Wedding: Liddy + Cody

Meet Liddy & Cody.
This adorable couple was married August 14th, 2010 at Smog Shoppe in Culver City. L&C are insanely fun-loving, happy, and silly. They are super LOVED and supported by their family and friends... making their wedding a true celebration. And that made my job as their wedding coordinator all the more enjoyable.
From my very first meeting with Liddy, I knew she had an easy-breezy vibe. She is so chill and mellow that I wondered, "When is she going to stress out?!" She never did. She embodies the phrase "go with the flow." And I love her for it.
As a San Diego bride planning a wedding in Los Angeles, Liddy had to put A LOT of trust in her vendors. Due to her long-distance planning and lack of time in town, she never had a floral preview. She showed the ladies of Holly Flora a couple reference images and told them she wanted the florals to have a "loose, organic, just-picked" design. Bright and happy. Boy-oh-boy, did those gals get it right!
 The flowers were bursts of vivid colors... as if the blossoms were jewels or colorful lollypops. Peonies, ranunculus, dahlias, garden roses, French marigolds, lisianthus, craspedia, scabiosa, poppies, and other wildflowers overflowed from their vintage tea tins, wooden bowls, colorful glass, and brass containers. Whimsical vintage animal figurines were incorporated into the centerpieces, while oil lamps glowed and illuminated the reception.
One floral touch that was thoughtful and unexpected was the orchid lei their friend/officiant wore during the ceremony instead of a traditional boutonniere. What a fresh, modern concept!
There were plenty of handmade, custom touches throughout the venue space. Colorful personalized paper flags and banner, which mimicked the invitation design, were displayed. "Heehaw" signs with sayings like, "You're the cream in my coffee" and "I love you like biscuits and gravy." The bride created the placecards herself, which were strung on twine along the Smog Shoppe bookshelves and secured with miniature clothes pins.
The place settings at each reception table were just another fun and casual aspect. Liddy told me she didn't want formal china or basic white plates. So we decided to go with Bamboo plates and utensils (an eco-friendly option in disposables), accented with colorful napkins with bold patterns. I couldn't imagine it being more festive and fitting to the rest of the decor.
For food, Liddy chose the super-awesome option of bringing in a taco truck, where guests could custom order their favorite tacos... from carne asada to shrimp, from chicken to vegetarian. Servers tray-passed gourmet tamales and each reception table has bowls of fresh tortilla chips, guacamole, and salsa fresca. Delicious, fun, and very SoCal. For sweets, the bride's talented aunt created a tower of cupcake heaven. Each treat was individually designed to reflect the color scheme and playful vibe of the event. What a crowd pleaser! And as for drinks, guests sipped on Cadillac Margaritas, Pink Grapefruit Margaritas, Cucumber Gimlets, and Thyme Lemon Drops.
During the reception, Cody and his friends grabbed their instruments and jammed for a short set, whipping the guests into a frenzy. It completely set the tone for an energetic night ahead. At the very end of their set, Cody stood alone with his acoustic guitar onstage and sang a song he wrote for his beautiful bride. It was incredibly heartfelt and truly one of the most romantic moments I have ever witnessed. After wiping away the tears, the guests were back in action, busting it out on the dancefloor until the very last song.
When the happy couple, who have been together for seven years, danced their first dance to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by IZ, a Hawaiian beach scene played on the movie screen above them. During dinner, the movie screen showcased western movies featuring John Wayne.  When not on the dancefloor, guests popped into the photobooth adorned in the many disguises and props... Mexican Wrestler, Playboy Bunny, Darth Vader, and anything in between!
This wedding was filled with so much joy and happiness that it radiated throughout the space.  Congratulations to the very happy couple!

{ VENDOR CREDITS }
Wedding Coordination: Krista Malinin for Amber Events
(a special thanks to my assistant, Kelsi!)
Venue: Smog Shoppe (Culver City, CA)
On-Site Management: TACT Management
Cupcakes: Jane William (Bride's Aunt)
Cupcake Stand: The Cupcake Tower
Photographer: Picotte Photography
Videographer: Dan Padgett (Groom's Uncle)
Flowers: Holly Flora
Photo Booth: Photobox LA
Hair & Make-Up: Mariah Nicole
Paper Products: Various Etsy Shops
Officiant: Dan Caroselli (Friend of the Couple)
Shuttle Transportation: Bus Bank
Hotel Accommodations: Hotel Erwin (Venice, CA)
Honeymoon: Costa Rica

To read the Q&A with Liddy and Cody, click here.
To read about this wedding's feature on Style Me Pretty, click here.
To see their four-page spread in Wedding Magazine UK, click here.