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Modern Wedding at the Fig House in LA

Modern Weddings

The Fig House in LA is the ultimate venue for modern weddings with a bit of vintage flair, just like Trisha and Jason’s wedding. A truly talented team of vendors came together to make this day one to remember, including Heidi Ryder Photography, Honeyfitz Events, and Little Hill Floral Designs. The couple took inspiration from their venue to incorporate Mid-Century-meets-Art-Deco design with strong geometric patterns, and we couldn’t be crazier about the result.

modern wedding at the Fig House in LA - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

From the bride, Trisha: We fell in love with the bold colors, fantastic stained glass, mid-century modern meets Art Deco decor, and strong geometric patterns of our venue so we decided to lean in to that. We wanted to incorporate bold geometric shapes and the Art Deco/mid-century vibe into everything from decor to our attire. We also wanted a more “glamorous” fun night, as opposed to something softer and romantic, so we used really rich colors.

metallic wedding shoes - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

wedding dress - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

fuchsia bouquet - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la
Bouquet recipe: I LOVE flowers so I worked closely with my incredible florist on what flowers would be included in my bouquet. It included peonies, dahlias, ranunculus, garden roses all in deep purples and burgundies, and some jasmine to give it a little whimsy.

bridal party - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

grooms boutonniere - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

flower girls - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

flower girls - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

wedding ceremony - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

ceremony recessional - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

Ruffled - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

Fig House LA - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

outdoor tables - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

seating chart - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

escort card photos - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

We used bold colors (rich purples, blues, pink, and gold); gold and rose gold sequins; geometric shapes were incorporated into everything from our invitations to our table arrangements, to the menus, to the hanging floral arrangements. The biggest DIY project I worked on was all the gold picture frames we used for signage and love quotes that I scoured the internet (and Etsy!) for. Because I knew I wanted them all gold, my mom and I went to a bunch of thrift stores and purchased inexpensive frames and then I just spray painted them. Also, our church did not allow flower petals or confetti, so I made sparkle ribbon wands for our flower girls that came out wonderfully!

tablescape - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

Fig House reception - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

wedding sign - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

hanging wedding decor - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

peony centerpiece - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

geometric wedding details - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

wedding reception - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

geometric centerpiece - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

hanging geo decor - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

Art Deco table number - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I’ve got 3 pieces of advice: 1) Hire the best vendors within your budget and then trust them to do their jobs. It’s exhausting trying to do everything yourself. You (and your wonderful fiance) will enjoy the process much more if you don’t have to be involved with every micro-decision along the way. 2) Understand that a lot of people (your family, his family, your close friends, etc.) will have feelings and opinions about your wedding. Rather than get frustrated by that, figure out what’s really important to you and then be willing to let go on some of the things that aren’t. You don’t want anyone to feel hurt or slighted on your wedding day over something that wasn’t super important to you anyway. 3) Set aside nights and weekends with your husband-to-be where you don’t do any wedding planning. Be sure to keep the romance between the two of you so your wedding day is all the more special and magical!

floral centerpiece - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

dessert table - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

drink menu - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

hanging geometric decor - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

wedding favors - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

navy and gold wedding cake - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

cake cutting - photo by Heidi Ryder Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-at-the-fig-house-in-la

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Wedding Music:
Reception Entrance: “This is Gonna Be,” American Authors
First Dance “Crazy Love,” Van Morrison
First Dance with all guests: “That’s Where It’s At,” Sam Cooke
Father/Daughter Dance: “Stand By Me,” Ben E. King
Cake Cutting: “Love You Madly,” Cake
Last Dance: “The Longest Time,” Billy Joel

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Heidi Ryder Photography (Los Angeles)

Event Design

Honeyfitz Events

Florist

Little Hill Floral Designs

Ceremony Venue

St. Philip the Apostle

Reception Venue

The Fig House

Wedding Dress

Nicole Miller

Bridal Store

The White Dress

Wedding Veil

Pure Blooms

Hair Accessory

The Headband Shoppe

Wedding Shoes

Betsey Johnson

Hair and Makeup

Naomi Marin Artistry

Maid of Honor Dress

Adrianna Papell

Groom's Attire

Hugo Boss

Groomsmen's Attire

Friar Tux

Catering

RoomForty

Wedding Cake

Sweet E's Bake Shop

Dessert Table

A Little Sugar

DJ

Ian Gotler from RedShoe

Glassware

Borrowed Blu

Lighting

D Lighting

Wedding Invitations

Dancing Pen & Press

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[seven-degrees]

A new angle on the art of entertaining. [seven-degrees] is an award-winning & full-service events venue. At [seven-degrees] we provide a range of services which are layered together to create a complete wedding experience. Our property, winner of the Architecture Guild Award, is a 25,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor gallery noted for its modern design and elegant feel. Our [seven-degrees] Coordination team will assist you in implementing your unique vision for the space. We understand the intricacies of planning a distinct ceremony and reception and take pleasure in working with couples throughout each stage of the process. You’ll enjoy customizing your menu with our Executive Chef and meet with our Wedding Coordinators and Design Team to make choices regarding design and décor (including presentation, technology, lighting and floral arrangement).

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Santa Monica Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

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Heidi Ryder

How could I not fall for this wedding from Heidi Ryder? Set in a gorgeous garden area of Santa Monica’s Tiato, bride Renee decorated the space as she’d want her own backyard to look. The result is, of course, an intimate space full of succulents and gorgeous atmosphere.

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From the bride, Renee: Classy and intimate. Most importantly, we wanted people to go a little crazy on the dance floor (which they did). Our goal was to have everything – bridesmaids, groomsmen, groomsmen ties, tables, etc. look cohesive without it looking too coordinated. I always had trouble answering the question “what is your theme”, because we never really decided on one. We focused on a few things we knew we wanted, and built it from there. For the decor, I thought about how I would want my backyard to look (if I had a backyard) and ended up with lots of succulents and recycled materials. For the color scheme, we knew we wanted grey suits and some grey bridesmaids dresses, so I just narrowed down colors that looked good with grey, and landed on a blush/peach (or “dusty rose” as Pinterest likes to call it). I assigned all eight bridesmaids colors by sending them paint swatches with a shade of grey or blush/peach, and had them pick out their own dress.

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The venue itself was built and decorated using recycled materials, so I used that theme as inspiration for our look. My mom and I worked together to decorate the tables. She collected succulent clippings from friends and family and grew a dedicated for the year leading up to the wedding (I live in Chicago, so I couldn’t participate in the garden) while I searched for vintage-looking metal, ceramic and glass containers at thrift stores. My aunt and grandmother came over a few days before the wedding, and together with my mom we arranged all of the planters using stones, pebbles, sand and moss. The venue allowed us to use their tables, but the one difficulty with their set-up was that the tables where many different shapes, sizes and materials. My mom decided to sew all of the table clothes instead of renting. She made beautiful lace runners for the wooden tables with burlap place mats and grey tablecloths for the metal tables. Lastly, our wedding planner painted old books peach/blush and grey and used them on the tables under tea lights for additional decoration. We used any extra planters for bar menus and additional signs.

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Our venue had a nice, small private room attached to the reception area, so we used this for the guest book/photo booth. I purchased a FujiFilm Instax (new version of a Polaroid camera) and set it up next to a blank guest book with instructions. Guests took photos and then wrote a note in the book. It was really great to look at the photos and notes the next day (especially the ones taken towards the end of the night). My dress was made using piece of lace from my mom’s wedding dress. I used the leftover lace from my wedding dress to make each of the bridesmaids and my mom a piece of jewelry. I don’t know if the jewelry made it through the whole night, partly because the lace was delicate, but mostly because I’m not a jewelry maker. Still, it was fun to make and meant something to me to share a part of my dress with everyone. After all, I was only going to wear it once, so I needed to get as much out of it as possible.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? 1) Space out your planning. 2) Choose a few things you care about to focus on and let other people (parents, etc) focus on the things they care about. 3) Accept that you are going to have some fights with your partner. 4) Spend time on your ceremony (if you are writing it yourself). 5) Enjoy having all of your people in one space. It’s a beautiful thing that doesn’t happen very often.

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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: Bach’s Arioso from Cantata No. 156
Bride’s Processional: “The Nearness of You,” Hoagy Carmichael
Recessional: “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart,” Duke Ellington
First Dance: “The Very Thought of You,” Billie Holiday
Father/Daughter Dance: “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” James Brown
Mother/Son Dance: Miles Davis Ballad
Grandfather/Bride: “Another Saturday Night,” Sam Cooke

Wedding Location: Santa Monica, CA / Photographer: Heidi Ryder / Floral Design: A Touch of Lavender / Coordinator: Jennifer Williger / Venue: Tiato / Getting Ready Hotel: Culver Hotel / Wedding Dress: Mignonette Bridal / Hair Pieces: I purchased vintage broaches from a store in Chicago, and our hair stylist turned them into hair pieces for me, my mom and my sister-in-law / Hair: Aubrey Marie / Makeup: Kimberly Bragalone / Bride’s Jewelry: I wore my grandmother’s earrings and my mom’s necklace / Bridesmaids’ Jewelery: Handmade by Bride / Groom’s Suit: Kent Wang / Groomsmen’s Ties: Drake’s / Paper Goods Design: Julie Dwyer / Save the Date Stamp: Antiquaria / Ceremony Music: Tristan Cooley (Flute) / DJ: Robert Collazo / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

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Basic Invite Wedding Invitations

Visit https://www.basicinvite.com to find over 200 fully customizable wedding invitation sets. At Basic Invite each and every invite has almost unlimited color options letting you create an invitation as unique are you are.

Pick your colors, and your text, and even upload your photo for an instant online preview of your invitation.

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Vintage Bowling Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Be still my vintage-obsessed heart. It’s true that the fifties is one era I will never tire of, but a wedding in a bowling alley is quintessentially retro. Jessica is a designer herself, so it was a no brainer she designed the most fun wedding stationery, setting the tone for her wedding bash. And here’s a hint: 3D glasses! Thank you Heidi Ryder for the beautiful images! Check out the rest in the gallery.

We’ve been asked why we chose the 1950’s as our wedding theme. To be honest, we’re really not sure. Maybe it was a love of the music, maybe it was a love of the style, or maybe it was Ryan’s love of Back to the Future. It’s hard to say for sure. It just seemed…natural.

retro 1950s bowling wedding

Our venue–The Doctor’s House at the Brand Arts and Music Library–was a much more conscious choice. We’d lived in the Burbank/Glendale area for many years and the Brand Arts and Music Library offered us the beautiful outdoor setting we both wanted. It was also the site of the career retrospective of Ryan’s favorite artist, Joseph Mugnaini. And since we’re not the sit-down-to-dinner type, the reception was hosted at the Montrose Bowl. A private bowling alley, the Montrose Bowl has appeared in many television and film productions, including Pleasantville and Teen Wolf. We wanted everyone at the reception to have fun, play games and maybe feel a little nostalgic, and the Montrose Bowl was the picture-perfect venue for it. Along with open bowling lanes and our ‘photo booth,’ games such as Hungry Hungry Hippos and Tiddly Winks were scattered about to coax out everyone’s inner child.

retro 1950s bowling wedding

retro 1950s bowling wedding

With so many family and friends coming from out of town, we really wanted to share with them a true southern California culinary experience. And what else says southern California like a food truck? In this case it was Seabirds, a gourmet food truck. We chose Seabirds because of their impressive and delicious vegan menu. Seabirds vegan fare was a huge success. One guest even complained that she was “angry [she] couldn’t eat more!”

retro 1950s bowling wedding
retro bowling wedding

The wedding also had a green component. The bridesmaid’s bouquets, groomsmen’s boutonnieres, and corsages were made from colorful cut-up clothing catalogues that normally would have found a home in the recycle bin. The bridal bouquet was a blossom of broaches sent by friends from around the world. Realizing that many of our international friends would not be able to attend, I sent out a call for broaches, rings, and pendants. Each piece was symbolic of a cherished memory, a friendship, an absent family member.

Taking full advantage of the bowling theme at the reception, guests signed a bowling pin as opposed to a traditional guest book. And keeping with our desire to make the event both fun and memorable, we thanked each guest with a bowling trophy. The trophies sported either a male or a female bowler and were engraved with our names, the date, and the eye-roll-worthy pun “With Love to Spare”.

retro 1950s bowling wedding
retro 1950s bowling wedding

designer herself, so it was a no brainer she designed the most fun wedding stationery, setting the tone for her wedding bash. And here’s a hint: 3D glasses! Thank you Heidi Ryder for the beautiful images! Check out the rest in View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Montrose, California):

Ceremony Location: Brand Arts Music Library / Reception Venue: Montrose Bowl / Wedding Photographer: Heidi Ryder / Invitations: Little Hinka / Caterer: Seabirds Truck / Hairstylist: Miss Lowe / Wedding Dress: Dolly Couture / Wedding Cake: Babycakes

Heidi Ryder is a member of Blue Label.

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Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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Hangar Vintage Glam Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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I may be biased, but I think vintage glam weddings are always mesmerizing right down to the littlest sparkle. One of our LA Blue Label vendors, Heidi Ryder, sent over this gem of a wedding that took place at the Planes of Fame Museum – a huge hangar with planes from the 1940s. With a gorgeous venue as the foundation for their wedding vision, Justine and Stephen planned a 1940s vintage-inspired wedding with a crisp black and white palette.

Vintage 1940s Airplane hangar wedding
WWII 1940s inspired wedding

From Heidi: Justine and Stephen planned a 40s themed wedding at the Planes of Fame Air Museum, which is full of beautiful vintage planes. As lovers of the era, and with Stephen’s love for WWII airplanes, the air museum was the perfect venue for their wedding celebration. Their grand entrance on a 40s era plane set the tone for a fun-filled party that every guest was sure to remember. They even learned a choreographed dance set to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by the Andrews Sisters and guests delighted in watching the pair do the fox trot and other fun 40s era dances. From start to finish, Justine and Stephen’s wedding day was unique and sentimental, as well as a great time for all involved.

Vintage 1940s Airplane hangar wedding
WWII 1940s inspired wedding
Vintage 1940s Airplane hangar wedding
Vintage 1940s Airplane hangar wedding
Vintage 1940s Airplane hangar wedding
WWII 1940s inspired wedding
Vintage 1940s Airplane hangar wedding
WWII 1940s inspired wedding

Vintage 1940s Airplane hangar wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Southern California):

Ceremony Location: Fleur De Lis Chapel / Reception Venue: Planes of Fame Air Museum / Wedding Photographer: Heidi Ryder / Caterer: Spaggi’s Restaurant / Floral Designer: In Flower / Wedding Dress Shop: Mary Me Bridal / Cake Designer: Cinderella Cakes / Linens and Coverings: Be Dazzle My Events

Heidi Ryder is a member of Blue Label.

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Event Studio

Event Studio is a wedding floral design and decorating firm that offers beautiful and unique designs for your special day! We are over-the-moon excited to play with lush gorgeous flowers everyday, treating each wedding as the only one. We join each couple in their excitement and work to make your day the most beautiful day of your life!

We offer a full inventory that we include in your design agreement. In addition, we offer custom made signs and unique decorator items!

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Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Ups

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I couldn’t think of a better way to show Blue Label member lovin’ this week than by highlighting a few vendors from sunny SoCal, more specifically from Los Angeles!

Los Angeles Wedding Florist Twig and Twine

Los Angeles Wedding Day of Coordinator Amber Events

Los Angeles Wedding Photographer Ruffled Wedding vendor

See all of the vendors in the Los Angeles section of our vendor guide!

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Bella Lily Bridal

Bella Lily Bridal….Redefining the Bridal Experience!

We are a specialty bridal boutique in Glendale, Arizona, where we strive to provide our brides with a genuine and unique, one-on-one experience.

In a relaxed and intimate setting, you will be surrounded by a full collection of high quality wedding dresses and a knowledgable staff of stylists to help bring your bridal fashion dreams to a reality.

From modern styles to timeless classics, our gowns are handpicked with our brides’ desires at the heart of it all. We understand shopping for a wedding dress is such a memorable occasion and we will make sure our brides not only enjoy themselves, but also walk away with the perfect dress and memories to last a life-time.

Located at 19420 N. 59th Ave. C-121, Glendale, AZ 85308

Phone: 623.825.4496

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