Fall Wedding at Winvian on SMP

Fall Wedding at Winvian on SMP

The wedding weekend continues on!  Designing and producing Kate and Chris’ wedding at Winvian was a dream.  The couple wanted a sustainable and organic wedding so we focused on providing all planted items rather than cut flowers.  Our dream wedding!  The linens, furniture, light fixtures, and details created a sophisticated and down to earth celebration – reflecting the couples’ personality perfectly.  We had lots of wonderful inspiration to work with, including the bride’s idea for an apple wall installation, inspired by one of her favorite restaurants Bouley.  Check out the feature on Style Me Pretty and some of our favorite photos below.

*Complete list of vendors at the bottom of this post






Photography: Heather Waraksa

Planning: Bellafare

Catering: Winvian

Wedding Design and Production: Matthew Robbins

Stationery: Sue Coe Designs

Entertainment Wedding: Eric Nicolas and One Love

Entertainment Rehearsal: Deadly Venoms

Lighting: Eventlights

Makeup and Hair: FaceTime Beauty

Dress: Monique Lhuillier





Winvian Rehearsal Dinner Featured on SMP

We are so happy to finally share photos from Kate and Chris’ gorgeous rehearsal dinner at Winvian Resort we designed and produced last year. Thank you to Style Me Pretty for the feature!

The rehearsal dinner was so much fun to design, incorporating inspiration from the couples’ trip to Jack’s Camp in Botswana and all things cozy, fall, and seasonal to create a casual and chic pre-wedding celebration for guests.  Enjoy some photos below and on Style Me Pretty.

*Complete list of vendors at the bottom of this post. 


Photography: Heather Waraksa

Planning: Bellafare

Catering: Winvian

Wedding Design and Production: Matthew Robbins

Stationery: Sue Coe Designs

Entertainment Wedding: Eric Nicolas and One Love

Entertainment Rehearsal: Deadly Venoms

Lighting: Eventlights

Makeup and Hair: FaceTime Beauty

Dress: Monique Lhuillier



Inspired Kitchen: A Recipe From Sweet Paul

Sweet Paul Cauliflower - Curry Soup
Sweet Paul Cover - sm

My friend Paul Lowe of the wonderful and inspiring Sweet Paul Magazine launched his new book earlier this year. I’m a bit late with this yummy post but I know you will all enjoy Paul’s recipe and his new book. Also, keep your eyes open for the gorgeous special weddings issue from Sweet Paul. I played a big part in this project and special issue and can’t wait for you all to see it!

I really hate to admit it but I can feel a shift in the temperature when I step outside. There is a subtle change in the light and already a little chill in the air that hints at the changing season. I do love Fall and I really enjoy cooking up delicious and healthy soup recipes in my kitchen when this cozy season arrives. One of my absolute favorite soups is cauliflower. In fact, I love cauliflower in many forms (especially roasted) but it makes a delicious, smooth and naturally creamy soup for a crisp autumn night. I prefer to make my soup vegan so I use olive oil instead of butter, replace the chicken stock with vegetable and avoid the heavy cream. See below for Paul’s yummy recipe! Enjoy creating your own version when you are ready for a warm and hearty soup.

Thanks to Paul and everyone at Sweet Paul Magazine!!



Excerpted from SWEET PAUL, © 2014 by Paul Lowe Einlyng. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


Cauliflower-Curry Soup

Serves 4

For years cauliflower was exiled to the back corner of the crudité platter. It’s time to make the wonderfulness of the vegetable en vogue again.

This is a fantastic soup. You can keep it for days in the fridge, and it will get better and better—if it lasts that long!



1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets (5–6 cups)

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 medium onion, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 teaspoon curry powder

6 cups chicken stock

1 cup heavy cream

Freshly ground pepper

Extra-virgin olive oil, for serving


1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil.

2. Add the cauliflower and cook until soft, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.

3. Melt the butter in another large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the onion and celery, stirring, until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the curry powder.

4. Add the cauliflower and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.

5. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth and creamy, or transfer to a regular blender, puree, and return to the saucepan.

6. Add the cream, simmer for 2 minutes, and season with salt and pepper.

7. Pour into bowls and serve, drizzled with a little olive oil.



In Living Color in Martha Stewart Weddings

We are crazy about color at Matthew Robbins Design, and are delighted to see a collaboration with our friends at Martha Stewart Weddings featured in the current Spring 2014 issue.  The feature showcases how color and design can transform the mood and environment of a wedding by playing with color combinations and styles against simple white table designs and backdrops. We hope you enjoy and find inspiration in this lovely feature!

Totally Technicolor:

We love this mix of vibrant colors paired with classic white Wedgwood dishes, simple crystal stemware, silver hammered flatware, and crisp white linens.  The perfect mix of classic and contemporary!

Contrasting Shades:

One of our current favorite color combinations – purple tones mixed with splashes of orange and peach.  This palette and style could be a wedding in Santa Barbara or at Blue Hill.  It’s happy, relaxed, and a bit wild!

Complimentary Chic:

For a more contemporary garden style, we used blues, greens and hints of purple against modern tabletop items to create a clean, lush look. Matthew’s vases from his collection with Teroforma create the perfect sized and shaped arrangements!

Singular Sensation: 

Yellow is back in style and we are loving it! Layering tones of yellow is an elegant, and interesting way to use this happy hue.  Lace napkins and creamy ceramics provide the perfect touch of vintage on this table.  This bouquet also speaks to our obsession with small slightly structured flowers such as the daffodils and button mums.

O. Magazine Feature

We recently collaborated with our friends at O. Magazine on a fun fashion story for the March 2014 issue – on stands now!  We created arrangements that show how real flowers inspired this year’s spring, floral trend. We loved matching flowers and containers with these fun graphic pieces, and working with the O. Magazine Team!

Flower Market February

Despite the cold and snowy weather we are experiencing in NYC, the Chelsea Flower Market is full of beautiful blooms!  February, March and April are some of the best months for weddings as the markets are packed with our favorite flowers in a wide variety of colors.

Teresa, our head of floral design, spends many mornings scouring the flower market for the most special, seasonal flowers.  We are excited to share some photos of Teresa’s favorite finds this week at the market.

So many gorgeous Anemones available!

Vibrant Anemones in blue, pink, and red tones.

Tulips! So many colors of tulips, it's impossible to choose a favorite.

Ranunculus. One of our favorites is fuller and more beautiful now than ever.

Stay tuned for more flower market finds each week from Teresa!