Celebrating Robin Patin and Ray LeyendeckerPhotographer Kristy Friedman for Defining Moments Photography and DesignMarch 5, 2011Ray took Robin to a special restaurant, the one where they had their first dinner date, and asked for her hand in marriage. She said yes and a beautiful year of wedding planning began. A love of spring and observation of the traditional Catholic Lenten season lead to the March 5th date at Austin’s St Thomas Moore Catholic Church. After months of research the perfect venue was finally discovered: Villa St Clair. “I felt like Goldilocks who had finally found our wedding venue and it was ‘just right’,” recalls Robin. Earlier, the bride had lost her longest childhood friend, Claire. “While Claire could not be there to stand by my side as a bridesmaid that day, I felt she was still a big part of my wedding day every time I saw the venue’s name on the invitations, programs, etc. She did her part as my angel bridesmaid in helping me choose our venue,” says Robin.