Joãozinho and Rosinha are a most conspicuous couple of lovebirds hailing from a small town in western Brazil called São Gotardo.
Of course, we know that love comes in all shapes and sizes, but what makes this pair so special, besides their age difference—he is 74 years old, while she is 56 years old—and besides the fact that they are both homeless and live in a local shelter together, is their unusual means of transportation for getting around town.
Rosinha has difficulties with walking, and so the couple use a wheelbarrow, incredibly, to cart her around, and from time to time, Joãozinho can be seen wheeling Rosinha throughout every corner of São Gotardo.
Which brings us to another woman hailing from the same town, a young (and beautiful) senorita named Lorena Bernardes, who knew of the couple from seeing them while they were out and about from time to time. To the best of Lorena’s recollection, the pair have been together for around 20 or so years.
But it was their unique mode of transportation in particular that inspired Lorena’s imagination. “Their love forms a trio of him, her, and the wheelbarrow,” Lorena had once said.
The enigmatic duo intrigued Lorena, and she had always wanted to tell their story. She finally got the opportunity to do just that when, at long last, Rosinha and Joãozinho celebrated their wedding at the Chapel of the St. Vicente de Paul asylum on May 12, 2018. And the wedding photos that Lorena took from the celebration are really something quite special to behold.
The chapel was charmingly decorated with colorful wheelbarrows outside—a motif of their distinctly unique love—while Lorena’s photos show the festive ceremony inside the chapel with the bride, groom, and guests filling the aisles, and the joyous couple at the banquet afterwards.
Later, Lorena shared the lively photos with the whole world by posting them on her Facebook page. And she says that the pictures tell a thousand words. “I can’t think of a more explicit manifestation of love, acceptance and being there no matter what,” she said.