Did you know that an exciting new wedding annual recently arrived on newsstands? A collaboration with the lifestyle magazine Sweet Paul, this beautiful publication is called Matthew Robbins Sweet Paul Weddings. At its helm is Matthew Robbins—internationally recognized event design guru, wedding planner, and founder/creative director of the eponymous event design company, Matthew Robbins Design.
We were thrilled when he and Paul Vitale (Sweet Paul’s marketing & business development director) reached out, looking to create an inspired tablescape for us. Read on for a look through the beautiful images—plus, a fun NYC guide at the end!.
Hi Matthew! Could you tell us a little bit about how you got involved with Sweet Paul?
I partnered with Paul Lowe, founder of Sweet Paul to bring Matthew Robbins Sweet Paul Weddings to life. Paul is contributing his wonderful brand and some of the content, but ultimately it’s my project, and I act as the editor-in-chief.
We love the tablescape you put together. So gorgeous! What inspired it?
Vintage postcards of Hearst Castle provided the inspiration for our shoot. My book Inspired Weddings focuses on looking for favorite objects, collectibles, and personal treasures to inspire a specific look and overall aesthetic for parties and weddings. The postcards are filled with so much color inspiration, and the rich, layered décor from the venue was great fuel for the overall vibe.
Describe this tablescape’s wedding…
I imagine this wedding as a contemporary and fresh take on an old-world castle or private club. These spaces are often filled with rich tones, warm textures and gilded details. Traditionally, it can feel tired and heavy, so we wanted to bring a fresh eye to this vintage style.
What food + beverages would be served?
Old school, traditional food with a lighter spin! Oysters Rockefeller and caviar during cocktail hour with champagne and martinis. Dinner would feature something classic but unique—like steak and lobster with scalloped potatoes—but would be presented on a simple, more minimal plate. The first course? Something fabulous and vintage-inspired, like a great shrimp cocktail.
How could someone replicate this for their wedding or event?
The color palette is the best and easiest takeaway from this story. Color is always the most accessible tool for bringing a specific vision to life. It applies to the venue, the season, and personal style. Think about an autumn date for this palette and style, and try mixing in vintage rentals with new pieces.
Weddings can never have enough: Details and personal touches.
Most unique wedding favor you’ve seen:
Small, living topiaries for one wedding felt so perfect. Another wedding gave away personalized paperweights which I loved. They were the place cards for each guest at their seats—each one had the guest’s first name in calligraphy. It was a nice treat to have your own glass paperweight for your desk after the wedding.
Cupcakes or macaroons?
Macaroons! Cupcakes had their day and it’s all about unique and delicate treats like macaroons or mini pastries!
Best brunch in NYC?
Café Luxembourg is a personal favorite on the Upper West Side and Bar Bouloud is another favorite!
We’re in NYC for the weekend. Spell out an itinerary!
Start out with a late afternoon cocktail at the St. Regis Bar (The King Cole) for a real taste of old NYC glamour after a day of shopping. | Spend a morning at the Metropolitan Museum followed by a stroll through the Central Park. | A late lunch at Bouchon at Time Warner Center is perfect after the park. | Head downtown for a walk on the highline with a few stops in the galleries and boutiques in Chelsea. | Finish up the evening with dinner somewhere chic and fun downtown like The Fat Radish or Le Coucou! | Sunday brunch is always a good idea. If you want to splurge on a super fancy and very NYC experience book a brunch table at The Rainbow Room. The view is breathtaking. | Spend the day walking and exploring. Hop over to DUMBO or Williamsburg in Brooklyn for lots of amazing artisanal treats.