Back in July, 1996 a special couple said “I do” to each other. Despite the people that didn’t believe that they had any chance at a happy future together and function as a married couple, Maryanne and Tommy Pilling defied the odds. Now, they’re a wonderful example of true love standing the test of time even though people didn’t support their decision years ago.
It has been twenty-two-years since they wed and the pair is still going strong. They live next to Maryanne’s mom in Essex with her sister and her family just a few houses down. They never argue and love each other unconditionally.
But years earlier, this fairy-tale almost didn’t happen. Maryanne 46 and Tommy 59, faced significant challenges in their lives and both have Down syndrome. The love story began at a local training center for people with learning difficulties. It was admirable how sweet and innocent their relationship was. After 18 months of dating, Tommy just knew that Maryanne was the one and asked her to marry him. He proposed with a toy ring from a vending machine but first asked her mom for permission to marry her.
Even though Maryanne’s mom gave her blessing, sadly others didn’t approve. Her sister Linda Newman told People that their mom received “a lot of flak” for supporting them. Anyways, considering how many marriages end in divorce, this is a love story that has withstood the tests of time and negativity.
“Their relationship is so special because it is pure; they don’t understand bad emotions of hate.”
In July 1995 the couple shared a beautiful church ceremony by friends and family and Maryanne’s mom had taken Tommy to buy her a “proper ring.” Ever since Maryanne was little, she dreamed of a big white wedding and that’s what she had.
“That’s exactly what she had. It was a beautiful day.
You can clearly see in their wedding photos how truly in love they are. Linda has even shared their blissful story on Facebook and Instagram.
“They love one another dearly, respect one another and are completely honest.”
While Maryanne gushed to People about being married to Tommy.
“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. Tommy and I never argue. I love my husband very much. He is my best friend.”
Watch how their sweet love story unfolds and a special dance they shared.