Joo (a pharmacist) and Jacob (owner of the Hastens store in West Hollywood) met in June 2004. Four years later, they were engaged and planning a wedding for the following fall.
Erin from The Indigo Bunting created a custom stationery suite that included an illustration of the couple on the back of the invitation. An illustrated map, double-sided RSVP card, and small buttons with the drawings of the bride and groom rounded out the suite.
Inspired by the greenery of the wedding venue, illustrations of plants created borders on the invitation. Erin was also guided by Joo and Jacob's succulent-inspired color palette of dusty pinks, greens, and browns, with minor accents of lighter citrus hues.
As a nod to their own quirky drinking preferences, Joo and Jacob displayed signs with "rules" for drinks for the men and women in attendance: The "girly" drink rules had to be delicious and pretty, and the "manly" drinks were to contain no more than two ingredients and not use pretty colors. The signs were hung on Smog Shoppe's Egyptian statues.
The menu was created by Chef Andreas Volmefjord of Volmefjord Catering. Hors d'oeuvres included truffle chicken salad on crostini, caviar on rosti served with creme fraiche and dill, and tuna tartar on crisp wontons. The main menu featured a crab cake with mango-cucumber salsa, lobster with triple curry and white port creme sauce, and beef tenderloin with a Madeira jus and pommes Anna topped with micro greens. Each course was also paired with a beer.
After the reception, grilled cheese sandwiches and grape quesadillas were served as the dancing continued into the late hours of the evening.
For table numbers, pieces of wood with rounded corners were spray glued with fabric, with the numbers cut out to reveal the natural wood underneath. The mix of modern and vintage fit perfectly within the location's aesthetic.
With the Smog Shoppe as the backdrop, it was important to soften and warm up the space. For the dining tables Hoot & Heart used a combination of porcelain Italian beakers and cylinders wrapped in pages from vintage books. Locally grown dahlias mixed with succulents, green wheat, and pods made a striking statement.
Joo stamped muslin bags with a "K" to mark the couple's new shared initial. Inside were small, all-natural lavender bags from Hastens (the groom's business) and cards that read "Slip this under your pillow tonight for sweet dreams. Love, Joo + Jacob." Joo also sewed different pieces of the fabrics used throughout the wedding to the muslin bags.
Mustaches from Paper Source were backed with thick paper and attached to sticks by the bride. A backdrop of scalloped fabric cutouts connected the self-service photobooth to the color palette of the wedding. Other fun props -- namely, a tiara and a veil -- were on hand for guests to use to pep up their snapshots.