A Down syndrome couple who decided to get married and live together for the rest of their lives didn’t let anything, not even a pandemic, stand in the way of their plans. Years later, they’re still going strong and impressing the globe with their unwavering devotion and sincere love.
When James Carter and Heidi Crowter first met in 2017, they immediately connected and had undeniable chemistry after a few rounds of chit-chat. They quickly came to the conclusion that they were deeply, passionately, and irrevocably in love with one another, and they gladly confirmed their love with a kiss.
The couple chose to move on in their relationship after a year together. James told Heidi that he would seek her father’s approval before proposing to her since they required their family’s support before they could move further.
Convincing Her Parents
The idea of continuing to live her mortal life with her cherished boyfriend excited Heidi. James was able to win her parents over, much to her joy, and what happened next was straight out of a fairytale.
When she saw her fiancé standing at the altar, she claimed she was overcome by unfathomable emotions.
The Romantic Proposal
James shocked his girlfriend with a romantic proposal at her favorite restaurant after getting her father’s okay. Heidi’s agreement and her eyes sparkling with love and delight made him weak in the knees even though he was previously aware of her response.
The couple couldn’t wait to start the most exciting chapter of their lives when everything went as planned. With the help of their loved ones, they planned every detail and were thrilled to have a wedding day that would live on in their memories forever.
Sadly, their grandiose wedding plans were derailed when COVID-19 caused a global lockdown. Heidi and James had to spend three months apart due to travel restrictions and social Isolation policies implemented in the UK, with the former living in Coventry and the latter staying with his family in Weymouth.
Eternalizing Their Love
After some time had passed and nothing had changed, Heidi was moved to write a letter to Boris Johnson, the current prime minister, asking him to see whether the lockdown could be lightened and the prohibition on weddings could be lifted.
Johnson fortunately allowed folks to hold scaled-down ceremonies with a smaller guest list and social distancing restrictions in place—news that Heidi found to be a breath of fresh air. Following that, Heidi, 25, and James, 26, were married in a private ceremony at Hillfields Church in Coventry on July 4, 2020.
Happy to Be Together
Even though things didn’t go as planned, Heidi and James were most thankful that they were married on the wedding date they had originally intended. Additionally, they stated that once the COVID-19 restrictions were released, they would hold a larger celebration.
More than 11,000 people watched the cute couple’s wedding live, according to sources. Their honeymoon had to be changed due to the epidemic; instead of going to Italy, they had to make do with a peaceful stay in Coventry.
Favorite TV Series
The couple has been married for two years and has been together for five years. They are still going strong and have weathered the highs and lows of life. According to Heidi, they reside in an apartment and are cared for by Jay, a beautiful person who also cooks delectable meals.
The pair, who claims to be independent, content, and yet deeply in love, enjoys watching the BBC television series. The main characters in the show share their Down syndrome, and the plot revolves around their first year of marriage. “Ralph & Katie.”
Highlighting the Positive Side
Heidi mentioned how much she and her husband enjoyed it when Ralph sent Katie flowers at work and how they always made up after disputes. The show, according to her, provided a much-needed break and demonstrated that Down syndrome may also have its advantages. Heidi said:
“Before now, every show we have seen about Down’s syndrome is always negative. It makes us feel like we aren’t valued….We feel that this programme shows everyone that our lives are valuable.”
In addition to frequently speaking out in favor of disability equality, Heidi, an advocate for Down syndrome patients, has published a book titled “I’m Just Heidi” that summarizes her life, James’ life, and their incredibly uplifting love story.