Archives for August 2010

Real Wedding: Alix + Manu’s Romantic Countryside Wedding

I’m super excited today to share the lovely wedding of Alix + Manu. You may know Alix better as The Cherry Blossom Girl. I love her blog and thrilled to be able to share some photos from her wedding here on Green Wedding Shoes. The wedding was photographed by the talented Marianne Taylor. Alix was sweet enough to share a few details into her day also, thanks Alix!

Our wedding was a kind of romantic / countryside / fairytale wedding…

french wedding silver shoes

My dress was made by Maria Lucia Hohan from my own design. The bridesmaids below right are also wearing gorgeous dresses by Marica Lucia Hohan.

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How awesome is her veil??!!

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cherry blossom girl wedding

cherry blossom girl wedding

What was your favorite memory from the day? My favorite memory was to see my husband so happy!

french wedding countryside

How gorgeous is this location?! Stunning…

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french countryside wedding

cherry blossom girl wedding

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Love all the fun hats the guests wore. :)

wedding hats guests

wedding reception balloons

I also loved to run with my husband through the dinner room, between all the tables holding balloons with the song, ” Build me up, buttercup”. All the guest were cheering and climbing on the chairs, holding sparklers.

green getaway car sparklers macaroon cake

What a gorgeous romantic wedding! Thanks so much Alix for sharing some photos and details with us. You can see lots more from her day (and honeymoon!) on The Cherry Blossom Girl. Thank you also to the lovely Marianne Taylor for letting me share her work. Big congrats to Alix + Manu! :)

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Real Wedding: Holly + Ryan’s Whimsical Stylish Wedding Part 2

And onto the reception! Love this photo below :) And if you missed part 1, you can see that here.

smog shoppe wedding

wedding invitation

Huntington Catering served pork, salmon and beef sliders, sweet potato fries and garlic fries, salads in edible bowls, rasta taco cart, chicken and waffles, and milk and cookies! Wine was from Trader Joes and under $5 a bottle! We did a blind wine tasting
party where everyone had to bring a bottle of wine $5 and under and we bought the winning bottles for the wedding. That is a great idea to save on wine!

dahlia wedding reception smog shoppe

A fun design element that came into play throughout the celebration was cats in all forms. The floral stylists at Hollyflora created an incredible succulent cat (perched atop a cigar box, as a nod to the groom’s love of fine cigars) to stand guard over a veritable army of
hundreds of ceramic cats. Holly and her bridesmaids dressed each cat up in a festive paper bowtie and asked guests to “adopt a kitty” to take home as a cheeky favor that pointed to the bride’s adoration for cats. Hollyflora also found ways to incorporate little
cat statues and figurines in the tablescapes. As a self-proclaimed “cat lady,” Holly can’t get enough of her feline friends.

succulent cat

smog shoppe wedding

smog shoppe wedding

I’ve never seen a cake with vintage brooches on it! Love how unique that is.

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Love the idea of a late night snack of milk + cookies! And something about these two bottom photos just makes me smile..congrats you two!!!

wedding sparklers

Holly, favorite moments of the day? Towards the end of the night when I was tired from dancing, I grabbed my dad and some water and we sat one of the couches and watched the guests enjoying the wedding. It felt so good to relax and take in the party as if I were a guest.

I loved that my ring was passed down from Ryan’s paternal grandmother to Ryan’s mom and then to me. And that my dress was first my maternal grandmothers and then my mothers and then transformed into mine. I also had a handkerchief from Ryan’s maternal grandma and a blue brooch from my paternal grandma. Sentimental things that are so important.

Another favorite moment was when I saw my grandma at the wedding. She had fallen and hit her head only a month before. She went from healthy and vibrant to comatose. We didn’t know if she was going to be ok. But she is such and amazingly strong woman. She recovered in record time just so she could be there on my day.

Sometimes it seams like the only wedding things out there are what everyone else is doing but don’t give up, you can find the special things to make your wedding uniquely you! Only you can make yourself stressed out so just sit back and relax and enjoy what ever comes.

Wedding Planner + Coordinator: Angel Swanson of Events of Love and Splendor
Photography: Braedon Photography
Catering and Rentals: Huntington Catering
Floral Design: Holly Flora
Vintage Furniture Rentals: {found} vintage rentals
Ceremony & Reception Site: Smog Shoppe
Site Management: TACT
Bride attire: Wedding dress – the bride designed, veil is from vintage pieces bought from the millinery, shoes – Valentino, earrings – Forever 21
Groom attire: Suit from Zegna
Ceremony Sound: BTS Sound
Valet: Jeffrey Valet
Cake: Susie Cakes LA
Band: Latin Express
Cigar Roller: Mursuli Cigars

Thanks again to Braedon for letting me share his stunning photos again on Green Wedding Shoes. Braedon Photography is located in Orange County, Ca and available for travel worldwide.

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Real Wedding: Holly + Ryan’s Whimsical Stylish Wedding Part 1

You may recognize Holly + Ryan form their amazing W magazine inspired engagement session I featured a few months back. Well, today I’m excited to share their gorgeous wedding! Holly + Ryan hired Angel of Events of Love and Splendor to coordinate + design their day and had the talented Braedon of  Braedon Photography capturing every moment. Both Angel + Holly shared some details into their day…

From Angel, Holly + Ryan envisioned a classic yet quirky celebration that had a unique flair. Both of them have a strong sense of individual style, but Holly (fashion designer and creative genius) definitely leans more vintage-loving + whimsical while Ryan (a true southern gentleman) embodies a more traditional sophistication. I knew both of them would have strong opinions about what they wanted their wedding to be like.

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men in tuxes

Once they selected their venue, (one of my favorites – Smog Shoppe in Culver City), we began building the look and feel of their event. They chose to embrace the industrial and eclectic vibe of the property and plan a cocktail-lounge style reception. Their ceremony was the very first to take place in Smog Shoppe’s brand new ceremony courtyard. Since we did not have to “flip” the ceremony the way previous Smog Shoppe brides have had to do, we were able to entirely set the reception in advance. Instead of a rigid color palette, Holly and Ryan used a muted palette of dusty pastels for the florals, paired with crisp black and white and accents in natural kraft paper brown.

smog shoppe ceremony wedding

My favorite memory of the day was when I was walking down the aisle, heart racing, and my dad whispered in my ear, “look at ryan.” As soon as I saw my husband to be, I felt a clam peace rush over me.

smog shoppe ceremony wedding

smog shoppe ceremony wedding

smog shoppe ceremony wedding

One of my favorite things about Holly’s wedding was the incredible personalization that went into her dress. Instead of purchasing a new couture gown, she made her own… by re-fashioning the wedding dress that had been worn by her grandmother AND her mother before her! It was such a gorgeous labor of love on Holly’s part and I can’t think of anything more sentimental and meaningful. Wow!

wedding dress and hair piece

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wedding photography braedon

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wedding smog shoppe

We wanted our wedding to be uniquely us and we were blessed enough to find the perfect nitch in the wedding industry to make it all happen. Tradition and class mixed up with a bit of quirkiness. For Ryan we had a cigar roller, classy beer, and bowties. We had a smoking section with leather couches. Think old fashion gentleman. For me it was mismatched vintage pieces, loungey food, and cats.

Click here to see part 2 with their gorgeous reception!

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