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 spur-of-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.
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 design concepts included an array of ivory flowers with some additional greenery. “None of the flower 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 – marrying Andrew. This thought would get me through it all.”