Monday, August 5, 2013

Robyn & Michael : A Mind's Eye Photography

Meet Robyn & Michael. My husband Kyle and Michael have been friends since junior high school and Robyn and I have a unbreakable bond rooted in all things Real Housewives. I loved that Robyn would call me throughout her planning process, whether it be about the table numbers or the seating chart. My advice would always be one word - vodka. Throughout it all, Robyn always remained cool as a cucumber and everyone had a blast on her big day. Enjoy Robyn's story in her own words below.

Michael and I had a pretty long engagement, 1 year and 9 months to plan an amazing day (which I think we succeeded). Most of our I Guess I Do moments came way before June 1, fortunately! Of course we had a few moments the day of the wedding – someone (not mentioning any names) lost a box of our frames for the table assignments, again not mentioning the same name, but someone didn’t use our table numbers that our amazing invitation designer made. So right before 6pm I was in the business center of the hotel printing off the table assignments. But to tell you the truth, about an hour later, everyone was enjoying their dinner, drinking their cocktails (shout out to Raquel for making us take tequila shots to get the evening started!) and appreciating everyone’s company that it was forgotten as quickly as it happened!

Caveat: Yes, I am aware that all of my I Guess I Do moments have to do with the church but we wanted a catholic wedding and I am still happy we had one!

For some reason when we decided to go with June 1, 2013, in my mind everyone was going to get married then and I needed to act quickly to get everything I wanted! We were engaged in the middle of August and by the end of the month I had called the church to book the date. When Michael and I were in the meeting with the priest he was very shocked about booking so far out and told us they didn’t have a 2013 calendar yet but would pencil it in for us (never a good thing to hear). 

Didn’t think twice about the calendar issue until a few months later; my mom was at church and just had a weird feeling so she decided to ask the secretary to confirm that we are now in the calendar. The secretary looked at her very wide eyed and said “what’s your daughter’s name again?” The church accidentally forgot to put me in and booked the time slot for someone else. Of course we are freaking out, trying to come up with back up plans, but thankfully we didn’t need any because the church called the other couple and gave them the bad news. Crisis averted.

Like I said before, I am glad we got married in the Catholic Church but man do they have a lot of rules! Since the very beginning I had it all planned out; I will to walk down the aisle to Natalie Imbruglia’s “When you’re sleeping”. The intro to that song is my absolute favorite. Then walk back up the aisle to The Turtles “Better Together”. Of course when I email this to the music minister she said the songs had to be sacred music to the church (and The Turtles are not sacred to the church?!). That was a really big disappointment to me. And BTW they didn’t even change the chord of music when I started walking down the aisle like I asked them to (at my church the bridesmaids and bride walk down to the same song so I at least wanted them to change the chord).

My last moment was during the mandatory Pre-Cana class they have for couples getting married. It’s a full day with couples from your area discussing how they have God in their relationship. Side note, I was raised in a liberal, non-judgmental, family who accepts anyone and everyone! Did I mention we were getting married in a Catholic Church?! During the class they kept saying that a marriage is between a man and a woman and that is the only way. Well I just couldn’t keep my mouth shut any longer. I got on my soap box and said everyone has the right to marry anyone they choose, who are we to say who can and cannot get married, everyone deserves the right to be happy, get married, and have it be legal. Of course the couple that was leading the discussion got defensive and said it’s in the Bible and it’s what God says (in my head I am hearing Charlie Brown’s teacher talking). After my moment I thought ok, be cool I only have a few more hours. 

Well low and behold another person who was leading the class made a very unintelligent, asinine comment which I remember so vividly because it literally made my jaw drop. And I quote “I am not sure why you guys want to get married, it seems like the only people that want to are you guys and the gays.” I felt Michael looking at me waiting for me to explode, but I couldn’t do or say anything because if I did, it might have hindered our chances of getting married in a Catholic Church! Both of our end of class surveys expressed how we felt about the outrageousness :)

I can honestly say though, there is not one thing I would change about our experience. Our family and friends made our day perfect and we are so blessed.

Photographer: A Mind's Eye  DJ: Rock the House  Flowers: Flowers by Shelley  Cake: Cakes by Maria and Joe  Dress: Brides by Demetrios  Reception: 700 Beta  Church: St. Noel

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