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The bank holiday weekend kicked off with a fairytale celebration as more than 100 guests crammed their way into a village church for a wedding “rivalling any in Hello! magazine”.
Kieran Duffy, 25, and Emmie Houckham, 21, tied the knot in front of scores of friends and family at All Saints Church in Staplehurst on Friday, as many couples may also have done over the long weekend, when the gloomy rain and wind of recent days made way for sunshine and temperatures approaching 30 degrees.
But their story is unique, in that they were both born with Down’s Syndrome and have battled to prove wrong those who have told them, throughout their lives, what they can’t do.
In overcoming their latest and biggest hurdle yet, the Bearsted couple successfully planned and arranged their wedding and committed their futures to one another in a beautiful ceremony filled with smiles and laughter.
As well as their vows to each other, the pair encouraged all the guests in attendance to promise to “meet, speak to and laugh with strangers” and to “return home with fabulous memories of this day”.