Today’s wedding is a gorgeous celebration of love with friends + family from all over the world. Rose is from Australia and Robin is English, so it was important for them to incorporate traditions from both countries. They had a country wedding at Wethele Manor, which is a beautiful farm surrounded by 250 acres of Warwickshire countryside complete with on-site llamas, sheep, pigs and rams. This was a major selling point for the couple as Rose loves animals and Robin grew up in the countryside. :)
Rose + Robin both work on cruise ships in the USA and having so many friends and family from all over the world come to celebrate their special day with them was the highlight for the two of them. Their friends form a big part of their life and naturally formed a big part of the wedding. Many of the hundreds of glass bottles were sourced by a family member Johannah Dyer (who also wrote the table plan and all the place names in her beautiful handwriting), the music played throughout the day were all friends – from an acapella church hymn, to reception hour acoustic sets, to the first dance. And the night ended with the guitars out and singing under the stars, such a perfect and very typical ending for the couple. Thanks so much to Marianne Taylor Photography for the photos and big congrats to Rose + Robin!
Rose: There were so many amazing memories from the day! When my father saw me in my dress for the first time we both broke down filled with over whelming emotion. At our reception a dear friend of mine, Bree Shannon, who had flown from the US sang amazing grace acapella, you could have heard a pin drop, it was so surreal she sounded like an angel. To round it off our first dance was sung by another very talented friend Tommy Green Jr all the way from Canada, who sung Elvis's 'Falling in love'. It was as if Robin and I were the only two in the room, the happiness I felt dancing away with the love of my life to a room bursting with even more emotion and love is a memory I will cherish forever.
Robin: On the wedding day, Rose sitting on my lap for a few minutes during dinner. It was nice to stop, take a few minutes out of the proceedings, and focus on the two of us. Having her on my lap took me away from everything and everyone. She was mine and I'd love her forever.
Processional: The Bridal March from Lohengrin – Richard Wagner
Recessional: The Doors – Touch Me
First Dance: Tommy Green Jr playing Elvis Presley's Can’t Help Falling in Love
Keeping with the intertwining theme of our countries and countryside, the reception cocktails were a mix of a traditional English Tom Collins but with added wild Australian Hibiscus flowers – prepared by my usher/mixologist Justin Davies, the beer was Australian V.B. (Rose’s favourite), the main course of the menu was a traditional English Sunday roast complete with Yorkshire puddings (all vegetables locally grown) and the tables were lined with antique glass bottles filled to the brim with wild English and Australian flowers.
Our brilliant desert table was put together by our dear friend Samantha Harvey, who created a fantastic ensemble of English and Australian deserts! It featured everything from Percy Pigs, to homemade mini pavolas, rocky roads, flap jacks, marshmallows, peanuts crunches, anzac biscuits, coconut ice, shortcake truffles, chocolate tequila chillies, lamingtons, red velvet cakes and everything else you could imagine!
And their lovely wedding film by Mark Brown
When we first laid eyes on Marianne Taylor’s photography there was no other option for anyone else! Originally she was unavailable with plans to fly to Finland for her birthday, but due to the kindness in her heart she made herself available for our special day. When we got the photos back we were completely overwhelmed with emotion, she had captured our day so perfectly. On the day she was so friendly and it was so lovely to have her around. We were also lucky enough to have a top bloke in Ed Peers second shooting for Marianne too and after looking through our photos there were moments they captured where we didn’t even realize they were around. Another legend on the capture front was Mark Brown who shot our wedding on 8mm film.
Rose: Organizing an English country wedding from a moving cruise ship in the Caribbean islands when you are an Australian bride could possibly have to be one of the most difficult combinations possible and at times did seem impossible, but with the help of amazing friends and family it turned out to be a perfect day. The best advice I have is on the day to just let it be. You can't control everything that happens on the day. Just go with the flow, easier said then done I know but you just have to remember that the day is about celebrating love above all.
Robin: Take it easy, everything always works out in the end.
photography: Marianne Taylor Photography // second shooter: Ed Peers // venue: Lickey Church, reception at Wethele Manor // event planner: family friend, Johannah Dyer // floral design + hairpieces: Ethos // wedding dress: Monique Lhullier // shoes: Christian Louboutin // bridesmaid dresses: Truese // hair: Gemma Sutton // make-up: Chloe Mccall // groom suit: Slaters // cinematography: Mark Brown // invitations + paper goods: Love Vs Design // catering: Wethele Manor // cake + dessert table: Samantha Harvey