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Elizabeth and Robin got married at the Carbis Bay Hotel in St Ives in June of this year. We’ve got an amazing interview with the bride about how the couple met (on World of Warcraft), how they finally got together and the story of the dramatic proposal. Many thanks to their photographer David, from Alchemy photography.

Cornish world of warcraft bride and groom

World of Warcraft from Sweden to St Ives

Elizabeth: “We met in a quite unconventional way. We both enjoy playing computer games, one in particular; World of Warcraft. This is an online game where you can play with millions of people around the world. I met Robin whilst playing this game around 8 years ago. Our friendship blossomed and we became closer, until after a couple of years where we decided to meet! Robin lived in Sweden at the time and flew over to England to meet me and my family, after which we considered ourselves in a relationship. For a few years after this we both flew back and forth between England and Sweden until November 2011 when Robin finally decided to move to England.”

Carbis bay hotel  wedding ceremony

“The proposal: Robin and I were in Sweden at the time visiting his family. It was just after Christmas in late December, we went at this time so we were able to celebrate with both sides of our families. We were due to come back to England just a few days after New Years. On New Years Eve we spent this time at his brothers home with some other family members, there was about 8 of us in total. His brother lives in a gorgeous apartment which has a lovely balcony, so when 12 o’clock came around we would all be out there on the balcony with our drinks watching the fireworks and welcoming in the New year!”

bride and groom kiss on carbis bay beach

“It was around 11:55pm when I was rushing to pour myself a new drink to take outside with me where his family was already outside waiting. The clocks struck 12 and everyone cheered! Fireworks was lighting up the sky around us, we were waving around our sparklers when I felt a poke! I turned around to see Robin down on one knee with a beautiful diamond ring in his hand. I had my glass of champagne in one hand, and my sparkler in the other and I didn’t know which one to drop!! I was so happy and so excited that I couldn’t speak and ended up just nodding my response! His family all congratulated us and his brother stood there with his camera to catch the moment.”

carbis bay wedding

bride in the sea at carbis bay

“Once we arrived back in England my Mum and my Nan stood there waiting for us to come through the Arrivals gate at the airport with “Congratulations on your Engagement!” balloons and cards! It was the best week in my life (apart from our wedding of course! haha)”

ice cream van at wedding

“Why we chose Cornwall: 50 years ago, my Nan and Grandad found this little campsite called Beachside in Cornwall when they we’re travelling around. They loved it so much that they continued to go there every year for a long time to the point where my parents started taking me and my brother there too. 13 years ago my Grandad passed away and my Nan had a bench placed just on the edge of the coast on Beachside where you could sit and take in the gorgeous views of the 3 mile beach (where we also had his ashes scattered), the beautiful sea and the famous St. Ives.”

cliff top wedding party

world of warcraft wedding couple

“It was a lovely spot. Ever since, we continued to have our annual holiday down on Beachside holiday park in June around Father’s Day. For the past 5 years, Robin has come with us on our holiday and also became very fond of the location. He had always known that if we were to get married one day, that I would love for it to be in Cornwall, so we set our wedding date for the 18th June 2014 where we would be married at Carbis Bay Hotel and have our reception back at Beachside.”

world of warcraft wedding cake

“All of his family flew in from Sweden and all of my family, friends and work colleagues all travelled the 300 miles to be there for our wedding. They all stayed for about a week and thoroughly enjoyed it, my Nan especially since she was happy to know that at least my Grandad could be there too in spirit. For the whole time we was there, the weather was flawless and even hotter on our wedding day! Everyone couldn’t believe they were actually in the UK, and when we showed our wedding photos to others they all thought we got married somewhere tropical! In the end we we’re so happy with our decision to get married down in Cornwall, it was the perfect day and the perfect wedding for us!”

marquee wedding reception

Many thanks to Robin and Elizabeth for sharing their photos with us and to David for taking them. You can find more real wedding stories here.

The wedding wine you choose should compliment the food you and your guests will be eating on your big day. Personal tastes are obviously a factor in your decision, as is price, but for those of you really don’t know where to start, I thought I’d post this guide. It highlights wine which has been recommended by the Roberson Wine experts and gives you an idea of the types of food it can be paired with. A bit of wine knowledge never goes amiss, especially when you’ve got a lot of people to impress! (You don’t want them thinking “Oh my, I’d never have put a full-bodied red with sushi!!”) So drink and be merry on your wedding day, but do it in style!

wedding wine guide

Do you really need to apply for a wedding loan to pull off a beautiful wedding? The answer could be no. Without a doubt, planning for your upcoming wedding is the most exciting time in anyone’s life. However, this excitement may dim a little when you look at your finances and realise that you’re in need of some budget-friendly tips to cut back on the costs to save some cash. After all, your wedding is just the start of your married life. More than ever, it is important that you start your life as a couple not financially burdened with debt.

bride and groom

Here are 7 cost-cutting, proven ideas to pull off a budget-friendly, but beautiful wedding:

  1. Host at Home

Throwing a wedding party at the fanciest hotel might be a trend in your area, but it is growing in popularity. Getting married in your family home can be a beautiful and more intimate way to celebrate your union as a couple. Bringing together both families and your friends in this personal environment is casual, friendly and welcoming. Many couples choose to be married in a house of worship. This way, you can still have the ceremony where you want and invite guests back to your house for the wedding banquet.

  1. Do-It-Yourself Projects

Invitations, napkins, place cards, ceremony programs and the likes are all little details that many couples want to include, but they can actually end up costing you quite a bit of money. Visit your local craft shop not only to gain inspiration, but also to check out DIY kits. When you opt to make some of these fun features yourself, you save a lot on having to spend money to hire a professional to do it. This is where Pinterest comes into its own. And where you’ll waste days, even weeks of time browsing for ideas.

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Choosing a wedding ring goes far beyond buying a sentimental piece of jewellery. Not only does it consecrate a union of commitment and love, it also serves as a symbolic reminder that will sit with you for a lifetime. With such a joyous occasion ahead, founder of Vashi.com, Vashi Dominguez has put together a guide of five important things to consider when choosing the right wedding ring for you.

* Style

* Engagement Ring vs Wedding Band

* Matching Rings

* Shape

*Budget

Vashi’s top FIVE tips to choosing the right wedding ring for you

1. Style

Style is down to individual taste and there is no wrong or right way to encapsulate this in your wedding ring. With that in mind, consider styles that you think you will love over time, especially if you think your taste is likely to evolve and change. Diamond encrusted rings, gemstones or plain wedding bands are definitely ones to consider especially when deciding between a more traditional or trend-led wedding ring. It’s important to do your research and once you’ve narrowed it down, you can shop for the best quality ring and style that will have you delighted for years to come.

Singer Alicia Keys sealed her vows with a stylish three tiered canary and white diamond wedding band in platinum. Away from the traditional plain wedding band, Alicia has encapsulated the presence of her dazzling 7 carat canary diamond engagement ring into an elegant and classy wedding band that can stand on its own.

wedding ring with diamonds and sapphires

Diamond and Blue Sapphire Wedding Ring – £799

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We absolutely love modern wedding receptions! One of the best things about wedding receptions today, is that there truly are no limits when it comes to fun and creativity. Today, anything goes –modern couples are looking for ways to inject personality into their big day and are creating receptions that are fun, exciting, and truly memorable.

wedding reception

Wedding receptions are becoming more and more unique and elaborate –and guests are loving every minute of it! Turning your favorite foods into hors d’oeuvre and serving them up as midnight delicacies? No problem! Adding a modern and unexpected twist to the traditional “first dance?” Great idea! Want to hire a donut cart and serve freshly baked goods at the end of your big day? This one will certainly be well received by your guests!

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