Hartlepool vicar blesses his son’s marriage to former Marks & Spencer model

Father Richard Masshedar with his son James Masshedar and new daughter-in-law Laura Masshedar.
Father Richard Masshedar with his son James Masshedar and new daughter-in-law Laura Masshedar.

TWO newlyweds who tied the knot in Cyprus had their wedding blessed by the groom’s vicar father in Hartlepool at the weekend.

Former Marks and Spencer model Laura Zielinski and her sweetheart James Masshedar got married at St Paul of the Pillar Church in Paphos, Cyprus, on May 26, at 4pm, watched by 57 family members and friends.

On Saturday - again at 4pm but at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Road, Hartlepool, where James’ dad Father Richard Masshedar has been the vicar for 22 years, the pair had their marriage blessed by him.

James’ mum Julia Masshedar, 54, a mum-of-three, said 170 people attended the beautiful service, where the wedding party once again donned their dresses and smart suits.

Julia, who works for Mason and Martin Funeral home, said: “It was absolutely lovely. I was so pleased that they got married in such a beautiful church in Cyprus and to then bring the celebrations back home to our church was really special.

“Having more of their friends and members of the congregation there as well was nice.”

Julia said the blessing consisted of James, 32, and Laura, 24, from Bishop Cuthbert, entering the church together and coming before God to promise that they will fulfill all of the vows that they took during their actual wedding ceremony.

“It reaffirmed the vows they took at the wedding,” said Julia. “We were all very proud all over again, especially my husband who carried out the actual blessing.

“It was a very special day for all of our family and friends, and members of the congregation, some who have known James since he was 12 years old.”

Laura previously appeared in the Mail after winning a contest to become the face of Marks and Spencer DD+ range, and picked up a six-month contract with a modelling agency.

After a year the former Manor College student returned to complete her university studies, and is now working at town solicitors Tilly, Bailey and Irvine as a legal secretary and hopes to become a solicitor.