Couple prove love conquers all when they finally tie the knot 3



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When Helen Andre met Davy Moakes it was love at first sight, yet when the pair presented to Helen’s parents for their seal of approval on their wedding they didn’t get it. Rather than upset her parents, Helen and Davy called the whole affair off. That was 65 years ago.

While much has changed in that time, it seems the love Helen and Davy have for each other has not, and the couple finally tied the knot.


Helen Andre and Davy Moakes FINALLY get married after 65 years. Photo
Helen Andre and Davy Moakes FINALLY get married after 65 years. Photo

Davy, now 86, and his bride Helen, 82, first fell in love at art college in 1951. However, Helen’s parents had concerns that Davy wouldn’t be able to provide for his family if he followed his career path as an artist and refused to give the couple their blessing.

Helen has been married and widowed three times, while Davy lost two spouses of his own.

Yet, when the pair reconnected (thanks to Helen’s daughter and that thing you all love — social media) the flame was reignited.

Helen and Davy had a quiet ceremony at the registry office in Ripley, Derbyshire. Helen’s three children and the couple’s close friends were all in attendance.

“I couldn’t be happier, all my dreams have come true,” an elated Helen told the Daily Mail.

“When I was 19 and my mother and father stopped me marrying him I was heartbroken and I never stopped loving him…

“I have loved Davy my whole life. Now I’ve got him I’m enjoying every minute of it. I feel like a teenage again, really it’s like nothing has changed.”

Have you met and/or married the love of your life? Is there a loved one from your past you still think about fondly today?

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  1. Good for them! I hope the parents are spinning in their graves LOL So glad to see this couple are happy together at last!

  2. When I was researching family history on my husband’s family line , I found a tragic story similar to above, but with a happy ending. A male member of the family fell in love and wanted to marry a woman of a different faith, who was his secretary. These were the war years. His mother was adamantly against the marriage so it didn’t happen after his mother died. He flew the love of his life off to the city, and married her the day after his mother’s funeral.

    The intervening years were more than several decades.

    Long live ‘love’.

  3. My maternal Grandmother met a young man, fell both in love, & pregnant to him.
    Her parents’ refused to allow her to marry him.
    She last saw him walking away from where she lived, NEVER to see him again.
    She bore their son.

    She eventually met a good man, who was aware of her ‘history’, but he still married her.
    She had four daughters’.
    One of these was my Mother.

    Mum told me her Mother never forgot the first love of her life.
    This all happened at the beginning of the 20th Century.

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