Lindsay and Arthur’s wedding at the The Fig House is a wonderful blend of vintage and modern with a touch of winter holiday. Never a visually dull moment at the colorful venue, the couple’s planner Pop the Champagne Events complimented the space with red roses and green garlands by M’s Flowers. Cute touches like gilded dinoaours on the tablescapes and a shiny gold ceremony structure kept things playful and fun while the bride’s Oscar de la Renta gown and vintage fur stole added vintage glamour. Grey Collective member Woodnote Photography knoked it out of the park capturing all the moments of the day, along with some stunning fine art portraits of the couple.
How did the two of you meet?
We met in 2004 through mutual friends as Lindsay was just finishing high school. She moved to Oregon and we remained good friends until one fateful road trip in 2011. We started dating long distance, and at the time, we said in a year we would evaluate and maybe someone would move. 6 months (and a LOT of early morning flights) later we were on another road trip moving Lindsay back to Southern California.
If you had to sum up your wedding in a sentence, how would you describe it?
A really fun and beautiful holiday party full of love with all our friends and family.
Any DIY projects you were especially proud of?
The favors! They were a real team effort between both of us, Lindsay’s brother (a groomsman) and his wonderful girlfriend (a bridesmaid). Christmas Crackers are a big tradition in Lindsay’s family, so early on I knew I wanted to do something that was a nod to that. For months our friends and family saved empty paper towel rolls, we splatter painted the paper ourselves, and assembly-lined them over the long Thanksgiving weekend. We filled them with a tiny bottle of Belvedere Vodka and these amazing chocolates called Prince Polos, which were both a nod to Arthur’s Polish heritage. We also made tiny gold dinosaur magnets to include that tied into some of our decor details. I love visiting our friends homes and seeing them on the fridge!
Do you have any stories to share from the day?
We wanted to keep our ceremony a little condensed so we stuck with classic vows, but friends had given us the idea to share our own vows privately. The morning of our wedding we both got up early and wrote each other a letter including more personal thoughts and vows. We sneaked away from the reception for a short while to read them together and it was a really wonderful moment together.
Any advice for future brides/grooms currently planning their wedding?
I had a really hard time being overwhelmed in the beginning, but get the big things out of the way and everything else falls into place. It’s also super cliche, but everyone has an opinion. In the end no one is going to remember everything except you, so have the day you want!
If Arthur hasn’t answered any of these questions-does he have a memorable moment?
Arthur was awesome and actually helped with some of the questions, but he does have this to say: My most memorable moment was the first kiss. Not because I want to make out in front of all our family, but because my initial idea was to keep it very simple and clean. I absolutely hate getting lipstick on me, so that had some bearing on my decision, but after seeing Lindsay walk down that aisle, it all went out the window. I ended up just going for it and destroyed my face with lipstick.
Photographer: Woodnote Photography // Wedding planner: Pop the Champagne Events // Flowers: M’s Flowers // Stationery & Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas // Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Fig House // Videographer: Paperbird Weddings // Gown: Oscar de la Renta // Shoes: Kate Spade // Necklace: Bride’s Grandmother // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS and Lulu’s // Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss // Groom’s Shoes: Gucci // Groomsmen’s Suits: Macy’s // Hair: Katie Hayes // Makeup: Chantè Platt // Processional Song: Marching Bands of Manhattan Instrumental (Death Cab For Cutie) // First Dance: I Hear a Symphony (the Supremes) // Wedding favors: DIY team effort // Caterers: the Kogi Truck // Cake: Joanie & Leigh’s Cakes // Wedding Rings: Claude Morady