Inside Weddings - - Weddings - May 14, 2016 Bev­erly Hills, Cal­i­for­nia | Pho­tographed by John Solano Pho­tog­ra­phy

May 14, 2016 Bev­erly Hills, Cal­i­for­nia Pho­tographed by John Solano Pho­tog­ra­phy


There is an old say­ing: “When you know, you know,” and An­drew Rob­bins just knew. While spend­ing the af­ter­noon at a lo­cal cof­fee shop, he was ca­su­ally pe­rus­ing a pop­u­lar dat­ing app when the pro­file of one young woman in par­tic­u­lar caught his eye. How­ever, An­drew quickly re­al­ized that swip­ing right was not nec­es­sary. “We never of­fi­cially matched,” di­vulges Lind­say Werbin. “The app showed An­drew that we had a mu­tual friend, who he con­tacted im­me­di­ately.” Within no time, that friend con­nected Lind­say and An­drew with one an­other. “A few hours af­ter that, Lind­say and I were on our first date at a Mex­i­can restau­rant,” An­drew re­calls. “It was per­fect.” The pair bonded over chips and gua­camole, both equally sur­prised at how eas­ily their con­ver­sa­tion flowed.

That spon­ta­neous date turned into an in­cred­i­ble and lov­ing courtship. “We had been dat­ing for sev­eral months, and our re­la­tion­ship was get­ting stronger,” says An­drew. “I knew early on that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.” In or­der to make his in­ten­tions clear to his sweet­heart’s fam­ily, he asked Lind­say’s par­ents to ar­rive early to a din­ner the cou­ple had planned. “They asked me some fair ques­tions, but it went well, and they were sup­port­ive,” he con­fides. With their ap­proval, he de­vel­oped his pro­posal plan, which in­volved one of their fa­vorite ac­tiv­i­ties to do to­gether: hik­ing. A lit­tle over a year af­ter their spurof-the-mo­ment meet­ing, the pair made their way up a well-known trail in Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia. “At the top of the moun­tain, there is a place called In­spi­ra­tion Point that looks out over the city and has great views of the ocean,” Lind­say re­mem­bers. “At that spot, An­drew be­gan telling me how much he loved me, but still, I did not think a pro­posal was hap­pen­ing. It wasn’t un­til he got down on his knee that I re­al­ized!” To make her ac­cep­tance that much sweeter, both of their fam­i­lies were wait­ing for them at the bot­tom of the moun­tain for a cel­e­bra­tory, sea­side lunch.


Aisle Run­ner

Mark’s Gar­den


Tae­bas­tian for Kim Vo Sa­lon, Bev­erly Hills - hair

Nicole Burg - makeup

Bri­dal Gown/Sa­lon/Veil/ Brides­maid Gowns

Monique Lhuil­lier


The But­ter End Cak­ery


Alyson Fox for Levine Fox Events En­ter­tain­ment

West Coast Mu­sic

Event De­sign

Rev­elry Event De­sign­ers


Cal­i­for­nia Donuts

Flo­ral De­sign

Mark’s Gar­den


Hugo Boss

Hon­ey­moon andBeyond Mnemba Is­land Sabyinyo Sil­ver­back Lodge at Gov­er­nors’ Camp Col­lec­tion Sin­gita Sasakwa Lodge


Lehr and Black


XIV Karats LTD

Light­ing De­sign

Im­ages by Light­ing


La Tavola Fine Linen

Re­source One Inc.


John Solano Pho­tog­ra­phy


Bloom­ing­dale’s; Gearys Wil­liams-Sonoma


Casa de Per­rin; Clas­sic Party Rentals Shoes

Manolo Blah­nik


The Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel Videog­ra­phy

Blue­cat In­ter­na­tional

Due to the de­mand­ing na­ture of their ca­reers, the cou­ple asked Alyson Fox of Levine Fox Events to as­sist in mak­ing their dream of a so­phis­ti­cated-and-clas­sic af­fair into a re­al­ity. Ac­cord­ing to the soon-to-be bride, “with­out her ex­per­tise, the big day would not have been pos­si­ble.” Though the amount of time it took to co­or­di­nate their wed­ding sur­prised Lind­say, Alyson made ev­ery ef­fort to al­le­vi­ate stress caused by their im­pend­ing nup­tials by sched­ul­ing re­lated ap­point­ments for the evenings and week­ends. One such meet­ing was to visit an in­cred­i­bly spe­cial venue. “An­drew and I looked at a hand­ful of ho­tels in the Los An­ge­les and Or­ange County ar­eas, but knew in­stantly that The Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel was the one. The en­trance was grand, the cer­e­mony gar­den was beau­ti­ful, the ball­room was stun­ning, and the ho­tel staff was amaz­ing,” shares the bride. How­ever, the stun­ning beauty of the iconic ho­tel was not its only sell­ing point. “Be­sides that, my par­ents got mar­ried there in the same ball­room 34 years ago!”

Af­ter 14 months of prepa­ra­tion, Lind­say and An­drew were fi­nally ready to de­scend the aisle and tie the knot. A group of vi­o­lin­ists played soft notes as guests en­tered the al­fresco gar­den to find their seats for the cer­e­mony. The stone aisle was lined with long fresh vines weav­ing their way along the length of the path. Sim­ple lawn chairs faced an abun­dant flo­ral chup­pah, com­prised of lush clus­ters of green­ery and light-toned blooms. “I al­ways en­vi­sioned a white wed­ding,” affirms Lind­say. “I wanted to keep the gen­eral look and feel of the space, but also add vin­tage chairs and loosely placed flow­ers through­out the area.” Clutch­ing a bou­quet of snowy pe­onies and clothed in a time­less ivory ball gown, still glow­ing from her per­fect “first look” with her hand­some groom, the bride made her grand en­trance with her mother and father at her side. Both Lind­say and An­drew note lock­ing eyes with one an­other at op­po­site ends of the aisle as their fa­vorite mem­ory from the day.

In quite the fes­tive mood, rev­el­ers were anx­ious to be­gin the cel­e­bra­tion. Af­ter spend­ing cock­tail hour mix­ing and min­gling, the ball­room doors opened to re­veal a pic­turesque in­door gar­den mo­tif spread through­out the room. Es­cort cards led each at­tendee to their place set­ting at one of two ta­blescape con­cepts. Round ta­bles fea­tured high cen­ter­pieces on mir­rored glass table­tops, while rec­tan­gu­lar va­ri­eties dis­played low com­pi­la­tions in crys­tal vases, and both de­signs in­cluded an ar­ray of ivory flow­ers with some ad­di­tional green­ery. “None of the ar­range­ments were com­pletely struc­tured, but rather flowed,” ex­plains the bride. A sprig of minia­ture blos­soms and fo­liage rested upon nap­kins, which be­decked charger plates in an al­abaster hue.

Fol­low­ing de­lec­ta­ble cui­sine and sweet speeches given by the cou­ple’s par­ents and mem­bers of the bri­dal party, friends and rel­a­tives were treated to a tow­er­ing, five-layer but­ter­cream-and-choco­late cake fea­tur­ing a lace de­sign and sugar pe­onies to match Lind­say’s bou­quet. Nat­u­rally, guests were most look­ing for­ward to shar­ing the dance floor with the new­ly­weds. For the groom, mu­sic was a cru­cial part in cre­at­ing the fun, play­ful at­mos­phere. “The wed­ding band had great en­ergy and kept the party go­ing,” notes An­drew. “Every­one seemed to re­ally en­joy the playlist and did not stop danc­ing all night long.”

Though the even­ing seemed to fly by, the new Mr. and Mrs. Rob­bins man­aged to glean some words of wis­dom for other en­gaged pairs. On stay­ing or­ga­nized, the groom ad­vises that cou­ples “pick a few things that are most im­por­tant, but don’t try to mi­cro­man­age the process.” Though wed­ding plan­ning could be a daunt­ing un­der­tak­ing at times, Lind­say muses that “on the most stress­ful days, I would just think of the end re­sult, which was mar­ry­ing An­drew. This thought would get me through it all.”

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