An Urban, Retro-Chic Wedding at SmogShoppe in Los Angeles, California
Everything from black-and-white zigzag furniture to geometric wood patterns on the walls of SmogShoppe in Los Angeles, California, helped shape this retro-chic, urban wedding. Jana Schaefer (27 and an interior designer) and Eric Schaefer (27 and a lawyer) chose their venue partly because it was a convenient location for their friends and family. But they fell in love with the urban space filled with lush dessert plants and antique furnishings, captured by Laura Ford Photographer. The retro theme was inspired by Jana and Eric's love for vintage objects—from old books to historic alarm clocks and even classic cars—which added character to the indoor-outdoor space, thanks to the help of Events by Brittany Blain. The retro palette of yellow, blue and orange was embodied within wedding party attire: The bridesmaids wore knee-length blue dresses with cap sleeves, while the groomsmen wore multicolored checkered ties. The ceremony took place outside in the vertical gardens, where Jana and Eric joined hands in front of a tall, overgrown succulent wall that served as a lush backdrop. Jana complemented the desert plants by having succulents incorporated into her bouquet, mixed with garden roses, hypericum berries and dusty miller, arranged by Clementine Floral Works. The dining tables inside the banquet hall were set with square wooden plates and geometric-patterned napkins accented with kraft paper detail. Our eyes drifted toward the white seating chart with a clock painted on the front, which read "Time to Take a Seat" and captured the wedding's retro vibe. "Our guests followed the string from their name to the hour mark on the clock and went to that table to find their seat," Jana says. "I'm happy to say, to the best of my knowledge, this was totally an original Jana-Eric design."