Meet the absolutely gorgeous Brit, Robyn, and her handsome groom Duane, of Caribbean heritage.
After a dog that brought them together (yes, really) and a romantic Bajan proposal, the couple tied the knot in March at beautiful Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park.
Duane and I met via Duane’s cousin Grace is one of my best friends. Grace is terrified of dogs and I was walking mine one day and bumped into her and Duane. My dog, Brandy, barked and she ran away, which left Duane and I just standing there very awkwardly. Since that day we have been pretty much inseparable!
They planned and executed the whole wedding themselves – with a little help from family and friends. What a talented bunch – Duane did all the lighting, Vera Wang bride Robyn taught herself calligraphy just so she could hand write all the paper goods, and all the flowers were put together by the groom’s lovely gran, Peggy!
This beautiful wedding was captured wonderfully by husband and wife duo S2 Images and fills me with pleasure to share!
S2 Images say: We absolutely loved working with Robyn & Duane. They contacted us through another couple that we worked with. When we had a chat with Robyn & Duane, they said that they loved how as husband and wife, we didn’t need walkie-talkies, we just knew what the other was thinking. This comment made us giggle and has stuck with us!
Robyn was kind enough to share all the details of the big day with us. Take it away, Robyn!
We went to Barbados at the end of 2016. I bugged Duane the whole holiday about wanting to get married. Little did I know he had it all planned out! There was a cliff that looked over the island and on our last night, he took me there because he wanted to “take a picture”, then had me standing there for about ten minutes doing star jumps while he got the right angle. When he finally came over to join me for a pic, he got down on one knee.
The opted to have a pretty simple wedding, with elements that represented us.
Duane does events tech so he really wanted to do all the lighting and effects. I’m very creative, and taught myself calligraphy so I could hand write all the name cards and table numbers.
I think more than anything, as time goes on you get carried away with all the things you could do with your wedding. Sometimes it’s good to just stand back and look at the bigger picture.
Our photographers were S2 Images. We would 100% recommend them, Duane and I are both photographers, so this was one part of the wedding we were dreading, we spent months looking for the right photographer. We finally came to a decision and then went to a friend’s wedding later that week, S2 images were their photographers and we were both blown away by how in sync they were. We had never seen a couple work so well together (you didn’t even notice them). So this changed our mind completely and we booked them straight away. Best decision we made! Honestly, they are amazing – one of the loveliest couples you will meet with an incredible talent.
Three of our closest friends (Naushervan Shad, Jason Tamou, and Zack Miah), who happen to be amazing videographers, did our wedding cinematography. We would recommend them to anyone – they captured every single moment, without a doubt!
We also have to mention how amazing Pembroke Lodge was. The staff catered to every single need and couldn’t have done anything else to make the day more perfect!
I went dress shopping with my mum and sister (who was also my chief bridesmaid). I had an idea in my head of what I wanted – something super simple and elegant. After trying on tons of dresses, my sister asked me to try on a Vera Wang princess dress (because it’s like the one in ‘Bride Wars’).
As soon as I put it on I knew it was perfect. I felt like a real princess and I’ve always dreamed of having a Vera Wang dress but just never thought I could pull it off, so as cheesy as it sounds it really was a dream come true. In fact, at one point, we stopped the wedding so Nyrah (Duane’s niece) and I could dance in our princess dresses to ‘Frozen’ because of course that is every little girl’s dream!
Duane is super relaxed and laid back, so picking a suit was easy and his mum actually picked his suit from House of Fraser.
We wanted a personal wedding ceremony. Our pastor knows us very well, and was able to give a real insight to who we are as a couple which was really important to us.
We also freestyled our vows!
Well, Duane did. Mine were more of a mumble, as I couldn’t get my words out! (Nu Bride: LOVE IT!)
We planned everything ourselves. It sounds crazy, but I had a vision in my head and was determined to execute it. Although we did have a bit of help on the day from our good friend Armi – she was incredible, took all of the stress away and made sure the venue looked amazing.
Duane’s Gran (Peggy) did our flowers. I had 100% trust in her and she definitely didn’t disappoint. More then anything it was important to us that she was involved and got to be a part of our big day.
The speeches provided some of the funniest moments of the day. I had been dreading my dad’s speech, because I knew with a speech comes being embarrassed, and it definitely included that! He went as far as putting baby pictures of me in envelopes on each table and got everyone to pass them around! Duane’s best man, Rohan, is a man of few words, but somehow he managed to string together a ten-minute speech and had everyone in speeches.
I loved our first dance. Although it sounds weird, this was the first time we felt like we had a moment to just soak everything in.
There were also some funny moments on the dancefloor, like the way Duane’s dad, Martin, made everyone including Duane and I do the electric slide, which was near-impossible in my dress. Everyone was helping to hold it up so I could move around!
Challenges and Triumphs
The only issue we had was having a best man who is quite forgetful, which led to a spot of morning shopping half an hour before the ceremony for a shirt, because he had left his at home! (Nu Bride: LOL!)
Top Tip for Other Couples
Enjoy every single moment including the build-up because it goes so fast, and when it’s over you will miss it.
Couldn’t agree more! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful moment with us!
Photographer: S2 Images
Florals: Groom’s grandmother
Dress: Vera Wang
Accessories and Jewellery: David’s Bridal
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Suit: House of Fraser
Bridesmaid Outfits: Needle & Thread
Flower Girl Outfit: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen’s Suits: House of Fraser
Calligraphy: RA Calligraphy Designs (bride)
Cake: Gourmet Delights
Food: Pembroke Lodge