At age 27, Stephanie Agnew lost her eyesight due to a genetic disorder impacting her retina. At age 32 on Sunday, November 25, Agnew married the love of her life, Robbie Campbell, and requested her guests to be receptive to one specific ask. The couple asked the congregation to remain blindfolded as they experienced her nuptials as she would.
While Agnew can still see shades of light, her mother is unable to see entirely. The bride and groom requested their guests wear blindfolds and to embrace other aspects of the ceremony instead.
“The staff at the venue where we married were amazing,” Campbell told Fabulous Digital (via the Sun UK). “[They] spent a lot of time with Steph describing the visual features of the whole venue… They were instrumental in helping her feel the tactile elements that were a part of the ceremony and reception.”
The couple specifically chose a venue that Agnew knew well. “It had the same amazing view over the Glasshouse Mountains that she remembers seeing as a child when she had sight,” Campbell continued. “She was able to picture the view on the day.”
Details to help Agnew fully experience her wedding day came down to the bouquet, which was comprised of rather fragrant blooms. One of the most moving gestures took place when a trained owl flew down the aisle and landed on the bride’s arm. The bird then delivered the rings.
Guests, according to the groom, happily agreed to wear the masks.
“The day was perfect with the ceremony being the highlight of the day for both Steph and Rob,” the couple’s photographer James Day added to then same outlet. (Day, meanwhile, is the same photographer to capture a rather emotional photo of a bride’s raw emotions during a first look session earlier this year.)
“The wedding guests were invited to wear a blindfold during Steph & Rob’s vows so they could experience what Steph encounters each and every day,” Day wrote on Facebook. “I took this photo to show the intimacy of their vows and the collective experience we shared.”
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