A Black-Tie Soiree Under the Moonlight

Anne Robson and Tom Avery say “I do” at a French provincial-inspired villa in Monte Sereno

Photography by JOSE VILLA


There wasn’t a doubt in Anne Robson’s mind that Napa would serve as the backdrop for her wedding to Tom Avery. “My dad has a passion for wine and taught us about his favorite wineries over Sunday night dinners,” Anne says. The couple — who met in 2015 while working for her father’s company, Robson Homes — had planned the May nuptials to coincide with their USC Marshall School of Business graduation. “It felt like the perfect way to start our next chapter,” she explains.


TOM AVERY poses with his bride, ANNE ROBSON, who enlisted San Francisco-based wedding stylist CYNTHIA COOK BRIDES to help her find the perfect floral dress.


Tom proposed in May 2018 outside of Gary Danko, their favorite San Francisco restaurant. “I was totally taken by surprise,” Anne recalls. They locked in Meadowood Napa Valley for the festivities, but after two date changes due to COVID-19 restrictions, the couple moved the venue to Anne’s family home in Monte Sereno.


“The perfect way to start our next chapter”



ANNE ROBSON left her hair down in loose waves and wore her mom’s HARRY WINSTON diamond stud earrings as her “something borrowed.”


The bride’s brother, Jack Robson, marries the couple.


They enlisted S.F. event planner Laurie Arons to transform the Robsons’ French provincial-inspired villa into a “beautiful outdoor restaurant.” She brought in Hensley Event Resources to create a custom structure atop the swimming pool to ensure all 30 guests were safely distanced from one another.


The groom with a pair of young guests.


Anne walked down the aisle carrying a bouquet of lilies of the valley in an Oscar de la Renta gown. The ceremony was livestreamed, and guests who couldn’t attend were sent a gift box with a bottle of Blanc de Blancs and flutes, so they could toast the newlyweds from afar.


The newly married couple cut into a FLOUR & BLOOMS almond apricot and banana cake.


At dinner, a gospel choir surprised everyone with Coldplay’s “Hymn for the Weekend,” the couple’s favorite song. “This year has been challenging,” Anne says. “But the chance to celebrate our love for one another, even with the setbacks, was more magical than we could have imagined.”


Feature image: TOM AVERY, wearing TOM FORD, and ANNE ROBSON, wearing OSCAR DE LA RENTA, are married at the Robsons’ Monte Sereno villa.


This story originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2020 issue of C Weddings.

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