Rob Nakielny and Caroline Tyler enjoyed a Christmas themed celebration
A lucky meeting led to Rob and Caroline getting together. They both worked at the same company and had mutual friends, so bumping into each other on a night out was the key to their relationship. Fast forward six years and Rob had been planning his proposal for a while. “We were about to go travelling round South America and I wanted to do it in advance – in case she said no! Then I chose the most romantic time and location possible – Friday evening, having had a takeaway curry and watching some TV.”
Thankfully Caroline said yes, and the wedding took place at Old Down Manor in Tockington on 20th December 2015. “It’s somewhere that Caroline used to go when she was a child to visit the animals and go on the adventure playground – and to push her sister into the mud!” says Rob. It was also a perfect wedding venue. “We went to look round and really liked the set up. It was ideal if the weather was bad, as there was no need to go outside, and there was even a very high balcony for the all-important group photo.” Special mention goes to Adele, the wedding co-ordinator at Old Down Manor. “Adele was fantastic! She was so organised and made sure that we thought of everything we needed to. She was also on hand throughout the day to pin on flower corsages, get the timing right when walking down the aisle and generally sort out any questions.”
Caroline and Rob decided on a Disney and Christmas theme, with silver, pale blue and pink as their main colours to complement the season. Bijoux Floral Design’s flowers included pinecones to enhance the wintry motif, and guests were served warming mulled wine
and winter Pimm’s.
Kevin and Carol Belson provided a professional and relaxed photography service for the couple and they’re extremely happy with the memories they have to treasure from their day. “They were fantastic and put us at ease. Kevin even did a pre-wedding shoot with us which, on top of the great photos, made us much more comfortable in front of the camera. They were both very friendly and allowed us to portray the real us, rather than a series of staged photos.”
Rob’s advice for grooms planning their wedding? “Marry a girl who loves planning
– but be prepared to have to take an interest in flower arrangements.” Caroline’s advice for brides? “The groom isn’t interested in flower arrangements. He’s only pretending to be because he loves you so much!”
For Rob the highlight of his day, “apart from the first sight of my beautiful bride of course!”, was doing his speech, as he enjoyed being the only one in the room talking. “And naturally, Caroline’s highlight was listening to Rob’s speech, as he was so witty,” laughs Rob. Caroline loved the whole day. “It was absolutely amazing, completely perfect. Seeing all our friends and family in one place, getting ready with my bridesmaids, wearing an amazing
dress and feeling fabulous, an epic party…
and of course legally binding Rob to me!
He can’t escape now!”