planting, to truly make it their own.

bohemian dress dreamers and lovers

Arwa chose to get ready at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (one of the most beautiful resorts ever) just a few miles down the road from the wedding venue. Rich with greenery, trees and natural light, it's a photographer's dream place for those candid getting ready photos. The bride and groom also did their First Look there to be able to have a few moments together before joining their friends and family at the Ranch.

First look at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

Bohemian Bride First Look

While all of this gorgeousness was happening at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, the 'Cause We Can Events team and other vendors were busy setting up and making Arwa and Zohaile's wedding vision come alive. The overall wedding design was a little bit of rustic charm with some bohemian vibes and a whole bunch of natural beauty. We wanted to create a super cozy space for friends and family to enjoy.

Triangle bohemian wedding arch

Triangle bohemian wedding arch

Ceremony in the woods with mexican blankets

sofreh ceremony in the woods

mexican blankets for ceremony

s'mores as wedding favor

woodsy wedding signage

airplant centerpieces for wedding tables

woodsy wedding centerpieces with s'mores and airplants

As guests arrived at the private venue, they were encouraged to sign a Jenga piece as the guestbook. Such a fun idea! Our bartending team from The Events Boutique welcomed everyone with handcrafted lavender mojitos that were incredible! The mint was fresh from the Ranch's garden and picked only minutes before the event started. Yum!

Jenga pieces alternative to guestbook

rustic garden wedding signage

wedding ceremony in the woods

The ceremony itself was a beautiful blend of cultural traditions and the union of two beautiful souls.

ring bearers with navy bowties and overalls

ceremony in the woods groom

bohemian bride with crimson and white bouquet

traditional persian ceremony

bohemian ceremony in the woods with triangle arch

persian ceremony in the woods with sofreh

bohemian kiss in the woods wedding ceremony

bohemian ceremony in the woods ojai

Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs! I love how excited our ring bearer is in the front row. Now, it's time to celebrate, take it away DJ Jack!

ojai bohemian wedding reception

bohemian outdoor wedding reception in ojai

The food from The Lime Truck was SO good! Guests enjoyed something like 5 courses of fresh Mexican fusion dishes. For dessert, some traditional Persian cookies and tea along with a modern donut wall were served! Guests actually dined on top of the pool which we had covered by Persiano Event Rentals.

best wedding toasts bohemian

ring bearer attire navy and white

best wedding toasts bohemian

The Lime Truck tacos catering

wedding donut wall and dessert sign

Gimme some sugar dessert sign

We had such a wonderful time being Arwa and Zohaile's wedding coordinators and being part of such a cool, adventurous couple's wedding day. We even got to stay in yurt while we were in Ojai so that was an added bonus! Thank you to Laura Goldenberger for always capturing the most perfect moments.

bohemian wedding in the woods ojai

romantic bohemian wedding in the woods ojai

wedding in nature by creek

kiss in nature bohemian wedding couple

Planning by 'Cause We Can Events // Photos by Laura Goldenberger // Music by DJ Jack Farmer // Dress by Dreamers and Lovers // Rentals by Persiano Event Rentals and Blue Fish Event Rentals // Venue Private Ranch // Catering by The Lime Truck // Bartending by The Events Boutique

 

May 2, 2017 - 62 comments

Best and Worst Types of Flowers For Your Outdoor Wedding

As Monet once said, "I must have flowers, always, always." And I'm the first person to agree! Today I want to talk about all things wedding flowers for your outdoor wedding.

In celebration of this gorgeous time of the year, let's talk about flowers. For an outdoor wedding, picking the perfect flowers for your bouquet or centerpiece can be a stress. Have no fear! We've put together a list of 5 sturdy blooms that won't wilt in harsh weather conditions and 3 buds that you might want to steer clear from.

We connected with one of our favorite florists in Tennessee, Stephanie from Lang Floral Designs to get her thoughts on these too.

Best Flowers for Outdoor Weddings

Succulents

Starting off with succulents, of course! These are so hard to resist when planning your outdoor adventurous wedding. They have such a unique look and are so versatile, add them in your bouquet or in a bundle for your centerpieces. Some of them, like the air plant, don't even need to be planted in soil so you could have them hanging from a ceremony backdrop for a dramatic effect.

Stephanie says: By nature, succulents are hardy even without a water source or in the hot sun.  This is why they can hold up during an outdoor wedding, even if it ends up being a hot, sunny day.

air plant on piece of driftwood

Photo by Laura Goldenberger

Succulents have an extremely long life and need very little water. Another good thing is that they are sold fully bloomed, so no waiting time. I love how Lisa and Steven incorporated little succulents into their bouquet and boutonniere. With their wedding taking place before we got all this great rain, having some drought-resistant bits and pieces was key!

Photos by Jennifer Fujikawa

You can even use smaller succulents as wedding favors for your guests. A little something they can re-pot back home. The "Thank You" tags that we made for this wedding were actually made from seed paper which guests could take home, plant and watch the wildflowers grow!

succulent favor in a jar

Photo by Chloe Moore Photography

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These flowers don't even look real! Add these globe shaped blooms to your bouquet or centerpieces and you have yourself a whimsical-nature look perfect for any outdoor wedding.

Photo via Bloom & Wild & Photo by Heline Bekker

They bring such an interesting texture and visual interest to bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages.

They are in ready to use form and they last for days. Fun for adding pops of color, use these for your spring wedding! You can also find dried versions of them which would keep even longer. These would also look really good in tall wine bottles on long farm tables, am I right?

Eucalyptus

Ugh! I am obsessed with Eucalyptus. I think it is so woodsy, fresh and a great way to add greenery in bridal bouquets. Fun Fact: Eucalyptus trees can live more than 250 years. So these are extremely durable for your rustic garden wedding.

Photo by Chloe Moore Photography

This is the perfect touch if you're imagining a cascading bouquet as you walk down the aisle. Eucalyptus adds more of a personal feeling to your wedding, showcasing your nature-loving spirit.

bride in front of getaway car red convertible

Photos by Amy Lynn Photography

Also, you can't go wrong with a long eucalyptus garland on your ceremony arch or as a natural table runner. Bonus: they smell SO good.

Photos by Chloe Moore Photography

Garden Spray Roses

Now, I'm not usually a fan of roses. They're almost too classic for me but the Garden Spray rose has a sort of Peony look to it. Rather than sprouting upward like a traditional sweetheart rose, the petals on these bloom more outward which makes for a fuller bouquet.

Stephanie says: There's a reason why roses are used so commonly by florists.  They last a long time and are strong.  But don't be fooled by the long standing tradition of roses for weddings.  Roses come in great muted color pallets that are perfect for a modern wedding style.  Garden roses offer an even more premium look and are show stoppers when fully opened. They hold up great to all the elements and will most likely even last several days after the wedding. 

This gives your bouquet an eccentric, offbeat look while adding texture and fullness at a fraction of the price. Our bride, Misha's bouquet made by Hilary's Flowers and Such was all about being wild and free but with some soft pinks and blues to add a little romance.

These flowers also look BOMB on wedding cakes. Combined with greenery, you'll have a dessert table that makes a statement.

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Photos by Laura Goldenberger

These are also the most durable in the rose family, so if you're looking for a touch of romance with a little bit of edge in your bouquet, this might be it!

Jasmine

It’s no wonder there's a princess named after this flower. Jasmine is oh-so-soft and adds just the right amount of femininity. They look super graceful and fun in a bouquet and the best part is: They love the heat, so less stress for you!

Photo via Velvet and Twine

While I was looking for some photos of jasmine, I came across so many ideas for cakes that incorporated this beautiful flower.

Photo by Megan Welker // Flowers by The Little Branch

I mean.. I can’t get over how carefree and natural that is. Looks like the cake came out of the woods that way!

Worst Flowers for Outdoor Weddings

Now, I hate to do this but you'll thank me later.  If you are having an outdoor wedding, here are some not-so-great blooms you should stay away from when picking your bridal bouquet flowers .

Peonies

I know we're going to have some angry and sad brides out there that may reach out to us. Peonies are such a popular flower in the wedding industry. They truly look stunning in bouquets but when it comes to their outdoor toughness, they're a bit of a wimp. Sorry lovelies. Now, if you must have peonies on your wedding day, I recommend having them in your bouquet but not in your centerpieces as they will be the ones sitting in the sun.

Stephanie Says: Peonies are a favorite of many brides. However, once they bloom out to that perfect luscious size, their life is extremely short.  Heat, wind or direct sunlight can make that life even shorter.  And when the peony bloom is done, it doesn't just look a little droopy, it usually drops ALL its petals at once.  I just hate the thought of an entire large bloom falling apart from a gust of wind in the middle of a ceremony.  There are several varieties of Garden Roses that look very similar that we like to use in its place for outdoor weddings.  

Did you read that ladies? There are GARDEN ROSES that look like peonies! Yes mam, I've seen it with my own eyes. Do yourselves a favor and swap out those delicate peonies for some lush garden roses if you're planning to be outside on your wedding day.

Hydrangea

“Such a sensitive little flower” No, literally. Hydrangeas have such soft, showy blooms that are so springy and fun but these must be kept hydrated and die pretty quickly (especially if you're going to be out in the sun). Unfortunately, might not be worth the risk!

Gardenia

These are such a popular flower for wedding bouquets. But for an outdoor wedding? These flowers tend to brown super easily, especially if put in a harsh weather environment. Such a shame, these are such a classy and timeless flower.

Tulips

Crisp and dainty, these add a sophisticated sense of style to any bouquet. But tulips thrive in the ground where they are originally planted. The stalks will droop, petals will fall, and this flower will wilt at the sight of heat. It’s best to keep them in your garden!

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Well there you go, some of the best and worst flowers to use for your outdoor wedding. Hopefully this was informative and gave you some inspiration. I know I'm feeling even more in the Spring mood after writing this. Remember, Spring is a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be, so plant a garden and believe in tomorrow!

Want more spring time wedding inspiration? Check out this Joshua Tree Spring wedding!

April 18, 2017 - 6 comments

Top 4 Venues for Adventurous Weddings

If you've browsed through our website, you may have noticed that Adventurous Weddings are kind of our jam. I didn't set out to specialize in this type of wedding but holy smokes do I love it! A whole weekend of music, food and nature? Sign me up! So, if you're just starting your search for an Adventurous Style Wedding venue, I have a few places in mind that you might like to check out.

1.Moab Under Canvas, Utah

best desert wedding venue moab under canvas utah

A gateway to two stunning National Parks, Moab Under Canvas offers the perfect mix of wilderness and comfort. Your guests can venture to Canyonlands National Park for the euphoric, top-of-the-world sensation and can come back to their cushy teepee for the ultimate glamping experience.

Pros:

  • You can have a multiple-day wedding/event
  • Bring in your own vendors
  • Accommodates 120+ guests on-site
  • Tons of daytime activities near by
  • Breathtaking views and natural beauty
  • No curfew
  • Cleaning staff on-site for tents/teepees

Challenges:

  • Very limited power and lighting (requires generator rental)
  • Limited cell service (I use radios for this venue)
  • Must bring in all rentals (tables, chairs, lighting, bar, etc.)
  • Set Up is logistically hard - PLEASE hire a Wedding Planner!
  • It's a little far from airports and about a 13 hour drive from Los Angeles

bride and groom with succulent wall desert wedding at moab under canvas desert

(Photos by Laura Goldenberger Photography) See this full wedding featured on Green Wedding Shoes

2. RimRock Ranch, Joshua Tree, CA

RimRock Ranch is where I got married in September 2017! The reason I chose this venue is because we can have it for 3 days, it's next to Joshua Tree National Park, our pups can attend and it has a few airports nearby. The sunrises and sunsets are incredible and I barely need any decor items because of the natural beauty and cool eclectic decor in this space.

joshua tree wedding venue desert rimrock ranch

Pros:

  • Can have multiple-day events
  • Rad owners - Gwen and Eric
  • Accommodations for 22 people
  • Tons of AirBnBs nearby
  • BYOV (bring your own vendors)
  • Dog-friendly
  • Near Pappy & Harriet's music venue

Challenges:

  • Caterer must be self-sufficient (food trucks are ideal)
  • Can get very hot - rent some parasols!
  • Requires a little more planning logistically
  • Rentals required

Boho wedding at Rimrock Ranch for two brides. Wicker chargers, blush goblet on long wood tables

(Photos by Amelia Lavoie)

3. Kiva Koffeehouse, Utah

Nestled in beautiful Escalante, Utah you'll find this friendly neighborhood Coffee Shop called Kiva Koffeehouse. Known for their homemade soups, fresh bread and hot coffee , they also offer their space for small, intimate weddings.

Intimate wedding set up inside the Kiva Koffeehouse in Escalante Utah.

Pros:

  • Very flexible and easy to work with - family-run
  • Access to their tables and chairs (cafe style)
  • On-site catering provided
  • Can bring in your own teepee for decor

Challenges:

  • Only two cottages available on-site
  • Rental can only start after 6pm (when the cafe closes)

No pets allowed

Bride and groom sitting outside the Kiva Koffeehouse on cute chairs they brought in as part of the wedding decor

(Photos by The Hendrys)

4. Black Rock Desert, Nevada

This location is way out there and not for the faint of heart. It will require a lot of imagination, money and patience but it will be SO worth it. We had the honor of planning a wedding on The Playa where the famous Burning Man festival happens every year and it was the wildest wedding ride we've ever been on!

Burning Man wedding on the Playa in Black Rock Desert

Pros:

  • Blank canvas
  • No curfew
  • Epic scenery
  • Extremely unique
  • BYO vendors

Challenges:

  • Requires permitting
  • Need to bring everything in (power, water, restrooms, lighting...)
  • Vendors come from further away which means a higher delivery fee
  • Weather can be unpredictable

Bride in Rue de Seine gown with bouquet with feathers walking down the aisle in front of teepee. Burning man wedding on the playa

(Photos by Melissa Gayle Photography)

There you have it friends, our top 4 favorite adventurous wedding venues! We hope these inspire you to get adventurous and find a unique spot surrounded by nature for your wedding. Need help planning? HOLLER at us!