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recycle & reUse

2 Apr

I must, I must, I MUST internet blast the wonderful world of The Long Beach Depot for Creative ReUSe. For anyone who loves to craft, go there now! I walked into this place and I was immediately obsessed. The Depot is just what it sounds like…any and everything you can think of that might be thought of as junk, can be re-used, and it WILL be found in this place. Anything from old pen caps, to buttons, to old sewing patterns, and bottle caps, etc. The store recycles random materials for the creators re-invention. Super eco-friendly. Not only can you find the most random materials for sale, but you end up paying little to nothing for any project imaginable. We came here to look for vintage materials to use for wedding decor, and I will admit that I was a bit distracted. With that said, I did find what I was looking for, and I will be back in the future to rummage through all their riches 🙂


marvimon and smogshoppe

23 Jul

So the official hunt for a wedding venue has already begun! It’s only been a month and a half, but we’ve already visited several possible venues, and although we have “the one” in mind, we want to keep our final decision a surprise until it’s “finalized.” 😉

One of things we decided early on was that we are not a traditional couple, and we want to be a little different, keeping budget-friendly venues in mind. With that said, I still want something very romantic and vintage-inspired, while Ozzie likes a little bit of a modern and urban swing. Can it be done? Yes, it can! Anything is possible, and I think we did a good job with our venue-hunt. So we will be posting several of the sites we’ve already visited, and will also keep you updated on our final decision!

The Marvimon and Smogshoppe

We LOVED these two sister venues, which are perfectly set in the heart of Los Angeles. We were lucky enough to visit both during wedding rehearsals, and the venues really speak for themselves. While these two venues don’t quite fit into a “low-budget” wedding category, it is not too out-of-this world either. You wouldn’t have to do much decorating, and they are both very urban, vintage, and eco-friendly. I loved all the little details from the brick walls, to the potted succulents (I’m a sucker for succulents!), and old wooden tables, which are provided by the venue. The venue is very reminiscent of an intimate family gathering or a fun cocktail party with all your closest friends. Marvimon accommodates about 120 guests/seated, while Smogshoppe is a little bigger and can accommodate 175 guests/seated. Not sure if that fits our guestlist of about 225, but you never know. Nonetheless, these venues are so fun and unique! Let us know what you think!