Meet Tommy and Maryanne, the couple who is celebrating their 24 years of marriage and with their beautiful pictures, they are considered as couple goals by their followers.
In 1995, Tommy and Maryanne Pilling fought against society and proved their doubters wrong when they tied the knot and become the first couple ever to tie the knot in Britain. Now, 24 years later, the couple is happily married and are celebrating their marriage by sharing throwback pictures and continue to inspire the world with their beautiful love story.
Tommy and Maryanne first met when they both were working in the kitchen at a local training center for people with disabilities. The two hit it off right away and soon became great friends. They eventually began dating and after 18 months of dating, Tommy proposed Maryanne and it was a yes of course! “I was shocked when Tommy proposed but I didn’t have to think twice about saying yes,” the 48-year-old told the Independent.
Nothing could stop the two from getting their fairy tale wedding, not even those who criticized their relationship. After 3 years of engagement, the couple happily got married in a beautiful ceremony with 250 guests in attendance.
Maryanne's sister Lindi Newman, on their Facebook page, reads, “When they got engaged 26 years ago many people doubted them, said it was disgusting and they shouldn’t be allowed to get married, they also said that it would never work.”
“But it’s amazing to say they are still as happy as they were 29 years ago when they first met.”
The couple has their own Facebook page where they are followed by over 60,000 fans and they keep their fans updated with their heartwarming beautiful pictures from their daily life. They have even renewed their vows twice!
The pictures showed on their Facebook page are glimpses from their daily life, sometimes just sharing a cup of coffee at a local cafe, or trying new Snapchat filters or the couple having fun on their vacations.
Maryanne's sister, Lindi says that her sister's story is a hope for the parents who have kids with Down Syndrome. “When they walk down the street holding hands they make a statement but in a good way,” she told the Independent.
With all the doubters, the couple have also got people who cheer upon them and provide their support by sending them lovely messages. “Some people stare, they assume people with Down Syndrome and learning difficulties can't get married. But we also get so many lovely messages from people who are inspired by their story.”
While the couple has got a beautiful married life, they also bear their share of struggles. 61-year-old Tommy was reportedly diagnosed with dementia five years ago, and the debilitating disease is only getting worse.
"He’s forgotten who Maryanne is a handful of times," Lindi told the Express. "It always happens really late at night. He pushes her away and says, 'I don’t know who you are' and 'I don’t love you.' Maryanne takes that to heart and is absolutely crushed and hysterical."
It was said that with Tommy's condition worsening, he may be placed in residential care and his wife may not be by his side. However, In a Facebook post from September addressing this news, Lindi wrote about the situation and condemned the media for reporting that the pair were "separating."
"Yes we're unsure of what their future will be but we take each day as it comes," she wrote. "As a family up until now we have done everything we can for them to live happy independent lives, that will never change. Every decision we make will be the best for them."