Roby and Jamie are an online dating success story. Roby 'winked' at Jamie, he 'winked' back, and the rest, as they say, is history. Well, not quite. 'Winks' turned into messages then into emails and texts. Their first meeting was 1st April 2010, April Fools Day! Roby says, “The day we met in person, it was as though we were catching up like old friends.”
Four years after they met, on 16th September 2014, Jamie got down on one knee. Roby had always wanted to visit Iceland, so Jamie planned the trip of a lifetime for her birthday. The itinerary was jam-packed and included a private tour to see the Northern Lights. Roby tells us, “We eventually ended up in a valley in the middle of nowhere, it was pitch black, except for the green glow of the lights.” After walking a little further on Jamie came to a stop, got down on one knee and asked, “Will you marry me?” Roby remembers, “He had the ring and I desperately wanted to see it, but I ended up having to feel it to get some idea!”
The date was set for 9th June 2018 and the chosen location was Roby's family home and stunning Kent wedding venue, Kennington Hall. The bride explains, “Due to my father's mobility difficulties, there was really only one option discussed. But it was wonderful to savour the homely family atmosphere as well as seeing the venue I run showcased to it's full potential.”
Here, Roby shares more happy memories from the big day…
Originally I'd hoped for a green and plum colour scheme to reflect the Northern Lights. But Jamie wanted a more vibrant Cadbury purple. As well as running a wedding venue, I'm also a make-up artist so this was a scheme I'd encountered a lot, so we eventually settled on a compromise of fuchsia pink. We added grey and silver for a bit of sparkle.
The table plan was based around Jamie's athletics hobby. He has undertaken several marathons, triathlons as well as a half and full Iron Man. He made the table names with medals from some of his achievements.
Freesias are my favourite flower, so they had to be included. We had some great chats with Lucy our florist, who really helped find a different element to the blooms.
The cake from Mama Feelgoods was chocolate Guinness, lemon and vanilla with a spare chocolate cutting cake.
Jamie wanted to wear tails, to him this was traditional. He wore a beautiful fuchsia pink cravat and handkerchief. His groomsmen wore the same suits, but with grey accessories.
I wore Kamiya by Maggie Sottero. I'd originally seen it in a magazine and despite several shopping trips, knew this was the one I had to try on. My friend Nicola's family-run boutique Bridal Gowns by Jodi stock the designer and was able to order a sample. It had just the right mix of satin and lace. It was the dress.
I chose grey for the six adult bridesmaids and bright pink for my five little nieces. The girls chose their own footwear and jewellery. Each looked very different.
I did my own make-up. I actually airbrushed my adult bridesmaids and myself but had an assistant to help with the girls' eyes and lips. The very talented Lauren Cook did my hair. I asked for a streak of pink hair for the girls, to tie it all in and just to be a bit different!
After the ceremony we had an acoustic duo playing whilst the guests were enjoying canapés from the amazing Chives Caterers. Mike Davies, the magician, was mingling with guests at the same time, creating some fun and laughter.
I organised the Del Boy Robin Reliant to collect Jamie and take him to the pub, then on to the venue. We only live next door, but he's always enjoyed Only Fools and Horses so it seemed appropriate.
Our celebrant, Karina, performed a very personal and family orientated ceremony full of love. Our oldest son, Cameron, read a beautiful reading about family and my father carried out the hand-tying part of the proceedings. We wrote our own vows in confidence, which added so much more emotion to the day.
We were so glad our children were able to be themselves. It just made the day so much more sentimental.
Chives the Caterers always go above and beyond. The food is out of this world and it was rather amusing to watch our chosen guests carve the lamb at their tables.
I gave Jamie a gift of a personalised football, which of course matched the colour scheme! The boys ended up playing a few games on the lawn. The whole day was very chilled and relaxed.
We had a bouncy castle and some lawn games, such as Connect 4 and quoits provided by Big Day Prop Hire.
The evening band, Soul Monkeys, was absolutely phenomenal. I would 100 per cent recommend them to anyone.
Bride's dress & groom's suit
Bridal Gowns at Jodi
Daisy Moon Florist
The Soul Monkeys
The Soul Monkeys
Hair by Lauren Cook
Perfect Day Marquees
Big Day Prop
With Love Stationery
Del Boy Trotter Van Hire