Ray Kaimbacher and Caroline Kerr met while working together at a hotel in Southport. “Ray is Austrian but had spent most of his adult life travelling the world working on cruise ships,” explains Caroline. “He came to Southport to initially help open a new hotel but stayed and moved his life to the UK. At the time, Ray was my manager but we were instantly attracted to each other's personalities and sense of humour – plus I loved his accent!”
After leaving the hotel in Southport, Ray moved back to Austria but then started working in Italy. It was really difficult having a long distance relationship, but the couple made it work. “We're so glad that we did,” says Caroline. “Many people say that we're meant to be together.”
Six years after meeting, Ray popped the question to Caroline on a Friday night at the couple's home – after a long day at work it was a lovely surprise. “We knew from the beginning that it was forever, so I wasn't too shocked! We bought our first house together four years ago as a renovation project, so it was really special to be proposed to in a house that we'd worked so hard to make our home.”
The happy couple set their big date for 29th October, 2016, at the Wrightington Hotel and Country Club set the backdrop to their day.
The colour scheme was a classic white and navy palette, and here Caroline tells us more about their day...
The cake was a simple three-tier white design with a navy and white trim. Each tier had a different flavour and was served with the evening buffet. Our florist added a real flower topping, which matched the bouquet and buttonholes.
We used a company called Dot Laser for our place names and favours. These were personalised so our guests could take home with them at the end of the night.
The venue was surrounded by fields and lovely scenery, which we wanted for our guests travelling from abroad, secondly the flexibility the team at Wrightington offered was fantastic – we weren't limited in any way.
My bouquet was a large, loose trailing design, which complemented my dress and veil perfectly.
My Morilee by Madeline Gardner dress was accessorised with a long trailing veil and diamond earrings, which Ray had made for me and a diamond bracelet that my brother – and best man – had bought for my 21st birthday.
Our hanging tableplan was made by our florist and venue decorator, he used twisted branches and hung the individual tableplans off them.
We both felt fantastic and very much in love on the day. I was a little overwhelmed when my dad saw me in my dress for the first time – there were a few tears!
It was a magical day with a lovely atmosphere – we'll treasure the memories forever. Bringing two families together who, due to distance, had only met on a few occasions was amazing. We partied long in to the night.
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