In 2004, Robin, having recently moved from New York to San Francisco, had gone out with her new California friends where she happened to see Michael standing across the room at a local pub. As the story goes, Michael looked up from his Anchor-Steam to see a strawberry angel hovering above him‚ she seemed to be intent on asking him a question that required some expertise in the game of pool. Conversation began and the couple have been together ever since!
Because so many guests were coming from out of town it was important for Robin and Michael to find a venue that could accommodate all their guests for a weekend and have a vacation type feel. They also wanted to showcase an area of California that a lot people don’t get to see when they visit. The redwoods, the rugged coastline, nature. “It was also important for us to use as much local resources as possible.” says Robin. “I designed the invitation from a collage of various nature elements. It was important that nothing was wasted. I found a printer that makes plantable 100% recyclable handmade paper with wildflower seeds to be planted. Because the whole invitation was plant-able, I wanted to carry on the theme.” Each seating card/packet consisted of lavender seeds to plant and an old vintage French seed packet label which were placed in old wooden cassette boxes. Tables were identified by vintage metal street letters from etsy. “I really wanted to use the vintage style feed sack material and after extensive research, I found an affordable place that happen to have the colors I wanted with the purple stripes yet each one slightly different. Cara Spinelli was a dream to work with from Transylvania Images.” says the bride.
Michael and Robin danced the night away and ended up projecting old movies filmed in San Francisco (where they met) throughout the evening on the reception tent.