Like so many couples do, Ray and Robin met at the office. "Ray was my boss!" Robin says. "We kept our relationship hush-hush until I left the company to start GATHER Events, a wedding and event company, in 2010." After that, they could finally share their love with the world and, in May of 2013, they spent a weekend in Joshua Tree National Forest with their pup, Hazel — the same place where they'd had their first weekend getaway a few years earlier — and Ray took advantage of the special location. With a little help from Hazel, he asked Robin to be his wife.
Robin knows all there is to know about planning a wedding, but made a point to trust her team and enjoy being a bride. She and Ray are known for their festive backyard bashes, so they sought a venue that would allow them to create the same vibe, but for 100 people instead of a dozen. On June 14, 2014, they wed at Studio 1342 in Los Angeles, creating a colorful mid-century Mexican wedding fiesta! They brought in some of Robin's favorite and most talented connections in the industry, including photographer Braedon Flynn, who captured every vibrant detail.
"We had a very specific, non-traditional vision for our wedding day," says Robin. It all started with the invitations, combining letterpress, gold foil, texture, and modern calligraphy into one playful suite.
The bride donned a Nicole Miller gown that had just enough sparkle to be memorable but was also simple enough to allow her to let loose on the dance floor. She carried a voluminous bouquet of proteas and peonies in an array of playful colors. But there was a secret behind her oversized arrangement: It was actually a bunch of smaller posies tied together with silk ribbon. (Keep reading to find out why!)
Ray wore a blue Ben Sherman suit, with a pink bow tie to really punch it up.
Of course the couple's dog, Hazel, was involved. She wore a collar decked out with tassels and flowers to match the fiesta theme.
The bride and groom wrote their own vows, and were nervous about reading them in front of their guests. The solution? To practice, of course! "We snuck away and shared our vows with each other in private, then read them again during the ceremony," says Robin. "I really cherish that moment we had together."
A playful party wouldn't be complete without killer shoes. Robin's choice was a pair of glitter-covered Jimmy Choos.
In addition to their wedding party, the couple had seven nieces and nephews help out with the ceremony. "They were our confetti kids, and covered the crowd with gold confetti as they walked down the aisle!" says Robin.
The ceremony took place in front of a fuchsia floral garland. The front row of seats featured metal chairs and leather ottomans, followed by wooden benches accented with turquoise.
Mid-ceremony, Robin's sister (and maid of honor) helped her untie her bouquet, revealing the individual posies within. The bride and groom then distributed the bouquets to the important women in their lives, including their mothers, sisters, and nieces.
The couple loves the retro vibe of mid-century modern aesthetics, so they ran with it, renting unique furniture and scattering it throughout the venue. Textured flowers were arranged in white bud vases to pop against the teal tables.
"GATHER Events went wild with the décor! We had hand-made runners, geometric garlands, tassels, rugs, and market lights everywhere," says the bride. Dinner tables were replaced with eclectic arrangements of lounge furniture and cocktail tables.
The guest book was replaced with a display of love notes. "We wanted to let our guests know how much they mean to us, so we wrote them each a personalized note. They found their message from us on the board, and then wrote a letter back to us and slipped it in to the pocket," Robin explains. As favors, the couple offered handmade worry dolls for guests to slip under their pillows.
Guests dined on prawn ceviche, duck sopes, and ancho-rubbed skirt steak (some of which was served on miniature versions of the very chairs the bride and groom rented for the event!) and sipped spicy cucumber margaritas before heading into the photo booth, where sombreros and lucha libre masks awaited.
Robin loves to dance, so a killer dance floor was a major priority. Garlands and lights were strung over layers of Peruvian rugs, and a gold fringe piñata took center stage.
"We'd joked about putting our favors into a piñata and having Ray bust it open over the dance floor, and the more we talked about it, the more we realized we had to do it!" says Robin. Her planning team made a piñata stuffed with candy and toys and, after a thank you toast, Robin spun Ray around and let him loose!
For dessert, the couple served funfetti cake, s'mores tarts, and chocolate mousse shots, as well as fresh churros to go with the flowing margs. As the dancing started, a perfectly-timed confetti cannon covered the dance floor!
"We got married at a busy time of year, so we ended up delaying our honeymoon about eight months," says Robin. "We're so glad we did — it gave us something exciting to look forward to!" The newlyweds can't rave enough about their amazing team. "You really have to trust your vendors. They've done this before and will have your back. Don't get hung up on the details. That's why you've got the experts there!"
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Studio 1342 || Wedding Planner: GATHER Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair Accessories: BHLDN || Hair & Makeup: Fiore Beauty || Groom's Attire: Ben Sherman || Florist: GATHER Florals || Save-the-Dates: Copper Willow Paper Studio || Invitations: Czar Press || Calligraphy: Who We Eat || Signage: Lupa & Pepi || Band: Alanna & These Fine Gentlemen || DJ: Raul Campos || Catering: Urban Palate || Bar: The Whaling Club || Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop || Furniture Rentals: YEAH! Rentals || Lighting & Additional Rentals: A Rental Connection || Rugs: Found Vintage Rentals || Photo Booth: Smilebooth || Videography: Tower Films || Photography: Braedon Photography
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