okay, so this was definitely the batch of photos from the wedding I was most excited to post…
these photos completely encapsulate all of the diy & handmade elements that my mom & I put together. our wedding on a whole was a true labor of love. there was so much detail and thought into everything we created. and I’m happy to say, it all turned out exactly how I had envisioned.
to keep things simple, I’m going to break it all down for you…
+ more after the jump!
let’s talk tables:
I had the idea very early on to base the table names (and not use numbers) off of famous los angeles landmarks. the smog shoppe venue itself has a very LA vibe about it, and we wanted to enhance that feeling.
after coming up with a list of landmarks (ranging from the rose bowl, the hollywood sign, and even quirky sort of landmarks like the playboy mansion & the hollywood forever cemetery), I decided to hand illustrate & paint signs for each table. I wanted them to be like little paintings- each completely unique and handmade.
the other thing about smog shoppe, is that the venue is so rad to begin with – that you don’t need to bring a lot of decor shit into the space…
as I mentioned previously, my mom did all of the florals (with the majority of them being silk). she built these centerpieces about a month in advance – collecting various tin containers, putting in the flowers, moss, feathers, and even sculpting copper wire that would hold my hand painted signs.
in continuing to keep the tables simple, my mom hand painted numerous mercury tea lights and every single mat that each floral arrangement sits on. funny story with these mats, was that they were actually bags that my mom had painted for our welcome bags. we thought the bags looked so cool, that she painted an entire new batch of em, cut off the handles, and incorporated them into our arrangement! way to be creative ma.
let’s talk signage:
one of my ‘wedding rules’ from the get go, was that I wanted nothing printed. absolutely nothing. in my mind, everything from the guestbook table, to the program, to the seating chart – needed to be hand illustrated. it needed to all coincide with the handmade save the dates & invitations.
somehow (magically), I managed to pull it off. every sign at our wedding was hand painted and illustrated with ink by yours truly. come on now, you know I would have it no other way!
*to note – a few of these signs have made their way into MY SHOP (gahh! opening very soon!). but feel free to email me in advance if you’re interested or see something that ya dig (email@example.com)
(I just have to top off this ‘part one’ post with this…)
I had randomly seen the idea of your guests signing vinyl records, instead of a traditional guestbook. thankfully I never let that idea go, because it was definitely a fun & creative element. after collecting some records we deemed appropriate (ie- personal or really rad), buying a vintage record rack, and a stack full of metallic sharpies – our guests had a grand ol’ time signing away…
it’s so rad that we literally have a stack of records full of love notes & messages from our guests. and besides, nothing says LA hipster wedding like vinyl am I right? just wait till you see our day of the dead shrines…ohhh yeeahh…
*all photography by – floataway studios
*venue – smog shoppe
*day of coordination – TACTco
*bridesmaid dresses (as seen on the gorgeous Seann!) – j crew
*all florals – handmade by the mother of the bride
*centerpiece construction – handmade by the mother of the bride
*painted table mats – handmade by the mother of the bride
*all painted signs, seating chart & program – handmade by the bride
*illustrated/painted table signs – handmade by the bride