Stuff.co.nz 11 November 2013
After a five-year engagement and months of busking to raise funds, a Lyttelton couple have become the first to be wed in the Transitional Cathedral.
Jill Jefferies and James Dobinson, who both have Down syndrome, married on Saturday before about 100 well-wishers, family and friends. The couple had busked at the Lyttelton Farmers Market to raise money for the wedding, with Dobinson playing keyboard while Jefferies danced.
Mother-of-the-bride Margaret Jefferies said the busking money was a nice bonus with family, friends and the Lyttelton Time Bank all playing roles in helping create the couple’s wedding.
“For them, it’s a pinnacle of what they have always wanted to do,” she said. “It went really well. I’m thrilled.”
Jefferies said her daughter met Dobinson about eight years ago when they became flatmates. Love blossomed.
For the past five years the couple had lived by themselves.