For some couples, itâ€™s love at first sight. For Matthew Robbins (our long-time contributor) and Jack Myers, who met as art students in Memphis in 1992, it was love at first illustration. After noticing each other on campus, a mutual friend arranged a date at a local diner, where sparks began to fly. Before long, the two were serious, and when New York State passed the marriage-equality bill on June 24, 2011, the partners of 20 years decided right then and there to make it official. On October 27, 2012 in Cold Spring, New York (where they now live) Matthew and Jack wed in front of 80 loved ones before celebrating at their Southern-inspired reception.
The stationery suite featured botanical prints, vintage maps, and historical photos from the coupleâ€™s collection of antique ephemera. "We loved the mix of exotic foliage with industrial details," says Matthew. "It felt unique and romantic and not too feminine or traditional."
The J.Crew-clad couple posed with their pooches, Bruno and Ollie, before their I doâ€™s. â€śI was a bit nervous that Bruno might start barking,â€ť says Jack, â€śbut they were amazingly calm and sweet during the ceremonyâ€”likely due to the fact that they were exhausted after the photo shoot!â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t think people realized what it was like for Matthew to work in an industry he loves but couldnâ€™t actively participate in," said Jack. "That notion struck me right before the ceremony, and the tears just started flowing.â€ť Here, the happy twosome left the chapel as husbands. â€śSeeing all this love directed at us was tremendously powerful,â€ť Jack added.
After the service, everyone headed to a former drugstore (now an event space) for a reception inspired by the menâ€™s southern roots. Candles clustered in galvanized-metal lanterns marked the celebration spot. â€ťDuring cocktail hour, guests spilled out of the storefront onto the street, which I loved,â€ť says Matthew.
Terrariums and apothecary beakers showcased ferns and passion vines clipped from the coupleâ€™s garden, and flickering votive candles lent warmth. Arak Kanofsky Studios printed the menu directly onto graphic linen napkins, which, thanks to attached tabs, also served as place cards.
Wedding Coordination: Francesca Events
Flowers and Design: Matthew Robbins Design
Wedding Photography: Christian Oth Studio
Officiant: Rev. Jim Rooney
Invitations and Printed Accessories: Arak Kanofsky Studios
Cakes: Lael Cakes
Music: Vali Entertainment LLC.
DJ: Juanita More!
Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.
Hair: Kate Hanley of Takamichi Hair NYC
Vases and Terrariums: Accent Decor