Redrow representative takes a vital role in homebuyers’ surprise wedding

Posted 13 April 2016 by Keith Osborne

A sales executive from Redrow Homes suddenly found herself playing a vital role in a homebuying couple's surprise wedding in Lymington, Hampshire...

Redrow sales executive Helyn Niblett got a big surprise from clients recently, when retired couple Tony and Peggy Venn, who had purchased a luxury apartment at waterside development Lymington Shores, asked her to be a witness at their secret wedding.

The couple tied the knot on 3 February in a spontaneous ceremony at Ringwood register office, with only Helyn and one other witness there to see it happen.

Peggy says: “It was New Year and we thought: we’re just going to go off and get married! We booked it and kept it secret, and asked Helyn to be our witness because she was one of the first people we met here when we were buying our new home.

“We got married and then we phoned up our children to tell them. They were shocked but were very happy for us. At our time of life we wanted to just get on with it.”

After a modest wedding breakfast at the Stanwell House Hotel in Lymington, the newly-weds returned to their new home to find a “Just Married” sign on their door, courtesy of the Redrow team.

The couple met as friends, but following the deaths of their respective partners in 2010, a romance slowly blossomed and they made a home together in Uxbridge, west London. Their new apartment at Lymington Shores is a symbol of this new chapter in their lives.

They spotted the development when on holiday in the area and were impressed by the array of high-specification one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, penthouses and four- and five-bedroom luxury detached villas available on the site.

They soon reserved their ideal two-bedroom home at the off-plan stage and were able to move in to enjoy Christmas 2015 in their new home.

Peggy recalls: “When we first passed Lymington Shores we wondered if we could get in and have a nose around. When we got back home, Tony said, ‘I could live there’. I was quite shocked! But we put the house on the market and it sold the next day. We put our deposit down and it all went from there – it was done in 10 weeks.

“Every day we wake up and think: how lucky are we? We feel we’re very lucky to live in such a lovely place, in a lovely home, and with all these lovely people around us.”

Following their own purchase, Tony’s sister Angela and her husband Alec put down a deposit for a holiday home at Lymington Shores as well.

Peggy adds: “It’s been non-stop with friends and family coming to visit us. They all think it’s wonderful and when they walk in they say, wow – because it’s a very modern building and we have gone very modern with our choices. Our old house was 200 years old!

“In fact, Tony worked as a builder for 50 years and he noticed the building was a very high standard. He was actually quite taken aback by the quality of the fixtures and fittings – he couldn’t believe it.

“We are definitely happy to have made the change. It’s the best thing we have done and we’re really thrilled with it, we can’t express how brilliant it’s been.”

Redrow’s Helyn Niblett says: “Tony and Peggy’s story is wonderful. They’re an amazing couple and I think they’re going to be very happy at Lymington Shores.”

Find out more about Lymington Shores from Redrow Homes


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