Rodney plans in advance for his classic wedding to Claire

Wedding: 12/10/2013

Posted by Kellie | 19 August, 2014

It’s good to be prepared. That’s what Rodney Duffy would probably tell you – he started saving for an engagement ring just one month after meeting Claire Barrett-Lennard.

And of course such careful planning calls for a wow proposal. “The proposal was a culmination of three days of indulgence,” says Claire, 28. “On the third day…Rodney [35] suggested that I find a shell, so that he could make it into a ring for me. Shell after shell broke, until a ring was formed! I was so overjoyed with the shell version that I didn’t even expect the real one to be just one bent knee away.”

The two were married with a classic wedding on October 12, 2013 with 90 guests present. Their ceremony at St George’s College in Western Australia was made extra special by Claire’s grandmother. “My Grandmother walked the same aisle more than 60 years earlier and surprised me when she offered her hand embroidered bridal handkerchief as my ‘something old’ to have on my big day,” she smiles.

After a little slip up trying to get Rodney’s wedding ring on, Claire’s advice to other grooms-to-be – “Vaseline the wedding band!”

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Claire’s couture, backless, lace and satin gown was by Leonard Derecourt Designer purchased on the Gold Coast.

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Says Claire, “We didn’t want the night to be over have agreed, we would do it again in a heartbeat – to each other of course!”

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The reception celebrated with 90 guests was held at Mosman’s Restaurant, Mosman Park, WA.

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Photos courtesy of Dave & Charlotte.

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