A Formal Wedding at Home in California
Annie and Robby
Weddings are a bit of a family business for Annie Meyers-Shyer. Her parents, Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer, cowrote the 1991 remake of Father of the Bride, which Annie’s dad also directed. Annie played the flower girl in the film.
On September 2, 2012, life imitated art when Annie married her leading man Robby Koch in an intimate ceremony in her mom’s lush Pacific Palisades backyard.
For the ceremony, chairs were set up under olive trees in the lush front yard of Nancy Meyer's house.
The wedding date, calligraphed by Bernard Maiser, was embroidered into Annie’s Oscar de la Renta gown.
The White Accessories
Mother of the Bride
Annie and Nancy snuck a glimpse of arriving guests before the ceremony.
Nancy had a large hand in planning the big day and Annie credits the picture-perfect execution to something her mother told her about the planning process: “She said, ‘I was the director and you were the star, and it helped that I was in love with my star.’”
Annie and Robby each gave their dads monogrammed ties and included sentimental photos in the packages. Since her sister was her only attendant, Annie’s gifted her best friends with wishbone bracelets.
More Sentimental Souvenirs
Annie gave her mom an accordion card of family photos, and her younger sister, Hallie, a picture of them as kids.
The Couple's Best Friend
Wyatt, the terrier mutt rescue dog that Annie and Robby adopted together, wore a collar of stephanotis and camellia leaves with a white satin-ribbon leash.
Hankies for the ladies, and boutonnieres of stephanotis and camellia leaves for the men, were presented on silver trays from Pottery Barn. The 160 guests put those handkerchiefs to good use during the emotional service
The couple gave special handkerchiefs embroidered by Monogrammit to immediate family members. This one, given to Annie’s dad, reads Father of the Bride.
The Flower Girl
A young cousin followed in Annie's cinematic footsteps, filling the role of flower girl. She wore a cute striped dress and carried a clutch of iceberg roses.
Walk Down The Aisle
Per the Jewish tradition, the bride was escorted by both of her parents.
Robby's brother Billy was both best man and officiant. The couple exchanged vows under the boughs of mature olive trees.
The Marriage Certificate
The ketubah, signed the day before the wedding, has a beautiful laser cut design.
Mother of the Groom
Robby, in a Ralph Lauren suit and knit tie, shared a moment with his mom after the ceremony.
Editorial director Darcy Miller poses with Nancy Meyers. Darcy, who collaborated on the nuptials, said that the wedding "was like something out of a movie."
The framework of the outdoor dining room was built around the backyard's trees. Rope-and-iron chandeliers from Restoration Hardware provided illumination.
Annie asked August Press to create custom fill-in-the-blanks for guests to complete. The couple saved them as fun souvenirs.
Ceramic urns filled with white flowers (roses, hydrangeas, tulips) adorned the seating card display.
Guests found their seats by matching the table numbers on their seating cards to the numbers embroidered on the front of the gray linen aprons that servers wore.
Celebratory his-and-hers libations included fresh mint vodka gimlets and white peach Bellinis.
Tables for the sit-down dinner were adorned with stone pots and Chinese pottery that held David Austin roses, honeymoon and Daytona tulips, hydrangea, phlox, stephanotis on the vine, lemon verbena, apple mint, and oregano.
Menus were left on each place setting and topped with a sprig of olive leaves
The First Dance
The newlyweds danced to Otis Redding's "You Send Me."
Father of the Bride
Annie and her dad danced to Steve Tyrell's version of "The Way You Look Tonight," a song featured in Father of the Bride.
Under the circular structure that crowned the dance floor, Annie and Robby were raised by the crowd during the hora. The traditional "Hava Nagila" segued into "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas.
The three-tier chocolate chip wedding cake with vanilla icing was made by Hansen’s Cakes and festooned with stephanotis flowers on the vine.
For the cake cutting, guests lit sparklers using matches from custom calligraphed barrels.
Family friend Diane Keaton was all smiles in something blue.
Guests helped themselves to (from top) chocolate chip cookies, huckleberry mini hand pies, and sea salt brownies made by Annie's mom.
In addition to cake, guests nibbled on mini lemon soufflé cakes and chocolate pot de crèmes.
A Special Gift
Darcy Miller, who helped plan the big day, gave Nancy Meyers a special stamped T. Anthony journal and a hand-drawn card.
Small wedding cakes from Sugar Jones were given out as a toothsome way to say thanks.