Couple With Down Syndrome Recently Celebrated 22 Years Of Marriage
Tommy Pilling and Maryanne met each other and fell in love in the 1990s. They both have Down Syndrome.
Tommy was ready to propose to her after dating for 18 months. He even went to Linda, her mom, to ask her permission. He was ready with a toy ring he won in a vending machine.
Linda immediately said yes, however she wanted it to be a proper proposal, so she took Tommy to a ring store.
Maryanne immediately said yes to Tommy’s proposal. They couldn’t wait to share their life with each other.
They were the first couple with Down Syndrome to get married, and as such they were met with widespread criticism.
However, they weren’t deterred. They married in a church in the U.K. in 1995.
Maryanne’s sister Lindi said, “The day Maryanne met Tommy she came home with the biggest smile on her face. She couldn’t stop talking about him and asked if he could come for dinner.”
However, people didn’t appreciate the couple with Down Syndrome getting married. Linda was also met with a lot of criticism.
Lindi explained, “She received a lot of flak at the time for letting them get married but she insisted it was their decision.”
“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.”
The wedding day indeed was very special and beautiful for the couple and their families.
Maryanne looked like a princess in a white gown and a tiara.
Tommy looked dashing in a a white button-down with a tie.
They were absolutely in love!
Maryanne and Tommy recently celebrated their 22nd anniversary!
They might both have Down Syndrome, but they have a marriage most people ought to aspire to!
In a Facebook page, Lindi has shared pictures of the couple all through the 22 years of them being together.
They’ve received a lot of love and support from people. One commenter said, “You are a beautiful couple <3 many more years together.”
Another read, “I don’t normally write on pages but I’ve just read your story and would like to say you are both an inspiration to everyone. Love comes in all forms and yours should be celebrated not criticised and judged. Wishing you both many more happy years together in the future xx.”
True love is real, and it can come in all forms.
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