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Sheffield golden girl Jess Ennis ‘was crying tears of joy’ at wedding

18/05/2013
Picture shows olympic athlete and gold medalist Jessica Ennis MBE at her wedding to Andy Hill at Hathersage Church, Derbyshire.

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18/05/2013 Picture shows olympic athlete and gold medalist Jessica Ennis MBE at her wedding to Andy Hill at Hathersage Church, Derbyshire. Glen Minikin / rossparry.co.uk

Homegrown Olympic hero Jess Ennis wept with joy, her vicar revealed, as she capped off a golden year with marriage to her long-term love.

Jess captured the hearts of the nation when she scooped medal glory at London 2012 - but for the Sheffield girl there has only ever been one man who had hers.

The 27-year-old heptathlete first met Andy Hill when they were teenage pupils at King Ecgbert School in Dore.

Rev Catherine Tupling, who conducted the ceremony at St Michael and All Angels Church in Hathersage on Saturday, told The Star the couple were both tearful as they became man and wife.

She said: “They seemed very happy and both had big smiles on their faces.

“Jess was crying and Andy had tears in his eyes. Most brides and grooms do cry at some point.”

Rev Tupling described her role marrying the pair as ‘an honour’ - and predicted they will enjoy a life of wedded bliss.

She said: “Every wedding I do is special, every couple has their own story, but obviously with Andy and Jess there was a unique selling point.

“They’re both so down to earth and lovely, and I think they will ground each other very well.”

Around 100 guests - including Jess’ dad Vinnie, mum Alison and younger sister Carmel - watched the sweethearts get hitched.

They chose The Beatles’ classic All You Need Is Love as their music to walk down the aisle.

Details of the day had been kept under wraps - as was Jess, who arrived at the church with a cloak covering her dress. Her V-neck ivory gown with ruffled skirt and a full-length veil were a far cry from the tracksuits and trainers the world is used to seeing her in.

When asked after the ceremony how she felt, the bride replied ‘amazing’.

The Star understands Jess and Andy’s reception took place at Thornbridge Hall, Ashford in the Water.

 

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