Maryanne, 45, and Tommy, 59, Pilling are a couple who were both born with Down syndrome. At the time they wed, their marriage was controversial, according to the Independent. They are among the first, if not the first, couple with Down syndrome to get married in the UK. But now, 22 years later, they're still going strong.
Ms. Pilling's sister, Lindi Newman, told the Independent that their mother had "received a lot of flak at the time for letting them get married, but she insisted it was their decision." The couple had met about one and half years prior to the proposal.
She continued, "Maryanne had dreamed about a big white wedding since she was a little girl and that's exactly what she had. It was a beautiful day."
Ms. Newman added that the couple provides hope to other parents of children with Down syndrome.
When they walk down the street holding hands they make a statement but in a good way.
Some people stare, they assume people with Down's Syndrome and learning difficulties can't get married. But we also get so many lovely lovely messages from people who are inspired by their story.
Ms. Pillings told the Independent,
My wedding was the best day of my life. I was shocked when Tommy proposed but I didn't have to think twice about saying yes.
She added, "Tommy and I never argue. I love my husband very much. He is my best friend."
The couple has a Facebook page, managed by Ms. Newman full of sweet pictures of the couple's every day life together.
Congratulations to these two on their anniversary!