Robyn & Kevin

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Robyn Swider & Kevin Raynes on June 10th, 2017

Originally published in the 2019 edition of Newport Wedding Magazine

“We fell in love with Newport’s history and coastal vibe … It felt like it would be impossible not to throw a fun wedding.”

While living in New York, New Jersey native Robyn Swider and Pennsylvania native Kevin Raynes each thought they were just going to a friend’s birthday party. But things are never as they seem. After three years dating, they were engaged on a pier overlooking the Hudson River. Choosing the wedding location was an adventure: they were looking all over New England and even in South Carolina until a friend directed them to Newport.  -BP


Wonderful Wedding

The newlyweds’ favorite memory of the day was their first look, which was a special time to reflect on how lucky and thankful they were. After their nieces served as flower girls and their nephew carried the rings, guests were welcomed to the reception by palm frond-printed notes expressing how happy the bride and groom were to celebrate with them. The couple’s first dance was to “What a Wonderful World,” which they chose because of the sentimental lyrics.


Modern and Bright

Robyn prefers a sleek modern look, so they kept the decor simple: white with touches of green and gold, and plenty of natural light from the venue’s wide windows overlooking Easton’s Beach. The bride wowed everybody in a silk mikado A-line gown, which complemented the clean lines of the event. The sweetheart table had two sleek rattan peacock chairs, which Robyn found online.


Tropical Theme

The beachy tropical theme included bridal bouquets of green palm fronds and accents of white and pink. At the reception, the centerpieces ranged from tall, elegant palm fronds in vases to beautiful floral arrangements and potted greens among scattered moss balls. The two-tier cake was decorated with palm fronds.


Where are they now

After honeymooning in a coastal rainforest setting in Saint Lucia, the couple returned to their apartment in New York City, where Robyn works as a matchmaker and Kevin is a consultant.



Bridal Gown:   L’Fay Bridal

Tuxedos/Suits:  Calvin Klein

Rings (engagement and wedding bands):  Henry C. Reid and Sons

Invitations: Sophia Invitations

Rehearsal Dinner:  Hotel Viking

Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Newport Beach House

Hair & Makeup:  New Leaf Hair Studio  

Flowers:   Bittersweet Gardens

Caterer & Wedding Cake:  Newport Beach House

Reception entertainment:  Silver Arrow Band

Photographer:   Kim Lyn Photography

Videographer:    NST Pictures

Planner: PDR Events

Wedding Night Stay & Guest Accommodations:  Newport Beach Hotel and Suites



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