If there is anything love and marriage have proven over the years, it's that anything is possible when both partners want to be together. Meet the UK bride who lost her eyesight to a medical procedure that was meant to save it.
Despite the odds, she managed to organise her wedding without the ability to see - from her wedding dress to the venue, all with the help of family, friends, and her fiancé.
When she was seven years old, Sassy fell from a swing and broke her arm, which triggered juvenile idiopathic arthritis. By age 10, she was making use of a wheelchair for mobility. Through the help of physiotherapy, she began walking again when she turned 14. However, her doctor warned that the arthritis could affect her eyesight in the future. In 2007, she experienced blurred vision, which resulted in constantly inflamed and watery eyes.
Later that year, she enrolled at a specialist college for the blind, to learn Braille and take her A-Levels. She could only see faces and books up close.
“After my operation in September 2013, the doctor shone a light into my eyes, but I couldn’t see anything. My eye had ruptured during surgery, and he had been unable to save my sight,” Sassy told The Sun UK's Ruth Addicott.
She met Grant in 2014, who later proposed in 2017.
“It was hard because I couldn’t look at wedding magazines. Grant promised that he would help me plan everything, so we started looking at venues, and he would describe each room to me, including colours and textures,” the bride explained.
Eventually, the couple settled on a converted barn in Cornwall.
For the process of choosing a dress, Sassy relied on her visually impaired friends; they were able to feel and touch the dress and imagine the dress as she does. “The biggest challenge was finding a dress. I tried on 25 dresses with my mum and 20-year-old sister Jordan, and they told me I looked beautiful in every one, but I felt lost as I couldn’t see.
"Needing an honest opinion, I asked my two best friends, Lauren, 31, who is completely blind, and Ellie, 29, who is visually impaired, to help,” she said.
The newlyweds are planning to go on honeymoon next year in St. Lucia. They are also planning to start a family together.
“Our wedding day was perfect. In his speech, Grant said that he’d never met anyone as strong as me, which meant the world. Being blind didn’t hold me back from planning my big day. Now I feel unstoppable.”
Additional sources: Sources: The Sun UK, News Laportale