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Ashbourne comes out to wish Kelly and Simon well for a very special wedding

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

  • Top, Kelly and Simon step out of their carriage. Above, signing the marriage register. Above right, their horse and carriage.

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A BRIDE should always arrive at her wedding in style. And stylish arrivals don't come much more appropriate to the former coaching town of Ashbourne than a coach and horses.

The soon-to-be Kelly Mahoney, 70, was determined to enjoy every moment of her glamorous journey despite her arthritis, replacement knees, hips and heart condition making it difficult for her to climb on board.

"It took nearly 15 minutes", she chuckled, adding how one of the many neighbours that had gathered ran into her house, in the Park Road estate, to lend her a step.

"Once I was in there, I felt like the Queen.

"People were coming out of shops and pubs to take photos of us and some were standing in their gardens waving. It was just amazing."

The coach and horses which took Kelly and 67-year-old Simon Mahoney, to their ceremony at Ashbourne Library, in Compton, was a dream come true, arranged in secret by the groom.

But for Simon, who met Kelly in an internet chat room four years ago, getting a horse and carriage to arrive was no walk in the park, either.

Since May last year, his vision has been attacked by the rapid worsening of a glaucoma condition he has lived with for 30 years. He has now lost about 90% of his sight.

But, with the help of a friend, Simon made Kelly's dream come true and they were greeted by about 50 guests at the ceremony.

Kelly, who was born in the Isle of Man and moved to Ashbourne with Simon two years ago said: "He knew I wanted a coach and horses but I had no idea he was actually doing it.

"When I saw it, I thought, 'Oh, he's done it. He's done exactly what I wanted'. I was absolutely gobsmacked."

From Compton, the newlyweds were taken to the Stepping Stones pub, in Carnation Way, where their guests joined them for a meal.

"It was a wonderful day", said Kelly. "It was everything we hoped for and we have come away with some wonderful memories."

When Simon and Kelly met online, they were simply looking for friends. Kelly was caring for her late husband who was suffering terribly with dementia.

Simon, a freelance artist and former Royal Marine officer, moved in to help Kelly care for her husband, who passed away not long after they all moved to Ashbourne.

Their bond through this difficult time had grown so strong that love began to blossom but Kelly, a potter, admitted that she knew when they first met they would forever be inseparable.

Mr and Mrs Mahoney are now enjoying their lives together at their home in Brookside.

The house, which is being steadily adapted to help Simon, since losing his vision, is also home to pieces of art they have both created, plus their six dogs.

They also enjoy the wildlife that comes to visit their garden, which overlooks fields.

And, despite their conditions, they are still full of life and able to enjoy each other's company, embarking on their new journey as a married couple.

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