Handmade Smog Shoppe Wedding: Bette + David

mixed bridesmaid dresses

After one look at those insanely perfect “bridesmaids dresses”, tell us you aren’t seriously swooning. Any bride who gives her ladies the go-ahead to wear whatever the heck they want is pretty much aces in our book, and any lady who knows how to pick out a frock as stylish as one of these is sure to receive our endless admiration. Bette + David had the right idea when planning out the design aspects of their big day. It had to feel like them, so anything that didn’t was automatically out. Bette says, Our inspiration was “us”. Seriously. I kept thinking about if D and I lived at the Smog Shoppe, how would it look? We wanted everyone to feel like they were at one of our parties. We wanted it to feel like Bette and David. So we brought in a lot of our own stuff- jars, pictures, crates, books, momentos. We don’t have chevron gold sequined table clothes, so we didn’t want to do stuff like that! Side-note – I also really wanted to look like a magical forest fairy. Not sure how that fits into the theme but it’s a fact, yo.

Thanks so much to Mandee Johnson for the lovely photos + to Kristeen Labrot for the darling event design! And, Bette + David, congrats on a beautiful day!

watercolor invitation

pink boutonniere

wedding dress

We think Bette’s epic Hayley Paige by JLM Couture dress really helped her pull off her goal to look like a magical forest fairy! :) Just the prettiest…

smog shoppe bride

smog shoppe bride

bridesmaids

During the ceremony, we just looked at each other the whole time. I felt like we were in this cocoon of love. If you could bottle up that feeling and sell it, dude we’d have millions. It’s the fountain of youth! I also love that we did original vows followed by traditional vows. I got to hear David say everything I ever dreamed of a man saying to me, and then I got to say those iconic few lines that we’ve thought about our whole lives. It was really special.

smog shoppe ceremony

groomsmen

Bette: I have three. I can’t Sophie’s Choice my moments and just pick one! The first is David’s vows. I lost it for real. The second is seeing all my bridesmaids in their outfits. My girlfriends are very important to me. I’m a girls’ girl and I surround myself with the most amazing women, and I wanted them to feel as incredible as they all are. And boy did they radiate! The third is a tie between the late-night pizza delivery (we had 50 Papa Johns pizzas delivered at midnight!) and the dance circle we had going and when D and I jumped in the middle. I’ve never seen him look so happy, and I’ll hold that memory in the palm of my heart forever.

David: Watching her come down the steps from the bridal suite and walk down the aisle was really breathtaking. She was devastatingly beautiful. Also her vows, watching her read them to me, it was really touching. Seriously, I would say her vows were almost as good as mine.

smog shoppe ceremony

bouquets

smog shoppe ceremony

bride and groom

rings

smog shoppe reception

lounge

menu

These “fun fact” cocktail napkins are seriously the best!

fun facts napkin

bride and groom

desserts

Processional: Hysteric – Yeah Yeah Yeahs (A live, acoustic version)

Recessional: Home – Edward Sharpes

First Dance: You On my Mind In My Sleep – Richard Ashcroft

first dance

And definitely don’t miss Bette + David’s wedding film by Adam Bial!

Bette: Have fun! Honestly, I spent the entire wedding dancing, drinking, and eating. It was the funnest party I’ve ever been to! Let go! No one wants to see a bride with a sour-puss face. Things will go wrong because things are never exactly how you expect them - but sometimes they’re better and if they’re not - don’t tell me! Because I’m on the dance floor with a big ole’ glass of wine and a cupcake! Also - hire a planner! I know I would of been stressed if it weren’t for Kristeen. Who wants to think about vendors on their wedding day? Not me!

David: Everything Bette just said, but in the voice of Aslan, the lion from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

photography: Mandee Johnson // venue: Smog Shoppe Los Angeles, California // event design: Kristeen Labrot & Bette (bride) // event planner: Kristeen Labrot // florals + hairpieces: Rita Flora // wedding dress: Hayley Paige by JLM Couture // shoes: Good Will // bridesmaid dresses: various // hair + makeup: Jenny Osborne & Leigh Schwartz // groom suit: Suit Supply // tie: SpeakLouder // videography: Adam Bial // paper goods: Anna Donlan // catering: Max City BBQ // cake: Confection Co Op // music: Dear friend and world-class DJ Latane Hughes // spray tan + teeth whitening: Lavish Tan

 

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Charming Texas Hill Country Wedding: Lauren + Jeffrey

Texas glam wedding

Lauren + Jeffrey grew up around the corner from each other, attended the same school throughout their childhood, and later fell in love in Spain, thousands of miles away from the Houston suburb they called home. For their charming Texas hill country wedding, they knew they didn’t want something elaborate or centered around a theme or details. For them, it was all about the promises and vows regarding forever that they were making. A sweet, meaningful celebration with their nearest + dearest was just what they wanted and exactly what they got!

From Lauren, My inspiration for my wedding day was my marriage. I couldn’t wait to spend the evening with Jeffrey, I wanted to shout my vows to him as loud as possible, and dance with him, and laugh with him, and cry, and just be extremely joyful with him. The unity of my husband and I was something I had been anticipating for quite some time. I wanted to make sure that people knew why we were getting married – not to have our pictures taken, or to eat cake, or to look as beautiful as possible; I purposely didn’t make many accessories for the wedding because of this. I wanted a day that was radiant with happiness for everyone involved in the celebration: a party centered around two people that are so madly in love with each other. We invited people who have known us since we were children, friends that we both had from growing up together. We both have enormous families, and we wanted to share our story with members young and old–so that they might feel a closer bond to each of us. Our day was about simplicity, and the delight of unity.

Thanks so much to Lauren Apel Photo for these lovely photos of Lauren + Jeffrey’s day and big congrats to the adorable newlyweds!

wooden wedding sign

Texas glam wedding

gold ring

top knot bride

bride reading letter

The most memorable moment of my wedding was the first time I saw my Jeffrey waiting for me at the end of the aisle, in front of the chapel. I lifted my head with tears and couldn't believe it. This is the guy that loved me since we were children, spent 4 years in college away from me, and is the best friend I have ever had. Now, 12 years later I was looking at him while he waited to marry me. What?! I couldn't handle it. I completely became overwhelmed with what he had been so patient to do, and what I wanted to promise to him forever and ever.

Texas glam wedding

Texas glam wedding

Texas glam wedding

What a dreamy shot!

Texas glam wedding

pink bridesmaids

Texas glam wedding

Texas glam wedding

Texas glam wedding

Processional: Ara Batur – Sigur Ros

Recessional: Crazy in Love – Beyonce and Jay Z

First Dance: You and Me – Penny & The Quarters

Texas glam wedding

wedding party

We adore this bridal party look, along with so many of the charming details L + J incorporated into their reception setting! Shop some of our fave aspects of their gorgeous wedding below:

peace

groomsmen

pink bridesmaids

Texas glam wedding

red lips

Lauren’s look is just the prettiest, don’t you think?! milk + honey did a killer job with her hair + makeup!

Texas glam wedding

Texas glam wedding

airstream

string lights

table numbers

plate setting

floral paper fan

favors

garland cake bar

white and chocolate cake

Texas glam wedding

I can only say that my advice to couples planning now would be to keep it simple. The day is about you and your groom, you and your bride. What you look like, what you eat and what you listen to, how perfect your make up is, how much your shoes cost, and where you got your dress from – none of it matters twenty years from now. What does matter is the relationship you have with the person you're about to marry. Just remember that the purpose of the entire day is just that. Then, go from there. Find accessories that make you both happy, find details that you both find beautiful, add elements to have the celebration you both want to have.

photography: Lauren Apel Photo // venue: Heritage House Dripping Springs, Texas // event planner: Lauren Simkins of Two Be Wed // florals: Wow Factor Floral Design // wedding dress: BHLDN // shoes: Glaze Wedges // bridesmaid dresses: ASOS // hair + makeup: milk + honey // groom suit: Jos A Bank // videography: friends of the bride, Andrew Simonds and Bobby Williams // paper goods: the bride // catering: Royal Fig Catering // photo booth: Smile Booth // cake: Bluenote Bakery // music: Aaron Waldock OkDJ

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Modern Brooklyn Waterfront Wedding: Sara + Steffen

brooklyn waterfront wedding

The twinkling of city lights, mingling with the idyllic vibe of waterfront harbor might be one of our fave juxtapositions of all time. And for New Yorkers like Sara + Steffen, who split their time between the city and a sleepy beach town, the unsurpassed setting provided by The River Cafe in Brooklyn was just so right. We love timeless, modern feel of their celebration + their fashion picks are totally winning us over. Just wait ’til you get a close up on Sara’s Alexander Wang shoes + Stone Fox Bride dress. Oh-so ideal….

A few words from Sara, Steffen and I split our time living in Brooklyn, NY and the eastern tip of Long Island, NY – a little beach town called Montauk. We knew we wanted to incorporate the juxtaposition of a rustic, natural vibe alongside a sophisticated, classic “city” feel. Our location and venue of course provided the city element. Our hand-written ceremony, attire, flowers and small details incorporated the more natural elements – succulents, sand and rocks hand picked from our favorite beach in Montauk. Thanks so much to Lev Kuperman for the lovely photos and congrats to Sara + Steffen on a beautiful wedding!

dress in the window

bow heels

wythe hotel

dad seeing bride

first look

boutonniere

Such a cool city spot for a first look!

brooklyn first look

brooklyn first look

brooklyn first look

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

Texture, texture, texture in Sara’s beautiful bouquet made by Steffen’s mother!

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

rock place cards

rock place cards

ceremony program

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

The CEREMONY! Our best friend, Louise Storey, from the time that we lived in London together married us in a Humanist Ceremony. Louise and the two of us collaborated to write the entire ceremony, which incorporated a moving letter from Steffen's late father, answers to secret love questions that were unveiled on our wedding day and personally written vows. Louise put a voice to our hearts, values, told our story and what matters the most to the both of us in life.

 

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

fall colored flowers

striped chairs

orange centerpieces

orange centerpieces

table number

brooklyn waterfront wedding

What a dream…

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

Break down the planning into manageable monthly to-dos, no need to overwhelm yourself and lose sight of the most important outcome of all of the work - your marriage and love for your partner. Be decisive - do not over think the little things, go with your gut. Stay calm throughout, be present and protect your energy and where it is going - during the planning process and on the big day.

 

photographer: Lev Kuperman // venue + catering: The River Cafe Brooklyn, New York // event design: Sara & Steffen Ringelmann (the bride & groom) // second photographer: Justin Lee // event planner: Sara Spieker Ringelmann (the bride) and Luke Vossen (Manager of The River Cafe) // florals: Maureen Andariese, of The River Cafe, Bride, Groom + family bouquets and boutonnieres by the groom’s mother, Cheryl Ringelmann // celebrant: Louise Storey // wedding dress: Custom Nomia Dress designed by the bride and Stone Fox Bride // floral hairpiece: Red Rose and Lavender // bride’s shoes: Alexander Wang // groom’s shoes: Mr. B’s for Aldo // bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew // hair + makeup: The Karcher // groom suit: Jil Sander // paper goods: Kimberly Canale, Inspired Goodness // ice cream sundae bar: Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory // music: Jazz Trio during cocktail hour – Lapis Luna, and DJ for dancing – Kevin Manning (DJ Consuelo)

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