Caryn & Robert

Caryn & Robert

Caryn & Robert

Caryn and Robert (or Rob) first met and began dating in New York City when Rob was in medical school, and Caryn was working as a physical therapist at the same hospital. By the time Rob graduated, the two were ready for a change of pace from their busy lifestyle. “Rob and I both share a love and appreciation for the outdoors. After living in the city for many years, we were both eager to trade in our rent checks for a mortgage, and we bought a house on Johns Island –a rural island just outside of downtown Charleston. We instantly fell in love with the beauty and charm of the large Southern oak trees, Spanish moss, rivers, and waterways,” says Caryn. As luck would have it, Rob also began his residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. Shortly after settling in Charleston, Caryn and Rob got engaged on a hiking trip to Asheville, North Carolina. While the couple initially dreamed of a destination wedding (Caryn comes from an Italian family), after learning that both sets of grandparents would not be able to travel abroad, Caryn and Rob realized that “It was clear that our family’s presence at our wedding was more important than the destination.” The couple did not have to look too far before they discovered RiverOaks, a lovely venue with a European-style esthetic that encapsulated the breathtaking beauty of Charleston with touches of Old World charm. Caryn and Rob’s Tuscan-inspired celebration honored their love for family and the beauty of nature by combining sentimental pieces and a color palette of soft blush, grays, blackberry, and buttery hues of yellow along with natural wooden elements. Their wedding details included multiple family heirloom pieces, a family prayer during the ceremony, and having their siblings in their wedding party. Their dinner reception was held outdoors under the shade of large, historic oak trees. Guests were treated to hand-cut pasta station during cocktail hour before dining on a menu that featured family style dinner service replete with an artisan cheese board fig preserves and seasonal berries followed by a main course comprised of a duo of beef tenderloin and petite crab cakes. 

Front matter, or preliminaries, is the first section of a book, and is usually the smallest section in terms of the number of pages.


  • Photography: Lauren Balingit 
  • Design: Simone Gebsattel Events
  • Planning: Lauren Heuber at River Oaks Charleston
  • Floral Design: Kelly Lenard of Intertwine
  • Venue: RiverOaks Charleston 
  • Catering: Harvest Catering
  • Bride’s Gown: Hayley Paige (JLM Couture)
  • Bridemaid Gowns: Jenny Yoo
  • Groom’s Suit: Tommy Hilfiger
  • Cake: Just Bake Cause Bakery

I was the 7th generation to wear this antique family heirloom; a German wedding tiara made of silver handcrafted leaves and flowers. 

Returning to Singapore, one of the more resolutely fascinating cities I have ever been to. Our host, Lee on the photo will be our companion during all our trip.

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