When Nancy and Max approached me to be the wedding photographer for their Fig House wedding in Los Angeles, I knew it would be a beautiful day. Nancy and Max share a love that is easy to see. So, when it came time for their November wedding, I was not surprised that it was a day filled with love, laughter and happiness.
Max & Nancy’s 21st Century Romance
Nancy and Max met on the online app called Happn. They went on three dates in the span of one week and they knew by the second date that they had something truly special. Their romance blossomed as they explored Los Angeles, taking cool Instagram photos together. Nancy enjoyed finding fun murals and interesting backdrops to capture a great photograph. But what she didn’t realize is that she also was inspiring Max’s proposal… On one of their dates, they came across an art mural by the artist Wrdsmith that said, “Kiss the one you love every chance you get,” on one side and “The Only Lie I Ever Told You was that I Liked You When I Really Loved You” on the other side. When he saw it, he knew that was where he would propose.
Because of Nancy’s Instagram adventures, they had become friendly with a local photographer. Nancy was a bit suspicious that Max was planning a proposal when the photographer reached out to offer a complimentary photoshoot. So, the day of the ‘photoshoot,’ Nancy made sure she looked her best. She very suspiciously eyed Max, looking for sign of a ring box, but there was no sign of an engagement ring. Nancy found herself thinking, “I really thought he was proposing today…” An hour later, they were in front of that very same Wrdsmith mural. Max had been so cool up until that point and he suddenly became very nervous. Nancy teased him about it and Max dropped to one knee. He pulled the ring out (there was no box) and Max asked Nancy, “Will you kiss me every day for the rest of our lives?”
Needless to say, she said YES!
An Elegant Fig House Wedding
Nancy and Max’s wedding was the embodiment of simple elegance on a budget! It was effortlessly elegant, and the Fig House was the perfect Los Angeles wedding venue for their wedding vision. The Fig House has a beautiful stained-glass window that was colored with different geometric shapes and a unique outdoor space with lush green landscape for walls. Inside of the venue, the walls are a vibrant dark green, a beautiful contrast with the white-beamed ceilings.
Leaning in to the overall style and décor of the Fig Room, Nancy and Max’s wedding décor was gold and geometric. For the ceremony, Nancy’s amazing friends, Joel and Jan Michael, spent two weekends designing, cutting, measuring, drilling, and painting the diamond-shaped wedding arch that Nancy had spotted on her Instagram feed. It ended up being more than just a backdrop to their vows as almost all the wedding guests had a photo with it.
For wedding florals, this elegant Fig Room wedding was decorated with long, leafy garlands, roses, and thoughtfully placed pampas grass. The wedding arch featured pampas grass and roses, the long reception tables were graced with lush eucalyptus garlands with roses. Tying in with the overarching theme of gold and geometrics, each table had one larger geometric vase filled with green moss and the table number, along with two small golden geometric tea light candle holders to help illuminate the space. Nancy splurged on clear charger plates accented with gold beads to tie in the gold vases and tea light holders.
The sweetheart table had a 12 ft. garland that draped over each side and became the perfect backdrop to four gold lanterns and the wedding day hashtag: #OneNaMillian.
Timeless Los Angeles Wedding Photography | The Fig House
The bride and groom both were dressed in classic wedding looks. Max wore a custom suit and Nancy’s gown was simply timeless. She looked elegant and beautiful, with a very natural look to her hair and makeup. When Nancy and Max came together for their first look, they both were overjoyed. Nancy’s brilliant smile was there for the rest of the day. In my years of photographing Los Angeles weddings, the joy of a bride on her wedding day is simply unforgettable, and Nancy was so happy. Her smile lit up the whole wedding venue. Nancy shared with me that the first look was one of her favorite moments of the wedding. I recommend a first look to my wedding couples because it is a great way to spend some special time alone together and it can help reduce your wedding day stress.
For the wedding ceremony, Nancy’s dog, Sampson was her ‘flower pup’ and her godson, Grayson was the ring bearer. They both dressed up for the day and did a terrific job walking down the aisle. The bride and groom were wed by their friend, Joel, who had watched their relationship blossom from day one. It made the Fig House ceremony very special.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, when Max and Nancy were announced as husband and wife, everyone was overjoyed. That happiness flowed into their wedding reception and through the rest of the evening. Later in the evening, in a nod to Max and Nancy’s different cultures, the bride and groom wore their traditional wardrobes. Nancy changed into a Vietnamese Ao Dai and Max donned a Filipino Barong. They opted for a less formal look with these outfit changes to be comfortable for the end of the wedding reception.
Wedding Planning Advice from an LA Bride:
I asked Nancy what she would share with other LA brides planning a wedding and here is what she had to share:
“Know what is most important to you on your wedding day and focus on that. Have an amazing vendor team who understands what is important to you. And, if you don’t have an amazing vendor team, hope that you have amazing friends and family who WANT to help you because they love you that much. We were blessed because we had both. Plan as much as you can/want before the big day. But on the day of your wedding, know that things will not go according to plan and that’s OK! No one will know! What matters is that you have the people you love there. Cherish EVERY second. It’s one of the few times in life where you’ll have everyone you love in one place.”
Thank you, Nancy and Max, for giving me the honor and the privilege of photographing your elegant wedding at the Fig House. This timeless autumn wedding was truly unique and memorable, and I am pleased I could be your wedding photographer to document it.
Los Angeles Wedding Vendor Credits
Photography: Attila Iuhasz Photography
Venue: The Fig House
Venue Instagram: @thefighouse
Florals: Flower Blush
Videography: Daybreak Weddings
Videography Instagram: @daybreakweddings
Cake & Desserts: Noelles Sweets and Treats
Cake Instagram: @noellessweetsandtreats
Music: Red Shoe LA
Music Instagram: @redshoela