5th May 2017
Mr & Mrs Duffy
We count ourselves the luckiest of couples. We had our dream day on Friday 5th May 2017 specifically chosen as it was the date of my Grannie’s birthday, who is sadly no longer with us. It was held at the Pavilion Gardens in our beautiful hometown of Buxton, Derbyshire.
We count ourselves blessed to have such a big crowd of supportive and fun family and friends all of whom contributed to making the day so special in lots of different ways.
I met Simon shortly after he returned to live back in Buxton. He said I was the gorgeous girl next door. I was working as a Veterinary Nurse at the Overdale Practice, which is the nearest thing you could get to a real-life Herriot practice!
We both secretly liked each other and a chance social meeting led to a glorious first date burning around the Peak District in a bright yellow convertible.
In August 2004 we moved in together to a town house we had renovated.
In 2007 at the start of a dream holiday around America, Simon proposed in a restaurant overlooking Times Square.
On our return, plans commenced for a wedding. I had always wanted to marry (having walked through the village from her parents’ farm in the lovely Peak Forest) at the local church.
Two planning attempts were thwarted by the best possible interruption of our gorgeous boys Archie and Freddie.
Hectic family and careers led to a six-year interval before we decided to get a grip and planning began again – from separate bedrooms.
We both love our hometown and decided on the Pavilion Gardens as a venue. Being lucky to have a large crowd of family and friends they wanted somewhere central, with a great setting and the ability to cater for 200 plus guests. The gardens take some beating. Informality was also a key consideration. Christine at the Pavilion Gardens was fantastic at ensuring all details were covered with nothing a problem.
The wedding dress hunting commenced. I found a perfect Maggie Sottero Patience Lynette Gown; this was only the second bridal boutique I had visited. Belinda at Nora Eve Chesterfield was there to help. I knew immediately that this was the one, as both my mum and I cried as I walked out of the dressing room. I wanted to feel like a bride but without being to over the top, and this was definitely the dress. I truly felt like a princess.
The wedding invites were designed and prepared by our talented cousin Jennifer Hambleton at Illustration Wisp. Once the invites were out it all became real, even with a couple of major hiccups, including Me breaking my leg skiing, which meant that the village walk was out.
Despite the very near third postponement, lots of special friends and family prepared the flowers, the church, the cake and the venue decorations.
My morning was very relaxed. Waking up to glorious sunshine and a gorgeous view of open fields watching the lambs skipping around.
The beautiful bridesmaids then arrived and all were pampered and prepared with Hair by Sharon from Salon One and make-up by Ruth from Cut and Curl.
It was time to get to the church. Walking up the aisle with my dad to Cannon and Gigue with my beautiful boys Archie and Freddie walking in front. It was very emotional to see the church packed with all our friends and family all eyes on me. Thanks to carers Jayne and Wendy, Simon’s father who has advanced Alzheimer’s, was also able to make it to the service, which was wonderful.
After the ceremony, everyone embraced the informal theme by heading across the road to ‘The Dev’ where friends Ian and Fiona had prepared welcoming drinks and nibbles, before everyone headed back to the Pavilion Gardens to continue the celebrations.
Adrian and Linda of Creative Weddings captured all of the day’s events fantastically. Both are friends and having seen lots of their previous work, they were the obvious first choice. Luckily, they were available and became so much more than photographers. Having worked at so many venues, they were able to advise on the timings. The boy’s suits which were from Chaplins men’s hire in Leek, and they even became musical directors!
The venue looked stunning. I wanted a rustic theme with being a country girl and farmers daughter. Together with my mum and sister Cilla, I had selected and even made some of the decorations and Christine had made sure everything had been beautifully displayed just how I had imagined.
Celebrations went on until the early hours and everyone had a great time. The dance floor was packed all night dancing to local Buxton band Rose Amongst Thorns.
The whole day and night was truly magical. One of the best days of our lives!
Venue – Pavilion Gardens – www.paviliongardens.co.uk
Dress – Nora Eve – www.noraevebridalboutique.co.uk
Photography – Linda & Adrian Creative Weddings – www.creativeweddingsuk.co.uk
Menswear – Chaplins – www.chaplinsformalhire.co.uk