CUD­DLE STREET

For­get Strug­gle Street. Here’s a re­al­ity TV story about a young Mt Druitt cou­ple that will warm your heart.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jenny Gal­braith

A WHALAN cou­ple who wanted a no-fuss wed­ding will now share their spe­cial day with the rest of Aus­tralia when they star in a new re­al­ity tele­vi­sion show.

Jared and Re­nee Downs are fea­tured in Hatch, Match & Dis­patch, an ABC se­ries about the Registry of Births, Deaths and Mar­riages.

The cou­ple, who were ex­pect­ing a baby, were mar­ried at the Par­ra­matta registry of­fice in Septem­ber, and their story was cap­tured by a film crew on the day.

Five months on and the cou­ple are the very proud par­ents of a beau­ti­ful daugh­ter, Is­abelle, who ar­rived in Novem­ber.

“We got en­gaged in Jan­uary and then found out I was preg­nant in March,” Mrs Downs, 21, said.

“We got mar­ried in Septem­ber and then she was born in Novem­ber, so it was quite a big year for us.”

They de­cided to go for a sim­ple wed­ding at the registry of­fice, and in­vited a small num­ber of friends and fam­ily to share the day.

“I hate com­pli­cated. If you know me at all you know I don’t like fuss or frills or what­ever, it was just very easy,” Mr Downs, 22, said.

They en­joyed be­ing in­volved in the show, and will be see­ing it for the first time with ev­ery­one else when it screens next Thurs­day.

“It’s ex­cit­ing but I’m ner­vous at the same time,” Mrs Downs said.

The cou­ple got to­gether more than two years ago, af­ter Mr Downs fi­nally con­vinced his now wife to go on a date with him.

We got en­gaged in Jan­uary and then found out I was preg­nant in March. We got mar­ried in Septem­ber and then she was born in Novem­ber, so it was quite a big year for us

– Re­nee Downs

“He kept ask­ing me out and I kept say­ing no,” she said.

“My friend was say­ing ‘just give him a chance, he’s a good guy’, and I’m like, why not, I’ll let him take me out to din­ner one time, and then here we are mar­ried.”

De­spite Mr Downs’ aver­sion to fuss, his pro­posal proved he does have a ro­man­tic side.

“We were up in Queens­land at the time ... and you could see the beach be­cause we were on the 15th floor,” Mrs Downs said.

“He ran down there, and wrote ‘will you marry me’ in mas­sive let­ters in the sand.

“He said ‘look out be­fore it washes away’, so I got up and looked out, and then he got down on one knee. It was very cute.”

The cou­ple are plan­ning to have a few friends over to watch the show when it airs next Thurs­day.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Re­nee and Jared Downs’ wed­ding day will fea­ture on ABC TV show Hatch, Match & Dis­patch.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Jared and Re­nee Downs now have a daugh­ter, Is­abelle, who was born in Novem­ber.

The TV show fol­lows the cou­ple’s story as they tie the knot at the Par­ra­matta registry of­fice.

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