Wedding bells ring for two Volkswagen lovers
Robbie and Genevieve aren’t just any happy newlyweds. Unbeknownst to us, Volkswagen played a big role in the couple’s courtship and engagement. When we heard their story, we naturally wanted to do something special for them on their wedding day.
Genevieve’s uncle, Kevin, first tipped us off to this romantic tale in an email:
“Robbie is an avid Volkswagen fanatic. He owns, repairs, customizes and competes in shows with his various Volkswagen autos…. He incorporated his love of Volkswagen products in his marriage proposal to her.”
To pop the question, Robbie lined up his and his friends’ vintage VWs, decorated with signs reading “will you marry me?”
Who wouldn’t say “yes” to that?
Even the timing of the engagement was chosen based on Robbie’s Volkswagen passion. He promised himself he wouldn’t propose until he completed the full restoration of his blue 1984 Rabbit GTI. (After all, every wedding needs “something old” and “something blue” for good luck, right?)
The restoration took four years, and “pretty much everything that I could replace or repair I did,” Robbie says.
He made the Rabbit look like an earlier model by putting in round headlights, small taillights, and Euro small bumpers. He also put in an engine from a 1997 Jetta TDI using custom transmission mounts.
The work certainly paid off, and the car co-starred in the couple’s stunning engagement photos.
Eva Derrick Photography, www.evaderrick.ca
Robbie and Genevieve walked down the aisle earlier in June. We surprised their guests with a Volkswagen photo booth at the reception, and followed that up with a suitcase full of VW swag for the couple.
It was a big hit, especially with Robbie’s fellow VW-loving friends. Every story told at the reception touched on his Volkswagen love, with even Robbie joking that he has two true loves now.
Robbie plans to restore more vintage Volkswagen models in the years ahead, starting with a 1975 Scirocco. But he’s not the only VW fan in the marriage. Genevieve can be spotted driving around town in her new diesel Jetta.
All our best to Robbie and Genevieve, and all the other VW lovers getting hitched this summer!
Photography courtesy of Eva Derrick Photography, www.evaderrick.ca