You may have heard many love stories of ancient times from all around the world, which made you believe in the power of love. Couples like Romeo and Juliet, Heer and Ranjha, or Laila and Majnu sacrificed their lives for the sake of love.
But today, we are going to tell you the story of a couple with a unique love story to share.
After they have dated for 18 months, Tommy Pilling and Maryanne Martin from Southend-on-Sea, England, decided to tie the knot. This year, they celebrated their 23rd happy year of marriage. Anyhow, this couple’s marriage has a special twist.
Both of them are diagnosed with Down syndrome, and their beautiful marriage has withstood plenty of nasty comments from people.
Supposedly, they are thought to be the first married couple diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the UK.
Maryanne’s mother wish has always been:
“I don’t care what she achieves, I just hope… she finds somebody to love,”
It was 1990 when Tommy and Maryanne first crossed paths. Both were at attending a training course for people with disabilities.
Maryanne was 19, Tommy was 32, but there was an undeniable connection between the pair.
Tommy, who was shy and quiet, came out of his shell after meeting Maryanne.
After 18 months together Tommy proposed marriage to Maryanne. What he used to propose was a plastic ring from a vending machine. But later on, Maryanne’s mother, Linda, helped him to choose a proper ring.
Despite their parents’ persistence in getting more time to spend together, so they would know each other better, after just 5 years Tommy and Maryanne got married.
“Many people doubted them, said it was disgusting and they shouldn’t be allowed to get married.”
After the wedding, many critics who heard about the couple considered Linda as not a good mother and said the couple was “disgusting.”
“They also said it would never work,” Linda remembered.
“For me as a mother, I would have felt I’d failed her if I hadn’t acknowledged the fact that she was in love with somebody.”
“Their marriage is like a fairytale.”
After 23 years of marriage, Tommy and Maryanne still live happily together, on the same street as their families.
Maryanne works one day a week, meanwhile, both of them likes soccer, concerts, and cooking.
“Their marriage is like a fairytale and they are the most blissfully happy couple that I know. I think most of us could learn a thing or two from them!”