An Imperial celebration for bed and breakfast duo

Darren and Christine Southgate
Darren and Christine Southgate
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Blackpool hoteliers Christine Hepburn and Darren Southgate were surrounded by their family and friends when they tied the knot at the Imperial Hotel.

Blackpool hoteliers Christine Hepburn and Darren Southgate were surrounded by their family and friends when they tied the knot at the Imperial Hotel.

Darren and Christine Southgate

Darren and Christine Southgate

The couple, both 52, met online six years ago and became engaged on Christine’s birthday while on holiday in Tunisia.

They now run the Beverleydean Hotel on Dean Street.

Darren, originally from Buxton said: “Christine wanted to follow her dream to own a bed and breakfast which brought us both to Blackpool - we said once we were settled we would get married.

“The day was made special because of all the friends and family that came together to support us. Friends such as the piper who played us in on the day and through the duration of the wedding.

The best men were Karl Southgate and Christopher Ford. Chief bridesmaid was Kath Harrison.

Christine said: “After so much planning, everything came together and could not have been anymore perfect.

Darren added: “It was a perfect and brilliant day – a lovely day spent with family and friends.”

The couple honeymooned in Portugal.

Those who made the day special

Venue: Imperial Hotel, Blackpool

Bride’s parents: Ronald Christopher and Margaret Tomlinson

Groom’s parents: Barry and Gillian Southgate

Best men: Karl Southgate and Christopher Ford

Chief Bridesmaid: Kath Harrison

Flowers: Ann Barnes Florist

Cake: Cake Creations

Bridesmaid dress: Uniquely

Suits: Greenwoods

Bride’s dress: Mandy Sisson

Photographer: KJ Willan Photography 07793 879 774 www.kjwillanphotography.co.uk