ALL parents are proud on their daughter’s wedding day but for a Murrow couple it was especially poignant as it was a day they thought they would never see.
Julianne Walters looked as radiant and happy as any other bride when she tied the knot recently with her long-term sweetheart Andrew Hardingham.
Sonnet Walters, Julianne’s proud mum, explained her daughter was diagnosed with learning difficulties as a young child and doctors warned her and her husband David that Julianne would never be able to work and would probably spend most of her life in care.
But determined Julianne has proved them all wrong, not only has the 41-year-old been able to live an independent life, she has also worked full-time since leaving school.
In fact it was while working as a housemaid at Park House, the Leonard Cheshire respite hotel based in Princess Diana’s childhood home next to Sandringham, that Julianne met Andrew.
The couple have been courting for seven years and share a home in Dersingham, while they both still work at Park House.
They were married at West Newton church on July 28 and have just returned from a honeymoon in Derbyshire.
“We are so proud of Julianne, she has had to battle all her life to achieve things other people take for granted. She has had to put up with people taking advantage of her over the years because of her difficulties.
“But now she has finally had her dream come true and I have never seen her so happy,” said Sonnet.
The couple’s wedding day was made extra special with Julianne’s brother David and his wife Janine booking a horse and carriage through local firm Kings Carriages to take Julianne from Sandringham to the church.
Andrew is the son Robert Hardingham of Babbingley and the late Christine Hardingham.
The couple were attended by bridesmaids: Sonnet Walters and Shelby Butcher (bride’s nieces), Charlie Drage (bride’s cousin) and pageboys: Davey and Harley Walters (bride’s nephews).