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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

March 16, 2018 - No Comments!

Spicy Love Wedding at Smoky Hollow Studios

Sweet Love is so passé, Spicy love is what 2017 was all about! I had a blast working with Leslie and Matt on their Smoky Hollow Studio wedding back in October. As a couple, Matt and Leslie were hilarious and so easy to work with. A wedding planner's dream couple if you ask me! This wedding was fully of beautiful traditions, a ton of creativity but also a bit of edginess.

Groom kisses bride on the hand in front of grey wall

Getting ready in style

The gang started their getting ready party at nearby hotel but met up in the ultra cool bridal suite at Smoky Hollow Studios for photos. I just love the moodiness and texture that this bridal suite has. Although you're only allow to have 20 people up there at a time, it's perfect for bridal party photos!

bride and bridal party with dark red gowns getting ready at smoky hollow studios

bride getting makeup on by Emerald Monzon

best man helping groom with tie

mother of bride puts veil on bride at smoky hollow studio

bride and groom in bridal suite at smoky hollow studios

bride and groom and bridal party photo at smoky hollow studios

Romantic ceremony

While everyone was getting dolled up, the 'Cause We Can Events team was busy setting up for the ceremony downstairs. We had about 100 guests attending this wedding which was perfect for this venue. We set up the ceremony chairs in front of the big glass garage doors which allowed for a nice long walk down the aisle. Once the ceremony was over, we just needed to flip the space into the reception by placing the same chairs at the tables.

ceremony chairs set up at smoky hollow studios

simple arch with fabric in front of window at smoky hollow studios

mercury glass bell hanging on ceremony arch

floral cluster on ceremony arch arch smoky hollow studios

groom and parents coming down the aisle

flower girl down the aisle at smoky hollow studios

bride and parents down the aisle at smoky hollow studios

wedding ceremony at smoky hollow studios

bride and groom kiss in front of garage doors at smoky hollow studios

Reception details + cocktails

While the newlyweds and their families took photos all around the wedding venue, the guests got to enjoy some yummy cocktails crafted by Cali Craft Cocktails. Leslie and Matt had a lot of cute and personalized details. From their original post card sign in book to their chalkboard art, they thought of it all. One of the coolest details though, were the centerpieces. Each table had a lantern and inside was a vintage cake topper that from past weddings or great thrift store finds. How freakin' cool is that!?

welcome book postcards at smoky hollow studios with succulent wall

cali craft cocktails Sean and Sarah at the bar at smoky hollow studios

cocktail hour on the outside patio of smoky hollow studios

delicious cocktails with paper straw at smoky hollow studios

bride and groom dancing silly in los angeles

table assignment on chalk wall at smoky hollow studios for wedding reception

reception with garland candles and long wooden tables at smoky hollow studios

vintage cake topper in lantern as centerpieces

long wooden tables and bistro lights wedding venue los angeles

lanters and green garland on wooden tables for wedding

Get this party started!

Turn it up Mr. DJ! After a delicious dinner and unforgettable speeches from some of their favorite people, Leslie and Matt cut their cake and hit the dance floor! As the night started to wind down, we gathered all the guests outside for a very special Grand Exit. Any guesses on what it was?

naked cake with pink and purple flowers at smoky hollow studios

cake cutting at smoky hollow studios

Mr and Mrs champagne glasses

first dance with newlyweds

guests dancing at reception in los angeles

bride dancing at smoky hollow studios

light up love sign at smoky hollow studios

sparkler grand exit at smoky hollow studios

The end!

Photographer Reminisce Photography // Planning 'Cause We Can Events // Venue Smoky Hollow Studios // Hair and Makeup Makeup by Emerald // Chalk Artist Fiber & Dye // Catering Creole La La // Cake Half Baked Co // Bar Cali Craft Cocktails // DJ Jack Farmer // Florals BLVD Florist //

 

February 24, 2018 - 13 comments

Colorful Indian-American Fusion Wedding in Palos Verdes, CA

By now you know that getting photo galleries back from wedding photographers is more exciting to me than Christmas morning. Seeing every wedding come to life is one of our favorite parts of our job.  You can imagine my excitement when I opened Robyn and Proteek's colorful Palos Verdes wedding gallery. FYI, their photographer, Bernadette of Bramble and Vine shot for 11 hours!

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bride and groom dance under bistro lights point vicente

Getting Ready by the Ocean

If you've never been to Palos Verdes, it's what I like the call, the "country side" of Los Angeles. What I mean by that is that it's full of great woodsy areas, hiking trails and horses (!). It just feels like we're out in the wilderness. Don't get me wrong, Palos Verdes also happens to be right on the coast too and has some of the most gorgeous ocean views. The drive along the coast there will take your breath away. The bride and groom rented a beautiful AirBnB near the South Coast Botanic Garden as their getting ready spot and it was stunning! For a closer look at the botanic garden, take a look at my engagement photo session.

cliffs and ocean view in Palos Verdes

invitation suite for coastal fusion wedding in Palos verdes

Emerald Monzon doing makeup on bride for fusion indian wedding in palos verdes

sengha and jewelry pieces for hindu wedding

fusion indian american wedding with bride getting ready in traditional indian gown

fusion wedding with bride getting in to red and gold lehenga

henna tattoo on bride's hands for hindu ceremony

Hindu Ceremony in the Garden

We had two ceremonies, two wardrobe changes, two first looks and one reception overlooking the ocean in Palos Verdes. Now that's a party! Robyn and Proteek chose to celebrate both of their cultures by starting the day with a Hindu ceremony at the South Coast Botanic Garden. If you are planning a wedding with multiple venues and wardrobe changes, maintaining your budget is an important part of the planning process. To make things easier, use our free Wedding Budget Guide.

hindu ceremony with mandap at south Coast botanic garden

hindu ceremony mothers walking down aisle to mandap with simple green garland

indian groom during baraat for hindu ceremony in palos verdes

hindu ceremony with bride covering her eyes with leaves

hindu ceremony outdoors under simple mandap at south coast botanic garden

groom greets bride for hindu ceremony in garden

groom touches brides heart during hindu ceremony

mothers and aunts cover bride during hindu ceremony

The detail that goes into the traditional lehenga's are jaw dropping. Take a look at what the bride and groom wore. How beautiful are these?!

Wardrobe change: gown and suit

After the Hindu ceremony, the bride and groom had a wardrobe change back at the cute AirBnB. Moments later, they surprised each other with a First Look (or do we call this a Second Look?) in their American wedding outfits. brides edgy glam Badgley Mishka shoes and earrings

veil with embroidered detail on the bottom

henna tattoo on american bride in wedding gown

first look down old brick stairs and green vines on wall

first look at airbnb in palos verdes bride tapping groom on shoulder

bride and groom overlooking palos verdes at beautiful home

American Ceremony by the cliffs

I'm telling you, this Palos Verdes wedding experienced some of the most beautiful sceneries. Guests got to see a garden for the first portion of the day and then drove just 15 minutes away for a completely different view! The Point Vicente Interpretive Center was where Robyn and Proteek chose to have their 2nd ceremony and reception. You're about to see why they picked it.

cliffside scene of palos verdes at the point vicente interpretive center wedding

simple two post arch with fabric and garland for ocean side ceremony

bride and father walk down aisle along the cliffs in palos verdes

bride and groom kiss at wedding at point vicente interpretive center

bride and groom get married at point vicente interpretive center palos verdes

Wedding Reception overlooking the ocean

It keeps getting better! Thanks to all the great vendors on this team, we transformed the quaint reception room into a beautiful wedding reception hall. DJ Jack Farmer kept the party going under the stars outside after dinner and the light ocean breeze kept everyone nice and cool. Another thing I loved about this wedding was that the first part of the day was full of decorations, colors and details. The reception was very classy and elegant but simple and not over-the-top. When you're planning a fusion wedding, I think it's a great idea to have a balance of both the minimal and very glammed up decor. Here are some of our wedding day must-haves for any reception!

indoor wedding room at Point Vicente Interpretive Center

sweetheart table with green garland and gold plates

silk flower sweetheart table backdrop

bright pink peonies and gold chargers on round tables with white linens

bright pink flowers on center of round table for wedding

cocktail outside on patio of point vicente interpretive center

We did the Grand Entrance on the outdoor patio of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center in hopes that we would see some whales go by (we didn't) and then couldn't resist going into a mini dance party!

grand entrance patio point vicente interpretive center

colorful spring bouquet for wedding in Palos Verdes

first dance with bistro lights in palos verdes

father of the bride playing guitar

gold and white cake with You're My Favorite cake topper

dessert table with gold and white cake at Point Vicente Interpretive Center

macarons on wedding dessert table

guests dancing the night away at wedding

guests dancing under bistro lights in Palos Verdes

That's the end of this Palos Verdes Wedding. Inspired by this day? Check out this whimsical wedding day at the same ceremony site.

Photographer Bramble and Vine Photography // DJ Jack Farmer // Makeup Makeup by Emerald // Florals Floret Moon Design // Ceremony venue South Coast Botanic Garden // Rentals Choura Events and Kismet Events // Reception venue Point Vicente Interpretive Center // Catering + Bar Jay's Catering // Photobooth Rowdy Booth //

October 25, 2017 - 10 comments

Heather + Gabe’s Colorful Summer Wedding

Ok, I know, Summer is over but with the weather we just had this past week, it kind feels like August all over again! Speaking of August, today I'm sharing Heather and Gabe's colorful summertime reception at the South Coast Botanic Garden. Oh and that dress? SO PRETTY! Wait until you see how it transforms for dancing.

bride and groom in cactus garden palos verdes

Getting ready with your squad

You know it's going to be a great wedding when the girls get ready together with some champagne, cute robes and some photos of them jumping on the bed!

bridesmaids laughing in cute floral robes on bed

bride and bridesmaid jumping on bed

bride cheers with champagne in white robe

Meanwhile in the guys room...everything was under control and they were so well behaved!

groom's brown shoes brown sunglasses brown belt and pattern tie

groom getting ready white shirt

groom putting brown shoes on and argyle socks

handsome groom looking in mirror getting ready

groomsmen helping groom get ready redondo beach

First Look in the garden

Then came the First Look. One of my favorite parts of a wedding. We had a First Look for our wedding and I felt 100 lbs lighter after it. It's so good to see your fiancé and it really helps calm nerves. It also makes for incredible and emotional photos!

groom covering eyes before First Look

bride, bridesmaids and wedding planner getting ready for First Look

bride in beautiful fairytale gown in garden for first look

bride and groom see each other first the first time in garden

bride and groom under tree at south coast botanic garden for first look

peachy bride bouquet

The reception details

The couple chose to have a private ceremony a week before and wanted to celebrate their marriage in a beautiful outdoor setting which is why they chose to have their reception at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes, CA.

garden wedding reception at south coast botanic garden

round tables and wooden chairs for garden wedding

The bride, Heather, found all of these blue bottles at different thrift stores and shops over the course of several months. She kept costs down by buying her own flowers for the centerpieces and adding a cool blue and white patterned table cloth overlay and marble table numbers. Each table was equipped with a shot glass and disposable camera that guests used throughout the night. I hope those photos turned out good!

blue bottles with bright flowers as centerpiece

bright blue bottles and flowers with marble table number

custom shot glass for wedding favor

This crafty couple also took the time to make their own seating chart with screws spelling out their names, how cool is that? The signage at this wedding was all really good. I love the clever Hasta Luego sign.

wooden seating chart with flowers and screws

screws spelling out bride and grooms name

batenders from cocktail minglers at outdoor wedding

drink menu sign with signature cocktails

 

wine barrel cocktail tables for wedding

Romantic photos around the Garden

We snuck the couple away to the cactus garden for some gorgeous sunset photos and then brought them back for a fun grand entrance followed by some dancing! Photographer tip: definitely scout this venue before you shoot a wedding there because there are 87 acres of garden and you may want to take your couples out into a different part of the Garden for those golden hour photos!

grand entrance at the south coast botanic garden

bride and groom outdoor grand entrance

guests around bride and groom for grand entrance

 

bride and groom kissing fairytale in cactus garden

bride and groom sunset photos in cactus garden

close up bride and groom sparkly gown in cactus garden

bride and groom dip kiss with fairytale ballgown in garden

Dance the night away!

Let the party begin! We had Chunk-N-Chip's ice cream sandwich bar come by for a few hours which was a total HIT for guests, awesome beats by Diego from VOX DJs and the perfect weather for a dance party. Also, this groom's got some MOVES!

Bride and groom first dance under bistro lights

bride and groom dance at south coast botanic garden

couple dancing under bistro lights

dance party wedding at the south coast botanic garden

groom break dancing

groom dancing at garden wedding

wedding party dancing

chunk and chip ice cream sandwhiches

ice cream sandwich set up

dance party for wedding at garden

Remember that gorgeous fairytale-like gown the bride wore? Well, guess what! It's a 2-piece and the skirt comes off for dancing!

hasta luego sign for wedding

Congratulations Heather and Gabe!

Planning 'Cause We Can Events // Photography Nichanh Nicole Photography // Venue South Coast Botanic Garden // DJ Diego VOX DJs // Rentals Choura Events // Catering Wheat & Fire Pizza Oven // Desserts Chunk-N-Chip //

 

 

August 4, 2017 - 6 comments

Sneak Peek: Robyn + Proteek’s Palos Verdes Wedding

 

As I'm writing, I'm listening to a little Spotify station I call "Booty Swing" (just trust me, it's amazing) and devouring an unhealthy amount of cheese and crackers. Just another Thursday night! But really, I'm not complaining one bit because I got a few sneak peeks back from Robyn and Proteek's breathtaking Palos Verdes wedding and I get to share them with you!

I can't wait to tell you all about the details that went into this wedding. For now, I'll just mention that Robyn and Proteek had a Hindu ceremony at the South Coast Botanic Garden where their friends and family were surrounded by so much natural beauty and vibrant colors.

hindu ceremony with mandaap palos verdes

Following this was a wardrobe change and the western ceremony by the cliffs of Palos Verdes at the Point Vincente Interpretive Center. As we got close to the coast, the hot sun disappeared behind the clouds and made for some really amazing photos.

palos verdes cliffs

The partied continued at this coastal venue where guests got to enjoy cocktails and a full dinner reception inside that cozy Interpretive Center and end the night by dancing under the stars!

bride and groom grand entrance palos verdes

Point Vicente Interpretive Center wedding reception

bride and groom dance under bistro lights point vicente

bride and groom by palos verdes cliff

A full post with all the photos and wedding details coming soon!

Planning 'Cause We Can Events // Photographer Bramble and Vine Photography (Bernadette Madden) // Flowers Floret Moon Design // Makeup Makeup by Emerald M // Hair Ashlee Rivara // Venues South Coast Botanic Garden and Point Vicente Interpretive Center // DJ Jack C. Farmer // Catering Jay's Catering // Rentals Choura Events and Kismet Event Designs // Wedding Gown Aria Dress // Lengha Dreams Collection

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