Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Lindsay and Chase at the Hotel Fig

I finished off my 2008 wedding season with a jewel. Lindsay and Chase were married the day after Thanksgiving downtown at the Hotel Figueroa. If you are local and have not seen this hotel, you should definitely check it out. It is so cool! Total bohemian style- very unique and moody.

Lindsay and Chase are two of the coolest people I now (she is an amazing singer/songwriter and he played football for Purdue in college) and they are so super sweet. It was a true joy to help them plan their wedding. They had the right perspective throughout the whole thing- on their marriage and getting the most out of their wedding day. Lindsay was very specific about how she wanted her room- vibey, mellow, lots of good music, no stress. Brides- I highly recommend this! Figure out how you want to spend your time the morning and afternoon leading up to your wedding and communicate that to your family and bridesmaids. It will make a huge difference on your stress level and enjoyment of the day!

On to the wedding:

Isn't she gorgeous? 

I absolutely loved all the detail on her dress. It was stunning.

The Hotel Fig is a great spot for a unique, intimate wedding. Very affordable, flexible and they have a ton of decor and amazing furniture that they throw in.

Seriously, everything I just showed you was included in the rental price of the room. The chiavari chairs, the candles, the lanterns, the runners, the amazing dark wood huge tables- all included in the rental cost (which was less than $1000 for a weekday!). Made our job easy! 
The ceremony:

I hate it when I got caught in pictures!

Lindsay did not want any floral decor: just her simple ivory rose bouquet. So, we made it for her, which was a lot of fun! I tied it with ivory satin ribbon and applied some vintage-style lace ribbon tape (by Martha Stewart at Michaels). I wish I had taken a good picture of it. You'll just have to take my word for it that it was simply beautiful. 

The wedding was in the early afternoon, so rather than serve a meal, guests were served appetizers during the cocktail hour and then cool lounge-y pods were set up with delicious pita, hummus and other snacks for the reception. 

The area that the ceremony took place in was transformed into a comfy lounge area, complete with a real fire in the fireplace and oversized cushions to lay on. Lindsay and Chase had their first dance right in front of this area:


We set up a dessert bar featuring all sorts of black and white (most importantly- chocolate!) treats from Trader Joe's:

We embellished the jars with vintage lace ribbon tape and the bride used these cute cards from Paper Source for the labels. 
The beautiful cake:

Since Lindsay is a musician, the wedding was chalk full of good music. The bride painstakingly choose songs for every minute leading up to the ceremony: we had some Ryan Adams, some Coldplay, some Eastmountainsouth, and then the bridesmaids walked in to an Ingrid Michaelson cover of "Can't Help Falling in Love With You". Lindsay's entrance song was gorgeous: "Beyond" by Amel Larrieux. As a music lover myself, I adored all of the choices. The most fun moment though, was when the bridal had exited right after the ceremony, the guests were surprised with "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey. It was such a happy moment! 

Since the wedding was the day after Thanksgiving (aka the day I start playing Christmas music and get out decorations), Lindsay decided to throw another Christmas surprise in. During the reception, we set out a fun white tree with beautiful gold Snowflake ornaments. The ornaments had customized ribbon with the bride & groom's name and date and each guest took one at the end of the night as their favor. 

In lieu of a guestbook, we had guests write a love note to the bride and groom and stick in a gorgeous gold shimmery envelope. The basket Lindsay provided was handmade by women in Africa and was purchased from a company that raises money to support communities in Africa. A sweet way to give a little back from the wedding. 

They had a huge wedding party and it was such a blast! The bridesmaid dresses were very cute:


I know I have already posted so many pictures, but I just have to show you a few more of this gorgeous couple:

Lindsay and Chase: I cannot tell you how joyous your wedding day was for me. I, along with everyone there, could feel the love you two have for each other. I pray that God blesses your marriage greatly and I hope to make up to one of your shows soon!

Their vendor team:
*Photography: Robson Muzel 
*Cake: Wonder Bakery
*Limo: Prompt Limo 
*Live performance: Hope Hazlett 

6 comments:

HazelnutPhotography said...

What great details! I'm shooting there in August and am now even more excited! It's stunning.

Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs said...

Gorgeous venue...I love it!

Michelle @ My Wedding Report said...

Wow! This wedding is gorgeous! I love all the details that you added to make it so personal!

Paige said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!

Her gown is the most stunning bridal gown I have ever seen.

bridechic said...

Awesome photos

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