If you’re dreaming of a day filled with personality, whimsy + fun, you’re gonna fall hard for Cici + Albert’s amaze handmade Smog Shoppe wedding! An obviously crazy creative duo in their own right, C + A teamed up with friends + fam to execute their vision through DIY projects and weekends spent crafting away for the wedding. Cici, who founded her design company, Crafty Cici, put such a fun personal spin on just about every detail + aspect. It’s nearly impossibly to call out our favorite crafts from this one, but the signage, cake topper, and cuddle monsters (you’ll read about those in a sec!) are definitely up there! Here’s more about the day from the bride…
From the moment we started planning our wedding, Albert and I knew we wanted our special day to capture our quirky and adventurous spirit while keeping it intimate and personal for all our guests. In the months leading up to our big day, I found myself being more and more inspired as I let my imagination take the lead. I was passionate about handcrafting our wedding so that every detail would be unique and reflect who Albert and I were as a couple.
Logan Cole, thanks so much for these amazing photos!
We’re majorly loving the bouquets + florals by Milieu Florals! Cici’s bouquet is one of the most gorgeous + textural we’ve seen and we’re all about it!
Aside from the bouquets, boutonnières, and table centerpieces, all other florals + vines were from a local craft store, and Cici worked her creative magic to incorporate them into the design!
C says, Our first major inspiration came after finding the perfect venue. We fell in love with Smog Shoppe right away! I’m a sucker for succulents, and the idea of transforming the space into an enchanted forest right in the middle of the busy streets of LA really got me excited. One of the more personal touches was incorporating my Cuddle Monsters, which are handmade dolls that I make for family and friends (follow Cici’s work here!). We placed them at the dessert bar with the addition of mini-Cuddle Monsters for our cake-topper. I also illustrated them into everything from our stationery and signage to the personalized guestbooks and place cards. We even transformed our ring boy and flower girl into real-life Cuddle Monsters, and they were absolutely adorable!
Way too cute!
Every single little touch feels so perfect for C + A’s whimsical, sweet personalities!
Dior, my dog, aka my non-human sister, unfortunately was not allowed at the church or SmogShoppe, so I made a life-sized pillow of her so she could still be with me on my big day!
The fun doesn’t have to end just yet! See more of this super fun wedding in the film below by Moka Visuals:
If you're planning on doing any DIY projects, then get started right away! Also, don't forget that your family and friends want to be a part of the planning process and want to help in any way they can… so ask for help! Plus, it's really nice to spend quality time with them while you're cutting and gluing things together. Last, but not least, use coupons for your local craft store and don't forget to keep your receipts just in case you change your mind! Happy planning :)
photography: Logan Cole Photography // venue name: Smog Shoppe, Los Angeles, California // event design: Crafty Cici // planning: Crafty Cici // florals: Milieu Florals // bride's shoes: Dolce and Gabbana // hair stylist: Makeup by Kelly Yi // makeup artist: Makeup by Kelly Yi // videography: Moka Visuals // catering: Baby Blues BBQ // cake: Sugar Farm Bakery // music: DJ's on a Dime // stationery: Crafty Cici // ceremony: Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church // wedding dress design: Crafty Cici // wedding dress maker: Atelier by Dawn // bridesmaids' dresses: Rieley // day of coordination: Hannah Song & Christine Pak // cake topper: Crafty Cici // cuddle monsters: Crafty Cici // signage: Crafty Cici // rentals: La Piñata Party Rentals