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  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!”
Claire’s couture, backless, lace and satin gown was by Leonard Derecourt Designer purchased on the Gold Coast.
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!”
The reception celebrated with 90 guests was held at Mosman’s Restaurant, Mosman Park, WA.
Photos courtesy of Dave & Charlotte.
Brides Gown: Leonard Derecourt Designer / Brides Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaids Accessories: Samantha Wills / Bridesmaids Dresses: Sana Boutique / Celebrant: The Reverend Evan Pederick / Ceremony Music: Gabrielle Mercer / Ceremony Venue: St George’s College / Entertainment: Western Sounds (DJ) / Flowers: Poppy's Flowers / Gift Registry: David Jones / Grooms Attire: Anthony Squires / Grooms Shoes: Ted Baker / Honeymoon: Bora Bora / Invitations: Smock / Makeup: Francesca Poggi / Pageboy Attire: Industrie Kids / Photographer: Dave & Charlotte / Reception Venue: Mosmans Restaurant / Rings: Protea Diamonds / Transport: Bellagio Limousines / Wedding Night Accommodation: Hilton Hotel