We've been anxiously waiting Robin and Lee's wedding since we first 'met' them in May of last year... especially since they brought on our Desiree to help them plan, design and coordinate all the details. So I'm more than a little excited to share with you the beautiful way in which Stay Forever Photography captured their big day!
With the inclusion of their son Isaac and the meaningful details infused throughout the day, Robin and Lee showed everyone in attendance what their wedding truly meant to them: it was not just the start of their marriage, but the melding of two families. (If you missed it last year, make sure to read the sweet story of their engagement... and the start of their new family!)
There are so many reasons to love the International Polo Club as a venue, but the fields are pretty much my fave. The gorgeous vistas are portrait perfection!
Red Cardinals, a meaningful symbol to the couple, made appearances throughout the day - even in the bridemaids' bouquets. Each 'maid carried a cardinal-shaped sign with an important date in Robin and Lee's relationship. The bride explains what the symbol means to them: Over the years, we became aware of the fact that red cardinals were present at many family events, both happy and sad. The cardinal has come to represent family members that could not be with us at a celebrations so we include them in spirit by using the cardinals as a physical embodiment of their love.
Robin and Lee spent most of their planning time on the element that was most important to them: the ceremony. The two tied the knot out on the field, in the dark, with only candles and stars to light their way. To surround themselves and with family and friends, and give everyone a "front row seat", they decided on a spiral aisle for their ceremony. Each bridesmaid walked down the spiral to a song that reflected the bride's love for her groom; each groomsman, to a song that was meaningful in their relationship and their families. Says Robin, "The spiral aisle allowed us to walk past each guest and let us feel the warmth of their love all around us during the ceremony."
The couple wrote their own vows, and shared them with each other for the first time during the ceremony; Robin also spoke vows to Isaac, her stepson. They also rewrote the traditional Jewish blessings and asked seven different couples, who all played meaningful roles in their lives, to recite them.
After their gorgeous and emotional ceremony came... the party! From Robin: The party was just what we envisioned – we wanted it to feel like they were spending a regular Saturday night with us doing the things that we love to do - being with friends, hanging out at a bar with a great band, great food, dancing and drinking and that is just what it turned out to be! There were no formal parts, no uniform-looking room - just lots of fun and a night we will always remember.
I also asked Desiree to share her thoughts on the day: Looking back, this is one of my favorite weddings, ever. At first, I was nervous about individual songs for the ceremony processional, absence of floral decor, and the use of SO many candles. This seems silly to say now, but Robin and Lee's wedding stretched my comfort zone and forced me to think outside of the box that I didn't even realize I was in. I'm so grateful to have been a part of this day. My favorite moment of the day was patiently waiting with Robin and her parents, just as "The Prayer" by Celine Dion started. The night was beautiful; tons of candles, all their loved ones ready to see them up close, and the music just filled the air. This is why I love my job; seeing my bride with her family, so calm and happy.
I think it's safe to say that Robin sums it up perfectly: "The entire night was magical – it was everything we wanted it to be: inclusive, warm, loving, relaxed and fun." I can't imagine a better outcome! Congratulations, you two!
Ceremony & Reception Venue: International Polo Club, Wellington | Photography: Stay Forever Photography | Planning & Event Design: Desiree Dawn Events | Catering: Aaron's Catering | Lanterns: Creations Production | Hair & Makeup: Pyure Salon | Band: The Flyers | Wedding Gown: Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon | Stationery: Citrus Press Co.