A Thousand Threads

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{Real Weddings} Chris & Autumn’s SmogShoppe Nuptials

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a lovely father’s day weekend.  Austin’s first concert-going experience was a raving success, and his proud papa enjoyed a relaxing dad’s day, barbequing with friends and family and then enjoying a quiet evening at home… watching the final round of the Open.  It’s around these times that I wish I lived closer to my own dad, but I’m thankful that at least we’re able to get together as frequently as we do.

I’m excited to share an extra special treat this Monday, straight from one of my favorite photographers and one of very favorite venues… the SmogShoppe.

If you don’t know about the Shoppe, it really did begin as a smog-check center in the 80s, and has been transformed into a 100% solar-powered haven for desert plants, vertical gardens and straight up gorgeous vintage furnishings. In fact, it’s one of the most sustainably designed urban spaces in the United States… and it throws a rockin’ good party.

If you’re planning a wedding in LA, I highly suggest you check it out.

Chris and Autumn are the perfect fit for this super cool venue.  Orchids, clay tile favors, and a ton of personal touches made their day that much more special.  And rather than light a unity candle, these two music lovers chose to sing… striking their first notes together in harmony.

Thank you so much to 39 East for sharing!

Photographer: 39 East Photography / Reception Venue: SmogShoppe

{Real Weddings} Chuck & Ginger’s Sweet Southern Charm

This one is really special.  I’m not sure if it’s the rustic DIY detail, the impossibly perfect, sweet Tennessee venue… or just that horse (I love that horse).  This one takes my breath away.

I had to reach out to the bride to hear more…

How did you choose your venue… did it have any special significance?
We didn’t want the typical wedding venue.  We wanted something unique and country.  My husband was from the north so we wanted to show his friends and family a southern good time when they came down, so we wanted the theme to be country chic. We finally found a venue that fit that theme.

What other special details did you incorporate into your day?
We made the last minute decision to walk down the aisle in cowboy boots which was a nice special detail I don’t regret.  My matron of honor wrote us a poem of our love story that we had displayed at our wedding.

What was your favorite part of the day?
I think my favorite part of the day was taking pictures with Chuck… spending a couple of hours before the wedding just goofing off and being ourselves really calmed our nerves down for the actual ceremony.

Any advice for other brides?
Get a good photographer. The day goes by so fast and all you’ll have left is the pictures so spend the extra research time and money in getting a good photographer

I couldn’t agree more! Thank you so much, Ginger, for taking the time to answer my questions, and to your fabulous photographer for sharing these shots.

Photographer: Matt Phoenix Photography / Reception Venue and Ceremony Location: Front Porch Farms

{Real Weddings} Anita & Zachary’s Vintage Romance

There’s a time when a man needs to fight and a time when he needs to accept that his destiny’s lost, the ship has sailed and that only a fool will continue. The truth is I’ve always been a fool.”

Did you ever see Big Fish?

It’s one of my favorite movies ever, and particularly meaningful to Mark and I.

If you haven’t seen it, do it now.  I’m serious.  It might just change your life.

If you have, I promise I really do have a point… you know when Edward goes to Spectre (the first time?) and it’s so perfect.  The shoes are hung on the power line, everyone is all smiles, and the lights in the middle of the town just sparkle like crazy?  That is what Anita and Zachary’s wedding reminds me of.

A simpler, more beautiful time.

It stole my heart.

Here’s what their photographer had to say:

Anita and Zach had an outdoor wedding at the family pond, which has long been a location for family picnic’s and get-together’s. They managed to transform the pond from an everyday picnic location into a magical outdoor reception site, complete with candles hanging from willow trees and fireworks to finish off the night. While planning a wedding from out-of-state, Anita was sure to include special details that focused on their relationship as well as their families. Most of the details were either created by Anita herself, or by friends and family members, keeping the wedding as Do-It-Yourself as possible, while still being elegant and enchanting.

Photographer: RGS Photography / Dress: Saja

Have You Heard About Entwined 2012?

If you haven’t entered this awesome giveaway… you’re in for a real treat.  This December (entries are due by October 15th) Entwined 2012 will give one lucky couple the wedding of their dreams… and not just a few elements.  The group — including Country Sugar Events and Anne Marie Photography, among many many others — will provide a venue, full planning and design services, a live band, and every other thing you could possibly imagine… for a value of over $75k.

They’ve put together an unreal list of vendors, and judging by this inspiration shoot (one of two, if you’re more into glam… check this out, you’ll love) the event will be nothing short of amazing.

Entries must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2011 (that’s this Saturday, in case you’re wondering) so hurry on over to their site and get your entry in today.

Photographer: Anne Marie Photography / Caterer: Sullivan Street Caterers / Event Designer: Country Sugar Events / Floral Designer: Statue of Design / Invitation Designer: Lilly & Louise / Event Venue: The Studio at Fischer