Top 50 Event Designers 2019: Matthew Robbins and Luis Otoya

The New York-based duo on designing destination weddings.

“We loved the gorgeous dining area that was installed on a UNESCO World Heritage monument surrounding the old city of Cartagena…. The palette was all green and neutral tones with accents of black and brass. We loved that it was tropical without being obvious by focusing on neutral tones and green.” Pictured: Private wedding in Cartagena
“We loved the gorgeous dining area that was installed on a UNESCO World Heritage monument surrounding the old city of Cartagena…. The palette was all green and neutral tones with accents of black and brass. We loved that it was tropical without being obvious by focusing on neutral tones and green.”

Pictured: Private wedding in Cartagena
Photo: Courtesy of RobbinsOtoya

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Christian Oth Studio Ax0 A0913Photo: Christian Oth StudioRobbins runs New York–based event design and planning firm Matthew Robbins Design (@matthewrobbinsdesign) with his partner Otoya (@robbinsotoya), specializing in high-end weddings and social events. Otoya is also the owner and founder of catering company Evento y Cocina in his hometown of Cartagena, Colombia. In 2015, the pair launched RobbinsOtoya with a focus on destination weddings and events, combining Otoya’s knowledge of hospitality and catering with Robbins’s expertise in design and entertaining. RobbinsOtoya has offices in Cartagena and New York.

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