Park life wedding

HAPPY COUPLE: Daniel Halsall and Charlotte Defilippis become the first to get married at Avenham Park Pavillion

HAPPY COUPLE: Daniel Halsall and Charlotte Defilippis become the first to get married at Avenham Park Pavillion

A young couple have made history after being the first couple to get married in a popular city park.

Charlotte and Daniel Halsall tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at the Pavilion in Preston’s Avenham Park.

The pair, who live close to the park, settled on the venue, because of its sentimental value to them as a couple.

They walk their dogs by the River Ribble to the park and have spent many a happy memory in the beautiful surroundings.

Charlotte, 27, who works for a firm of solicitors, said: “It was amazing, I can’t really explain it, it has been such a whirlwind, when it happened it was such a lovely, happy day.

“The venue looked amazing, all the staff went out of their way to make it special.

“It was so beautiful.”

The couple, who have been together for just over two years, have lived in Preston for two years.

Daniel, 28, is originally from Ormskirk and works as a PE teacher.

Charlotte is originally from London and her parents and brother journeyed up from the capital for the big day.

They were joined by a total of 24 guests and their dogs Bella, a Boxer and Beau, a black Labrador, were the unofficial bridesmaids.

“It did exceed my expectations,” Charlotte said, “It was up to us to decorate the venue but the staff at the park were so so helpful. It was amazing.

“It is so nice to have that memory for the rest of our life. We will be able to walk past and say ‘that is where we got married.’

“Dan loves history - now he is a part of it!”

The pair aren’t jetting off on honeymoon just yet - but they will be heading for the sunshine in the New Year when they up sticks and move to Abu Dhabi where Daniel were take up a PE teaching role.

Coun Veronica Afrin, Mayor of Preston, said: “Avenham and Miller Parks are a special place for many people and we’re delighted that Dan and Charlotte have chosen this unique venue to celebrate their special day and that they will be able to declare that they were the first couple ever to get married in these historic parks. We wish them a long, happy and successful future together.

“It’s wonderful that these stunning Grade 2* listed Victorian parklands are now an approved venue for civil weddings and partnership ceremonies and lets hope this is the first of many weddings that are held here.”




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