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June 6, 2018 - 2 comments

Clare + Vito’s Winter Wedding at Smoky Hollow Studios

When they say Southern California wedding season is year round, they -whoever they are- would be correct! This year we were lucky enough to do a couple January weddings and one of them was at my favorite South Bay venue, Smoky Hollow Studios.

Modern winter wedding at Smoky Hollow Studios

Getting Ready in Style

I would say it's not impossible to have a fully outdoor wedding in January but it's definitely risky! Clare and Vito decided to place it safe and opted to have their ceremony at the stunning St Monica's Catholic Church followed by a trendy and modern reception at Smoky Hollow Studios. But first, the bride and groom got ready at the Palihouse in Santa Monica which is such a cool space!

Wedding dress from Bridal Elegance hanging at Palihouse

Navy and white wedding invitations

The Ceremony

It was my first time at the St Monica's Catholic Church and I was in awe. This 132 year old church is full of life and has incredible details on the inside.

Bride walks down the aisle at the historic St Monica's Catholic Church

Bride and groom exchanging rings at St Monica's Church in Santa Monica

Bride and groom kiss after cere

Romantic Beach Photos

After the ceremony, the bride and groom stopped by the beach for some romantic photos before being shuttled to the reception venue for dinner and dancing!

Romantic beach photos of bride and groom in Santa Monica

Romantic beach photos of Bride and Groom after ceremony in Santa Monica

I always love when photographers use the brick walls and metal structures around Smoky Hollow Studios for photos. It gives the wedding an edgy yet modern look to it.

Bride and bridesmaids in navy with white bouquets in front of Smoky Hollow Studios

Bride and groom in navy and grey in front of metal wall at Smoky Hollow StudiosGroom and groomsmen in light grey suits and navy ties in front of Smoky Hollow Studios

Bride and groom in navy and light grey in front of brick wall at Smoky Hollow Studios

Navy and White Reception Details

The bride spent a lot of time thinking about her wedding details and it was so worth it! Check out the fun navy and glitter details sprinkled around the reception space.

Navy and white wedding decor on long wooden tables at Smoky Hollow Studios

Glitter wooden table numbers on long wooden farm tables

Rustic wedding place setting with white plate, navy and white farm napkin and sprig of rosemary

Navy and white details on wooden farm table for wedding reception with rosemary spring and glitter names on navy ribbon

The Cake

Let's take a look at this cake, shall we? I love how simple it was but how well it went with the rest of the decor. Along with "hangover kits" and much needed dancing flip flops, each guest got to leave with a key that doubled as a bottle opener as their favor. How cool is that!

Bride and groom cake smashing at Smoky Hollow Studios

Hangover kits for weddings or bachelorette parties

And then they lived happily ever after!

First dance with bride and groom at Smoky Hollow Studios

Marquee love sign at Smoky Hollow Studios

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