Our very own Royal Wedding

Marrying on Royal Wedding Day, Martin Rowlands and Louise Simpson of Castleton
Marrying on Royal Wedding Day, Martin Rowlands and Louise Simpson of Castleton

AS the most talked about event of the year, there is nothing like a Royal Wedding to upstage your own big day.

Such is the experience of the soon to be Mr and Mrs Rowlands, who booked Friday April 29 for their nuptials months before Wills popped the question to his Princess-to-be, Kate.

“They stole our day,” joked Louise Simpson (39), a credit controller from Castleton. “But when anyone asks the date we make sure they know we booked ours first.”

She added: “It works out quite well really, because it’s a bank holiday so people don’t have trouble getting the day off work.”

While Prince William made his bride, the often dubbed Waity Katy, wait eight years for a proposal, Martin (34) got down on one knee after a matter of months.

“We just knew we were right for each other,” said Louise, of their first meeting in Chesterfield nightclub, Mojo’s.

As their royal counterparts enjoy a reception at Buckingham Palace, following their 11am ceremony at Westminster Abbey, Louise and Martin will exchange vows at 3pm in Castleton Methodist Church before dining at the Bulls Head pub.

But they won’t be taking any tips from the royals when it comes to planning the affair.

And while the royal wedding may have a bottomless budget to afford world-class pomp for their ceremony, the Rowlands have still managed to trump their competition - by spreading their celebrations over two days.

“We thought it would be a little bit different, and it means people aren’t rushing about,” said Louise, who will party with her husband and 200 guests at Chesterfield’s Riverside Club.

And it’s a double celebration for the Derbyshire couple, as they are expecting their first child later this year.