Kieran Duffy and Emmie Houckham had to overcome all sorts of barriers to reach their big day. After they were both born with Down’s Syndrome, they have had to spend most of their lives being told what they can’t do. However, at each turn, they kept proving the doubters wrong.
According to the Daily Mail, Kieran recently married the girl of his dreams, Emmie, in a beautiful wedding ceremony which the couple planned almost every detail of themselves, from table decorations to the songs.
Kieran’s mom, Tessa, says the pair “are no different to any other young couple.” 21-year-old Emmie absolutely adores Kieran as well making their union a match made in heaven.
The two first met 6 years ago at a camp for people requiring additional needs and were instantly drawn to each other according to Kent Online.
From there, their love story has grown through ups and downs until the moment Kieran proposed to his sweetheart on Boxing Day, 2016. He popped the question by serenading Emmie with a rendition of Wham!’s classic I’m Your Man before he getting down on one knee with with a pink and sapphire ring in hand.
Following advice from family, the couple lived together for a few months in Bearsted, Maidstone, Kent, before they wed.
“They didn’t end up killing each other and so the wedding plans were put firmly on track.” Tessa joked.
The couple’s wedding day took place on August 23 of this year and it was absolutely beautiful. The pair exchanged traditionally inspired vows and encouraged guests to “meet, speak to, and laugh with strangers.”
At their wedding, the couple chose to play songs that meant a lot to them, including “The Wonder of You” by Elvis Presley and Adelle’s “Make You Feel My Love”. There was also a reading of the lyrics to “You’re The One That I Want.”
Kieran’s mom, Tessa revealed, “They really complement each other well. Say if they go out to a restaurant they’ve not been to before, Kieran might struggle to read the menu, whereas Emmie would be able to do so fluently.”
“But if they needed to ask for help, for example, Kieran has more confidence, so he wouldn’t be afraid to do that. They’ve got a really lovely relationship – it’s not a game for them, it’s real.” She added.
Many congratulations to Kieran and Emmie, we are happy you two found a love so real and fulfilling.
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