Where it all started
Despite sharing the same hometown, Lauren and Rob’s love story began online. Lauren made the first move and added Rob on MSN and the pair began chatting online day and night. Finally, Rob asked Lauren to meet in person and planned a romantic first date at their local park. Since the pair had spent so much time talking online, in person their conversation flowed effortlessly. Rob remembers being stunned by how beautiful Lauren was and for Lauren, it was love at first sight.
Ten years of dating flew by before Rob popped the question. His proposal was everything Lauren dreamt it would be; an intimate celebration with just the two of them in their home. He surprised Lauren by hiding an engagement ring on their Christmas tree and once she found it the rest was history.
Planning the wedding
Long before their engagement, Lauren and Rob decided they wanted to tie the knot in the tropics. They’d gone on many vacations together, but one destination stood out in particular: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Everything about this vacation spot appealed to them from its beautiful beaches and incredible food to its vibrant culture and nightlife.
The happy couple had visited Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas twice prior to getting married there and fell in love with the resort’s picture-perfect facilities overlooking the ocean and friendly staff. After their first visit they were certain they had to get married there.
On November 8, 2018, Lauren and Rob got married beneath a gazebo against the backdrop of breathtaking mountain and ocean views. After saying “I do”, the party moved to the beach for a private reception by the sea. The newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a moonlit reception decorated with luminous lanterns where they toasted to new beginnings with shots of tequila and shared heartfelt speeches before hitting the dancefloor.
For both Lauren and Rob, the highlight of their big day was the first look which took place in a secluded area of the resort with their photographer. This experience allowed the couple to share a special moment together, provided an opportunity for unique candid photos and eased their nerves allowing them to relax and enjoy their ceremony.
Wedding Day Wear
Lauren’s gown: Theia Couture from The Modern Bride
Lauren’s shoes: Flat sandals Lauren picked up while visiting Hong Kong
Lauren’s accessories: Jeweled belt and earrings by Sara Gabriel
Robert’s attire: Custom navy suit purchased from Suit Supply and a white collared shirt from RW & Co.
Robert’s accessories: Brown Cole Hann shoes, a brown belt from Moores and a white rose boutonniere
Wedding bands: Lauren’s was custom made by Robins Goldsmithing and Rob’s was from EMBR
The bridesmaids wore: Floral dresses which were purchased from Show Me Your Mumu
The groomsmen wore: Navy suites from Suit Supply with a white dress shirt, brown Cole Hann shoes and a brown belt
Flowers: White and pale pink baby roses, baby’s breath and greenery. Arrangements were created by Bajaflowers in Cabo
Color scheme: Navy, white, pale pink
Photographer: Amy Foster – Fostered Photo
Hairstyle: Lauren wore a low messy bun up-do
Makeup style: Natural
First dance: How You Love Me- 3LAU and Bright Lights (Acoustic Version)
Invitations: Save the dates and invitations were made locally in Kitchener
Welcome gifts: Guests received a personalized travel cup that read “Fiesta, Siesta, Tequila, Repeat”
Traditions: Everyone took a shot of Apple Schnapps at the reception to celebrate Lauren’s family’s German heritage
Tips: “We made sure to visit the resort prior to getting married there. This allowed us to get a lay of the land and made it easier to envision our ceremony and reception spaces.”
Congratulations to Lauren & Robert for winning our Real Weddings Photo Contest from Volume 9 Issue 1. As our grand prize winners, they’ll enjoy a seven-night getaway at the luxurious Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa!