Sparkly Smog Shoppe wedding: Tara + Ben

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If sequin, peonies (and lots of them), Jenny Packham, Instax pics, French Bulldogs, and the Smog Shoppe in Los Angeles make your heart pitter patter, then Tara might easily become your new bff. The two of them in fact, are that couple you want to bottle up and stick in your pocket for a daily dose of f-u-n. They’re East Coast natives who met and fell in love in LA and admit their love of tiny red cars, Griffith Park, and their French Bulldog, Frankie have turned them into hardcore West-siders – Venice/Santa Monica-siders to be exact. To pull off such a wedding, you’d need someone as equally in love with everything sparkly – enter Sitting in a Tree!

Sparkly Smog Shoppe Wedding

Sparkly Smog Shoppe Wedding

Fun guestbook alternative? A giant canvas painted pink, patterned washi tape, and an Instax Mini Instant Camera for guests to snap cute pics of each other and tape them up with little messages. After realizing how cool the large “LOVE” gold spray painted stencil (bought from Stencil Ease) would come out, Tara added it to the décor by mirroring the napkins with their own little “LOVE” stencils!

Sparkly Smog Shoppe Wedding

jenny packham wedding dress

Sparkly Smog Shoppe Wedding

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So many of our favorite things in this set of photos: A bouquet made of large bloomed peonies wrapped in gold sequin, sequin wands, a feisty French Bulldog ring bearer, and a sparkly Jenny Packham.

Sparkly Smog Shoppe Wedding

Great tip: We chose our music with fun in mind  – skipping down the aisle to Prince’s “Kiss” after we tied the knot! And, in general, we just tried to make decisions based on who we are as people and who we are as a couple. Every decision was based on instinct – and it worked!

Sparkly Smog Shoppe Wedding

Purple + Pink Retro Bold Wedding Invitations

These two took their paper goods serious. They wanted to make sure it set the tone for the wedding and gave a little wink of what was to come to all their guests. They also “wanted everything from the Save-the-Dates to the invites to the website to the day-of paper products to carry the theme and blend together seamlessly without being too matchy-matchy. Enter Andres Montano. It was a true collaboration – a mix of our ideas and Andres’ imagination. From the initial meeting, he totally understood our vision and then took it to the next level at each and every step of the way. Our color scheme was navy with whites, pinks, peaches and of course sparkle and shimmer – the colors of our Santa Monica sunset…we knew we wanted the design to be big and bold, a bit vintage with an old school beach vibe and it had to have a bit of texture and a whole lot of personality.”

Hanging Fringe Letters

Some added fringe detail for escort cards, oh yes!

Sparkly Smog Shoppe Wedding

Check out that sweet headband… that Tara can get away with wearing well after the wedding! It was a custom piece she created with Erin Cole made of a belt + a brooch.

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Sparkly Smog Shoppe Wedding

Sparkly Smog Shoppe Wedding

On loving the Smog Shoppe: I personally knew I wanted our wedding to be at the Smog Shoppe before we even got engaged and it wasn’t hard to convince Ben once he saw the venue. It’s magical! We wanted somewhere where we could have both the ceremony and reception and a venue that instantly set the tone for our F U N wedding – the Smog Shoppe is second to none in this arena. You have no idea when standing outside on the sidewalk what kind of urban oasis lies within – industrial, eclectic, organic, vintage all mixed together in the perfect party atmosphere.

Smog Shoppe Wedding Party Shades

Smog Shoppe Wedding Party Shades

The music: for the processional, Billy Bragg & Wilco’s, California Stars, then Tara walked to Paul McCartney’s, Maybe I’m Amazed. The recessional song, Prince’s Kiss, was cued up to play the second they smooched (I mean, you can’t compete with that beat and we really wanted it to kick off the rest of the night and let our guests know – if they didn’t already – this was going to be a party!). The first dance was to, U2’s Magnificent, and the father/daughter/mother/son dance went to The Beatles, In My Life – sweet and to the point.

Sparkly Smog Shoppe Wedding

These two are definitely a couple we’d love to know and dance with – they’re incredibly adorable and their personalities pop!

Congratulations Tara + Ben!!!

Event planning + coordination + florals: Sitting in a Tree / Photography: EP Love / Venue: Smog Shoppe / Caterers & Cake & Desserts – Whoa Nelly Catering / Save the dates, thanks you cards, invitation design: Andres Montano / Hair & Make up:  Nyrie Aitken of Symmetry Beauty / Extra dessert: Maple Bacon Donuts from Semi Sweet Bakery / Videographer: Jeff Fletcher Videography / Rentals: B.T.B. Events / DJ: Ian Gotler of Red Shoe  /  Bride’s dress: Jenny Packham / Veil: Erin Cole / Earrings: Erin Cole / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids: Ann Taylor + J.Crew / Maid of Honor: Twelth St by Cynthia Vincent via / Man of Honor: Brooks Brothers’ shirt, his own vest, Bonobos pants and a Forage bow tie  / Groom’s suit: Bonobos / Shoes: John Varvatos / Tie: Penguin

Social Love

Koru Kate {Koru Wedding} on May 15, 2012

Oh so pretty! I adore the Love guest book alternative :-)

Jessica Coakley on May 15, 2012

Gorgeous and unique! I love the sophisticated fun and glowing happiness throughout everything :) YAY to the happy couple!

myka on May 15, 2012

Tara and Ben are the cutest!!!

Valerie (Pieceful Wedding) on May 15, 2012

This is such a fun wedding! Love all the unique details, and the bride's dress is absolutely gorgeous!

chicago wedding photography on May 15, 2012

What a unique shoppe wedding!

Susan Coakley on May 15, 2012

Beautiful couple; beautiful wedding Tara & Ben :)

Erin on May 16, 2012

Love everything about this! Tara, any chance you'd be willing to sell those napkins? Let me know if you are! Thanks! [email protected]

julie @ duet letterpress on May 16, 2012

lovely! the pink love guest board is such a great idea!

Wedding Grooms Sherwani on May 17, 2012

Gorgeous romance scenes, i loved all your funs. Bookmarked it

Stacey Rae on May 17, 2012

Sooooooooo very pretty!!!

Tim Duncan on May 19, 2012

The guestbook idea is awesome!

jamie on May 23, 2012

LOVE LOVE LOVE! Such a stunning wedding and couple!!!

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parisa on Jul 10, 2012

Hi there - i love the pink garland / streamers in the wedding. where did you find these? any help will be appreciated! thanks! - P

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