Helen McConnell ties the knot with Manchester United star Jonny Evans

Helen McConnell
Helen McConnell
Manchester United footballer Jonny Evans and Helen McConnell after their wedding at Clough Presbyterian Church, County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 1, 2013. See PA story SOCIAL Evans. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Manchester United footballer Jonny Evans and Helen McConnell after their wedding at Clough Presbyterian Church, County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 1, 2013. See PA story SOCIAL Evans. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Bride Helen McConnell arrives for her wedding to Manchester United footballer Jonny Evans as at Clough Presbyterian Church, County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 1, 2013. See PA story SOCIAL Evans. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Bride Helen McConnell arrives for her wedding to Manchester United footballer Jonny Evans as at Clough Presbyterian Church, County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 1, 2013. See PA story SOCIAL Evans. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Manchester United footballer Jonny Evans and Helen McConnell kiss after their wedding at Clough Presbyterian Church, County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 1, 2013. See PA story SOCIAL Evans. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Bride Helen McConnell arrives for her wedding to Manchester United footballer Jonny Evans as at Clough Presbyterian Church, County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 1, 2013. See PA story SOCIAL Evans. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Diane McConnell, mother of the bride, Helen McConnell, arrives for her wedding to Manchester United footballer Jonny Evans as at Clough Presbyterian Church, County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 1, 2013. See PA story SOCIAL Evans. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
1/6/2013. Members of the public are allowed in to watch to the wedding of Helen McConnell to Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star Jonny Evans at Clough Presbyterian Church in County Antrim this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
1/6/2013. Ken McConnell, the father of Helen McConnell, who married his daughter to Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star Jonny Evans at Clough Presbyterian Church in County Antrim this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
1/6/2013. Former United team mate John O'Shea at the wedding of Jonny Evans, Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star and Helen McConnell at Clough Presbyterian Church in County Antrim this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
1/6/2013. Helen McConnell now Evans and her new husband Jonny Evans, Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star, after their wedding at Clough Presbyterian Church in County Antrim this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
1/6/2013. Former United team mate Darren Gibson at the wedding of Jonny Evans, Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star and Helen McConnell at Clough Presbyterian Church in County Antrim this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
1/6/2013. Manchester United security staff watch over events at the wedding of Helen McConnell to Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star Jonny Evans at Clough Presbyterian Church in County Antrim this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
1/6/2013. Wellwishers young and old take cover at the wedding of Helen McConnell to Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star Jonny Evans at Clough Presbyterian Church in County Antrim this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
1/6/2013. Guests displaying killer heels at the wedding of Helen McConnell to Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star Jonny Evans at Clough Presbyterian Church in County Antrim this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
1/6/2013. Helen McConnell now Evans and her new husband Jonny Evans, Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star, after their wedding at Clough Presbyterian Church in County Antrim this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
1/6/2013. Members of the public are allowed in to watch to the wedding of Helen McConnell to Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star Jonny Evans at Clough Presbyterian Church in County Antrim this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
1/6/2013. Former United team mate John O'Shea at the wedding of Jonny Evans, Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star and Helen McConnell at Clough Presbyterian Church in County Antrim this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
1/6/2013. Ken McConnell, the father of Helen McConnell, who married his daughter to Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star Jonny Evans at Clough Presbyterian Church in County Antrim this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
1/6/2013. Former United team mate Darren Gibson at the wedding of Jonny Evans, Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star and Helen McConnell at Clough Presbyterian Church in County Antrim this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
SUNDAY LIFE- News Former Man United player David May at the Wedding of Manchester United footballer Jonny Evans and Man United TV reporter Helen McConnell at Clough Presbyterian Church. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 1-05-2013
SUNDAY LIFE- News Alex Bruce at the Wedding of Manchester United footballer Jonny Evans and Man United TV reporter Helen McConnell at Clough Presbyterian Church. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 1-05-2013
SUNDAY LIFE- News former Manchester United footballer Colin Murdock at the wedding of Man United TV reporter Helen McConnell and Man U defender Jonny Evans at Clough Presbyterian Church. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 1-05-2013
SUNDAY LIFE- News Fans wait to see Manchester United footballer Jonny Evans and Man United TV reporter Helen McConnell married at Clough Presbyterian Church. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 1-05-2013
SUNDAY LIFE- News Fans wait to Manchester United footballer Jonny Evans marry Man United TV reporter and Clough local girl Helen McConnell at Clough Presbyterian Church. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 1-05-2013
SUNDAY LIFE- News Former Man United player Darren Gibson with Manchester United footballer Jonny Evans. Evans married Man United TV reporter Helen McConnell at Clough Presbyterian Church. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 1-05-2013
1/6/2013. Mrs McConnell the bride's mother arrives for her daugthers wedding to Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star Jonny Evans at Clough Presbyterian Church in County Antrim this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
1/6/2013. Former Manchester United footballer David May arrives for the wedding of Helen McConnell to Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star Jonny Evans at Clough Presbyterian Church in County Antrim this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
1/6/2013. Wellwishers young and old take cover at the wedding of Helen McConnell to Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star Jonny Evans at Clough Presbyterian Church in County Antrim this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
1/6/2013. Guests arrive for the wedding of Helen McConnell to Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star Jonny Evans at Clough Presbyterian Church in County Antrim this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
SUNDAY LIFE- News Rev Ken McConnell and his wife Diane McConnell at the Wedding of their daughter Man United TV reporter Helen McConnell to Manchester United footballer Jonny Evans at Clough Presbyterian Church. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 1-05-2013
SUNDAY LIFE- News Sunderland player John O'Shea at the Wedding of Manchester United footballer Jonny Evans and Man United TV reporter Helen McConnell at Clough Presbyterian Church. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 1-05-2013
SUNDAY LIFE- News Manchester United footballer Jonny Evans marries Man United TV reporter Helen McConnell at Clough Presbyterian Church. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 1-05-2013
MUTV presenter Helen McConnell and Manchester United player Jonny Evans Centre
Jonny Evans and girlfriend Helen McConnell
Helen McConnell
Helen McConnell
Helen McConnell

She grew up in a football-mad family, loves all kinds of sports and works as a part-time model and presenter.

So it's little wonder Manchester United's Belfast-born star Jonny Evans was attracted to local lass Helen McConnell when she interviewed him for the club's own channel, MUTV.

The 25-year-old former Belfast Wellington College pupil and sports studies graduate from the University of Ulster caught Evans' eye and the pair began dating in 2011. They will tie the knot today at Clough Presbyterian Church, near Ballymena, in a ceremony conducted by Helen's father, the Rev Kenneth McConnell.

The blonde beauty, who is still on the books of Belfast model agency Style Academy, moved to Manchester several years ago with fellow model and close friend Julie Doherty. Helen, a keen sports fan, was a freelance reporter on Irish League games, motorsports, hockey and even fishing while still a student, before landing her dream job with MUTV.

According to the channel's website, Helen grew up watching football and playing the game in the back garden with her two older brothers. The family, including Rev McConnell, are all diehard United fans. Rev McConnell told a local newspaper he had been to see the Red Devils play many times. Helen's brother Nathan is a former Cliftonville and Ballymena United player.

The website states: "Rather than being forced into loving football and Manchester United, it came naturally to her and so from a young age Manchester United was the only team Helen knew anything about."

As a life-long fan of the club, she attends every home game and travels to as many away games as possible. Given her close connections with the club, she has formed friendships with several Man Utd WAGS, including Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen. She is also a good friend of Shauna Muamba, wife of retired Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a heart attack during a match last year.

Shauna will miss today's nuptials but sent good luck messages via Twitter. Shauna wrote: "I want to see loads of pictures. You're gonna look and feel beautiful. Really happy for you."

Style Academy boss Tracey Hall said Helen will be a stunning bride. She said: "Helen is a very popular, bubbly, sporty girl, who joined our books when she was a Sunday Life cover girl finalist in 2004. Although she's not tall enough for catwalk, she is a very popular choice for photographic work because she has a great face. She fronted one of Victoria Square's early spring/summer fashion campaigns for billboards, modelling everything from maxi dresses to lingerie to swimwear.

"She was also one of the 'Morganettes' for Captain Morgan's rum. You have to be pretty confident to do that because you have to put on a US accent and get up and dance. So I wasn't surprised to hear she was presenting for MUTV.

"She's still on our books but has obviously been very busy recently. Though, after the wedding, I'm expecting a flurry of bookings for her."

The former hockey player runs three times a week and does regular 10k events.

On her MUTV biography, however, she admits to one weakness – an "unhealthy obsession" with a fast food outlet. "When I first moved to Manchester I was eating 3-4 a week, but try to limit myself to one a week now," she says.

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