Music-Inspired Smoky Hollow Studios Wedding

Irene and Sam's rock-and-roll inspired nuptuals were a perfect representation of them as a couple: fun, stylish, and full of laughs.

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Irene and Sam wanted to bring color into their wedding, so they went for a combination of blue and yellow.

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So it's no secret I'm dog-crazy, but this shot in particular I just love. I think it's mostly because he just looks so happy and confused at the same time. It kind of shows how fun yet strange weddings must be from the perspective of our pets.

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Mixed bridal parties are the best! Why not include all of your favorite people? I especially love how the bride decided to give her "bridesman" his own bouquet!

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Their flower girl may have made the best entrance of all time. After her first step into the aisle she tossed a handful of petals on the ground like a grenade. Boom! It was like a glorious mic drop. And of course, every How I Met Your Mother fan will appreciate Irene and Sam's "Ring Bear".

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The venue, Smoky Hollow Studios, is a great industrial-meets-modern space with a giant window that served as the couple's ceremony backdrop.

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Sam and Irene incorporated their love of music into the décor and feel of their wedding. Each table was named after a famous Los Angeles concert venue and each guest found their seat by finding their name on a 45rpm vinyl record. The table names were on full-size records atop wine bottles.

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Their invitation was designed to resemble a music festival poster. They had that same invitation printed as a full poster on display at the reception.

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No modern wedding is complete without a pun-tastic donut display!

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The music theme carried into the couple's DIY-ed photo booth backdrop made of dozens of vinyl records.

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One of the great things about Smoky Hollow Studios is that they have chalkboard walls everywhere. Irene and Sam came up with several really clever uses for the walls, including a "groom vs bride" poll and this awesome "graffiti tag" guestbook.

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After dinner, the bride and groom surprised their guests with a night of live-band karaoke!

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Fortuneteller Romance Wedding Inspiration
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This wedding look was inspired by the powerful image of the mysterious fortuneteller woman. It gives nods to a vintage, forties vibe while also incorporating otherworldly details like tarot cards, crystals, and even a crystal ball. The dark, moody, embellished vibe reflects the strength and mystique of the woman behind the inspiration.

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This gorgeous vintage-inspired ring (named "The Dynasty") was designed and crafted by the husband and wife team behind Make Her Say Duh! engagement rings.

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Instead of typical "bride" and "groom" chair back signs, their chairs were adorned with sun and moon symbols hung from gold chains.

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Tarot cards took the place of table numbers, the sweethearts table denoted by "The Lovers" card.

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The bouquet was made of almost entirely dried flowers, including dried proteas and multiple varieties of purple, blue, and green eucalyptus

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The bride's gown is a Rebecca Schoneveld piece: the sheer embroidered “Emerson” gown over a simple “Lumi” slip. Her veil is a hand-beaded rhinestone cap veil with fingertip length tulle back by Camilla Christine.

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The bridesmaids wore boho-style long-sleeve paisley maxi dresses from Forever 21.

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CREDITS

Photography: Jade Elora Photography

Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals

Bridal Gown: “Emerson Gown” by Rebecca Schoneveld Design Studio

Bride Makeup: Danielle Baum

Bridesmaid Makeup: Unforgettable Makeup

Hair: Roxy Garvan

Veil: “Daisy” Veil by Camilla Christine

Engagement Ring | “The Dynasty” by Make Her Say DUH! Engagement Rings

Models: Lacey Marie Miranda (Bride), Baruch Sanchez (Groom), Amanda RedCloud, Angelita Montrose

Dark Forest Engagement Shoot: Tommy and Natalie

Despite the super hot Los Angeles weather right now, I'm still getting in the fall mood, so it seems like the perfect time to share this gorgeous engagement shoot. I love when couples bring a little punk rock edge into their photoshoots, especially when it's combined with glam outfits. Tommy and Natalie nailed their edgy, dark, forest engagement shoot with their killer black outfits paired with Natalie's braided mohawk-inspired hairstyle and high-top black converse.

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This dress was stunning! Depending on the light it would seemingly change color from purple to black to gray. Plus the scoop back and mermaid cut are ultra-flattering.

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Natalie's awesome braided mohawk was courtesy of Helena of Hair of the Bride.

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Look how gorgeous this ring is! It was so sparkly in person.

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In this area of forest there are some really cool ruins left behind from some older building. I have tried without success to figure out where these came from. Regardless, it just added to the slightly spooky gothic ambiance that was already going on.

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Maybe some day there will come a time where I'm not totally head over heals for the look of Converse with a formal gown. Today is not that day. I AM DYING OVER THIS GORGEOUSNESS!

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Link & Zelda Forest Romance Wedding Inspiration
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As a total geek at heart, I've been dying to do a nerd-culture-inspired wedding. So when I met Debbie and Vivian, the planners behind Fandom Affairs, I knew I had to reach out for a collaboration. Turns out it was a match made in Hyrule. (Okay, sorry, that was a terrible pun!)

We asked, "What would it look like if Link and Zelda got married?" and put together a totally unique take on this "royal" wedding. The team included subtle nods to The Legend of Zelda video game series throughout the design, with special focus on Ocarina of Time. Even if you don't understand what I'm talking about, you'll still fall in love with this green and gold woodland romance...

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A subtle Hyrule symbol is emblazoned on each menu, which sits atop gorgeous mixed-patterned china and real log chargers.

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The table was covered in a runner of overgrown moss and circled with a eucalyptus and berry garland. The three candles on the table—in red, green, and blue—are a delicate nod to the colors of the "Triforce" representing power, wisdom, and courage. (As far as video-game wedding symbolism goes, you have to admit that's kind of beautiful!)

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If triangle-shaped escort cards forming the shape of a Triforce don't make you think "Now this is a Legend of Zelda wedding!", don't worry; the display also includes the classic line "It's dangerous to go alone, take this!" 

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One of my favorite details of this invitation suite is the clever RSVP card lines, with which you can reply that you "can't wait to explore Hyrule" or send your regrets as you are "stuck on Death Mountain."

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I can't get enough of this cake! It's not just on a stump cake stand, that bottom tier is actually made entirely of cake! Every last detail from the hyperrealistic bark to the moss to each flower petal is 100% edible art!

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Of course, Link couldn't go anywhere without Navi by his side, so where better to travel along than on his boutonniere?

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Each chair back sign features the notes of an ocarina song; Zelda's includes the notes of "Zelda's Lullaby" while Link's has the "Song of Time".

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Zelda needed a powerful, regal look that fit her, so she swapped her crown for a gorgeous golden vine headpiece and wore a golden body-jewelry piece where she might otherwise wear armor. Coupled with her mermaid gown, it was a wedding ensemble fit for a princess. (I know, the puns! I just can't stop!)

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Having Link wear green is a must, so this green suit was perfect!

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Check out this gorgeous twist on Zelda's braided hairstyle.

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This cape helped bring a little drama to Zelda's look.

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Ending the day with an ocarina serenade...

 

Credits

VenueInn of the Seventh Ray • Planning and Design: Fandom Affairs • Photography: Jade Elora Photography • Videography: Paul Kwak Productions • Stationery/Calligraphy: Calligraphy Nerd • Cake: Baked Goods Unlimited • Florals: Nu-Leaf Design • Rentals: Dish Wish • Linens: Luxe Linen • Bridal Gown: Lili Bridals • Bridal Accessories: Adina’s Bridal • Groom's Attire: ASOS • Make-up Artist: Beauty By Sofia • Hair Stylist: Hair by Summer BarrattGroom: Aldon Baker • Bride: Ekaterina Gorbacheva

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