Start of new life for happy couple

TODAY is the start of happy ever after for one Ipswich couple celebrating becoming newlyweds.Katie and Gavin Harvey have whisked themselves off on their honeymoon after their romantic nuptials on Saturday, one of the first ever Down's Syndrome marriages in Suffolk.

TODAY is the start of happy ever after for one Ipswich couple celebrating becoming newlyweds.

Katie and Gavin Harvey have whisked themselves off on their honeymoon after their romantic nuptials on Saturday, one of the first ever Down's Syndrome marriages in Suffolk.

Childhood sweethearts Katie, 27 and Gavin, 26, tied the knot at St Thomas the Apostle church on Cromer Road and celebrated with family and friends at their reception at The Holiday Inn at Copdock.

Speaking before her honeymoon the new Mrs Harvey said she was “very, very happy,” and looking forward to their future together.


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She said: “Gavin is my dream man, he is a real romantic. I am looking forward to everything our lives together will bring.

“I love everything about him, especially his eyes.

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“We like doing things together, like horse riding, swimming, bowling and making time for each other.

“Our plans for the future, after the wedding, we hopefully want to own our own flat.”

And the couple, are also looking forward to planning the start of their very own family.

Susannah Seyman, information officer at the Down's Syndrome Association said although it was “quite rare” having children was a real possibility.

She said there are fertility issues that can cause problems for couples with the condition, commonly associated with male fertility in particular.

“I think we will start seeing a change,” she said. “Back in history during the days of institutions women and men were kept apart so people didn't have the opportunity.

“But we will now start to see more cases where people with Down's Syndrome do have children, and there is more support available with parenting groups for parents with special needs.”

The happy couple are currently enjoying a week away at the Warners holiday resort in Lowestoft for their honeymoon.

Katie said: “We are going to be treated like royalty. They are organising a hamper for us with flowers, fruit and chocolates.”

Katie who is originally from Lowestoft said she had grand plans to show her husband around the area and of course treat him to a speciality, fish and chips.

Have you got a message for the newlyweds? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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