Robert James Jewellers

Real weddings and wedding ideas

See how other local couples celebrated their big day with wedding stories and ideas from Your Kent Wedding Real Weddings features.

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Making history

Hannah and James met in the oh-so modern way – online. When they met for the first time, it was clear the match was one made in Heaven. Hannah tells us, "James is everything I was looking for: caring, chatty, good family values, ambitious yet grounded, plus he dressed really well!" While James says of his first impressions, "Hannah is beautiful and we have a lot in common, including our outlook on life. So you could say it was love at first swipe."... read more

Wedding march

Steven met Charlotte while in Chatham for a course in 2009. Their relationship met with early challenges however, when dance teacher Charlotte became wheelchair-bound after breaking her back; and paratrooper Steven was injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. "We stayed in contact the whole time and met up again a few years later. The rest is history – he's my lobster," Charlotte says. Steven decided to propose on Charlotte's birthday. She peeled off the wrapping paper of her last present and found a BeaverBrooks box inside.... read more

Love, laughter and happily ever after

Abby and Jake remember making each other laugh right from their very first conversation about basketball as teenagers, and they've been doing the same ever since. Now aged 25 and 26 respectively the couple have been together for a decade. Absence truly did make the heart grow fonder for Jake as having spent three months away in Canada for work, he proposed to Abby over a special dinner to celebrate his return. After a meal at The Shard he surprised her with a private pod on The London Eye. Abby remembers, "We were nearly at the top and as the sun set Jake got down on one knee. It was utterly amazing and so much thought had gone into it that it was even more special."... read more

Two of a kind

Jackie and Graeme met via a dating website, My Single Friend. "Some people are sceptical when it comes to online dating, but at the time Graeme was living in Hythe and I was living in Orpington, so without it we'd never have met," Jackie says. After several weeks of exchanging messages, the pair arranged to meet up one Sunday lunchtime and spent the whole afternoon chatting and laughing together. "We found that we had so much in common and that there was a real connection between us, so we couldn't wait to see each other again," Jackie explains. After a year of whizzing back and forth up and down the M20, the couple decided to move in together, and the rest is history.... read more

Ich liebe dich

Christina and Andrew met in Berlin in 2016. Andrew was there on a business trip, and Christina, who is German, was on a weekend away celebrating her friend's birthday. Both were sitting with mates at neighbouring tables when the two groups got talking and the pair noticed each other straight away. "We had a really great night, dancing and laughing, and ended up swapping numbers," Christina says. At that point Andrew was living in Helsinki, Finland, and Christina in Frankfurt, so despite not being able to see each other for a few months, they managed to keep in touch. "Andrew was travelling a lot for his job and I'd meet him at some of the destinations where he was working at the weekends. So, our early days were spent on really cool city breaks, which we still love to do," Christina explains. Following several months of long-distance dating, during which time Andrew had moved back home, Christina got the opportunity with her job to relocate to the UK also, and so they lived happily ever after!... read more

A fairytale romance

Sandra and Lyndon met online three years ago where they discovered a mutual love of cooking, walking, keeping fit and dogs. By 2019 the pair were discussing marriage plans and became engaged on Sandra's birthday that year. Dreams of a fairytale castle wedding started to become a reality when they booked Lympne Castle for the big day. "Dating back to the 12th century, it has a delightful great hall with panelling, beams and Medieval windows. It was ideal for us," Sandra says.... read more

Happy new year

An online introduction led to a first date for Lian and Mark, at Pippin, Maidstone, one bank holiday Monday. "Bottles of prosecco were consumed, chips were shared... We chatted and laughted with no awkward silences, and there was even a little kiss! It was a great first date," Lian remembers. Their relationship grew strong, and after five years together Mark proposed in Gran Canaria, where the pair were on holiday. As Lian works for her father at their family-run bespoke jewellers, Mark understandably, felt the pressure of choice. So wisely, he opted to pop the question with a can ring pull, allowing her to select her engagement ring at a later date. "He asked twice in Spanish first, but I had no clue what he was saying! Then, he got down on one knee and asked again in English. It was a complete surprise," Lian tells us.... read more

A passion for purple

Melissa met Jamie on a dating app. She messaged first, but it was he who suggested they meet up. A quick drink soon turned into three on a summer's evening in a local pub garden. Melissa says, "I remember coming away from our first date with aching cheeks from smiling and laughing so much." Jamie remembers, "I was nervous, and I'm not the best at small talk, but the conversation flowed easily and we never struggled to find something to chat about."... read more

The perfect match

Time stood still for Zac the very first moment he laid eyes on Hannah at the department store where they both worked, during their late teens. "I hadn't met her before as she worked mostly weekends, when I was off. So, when I saw this beautiful brunette walk through my department, everything went by in slow motion," he says. Once Zac had picked his jaw up off the floor, he asked a colleague for her name, and found her on Facebook. Hannah remembers, "We couldn't stop messaging each other right from day one. Zac's confidence and determination are what attracted me to him, plus I love a tall fella!"... read more

Bright and beautiful

Sunita and Simon married on 30th June 2019 at Chilham Village Hall. Sunita and Simon met online in 2015. "When we started talking, Simon seemed very sweet and kind, showering me with lots of attention. Even though we'd only been messaging back and forth for a week, when we met up for our first date, it was as though we'd known each other for years," Sunita remembers.... read more

Beauty and the barn

Melanie and Adam styled their day at The Old Kent barn in pink and white, with a touch of Vegas glitz. Just picture the scene: Salzburg, Austria, 3rd December 2017, it's snowing and the view from the top of the Hohensalzburg Fortress is spectacular. What an incredibly romantic location for a proposal, and it so happens, the spot where Adam asked Melanie to be his wife. "It was a complete surprise to me; we'd booked the trip to visit the Christmas market, as it's one of my favourite times of the year," Melanie remembers.... read more

It had to be you

Connie and Ian styled their day in an autumnal palette, with plenty of rustic touches... read more

I capture the castle

Emma and Matt styled their big day in white, with just a hint of black... read more

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