A bride who lost her sight at 17 shared how she asked her groom and wedding guests to wear blindfolds so they could experience what it was like for her to walk down the aisle.
The emotional video, shared on TikTok, captures the moment Lucy Edwards, from Birmingham, greets her husband Ollie at the altar – with everyone else in the room wearing black blindfolds in order to ‘live a moment in her shoes’.
Lucy lost her eyesight as a teenager due to a rare genetic condition called incontinentia pigmenti and married beau Ollie in an intimate wedding ceremony in Kew Gardens, London last month.
So this is the moment that I blindfolded all my guests, and I walked down the aisle on my #wedding day… Myself and Ollie thought it would be a really good idea to blindfold him as well, as when I got to the end, and my dad passed my hand to Ollie he was able to feel my wedding dress in the exact way that I felt it when I first had it on. This was such an important experience for us both even though Ollie isn’t blind, but we thought it was really important for him and all of my guests to experience what it’s like for me in the most important moment of our life so far. As you can see me, Ollie and my dad are really struggling to hold it together. It was such an emotional moment and one that I will remember for the rest of my life. I am so lucky that I have a husband that accepts me for exactly who I am my disability and everything. The whole me. I walked down the aisle to arrival of the birds by @The Cinematic Orchestra, as this is the song at the end of one of my favourite films, the Theory of Everything. Stephen Hawking has been a massive role model in my life and I always cry at the end of that movie at his final monologue. I really believe in the philosophy that we are all just small beings and atoms on this massive planet and Stephen taught me that you can love and hate your disability equally, and that’s a truly beautiful thing. It’s a sense of self that I’ve had to work on and I felt truly independent when walking down the aisle with my dad to this song. This is quite an emotional and raw moment to share with you guys, but I thought it was so important as it’s not a typical way that a bride walks down the aisle but it was my way. Just remember you are so special and you don’t have to follow traditions if you don’t want to. Our wedding day is about you and the person that you love and every moment needs to feel right for you. Thank you to the amazing harpist @Amie True Music (gifted) for playing the main melody along with the 3D audio speakers from Delta Live that we had up the aisle so we could have immersive sound. Ollie made an arrangement so I could hear where I was. Every step I took the music evolved and so did the flowers! A truly blind experience!
The clip begins with the bride exiting a white taxi alongside family and bridesmaids who assist her to the ceremony where her soon-to-be husband Ollie awaits.
The group walk along together as Lucy’s guide dog, Miss Molly, similarly sporting white flowers and a small white dress, stays by her side.
Harp music plays in the background as on-screen text reads: ‘I’m blind and I blindfolded my sighted husband and guests when I walked down the aisle.
‘This is their reaction when they lived a moment in my shoes.’
Miss Molly can be seen being walked down the aisle as Lucy follows closely behind with her dad escorting her down slowly. Lucy beams with happiness as she walks towards Ollie, revealing rows of standing guests who have each been given black blindfolds to wear.
When the couple meet, an emotional Ollie breaks down.
The pair smile at each other, embracing in a loving hug before Ollie then uses his hands to feel Lucy’s dress, which is how Lucy would have ‘seen’ her own dress.
The guests can then be spotted taking off their own masks, with many smiling in admiration as the groom keeps his on.
Ollie can be seen crying as the on-screen text reads: ‘Before Ollie took off his blindfold, we had a moment for him to feel my dress and understand why I chose it.’
Lucy took to social media this week to share the footage, writing: ‘So, this is the moment that I blindfolded all my guests, and I walked down the aisle on my wedding day.
‘Myself and Ollie thought it would be a really good idea to blindfold him as well, as when I got to the end, and my dad passed my hand to Ollie, he was able to feel my wedding dress in the exact way that I felt it when I first had it on.
‘It was such an important experience for us both, even though Ollie isn’t blind.
‘We thought it was really important for him and all of my guests to experience what it’s like to for me in the most important moment of my life so far.
‘It was such an emotional moment and one that I will remember for the rest of my life.
‘I am so lucky that I have a husband who accepts me for exactly who I am, my disability and everything.
‘I really believe in the philosophy that we are all just small beings and atoms in this massive planet and Stephen [Hawking] taught me that you can love and hate your disability equally and that’s a truly beautiful thing.’
The tear-jerking clip has received over 300,000 likes and thousands of comments. One person wrote: ‘We’ve just been told my three-year-old is going to lose his sight and I hope he finds someone who loves him like this. You’re beautiful, by the way.’
Another said: ‘The groom falling to his knees while seeing you as a bride – the way you see – is a fairytale moment.’
A third commented: ‘Gosh, who’s cutting onions?’ A fourth added: ‘This actually took my breath away. Thank you for sharing something so heartwarming.’