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Take A Peek Inside Elkin Designer Kara Smith's Dreamy Wedding

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As seen herehere, and here, LA's top tastemakers and design stars know how to throw incredibly Pin-worthy nuptials. Kara Smith, a.k.a. half of the sister design duo behind beloved local label Elkin, recently gave Vogue a glimpse into her inspiring wedding in Santa Ynez Valley — and it's the stuff of every California bohemian bride's dreams.

The designer tied the knot this November with photographer and video director Nick Walker, whom she first met during a private party at Hollywood's Magic Castle. "They have a strict dress code at the Castle: They want ladies to cover their shoulders, which I forgot to do, and they want men to wear suits, which Nick forgot to do," Smith tells the fashion mag. "He had to borrow a suit, which was three sizes too big for him, and he wore a red beret as the cherry on top." (Ladies and gents, take note.)

Smith wore a bohemian-inspired gown by Houghton and accoutrements from vintage ring mecca Platt Boutique, while the groom was suited up in Saint Laurent and Ralph Lauren. Below, read on for seven fascinating factoids and inspo from Smith's wedding and see the full gallery over at Vogue here.


1. Emma Roberts was a member of the wedding party. In addition to the Scream Queens star (and frequent lookbook model), Smith's sister Brit also served as a bridesmaid. NBD.

2. Sonia Rykiel's spring 2008 runway show inspired her bridesmaids's wedding aisle strut. "They are holding onto each other for dear life in this photo [above], trying not to fall. I told them to channel the girls [from Rykiel's show] and they knew exactly what I was talking about."

3. KCRW fave Hanni el Khatib sang at the reception. After the performance, Walker serenaded Smith to a rendition of Al Green's "Simply Beautiful." Awww.

4. The wedding photobooth was in a vintage Airstream. The lounge area also featured a fire pit, carnival lights, and shag fur-embellished swings.

5. Stylist Samantha Traina was a "grooms-lady." Traina "wore a white Elkin dress and a black suit coat to match the guys." How modern.

6. Her beauty looks were "slightly embarrassing." Smith "wanted to look like a snowy angel for the ceremony, and a vampire for the reception." As seen in the photos, she pulled it off quite nicely.

7. The reception decor was rustic perfection. Smith's "absolutely dreamy" florals included olive leaves, cotton, dahlias, peonies, and cedar, while the cocktail area was decked out with wildflowers, citrus, and taxidermied birds.