Proud occasion as couple say ‘I do’ on seafront

Nigel and Diane Atherton
Nigel and Diane Atherton
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A beach themed wedding was perfect for the seafront location chosen by Blackpool couple Nigel Atherton and Diane Buckley for their big day.

The nursing home workers were married at an evening ceremony at Blackpool Wedding Chapel surrounded by family and friends.

Nigel, 52, and Diane, 51, chose the venue because of their love of holidays and with help from their family they made all the decorations, including corks with sixpences, balloons and standing beach cartoons for a bespoke day.

The couple both work at Acorn Nursing Home, Diane a nurse manager and Nigel a cook, and that was where they met.

Diane said: “Our first kiss was on our way into Flares and I remember telling Nigel we would be married within three years and things worked out that way!

“When he proposed, I had already seen the ring and I told him I liked it so he went and bought it.

“Nigel’s mum lived with us at the time and was terminally ill.

“She was so happy when she saw the ring and kissed it. The week after she peacefully passed away at home.

“We then decided mum passed knowing everyone was happy so we started to plan the wedding.

“The build up was very stressful but the day itself was an emotional one as it was a day where we also remembered our absent friends and family. Ellie, the eldest flower girl wrote a reading by herself. It was tear jerking as the words from an eight-year-old were overwhelming especially when she mentioned about the ones looking down on us and how our grandchildren could never wish for a better nanny and grandad.”

Staff from the nursing home attended and so did one of the residents who was able to make it before she passed away while the couple were on their honeymoon.

It was also a proud occasion for Diane as her son Michael was able to give her away.

“I feel our wedding was special to lots of people for many different reasons. We have six grandchildren between us now and they stole the day.”

Nigel said: “The day, the weather and the company was excellent.

“The whole wedding party looked stunning and as for my new wife, she looked like she had walked off the catwalk.

“I would love to do it again just so I could take it all in as it went so fast.

“And I was not even drunk! To be honest it was the best day of my life.”

Nigel and Diane, of Tarnbrook Drive, Grange Park, held a reception at the Savoy Hotel and honeymooned in Maryland, USA where they stayed with family.