Robyn and Scott planned a magical, nature-inspired Midsummer Night’s Dream wedding filled with personal style and significance. From the 25 pies Robyn’s mom baked, to the sun breaking through the storm clouds just in time for her walk down the aisle (as if her dad were right there!), each lovely moment of the day was captured by Viera Photographics’ unique and talented eye! I’m so glad that Robyn graciously shared their wedding story with us today.
The Goals: From Robyn – We wanted our wedding day to feel organic and natural, to have a feeling of escape like at a music festival or nature camp, to be a night that felt magical and very true to us. The music was very important. We really wanted a real band, not just a “wedding” band. And of course, we wanted to have an absolute blast!
The Design: In hindsight, I realize that anytime I had a very distinct vision and desire, it always ended up being the right choice. The food, the dress, my decision to walk myself down the aisle (holding a place for my deceased father). Our ceremony was held outside and the reception under a tent. We used “nature” as our color palette for a very Midsummer Night’s Dream look with an element of fantasy. A high point of the reception were our pies. My mom baked 25 pies for the reception! Her pies were always my favorite growing up and I wanted everyone to know what an amazing baker (and mother) she was. I wanted to give her a chance to shine. She wanted to kill me for making her bake 25 pies though!
The Look: I was always inspired by Sex and the City, when Carrie is in Paris waiting for Aleksandr in her Versace “Mille Feuille Dress” (a thousand layers). That was the image I always had in the back of my mind and I felt so lucky to pull it off. I’ve always been one to go outside the box so a dove gray dress from Escada felt perfect. I also envisioned a headpiece with feathers that matched my own hair tones. I wasn’t sure I would be able to find it but I wandered into an East Village shop, Gallery Vercon, and found Vashti de Verteuil. She is this incredible and sweet designer who searched high and low for the exact right feathers. Feather by feather we designed the piece together.
I told my girls they could chose any color they found in nature; cream, sand, dust, stone, greens, grays. It ended up working out perfectly. I wanted it to feel very Midsummer Night’s Dream, with everyone standing in the woods and looking like they matched but still with a feeling of something magical happening. I did make sure they all wore wedges though, sinking in the grass all night is no fun!
The Moments: My father passed away when I was 17 and I knew this would be a hard day for me without him. The weather was crazy and unpredictable; a torrential downpour one minute, windy and sunny the next. I kept saying I just wanted the photos and ceremony outside. There was no sun at “go time”, but when I stepped out of the inn ready to walk down the aisle the sun came out and shone on my face. I knew it was my father. He was there the whole time.
We also had so many romantic moments on our wedding day. The first time Scott saw me in my dress was incredible. My mom made me so nervous that he wouldn’t be 100% happy because I wasn’t wearing white and urged me to tell him ahead of time. When he saw me, he thought the dress was so remarkable and perfect for me. I knew I had made the right decision. Also, saying our vows was romantic! Hearing Scott say those words and being so unabashedly him and endearing. It was beautiful. Also getting to eat the amazing farm to table food was pretty romantic in my book. As a health coach and cooking teacher, I think food is sooooo important. People still tell us our food was not just some of the best wedding food they’ve ever had but the best food!
The Pros: For more information about the talented team that helped create this romantic day, please visit Robyn and Scott’s page in our Real Wedding Library!
Readers, for more inspirational real wedding stories, please visit our Real Wedding Library, and to see another recent wedding from Viera Photographics, take a peek at the ultra-stylish winter wedding in Lake Tahoe that we published earlier this week!!