- Motivational speaker, Winston Clements from London, UK, first met his wife and soulmate, life coach, Mayfair at a personal development event in London in July 2018.
- Both Winston and Mayfair were building their respective businesses and with this in common, they started talking.
- Mayfair was instantly struck by Winston's personality and zest for life, which left her feeling inspired, and the pair soon became firm friends, eventually getting married a few months ago.
A TED talk speaker and diversity and inclusivity advocate, Winston (34) was born with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), a rare genetic condition that makes the bones weaker and more brittle.
It affects around one in 20 000 people and has meant Winston has suffered over 200 fractures in his lifetime, but he has never let it hold him back from becoming a successful entrepreneur.
After they first met, Winston suggested to Mayfair (23) that they start a group to support fellow entrepreneurs. After they ran their first mastermind event, Mayfair realised that her feelings for Winston ran more profound than a friendship or professional relationship. Still, she decided to keep her feelings a secret.
"Winston is one of those guys - to know Winston up close is to love him, but it was the evening after we ran our first mastermind event that I realised I was 'in love with him," shares Mayfair.
"We spent the whole evening talking, sharing parts of our history that we'd never shared with anyone before. Shortly after this we had a phone conversation that lasted sixteen hours (yep). During this chat Winston told me he was in love with me, I didn't want to say it at time but I felt the same."
Fast forward to June 2020, and Winston proposed.
"We discussed getting married in the coming months, and in true Winston fashion - he eventually made it happen," says Mayfair.
Winston explains how he planned his proposal to Mayfair and admits keeping the whole plan under wraps was challenging.
"The plan was for Mayfair and her family to visit my family for an introductory lunch at my parent's home. At some point, my sister and cousin provided a distraction by taking Mayfair out of the house - I believe they went to the local store," says Winston.
"While they were out, we decorated the space and made it look super romantic ready for me to surprise her as soon as they returned to the house. Joy, tears, relief, wonder, delight, and the presence of God are some of the things I believe we all experienced when I asked Mayfair to marry me."
About three months later, the couple got married in a beautiful ceremony in front of their close family while adhering to the UK's Covid-19 restrictions. Despite having the wedding during a pandemic, they say it was not far off what they have always wanted as they would have wanted an intimate celebration regardless.
"The highlight for me was when I saw Mayfair in her wedding dress. It had been such a whirlwind journey for us, from the time we got together, through meeting each other's families, and then getting married in the middle of a global pandemic," Winston says.
"It's safe to say that when I saw my bride coming down the aisle, the emotion hit me all at once. I guess the most overpowering emotion of them all was gratitude - to be able to have this special day, at a time like this and surrounded by all our loved ones."
After sharing pictures of their relationship milestones on Instagram, Winston and Mayfair have been inundated with messages from well-wishers who were moved by their love story.
"We had an overwhelming response from people all over the world who were moved by our story. And so we decided to use our platform to share our journey of unconventional love and hopefully inspire a lot of people along the way," says Mayfair.
Whilst the couple say that most of the comments they receive are positive, they do receive the odd negative comment questioning why an able-bodied person would want to be in a relationship with a differently-abled person. The power couple refuses to engage with online trolls and would instead focus on the overwhelmingly positive response.
"We choose to focus one-hundred per cent of our energies on continuing to encourage people through our story instead of engaging with online trolls," says Mayfair.
"We hope that our story inspires you to believe in yourself and believe that you can create a life on your own terms despite your background."
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