When Maryanne met Tommy Pilling 22 years ago, they were both attending a local training center in Essex, England, for people with learning disabilities. From the beginning, people remarked on their sweet and innocent relationship.
After dating just for a year and a half, they were so in love that Tommy proposed to Maryanne with a toy ring from a vending machine. To make it official, Tommy asked Maryanne’s mom for her hand in marriage, and she happily gave permission.
Maryanne’s mom was criticized heavily, because many people didn’t believe two people with Down syndrome should be married. The couple persisted, though, and married in 1995 in a beautiful ceremony that Maryanne had dreamed about all her life.
Twenty-two years later, they’re still defying the odd — and are an example of a happy enduring marriage. They live independently next door to Maryanne’s mother, with her sister and her family right in the neighborhood. They don’t argue and are completely honest with one another, according to Maryanne’s sister, Linda Newsom, regarding each other as best friends.
Watch their beautiful love story below, and see what makes their relationship so special…