SmogShoppe Los Angeles Wedding

We have a special treat to share with you today from Picotte Photography! The colorful SmogShoppe wedding of Dan and Joanna who married on a sunny California day in May. The happy couple fell in love with the venue the minute they set foot on the property! The renovated auto repair shop is located in a rapidly evolving arts district in Culver City. The SmogShoppes eclectic style and sustainable design practices perfectly fit the couple’s personality.

LaPartie Events did a sparkling job with all the details and extra touches. One touch we especially love is the use of succulents in their flower arrangements and that they encouraged the guests to take them home after the reception. A great idea to ensure less waste on your special day. Read on to hear more about the wedding day.

Picotte Photography also does Cinematography.

They used photos from their engagement shoot with Picotte Photography to create the guest book. A ton of online web sites offer great photo albums that you can create and use as guest books. A a great one that we recommend is blurb.

Rather than giving traditional wedding favors to each guest, the couple made cash donations to the Susan G. Koman for the Cure Foundation and Partners in Health (two organizations that are meaningful to each of them).  They then printed place cards memorializing the contributions and thanking each of their guests for attending. What a great idea!

From Joanna on skipping the wedding photo booth:

There is an empty closet at SmogShoppe commonly used for the ever-popular wedding photo booth. We, however, skipped the instant picture option and put the space (and our money) to use in a different way by hosting a booze tasting bar (separate from the regular bar) with a personal touch.  The bar featured special whiskeys (Dan’s drink of choice) and sparkling wines (Joanna’s favorite), that for one reason or another had a special place in the bride and groom’s life. A “Whiskey & Bubbles” printed menu sat atop the bar to explain the significance of each selection.

How delicious does all the food look?

Dan and Joanna skipped the traditional wedding cake and opted instead for a desert table, featuring Apple Tart Tatins, hand-torched s’mores with brulee banana, and homemade doughnuts (fried fresh on site and served with a variety of tasty dipping sauces). Looks so incredibly yummy!

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Photography: Picotte Photography
Wedding Planner: LaPartie Events
Venue: SmogShoppe

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Cinematography: Picotte Weddings
Wedding Dress: J Crew
Grooms Suit: Ralph Lauren
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade
Bride’s Jewelry: J Crew
Veil: Designs by Portobello
Caterer: Food Matters
Florist: Holly Flora
Invitations: BG Designs
Reception Printed Materials: WingsandCompany
Make-up & Hair: Wes O’Neil
DJ: Dash Entertainment
Site Management: TACT Event Management

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  1. The whole thing is really cute, and I especially love the use of succulents

  2. -100. Alicia Candelora says:

    Love love love!! Awesome details, and so “earthy” feeling :)

  3. -100. Julie says:

    What a lovely lovely wedding! Photos and video complement each other to make such a unique, precious souvenir of THE day!Bravo!Oh..and the food..mmh..looks yummi!

  4. -100. RAMNEEK MOHAN says:

    What a treat! Simply beautiful come-to- life pictures. Picotte Photography, you rock. Congratulations!

  5. -100. Erin S. says:

    Oh, Suthi! The video is so beautiful and cinematic. It is really special – I’ve not seen anyone doing wedding videos like this – and it feels like a natural, beautiful extension of your photography. Well done!

  6. -100. sHeM says:

    Picotte Photography is the most artistic wedding photos being produced in the industry. Would hire and refer Picotte Photography to anyone who wants more than a memory but a masterpiece for the album.

  7. Beautiful! Amazing details. Love the light on that first dance shot!

  8. -100. Danica says:

    Picotte Photography does it again! Absolutely gorgeous documentation of such a important day with a beautiful but edgy feel and a journalistic style but still exquisitely composed.

  9. -100. Andrea F. says:

    What a gorgeous wedding! The photographer & videographer did an amazing job of capturing the beauty of the wedding and the joy of the bride and groom. Wow…Picotte photography’s rep as the go co. for weddings is apparently well deserved!

  10. -100. Terrance says:

    Beautiful work, as always.

  11. I really love the flowers Joanna selected. On a personal level I can really appreciate that the happy couple chose a location built with environmentally friendly methods as a place to hold their wedding.

  12. -100. saar says:

    Amazing photos. Just beautiful.

  13. -100. swaran Bhushan says:

    Suthi,i am happy for your new add on stuff.keep it up with your progress.ready to see you all for to you and Sanjay.swaran.

  14. -100. Suthi Picotte says:

    Congratulations, Joanna & Dan!!! It was anhonor to be part of your special day! Great big hugs to you both!!!

  15. -100. Michelle Torres says:

    Wow, this is what I want my wedding pics to look like – ART!

  16. The one of the officiant and the couple laughing just made me smile.

  17. -100. Laura @ Saying I Do says:

    Beautiful wedding video…I teared up watching that at my desk!

  18. -100. Alysha East says:

    The quality and beauty of this work is outstanding!!!

  19. -100. Alex D'Lerma says:

    The wedding photos by Picotte are unique and show a real artist behind the lens and not just someone collecting a paycheck. Beautiful and artistic shots clearly created by someone who realizes that this is the most important day of the bride and grooms life together.

  20. -100. Luisa says:

    I love love love the vid. It’s so what I would like of my wedding one day.

  21. -100. Fiona says:

    It’s so neat, so beaytiful, i’m longing for this kind of wedding, i can’t believe my eyes, the whole environment looks pure, the new couple love each other, the bride in simple wedding dress likes an angel, and she wear a pair of blue sandal, i don’t know what brand it is, but i hope it is UGG, i like ugg sandals, because they are comfortable forever, in addtion, though the ball party is not luxury, it is clean and warm for all the attending people, all kinds of snack attract my attention most, they looks delicious, i am unable to bear and have a taste of them.


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