Couple’s wedding reunites family with Australian relatives

Helen and Paul leave the Baptist Church after the ceremony EMN-150921-103305001
Helen and Paul leave the Baptist Church after the ceremony EMN-150921-103305001
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Helen Jesson’s wedding day was made extra special by her beloved niece Georgia Gordon and other relatives jetting 10,000 miles from Australia to be there.

The 53-year-old, from Leicester Road, Melton, tied the knot on Saturday with fiancee Paul Gowtridge at Hose Baptist Church.

The wedding couple at the reception with bridesmaids and Australian guests EMN-150921-103559001

The wedding couple at the reception with bridesmaids and Australian guests EMN-150921-103559001

It is 10 years since the family were last together and that was for Georgia’s wedding after she decided to hold it in Hose because her grandparents couldn’t make the trip Down Under.

Helen, who has Down’s Syndrome, was Georgia’s bridesmaid for her wedding and Georgia wanted to return the favour at the weekend.

Georgia said: “The service was fantastic, an emotional day for everyone. I’m the luckiest person in the world to have an auntie like Helen.

“In fact, anyone who knows Helen is a lucky person. Her love is infectious. If only there were more people like Helen in the world.

“She is a caring sister, a beautiful auntie, a devoted friend to so many, and now a loving wife.

“Helen has brought so much happiness to people’s lives.”

Helen’s other bridesmaid, Trish Wheeler, has been her support worker and friend for 10 years.

A 16-seater stretch Hummer transported the family from the church to the reception at Hose Village Hall - only about 200m down the road The hall was packed with over 100 friends and family.

The couple set off for honeymoon in the Lake District and many of their wedding guests have been there with them.

Georgia added: “Helen’s brother Peter did an incredible job co-ordinating the wedding, not to mention converting his home into an Australian guest-house.

“It was so wonderful having the entire family together under one roof after so many years, not only in the lead-up to the wedding, but also for the honeymoon.”