They say that “when you know, you just know…”… and Rob certainly knew that Rose was the one for him after a chance encounter at a booze cruise in the Cayman Islands. “It was not quite love at first sight… there was definitely a spark, but it took a short break up 2 months into it to really prove how absence makes the heart grow fonder.”
Read on more from this sweet Cayman Islands Engagement shoot, taken by Guy Waller Photography from Picture this Studios.
“Rose is from South Africa and has been living in Cayman Islands for 5 years now. I am from Toronto and have been in Cayman just over 4 years. We love food, wine and travel. ?
There is a booze cruise in Cayman on a pirate ship called the Jolly Rodger. It’s a 2 hour sunset sail with bottomless drinks. We’d briefly met before getting on the ship – I picked up on Rose’s South African accent and started a conversation with her. Once on the ship, Rose was sitting close to the bar so after I passed through several times she asked him to sit and talk with her. The rest is history…”
“Once a month we have wine and take-out sushi at sunset on the beach, normally at one of our favourite beaches called Cemetery Beach. A week before the proposal, I emailed my coworkers and close friends to tell them I was proposing at sunset and to stop by with bubbly after 7pm. Knowing I would be too nervous to use my words, I wrote out what I wanted to say and put it on my phone.
When the time came, I told Rose I had downloaded something that I wanted her to read and passed her my cell phone. While she began to read (ever so slowly it seemed) I fumbled around in my knapsack for the ring. Although we had talked about marriage before, Rose was very surprised as she thought it was just a normal Friday sunset at the beach.
After opening the box upside down and having the ring fall out (almost into the sand!), I was finally able to put it on Rose’s finger. She began to ask if any of their friends knew, when from behind two of her closest friends approached holding a sign reading “She said Yes” with the date on it (1 Sept 2017). I also had them bring some tiki torches and a magnum of Veuve champagne.
The best part was how Rose thought this was it – but people began to periodically arrive with more champagne as the night progressed. It was a very relaxed, spontaneous engagement party, with an added bonus of a conservation group coming to the beach later that night to release baby turtles and we were able to watch them make their way to the sea. Cemetery Beach is where we then had our engagement shoot.”
“The wedding planning process has been pretty easy so far. We have booked the venue which comes with a wedding coordinator so a lot of the hard work will be taken care of. There is a menu tasting in July this year where we will try the food and decide on the menu and table settings.”
“We are lucky enough to have Rose’s grandmother’s ring which Rose’s mom gave to me about a year before the proposal. It originally had one diamond but I had 2 diamonds added on either side of the original. The 3 beautiful diamonds have the original antique setting on a rose gold ring.”
“The wedding will be in Canada as it is an easy middle ground for everyone to meet. Rose has family coming all the way from South Africa and New Zealand, while my family and friends are from all over Canada. Throw in friends from Grand Cayman and there are a lot of people coming from all directions! We chose a venue in London, Ontario because it is on an old vineyard and we love wine. Rose has also always longed to get married on a wine farm. Also, there is a wedding coordinator that can organize everything for us, keeping it simple as we can’t be there in person to look everything over.”
Any advice for other brides to be planning their wedding?
“Firstly, try to keep it as stress-free as possible. For us that means getting a wedding coordinator to take care of all the details. Secondly, don’t let anyone tell you what you should have/not have. For us, an example is that we may forgo the tradition of having a wedding cake and instead have a large selection of desserts.”
Photography: Guy Waller Photography, Picture This Studios