Second chance at love
- IRT William Beach Gardens residents Jess and John met and were married at the community
- They first met playing cards
- Jess and John were overjoyed to find each other
- IRT Group CEO Patrick Reid was a wedding guest
Love found IRT William Beach Gardens’ residents John Smith and Jess Lewis, who were married in 2018.
Jess Lewis and John Smith, two IRT residents, were married in the very place they met – the hall at Akuna Cottage, IRT William Beach Gardens. The couple met in late 2017 and were married on 17 August 2018.
Their first meeting was around the card table when they joined two other residents in a game of cards. This turned into a daily event and they now play every day, except for Christmas Day.
After a few weeks of their daily card games John plucked up the courage to ask Jess on a date.
“I remember walking down the hall with Jess to her room and I said to Jess ‘would you like to go for a cup of coffee?’ and Jess said, ‘don’t you hit on me’. ”
After this false start John upped his game and called Jess every day to chat when she went to visit family in Newcastle for Christmas. His persistence paid off and Jess loved their daily chats.
“He called me every day and we would talk for ages,” says Jess, remembering the time fondly. “It just went on from there. We fell in love.”
The couple have an easy camaraderie with each other, they joke together but you can clearly see the affection they have for one another.
“We joke a lot but coming down to the nitty-gritty, we love each other,” John says.
It seems like these two lovebirds were meant to meet. One day Jess was showing John some of her favourite photos and he recognised someone very familiar in the background of one of her shots.
The image was taken six years ago at the local yacht club and is of Jess sitting by herself smiling at the camera with only one person in the background – John.
“I couldn’t believe it when he pointed it out,” Jess recalls.
When asked what it’s like to fall in love at this stage of their lives they both say that although it was unexpected, they are both overjoyed.
“We’re happy, we are. Life is too short not to be,” says John.
“As long as we’re both happy, that’s the main thing,” Jess agrees.
IRT Group CEO Patrick Reid also attended the couple’s special day.