A blind bride who blindfolded her guests so they could experience the day as she did said the entire room was “in tears” throughout the ceremony.
Lucy Edwards and her husband Ollie Cave, from Birmingham, spoke on Good Morning Britain about their emotional big day which recently went viral. Tic Tac after a clip showed them blindfolding guests in order to “live for a moment in Lucy’s place”.
Lucy, who lost her sight at 17, admitted her guests at their ceremony at Kew Gardens, “didn’t expect to be so choked up”, because once they lost their sight they had to “sit with their emotions.
Speaking to Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard, the 27-year-old newlywed said: “All their headbands were just in tears, I think people were like ‘why is she doing that’, you know, it’s such a time to watch the bride, but having a non-traditional time, sitting with your emotions is so overwhelming.
“Everyone was like, ‘I’ll remember this for the rest of my life, you give me goosebumps.’ » They didn’t expect to be so choked up, I think. It was so beautiful.
Blind bride Lucy Edwards, from Birmingham, and her husband Ollie Cave who blindfolded her guests, said their guests were all “in tears” and had “goosebumps”.
Ollie said he was trying to portray his bride at the altar crying for the guests.
He said: “I felt Lucy’s dress, the audio describing her throughout the process, and I felt exactly why this dress was special to you.
“My grandmother came to me and she said, ‘In 70 years, I’ve never been to such an awesome wedding.’
Ollie added: “We wanted it to be our wedding, we wanted Lucy to feel equal or not missing out on anything, we wanted her to experience every sense possible.”
Lucy said: ‘Because I live in a blind world and Ollie has experienced it with me over the last 10 years, we wondered why not, and I couldn’t look at my adorable friends and family and I did it.” I don’t want to be sad about it. I wanted to live the life that I can live in the way that I can.
The newlywed said she loved being blind, adding: “I lost my sight, but not my vision to make a difference in this world.”
She said: “I love having a disability, it’s made me a lot richer and it’s given me a purpose in this world and it’s made my relationship with Ollie a lot closer.”
The emotional video, shared on TikTok, captured the moment Lucy welcomed Ollie at the altar.
Lucy, who lost her sight at 17, admitted her guests “didn’t expect to be so choked up” because once they lost their sight they had to “sit with their emotions”.
Lucy and her husband Ollie spoke on Good Morning Britain about their emotional big day
Lucy lost her sight as a teenager due to a rare genetic condition called incontinentia pigmenti and married Ollie in an intimate wedding ceremony at Kew Gardens, London last month.
The 27-year-old, however, took a unique approach to her big day, asking her husband-to-be, along with their family and friends, to experience those walks down the aisle in the dark .
The moving video shows Lucy dressed in a stunning white wedding dress and veil, carrying a bridal bouquet.
The clip begins with the bride exiting a white taxi alongside family and bridesmaids attending the ceremony where her future husband, Ollie, is waiting.
The group walks together while Lucy’s guide dog, Miss Molly, also sporting white flowers and a little white dress, stays by her side.
Harp music plays in the background while on-screen text reads: “I am blind and blindfolded my sighted husband and guests as I walked down the aisle.
“It’s their reaction when they experienced a moment in my shoes.”
Lucy, who lost her sight to a disease called incontinentia pigmenti, asked groom Ollie to feel her wedding dress before seeing her, so he could appreciate the day in a different way.
Miss Molly can be seen walking down the aisle as Lucy follows close behind, her father slowly escorting her. Lucy beams with happiness as she walks over to Ollie, revealing rows of standing guests who have each been given a black headband to wear.
When the pair meet, an emotional Ollie breaks down.
The two smile at each other, embracing each other in a loving embrace before Ollie then uses his hands to feel Lucy’s dress, which is how Lucy would have ‘seen’ her own dress.
Guests can then be seen removing their own masks, and many smile in admiration while the groom keeps his on.
Ollie can be seen crying as on-screen text says: “Before Ollie took off his blindfold, we had a moment for him to smell my dress and understand why I chose it.”
Lucy took to social media this week to share the footage, writing: “So this is when I blindfolded all my guests and walked down the aisle on my wedding day.
“Ollie and I thought it would be a really good idea to blindfold him too, because when I got to the end and my dad passed my hand to Ollie, he could feel my wedding dress exactly the way it was. same way I felt. when I first wore it.
“It was a very important experience for both of us, even though Ollie is not blind.
“We thought it was really important for him and all my guests to experience what this means to me in the most important moment of my life so far.
The couple married in Kew Gardens, southwest London; Lucy said: “I’m so lucky to have a husband who accepts me for who I am, disability and all.”
“It was such an emotional moment and one I will remember for the rest of my life.
“I am so lucky to have a husband who accepts me for who I am, my disability and all.
“I really believe in the philosophy that we are just little beings and atoms on this huge planet and Stephen (Hawking) taught me that you can love and hate your disability in the same way and that’s a truly beautiful thing.”
The heartbreaking clip received over 300,000 likes and thousands of comments. One person wrote: “We were just told my three year old is going to lose his sight and I hope he finds someone who will love him like that. By the way, you are beautiful.
Another said: “The groom falling to his knees seeing you as a bride – the way you see – is a fairytale moment.”
A third commented: “My God, who cuts onions? » A fourth added: “This took my breath away. Thank you for sharing something so heartwarming.