A Whimsical Wedding at the Smog Shoppe in Los Angeles: Michelle + Ryan

groom in black bowtie

You might recognize this adorable couple from their super sweet engagement photos we shared last year. Well, you are in for a treat today with their unforgettable Smog Shoppe wedding captured by the lovely Brandon + Kristen of Brandon Kidd Photography. So fun to see they incorporated the giant letters they created for their engagement photos into their wedding – just love that! Michelle + Ryan crafted lots of their elements themselves and many with the help of the talented ladies at Sitting In A Tree Events. From the gorgeous bridesmaids dresses to the air plants to the guys in tuxes and the oh-so-many hearts they incorporated, I thought this was a perfect wedding for the week before Valentine’s Day. :) I hope you all enjoy also and biggest congrats to Michelle + Ryan!

i'm getting married today coffee cozy

first look

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

From Michelle, When I first started the wedding dress process, I either wanted something laced + vintage or something fun + textured. My mom knows my style, so when we were dress shopping she came across the dress and I was just in awe. Even before trying it on, I knew it was THE dress! All the organza petals, the texture + hand-beading… swoon! So I choose to go with texture for the ceremony and I switched into a lace dress for the cake cutting.

bridesmaids weaeing floral dresses

Aren’t the bridesmaids dresses fabulous!!? They are from Madewell (one of my most fave stores!) and the guys below in their tuxes – so dashing!!

groomsmen wearing white tuxes

giant letter initals

There were so many details we loved from our wedding, but if we had to pick our favorite detail, it would be having those 5 foot “R” & “M” letters up against that amazing Smog Shoppe succulent wall. We cut & painted those ourselves for our engagement shoot and it just felt right to bring them along to the wedding as well. It helped us tie everything together.

giant heart ceremony backdrop

giant heart ceremony backdrop

heart felt straw flags

here comes the bride heart

smog shoppe ceremony

Did you write your own vows?  If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line?
Yes, we did write our own vows. It just felt right to write what we felt in our hearts & then speak those special words to each other on our big day. My favorite line was “I promise to encourage you and support you while you follow your dreams and I’ll be there every step of the way to watch them come true.” Ryan saved his favorite line for last “I promise to never take you for granted because without you, your love and friendship, I would be lost.”

smog shoppe ceremony

smog shoppe ceremony

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?
The most memorable moment was right before our grand entrance. We were both standing upstairs, holding hands, just taking it all in. It was incredible to just look down on the reception area and see everyone we love, all in one spot, all there for us. At the same time, a reception video that we made was playing on the Smog Shoppe screen, so it was just one of those moments… that you visually remember forever.

letter bold initals

I’d describe our wedding flowers as eclectic + vintage. There were lots of air plants, feathers, mixed in with pink, white & purple flowers. One our good friends Erin of Elm Style & Design did our flowers. We started collecting vintage milk glass, vases & jars and would just spray paint the inside of them grey, white, light pink & a few gold. I handed them all off to Erin, told her a few flowers I loved & she did the rest! It was a quite simple process because I trusted her & let her work her magic. She attended the Hitched event [now called The Cream Event] at the Smog Shoppe, so she knew the vibe & the look the venue had going on & she knew our style. I knew the flowers would turn out perfect.

lace tabble runner, airplant centerpieces

lace tabble runner, airplant centerpieces

fabric table numbers

dessert bar

purple lace trim wedding cake


heart wedding details

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding?
Working full-time and going home to craft away! There never seemed to be enough time. We would find ideas and inspirations and spend our weekends executing them. Don’t get me wrong, we loved the whole process of wedding planning, but as all brides know… it gets overwhelming! We tried to do the majority ourselves, but towards the end we just didn’t have enough time. When we were searching for a day of coordinator, we came across Tori and Myka of Sitting In A Tree Events, who happen to be event stylist as well. Their style is amazing, so we knew we wouldn’t be disappointed. It worked out perfectly. We crafted some, they crafted some and the result is what you see in these pictures!


photography: Brandon Kidd Photography // venue name: Smog Shoppe // event design: Sitting In A Tree Events // bride's shoes: Christian Louboutin // hair stylist: Allison Younkerman of Hush Hush Bang Bang // paper goods: Ben Pham of Black Wolf Press // cake: Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach // music: Matt Rillera (friend) // photobooth: Brandon Kidd Photography // videographer: Sager Productions // day of coordination: Sitting In A Tree Events // getting ready location: Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills // florist: Erin Nichols of Elm Style & Design // food: Vicki of Beacon LA // bride's ceremony dress: Oscar De La Renta // bride's second dress: Allure, purchased and shortened at Deborah's Bridal // bridesmaids' dresses: Madewell // grooms suit: Theory // groomsmen suits: jacket from H&M, pants from Calvin Klein // invites: Ben Pham of Black Wolf Press // make up: Regina Canatsey // accessories: earrings from Macy's, hair piece from Erica Koesler, rings from World Design Jewelry -- Downtown LA, garter customized and made with fabric from Bridesmaid dresses, shoe clips from B.Poetic + GracefulyGirly, clutch from Mia Von Minks // cake topper: ReadyGo // guest book box: Cut the Cake Designs // bride: Plum Pretty Sugar // bridesmaid robes: Plum Pretty Sugar // rentals: Makena of Best of the Best Events // valet: Jeffrey Valet // site management: TACT Event Management // MC: Marcy Guevara