From splurging on wedding gifts to booking travel arrangements, there's no denying that wedding guests already do a lot to show their support for the to-be-weds in their lives. However, a recent slew of wedding attendees in Queensland, Australia, went above and beyond to support their bride—who is blind—by agreeing to wear blindfolds in her honor during the ceremony. So. Much. Love.
According to the New York Post, 32-year-old Stephanie Agnew, who wed Robbie Campbell on Sunday, developed cone-rod dystrophy, a genetic eye disorder that claimed her vision at the age of 27, leaving her only able to see a few light and dark outlines.
However, the bride's circumstances didn't stop the couple from planning the wedding of their dreams. Campbell noted via Daily Mail that the newlyweds strategically chose a venue near Agnew's aunt's home in front of the Glasshouse Mountains, which the bride had seen during her childhood. "She was able to picture the view on the day," the groom explained.
The pair's vendors also had a huge hand in wedding. Although Agnew couldn't see the visual components, the team ensured she could still revel in the palpable aspects.
"The staff were amazing and spent a lot of time with Steph describing the visual features of the whole venue," Campbell told Daily Mail. "They were instrumental during the day by helping her feel the tactile elements that were a part of the ceremony and reception."
This translated to an extremely fragrant wedding bouquet, also very visually well-described to the bride, and an owl ring-bearer that flew down the aisle to land on Agnew's arm. The wedding photographer and close friend of the bride, James Day, even gifted Agnew with essential oil-infused bits of fabric so she could reminisce about the nuptials later.
But, perhaps the most meaningful component of the wedding overall came from the guest accessories. During the ceremony, the 54 attendees voluntarily blocked their eyesight to be in solidarity with the bride.
"The blindfolds were received well by the guests, as they were experiencing that moment in the same way Steph and her mum, who is also blind, were experiencing it," said Campbell.
Day, who was asked to capture the wedding in case medical advancements could one day restore Agnew's vision, gushed about the bride's ensemble."Steph felt beautiful even though she could not see herself and Rob could not control his emotions as she walked down the aisle looking like the true princess bride in the dress that stole the show," he told the New York Post.
Agnew had actually been the girl next door for an entire 18 months before interacting with her future groom. "We had been living 1.5 metres apart but because I was in real estate and he was a policeman we never really crossed paths," she told Daily Mail. That all changed in October 2016, when the pair exchanged pleasantries at a party within their building—and admittedly didn't hit it off immediately. However, Agnew and Campbell reconvened a month later for a date that the bride describes as "fantastic," and he popped the question on Christmas day 2017.
"I've never seen him," Agnew said of her newfound spouse. "I know his build—he is six foot four and I am five foot four so he is a lot taller than me—and I know he has broad shoulders but other than that I have to rely on descriptions." Here's to a love that transcends the first sight.