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.

wedding cake vintage jewels

cookies milk wedding reception

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.

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

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.