ROBIN + NONI
I was living it up in NYC. I had my dream job, had great friends, and a cool apartment, but life proved too fast and stressful, so I sublet my room and moved to Los Angeles for three months of zen - and that’s where I’d meet my future husband.
I got introduced to Noni by my friend, who happens to date his brother, at a friend’s barbecue. We hit it off immediately. We talked for hours in the kitchen about NYC vs LA, Friday Night Lights and my hometown of Baltimore.
For our first date, he picked me up in his car and we went to Red Medicine in Los Angeles. We ended up having a great night and shared our first kiss back in his car. We immediately made plans to see each other the following night. I found him sweet and endearing.
He smiles a lot, has the sweetest eyes, and what’s more, he laughs at my jokes. It’s incredibly easy when I’m with him. Whether we do nothing or to do a million things, it’s always fun. I knew he would be the one when he invited me over for dinner with his entire family our first week of dating. We moved in together seven months later.
At that point, we knew marriage was the next step. When he did pop the question, in Big Sur, it totally took me by surprise. He got a gold twisted ring with a round diamond and a small emerald and sapphire off to the side. And that’s where we eventually had our wedding.
We got married on a cliff overlooking the ocean. It was a very intimate gathering. We wrote our own vows, everyone wore white/khaki and I walked down the aisle in a red dress to Katy Perry's “Teenage Dream” played by my friends Kendall Meade and Anders Parker who created a slow, beautiful, folksy version of it.
At the reception, we had our fave DJs, The Jane Doze, come in from NYC and play pop mash-ups all night long. Our wedding cake was a tower of fonuts, vegan donuts - very un-traditional. Near ten, we moved the party to a bonfire and listened to one of Noni's oldest friends, a professional freestyle rapper, rap about our wedding for about an hour. It was unreal. Except for an invitation snafu, I think our wedding was pretty perfect.