This was an perfect end of summer escape to the shores of Newport Beach from the heat of Manhattan. This was also a beautiful end to summer and the new beginning of a marriage. Viv was stunning, from head to toe (she even monogrammed the soles of her wedding day shoes with her new initials VC). So happy to be together, as the maid of honor said during her speech, Viv does light up when she sees Rob, beams when she puts her arms around him.
In their coordinating red dresses, the bridesmaids fluttered around Viv, putting the final pieces in place, including a blue ribbon, a gift from all of them, pinned under the bustle of the dress.
Vivian and Rob were married at the Balbo Bay Yacht Club, bringing with them a host of friends from across the country to celebrate their union. the ceremony was held in an intimate hedged lawn, with rows of white chairs facing the bridal party standing under an arbor of flowers. The cranberry dresses of the bridesmaids popped against the hedge walls. A gentle breeze came in off the water. A reading from Guy de Maupassant, read by the brideâ€™s brother set a thoughtful tone and the ceremony was completed with Buddhist vows, which as newly joined husband and wife, pledging their union, they recited in unison.
A pop of a cork announced the romantic gondola ride, where the newly weds can spend a few quiet moments alone before their grand entrance into the ballroom. Music from the Labor day celebration on the beach was the soundtrack for the boat ride.
Ballroom was gorgeous, continuing the cranberry red theme, and incorporating, like the orchid boutonniÃ¨res, horsetail, as a geometric element to the florals. A live band provided the background for the dancing mania that ensued. Here are a few of my favorites from their Labor Day weekend wedding.