Everyone deserves to love and be loved. People may perceive that those with Down syndrome may struggle finding their “perfect” marriage partners, but in reality, like anyone else, individuals with the condition can get married and have meaningful lives too, provided that they’ve found their significant other.
There are many examples of couples with Down syndrome getting married, and one of them was Polly Gibson and Joe Minogue—who celebrated their love with a unicorn-themed wedding attended by 200 guests in May 2016.
“The greatest thing is to love and be loved in return,” Polly Gibson told Rock n Roll Bride.
As fate would have it, Polly found the love of her life while studying at Central Sussex College in Sussex, United Kingdom. She met Joe, also a student at the college, and they were instantly attracted to each other.
Sharing an “amazing” connection, Polly and Joe fell in love.
“They constantly check on each other, help each other, are very kind and thoughtful with each other,” Polly’s mom, Janet Gibson, told The Huffington Post. “Polly is the bossy one, Joe is more down to earth. He adores her. They are totally at ease with each other and they each respect the other.”
After eight years of dating, Polly and Joe decided to tie the knot.
For their dream wedding, the couple with Down syndrome “wanted to achieve a festival feel” that their guests would be excited to attend.
And certainly—and as what they had hoped for—their wedding held at Brewerstreet Farmhouse in Surrey, England, in May 2016, was a fun and festive celebration filled with music, dancing, unicorns, colorful decors, as well as love!
The couple’s magical unicorn-themed wedding featured a unicorn throne, and an impressive multi-colored, three-tiered sprinkles cake with the words Polly and Joe.
“The main things that made our wedding different are that we both have Down’s Syndrome. Also we had a unicorn throne to sit on which was the most amazing talking point of the day!” Polly said.
To add to the festive vibes, the venue was decorated with handmade pastel-colored bunting, a plant and flower stall, helium balloons in pink and blue, alongside tables adorned with bunches of beautiful wild flowers. And the guests wore “wedfest” wristbands and were given chutneys and jams as wedding favors.
Polly and Joe, both keen dancers and singers, even invited a family band, their own celebrant Vivienne, as well as the Rat Pack Boys as singing waiters to bring the house down.
“For our ceremony we had Vivienne, a humanist celebrant, who came to meet us at home to find out all about us. She wrote the service with our help and made it unique for us. Joe’s brother Harry was best man and made a funny speech during the service, and so did my Godfather Jonny,” Polly said.
Polly wore an elegant lilac-patterned white gown with a long white veil on her big day.
The charming bride and her father walked down the red carpet to the song “When you Wish Upon a Star,” whilst Joe and his brothers walked down the red carpet to “You’ve got a Friend in Me.”
“We both love to sing and dance and we chose our favorite songs to play,” Polly said.
“I do, I do, I do” was played before Polly and Joe said their wedding vows in front of 200 friends and family members. The couple also danced to “Come What May” before exchanging their wedding rings that were made of vintage silver sugar tongs.
“Our favorite parts of the day were saying I do, exchanging rings and dancing to Labyrinth,” Polly shared.
After the exchange of vows and rings, “I’m a Believer” was heard as specks of confetti were scattered around the bride and groom.
Speaking to BBC nearly nine months after the magical wedding, Polly said: “It feels like love’s dream. The best thing in the whole wide world.”
Polly also admitted, “You looked like a dream husband, looking all grown up in your lovely blue suit.”
She added, “You feel like a lovely strong person, and I want to spend my life being with you.”
“We are going to be happy ever after. Love from Polly Anna Gibson Minogue,” Polly told Joe, looking tenderly into his eyes, in footage captured by BBC Radio 5 live.
The couple hoped to share their inspiring story and “touch the lives” of other people with disabilities.
“My advice to other couples, especially to young adults with special needs, is to live the dream, believe in yourselves and that anything can be possible,” Polly said.
Their beautiful video posted on YouTube has choked many social media users with emotion.
One user wrote: “I’m crying such happy tears. This is truly beautiful. Love in its purest form.”
While another commented: “I work with adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and this just melts my heart to see this being done for them.”
“LOVED IT…just beautiful…. her wedding dress was gorgeous. And the decorations ..omgosh!! Stunning,” a third one wrote.
Polly and Joe, you are a lovely couple, perfect for each other! Wishing you both a lifetime of everlasting love and happiness!
Watch the video: