Not that we’re biased because we live in LA, but the Smog Shoppe really is a fun wedding venue. It’s decorated with funky and retro tchotkes, a live succulent wall, it’s cozy and intimate, and it’s so easy to have both your ceremony & reception in the same spot. Every time we see a wedding from the shoppe we get excited to see how each couple makes the space their own. Sweet Emilia Jane did a fabulous job with designing the florals and Carol + Byron’s ‘fun party’ vibe while also incorporating details from their Chinese culture. It’s simply adorable!
For their wedding invitations, Carol + Byron started with a free printable download with a bold chevron pattern. With the help of friends they adjusted it to suit their tastes then used the design everywhere pretty paper could be involved – their programs, menus, escort cards, and table names.
Carol’s romantic bouquet recipe: garden roses, ranunculus, stock, astilbe, lisianthus, dusty miller, and eucalyptus.
That fun ‘here comes the bride sign’ those two cuties are holding was hand painted by Carol’s maid of honor, Irene the morning of the wedding!
Another DIY by one of Carol’s bridesmaids were these sewn chevron table runners. Love them!
Their wedding favors were Taiwanese pineapple cakes flown from Taiwan by Carol’s parents.
I heard this many times before but it didn’t stick so I’ll say it again! The whole day and night is a blur and you really want to be able to enjoy it and hang out with all of your guests. So, hire a wedding coordinator if you can and if you can’t then assign tasks to family and friends. They will be happy to help you and be part of the wedding. Make sure that you don’t have to deal with any tasks like paying your vendors or keeping track of the schedule. Plan what you can beforehand, hand out assignments, and have one person be the main contact person. Just enjoy the moment because the next day it will all feel like an amazing dream! Also there may be things that go wrong but don’t fixate on them! The next day we worried about what went wrong and turns out we were the only ones who noticed or cared!
Great advice that’s always worth repearting. Congratulations Carol + Byron!
Photographer: Kari Kochar / Wedding Coordinator + Florals: Sweet Emilia Jane / Caterer: Whoa Nelly! Catering / Wedding Cake: Cake Monkey Bakery / Hair & Makeup: Susie Chhuor / Officiant: Teddy Chao (friend) / Rentals: Premiere Party Rents / Venue: Smog Shoppe / Videographer: Clint Gage (friend) / Valet: Jeffery Valet / Alchohol & Beverages: K+L Wines / DJ: DJ Lady Sinclair / Musicians: Angelica Strings / Wedding invitation: Free printable from Wedding Chicks / Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo / Birdcage veil: Sara Gabriel / Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade / Bride’s rings: victorian antique from Bell and Bird / Bride’s purse: borrowed from maid of honor / Bridal and Bridesmaids Jewelry: Kendra Scott / Bridesmaid’s dresses: their own / Groom’s ring: etsy / Groom’s Suit: Prada / Groom’s tie: Hugo Boss / Groom’s shoes: HELM Boots / Groomsmen’s suits: their own / Groomsmen’s shirts and ties: Banana Republic