The couple have been together for more than a decade, so it was only fitting they would want to add a little more sparkle to their love story. Thus, Fall-Winter 18 was born, with dramatic changes to the couple’s lifestyle as they prepared for their wedding day. For starters, they swapped their luxurious London lifestyle for a more cosy one in the Scottish countryside. But it’s not all about the wedding day: the couple made history as they became the first same-sex partners to marry in the United Kingdom since the 17th century.
In an interview with Vogue, the actor, who plays the titular lead in the upcoming film, The Batman, opened up about the whirlwind romance that led to their big day. “We were completely besotted,” he gushed. “There was never any doubt in my mind that this was the person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.”
The couple had been dating for more than 10 years before they finally decided to make it official. According to the Telegraph, the “bespoke designer suit” the 35-year-old wore for the event was custom-made by Hermès and cost him a whopping £50,000. His suit was followed by a custom-made shirt and tie, as well as a custom-made handkerchief for the bachelor. The total cost for Robert’s outfit came to £110,000.
Many a celebrity has gotten married over the years, but few have dared to go so far as to make history with their ceremony. Whether you believe in marriage equality or not, it’s undeniable that this is a historical moment.
The ceremony of Robert Pattinson and his husband, David Meyer, was undoubtedly historic. Officiating at the wedding were two members of the clergy, Doctor Richard Holloway and Trevor Scott, along with two witnesses representing both sides of the marriage equality debate. Scott, who is the Church of England’s chief legal adviser, conducted the civil partnership ceremony between the couple in July 2017. That same month, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, finally gave his blessing to same-sex civil partnerships after years of being unable to officiate at such weddings.
The Batman actor was previously married to Kristen Stewart, with whom he has a daughter, Luna, 5. The couple have been together since 2007 and announced their separation in 2015. After an extremely public and painful divorce, he found love again with Meyer, with whom he has a son, Ace, 7. They had previously been together for eight years and tied the knot in a romantic ceremony on Anglesey, a small island off the coast of Wales, in 2013. Congratulations to this incredibly loving couple!
A Historic Wedding Day
After their ceremony, the newlyweds left their guests and wedding party to enjoy some one-on-one time with each other. They made their grand entrance through a specially designed wedding arch made with wood gathered from all over London. Escorting the happy couple down the aisle were their closest friends and family. While the ceremony was taking place, a string quartet performed classical music, and the wedding cake was served by celebrity chefs Heston Blumenthal and Prune.
The wedding party then made their way into the adjacent St. George’s Hall for the reception. Traditional wedding cake was replaced with a six-layer chocolate torte created by celebrity baker Prudence Flowerdew. There were honeymoon plans on the agenda too — the newlyweds were going to continue their adventure and visit Sri Lanka, the beautiful island country that has influenced the looks of both of their weddings.
While it was quite the occasion, it was also one that many of our readers will likely agree was far from perfect. As one of the wedding party’s guests, I’ve been asked by the organizers to keep things positive. So here goes…
The Venue Is Top-Notch
Located inside Edinburgh Castle, the venue for the wedding is one of Scotland’s most recognizable structures. It boasts a grand ballroom that can hold up to 200 guests, as well as smaller banquet rooms and a terrace that can be rented out for exclusive events such as weddings. The building, which was first constructed in the 12th century, was used as a jail house until the 18th century, when it was converted into a museum. Today, you can take a wander around the castle’s maze of dark and dusty corridors, peering into its grand rooms and wandering through its fireplaces, and marvel at how life in these ancient walls changed so much over the years. In a way, it’s fitting that a famous movie set used as inspiration for the caped crusader should be married at this magnificent structure, which has witnessed so much history.
There’s a reason why The Batman has been gaining a following since it was first announced that Robert Pattinson would be taking on the role: it’s because his fan base consists of people who enjoy his good-humored sense of humor as much as they do his acting chops. For their wedding cocktail, the bride and groom served up four different alcoholic drinks, all inspired by scenes from the movie. Guests at the reception were treated to “The Joke,” a combination of vodka and ginger beer that pays homage to Vicki Vale, the eccentric journalist with a heart of gold who befriends Batman in his darkest days. The A-list couple were also spotted serving up “The Dark Knight,” a concoction of gin, vodka, and Cherry Heering, and “The Riddler,” made with tequila, rum, and triple sec. The drinks were served in signature steins, each one decorated with a unique design by artist Jonny Engelman.
A Fashion Forward Look
Fashion-wise, the bride made a bold statement by going for a very chic look for the big day. For starters, she opted for a traditional white wedding dress, but with a twist: the dress, designed by Sandra Choi, has a plunging neckline that gives the illusion of a larger bust. The dress’s bodice was composed of two separate pieces, with the inner part featuring an internal hook back that makes the dress more adaptable. Plus, the dress comes with a removable cape, which the bride put to very good use during her walk down the aisle. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the groom sported an eye-catching purple suit, handmade from a combination of satin and mesh fabrics. The tailor, Graham Harris, made several alterations to the suit to give it a three-quarter-length hemline, which flatters the groom’s legs and accentuates the bold pattern. In a similar vein, the suit’s purple trim and pocket squares were designed by Elizabeth Cole.
An Inclusive Wedding
One of the highlights of the wedding were the numerous guest speakers who got the opportunity to share their thoughts on equality and inclusion. These included leading Scottish business figures such as Sir Richard Caruana, chair of the Scottish Enterprise, and Andrew Wilson, chief executive of SCLEAP (Scottish Children’s Literacy Association Partnership). Local authority figures such as the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Mark McGowan, also had the chance to give his blessing to the couple and their wedding day. The day was also notable for the inclusion of several prominent members of the LGBT community, who were given the opportunity to speak about the importance of being open about one’s sexuality.
A Special Gift For The Bride
Not one, but TWO wedding gifts were given out on the big day. The first was a basket filled with all kinds of goodies, including an assortment of handmade soaps, a cologne gift set, chocolate-covered strawberries, and even a bottle of Scotch. The basket was filled by the groom’s parents, Robert and Ann Pattinson, and it was presented to the bride by her father as a symbol of good luck and an expression of love. The second gift was a wedding book filled with beautiful illustrations by British artist Jimmy Prichard. The book includes stories and essays written by leading lights in Scottish literature, such as James Kelman and Robert Louis Stevenson. It also features an evocative collection of photographs, many of which were taken by celebrity photographer Michael Regan. The gift was a symbol of the marriage partners’ literary and creative interests.
A Wedding To Remember
Finally, I leave you with a gallery of some of the most memorable photographs taken on this historic occasion. I hope you enjoyed this article and found it inspirational! As I said at the beginning, this was a particularly emotional and reflective moment for many of us, but it’s also one that will be cherished by the couple and their guests for years to come.