A protective couple living apart during the lockdown had a beautiful moment to dance at their wedding

It’s the gorgeous moment a Welsh couple shared their first dance at their wedding – after spending most of the past two years together because of lockdown rules. Ffion Martin and Chris Miller last Saturday, June 18, surrounded by family, friends and neighbors in a beautiful ceremony at Llansteffan Church, and a beautifully semi-choreographed re-write of the stars from the popular film The Greatest Showman Surprised everyone with a semi-improvised first dance. At the beginning of their wedding reception.

The couple both have Down syndrome and met three years ago through performing arts classes at Hijinks Academy in Carmarthen. After their friendship grew into something more, they got engaged last year at Ffion’s family garden, when pandemic restrictions allowed the two households to meet outside. The happy couple and their mothers graced the occasion with Prosecco, balloons and cake and soon started planning the wedding.

Apart from the one occasion where they got engaged in the garden, the pair barely saw each other during the pandemic, Ffion’s mother Janice Martin said. Instead, they had regular phone calls or would go for a walk and “wave across the street”.

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The pair chose Lanstefan Church for their big day because it is close to the place where they both live and has been a regular church for Ffion for many years. The biggest focus of the couple making love for their wedding day was to “party” and enjoy themselves, he said.

“It was a magical day,” Janice said. “The church was completely packed with umbrellas, the whole community came to see them. Xi [Ffion] Looked beautiful.”

Asked to summarize their wedding day, Chris told WellsOnline that it was “wonderful”, while Ffian said that he specifically collaborated with Chris to rewrite The Stars from The Greatest Showman. Enjoyed the first dance. She said that she chose the song because she “loves the words” and “all about it”.

The couple choreographed part of the dance using movements and routines learned in classes at Hijinks Academy, and Ffion improvised the rest. “It was wonderful, I corrected it! Everyone was crying,” she said. You can see a lovely clip of their first dance at the top of this article.

Ffion and Chris dancing together at their wedding reception
(Image courtesy of Janice Martin)
Duet With Chris'S Best Man Ben Hobden (Center)
Duet with Chris’s best man Ben Hobden (center)
(Image courtesy of Janice Martin)

After the couple danced, Ffion and her mother danced to Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars. Janice said she chose this song because she likes to remind Fafian that she is as beautiful and perfect as she is. She told WellsOnline that part of her wedding speech at the couple’s wedding was about not changing Ffion in any way.

“I’m proud of Ffion every day. She amazes me every day,” Janice said. “And I have another son, Chris. It’s a myth that people with Down syndrome can’t work out, because they absolutely can.

“Don’t listen to anyone who says you can’t do something – you can – they did! Give them [people with Down’s syndrome] Support and they can do anything!”

Ffion With His Bridesmaids Millie Short And Victoria Walters
Ffion with his bridesmaids Millie Short and Victoria Walters
(Image courtesy of Janice Martin)
The Happy Couple Got Married In Front Of A Church Packed With Family, Friends And Neighbors
The happy couple got married in front of a church packed with family, friends and neighbors
(Image courtesy of Janice Martin)

Fifion, 23, and Chris, 39, are now enjoying married life and living with Janice. Ffion said they do “everything” together and particularly enjoy going to the cinema and going out for food. “We have an amazing time every now and then,” she said.

Ffion would like to thank everyone who helped her and Chris get married, especially her mother who is her “inspiration”.

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