Two years ago, Winston Clements of London, England, met a woman named Mayfair. Since the two of them were young entrepreneurs, Winston suggested they start a group to help others struggling to get their dream businesses off the ground.
Over the next few months, the colleagues fell deeply in love!
“Winston is one of those guys — to know Winston up close is to love him, but it was the evening after we ran our first mastermind event that I realized I was ‘in’ love with him,” Mayfair recalled.
The couple began dating, and nine months later, Winston popped the question. Mayfair was thrilled to say yes and couldn’t wait to become his bride!
Winston currently works as a motivational speaker and cultural specialist. He was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease, which means his bones are extremely fragile and break easily, so he uses a wheelchair to get around. He has endured more than 200 fractures in his 34 years, yet every day he remains grateful to be alive. Many people with OI are not so lucky.
Since the beginning, Winston has had the drive to succeed and the intelligence to accomplish his goals. As a public speaker and mentor, he focuses on normalizing people of all abilities and is known for his personal mantra, “Your limitations are an illusion.” He has even given two TED talks about breaking free from the stigma of disability.
He and Mayfair tied the knot surrounded by their friends and family. When they shared their beautiful photos online, the images went viral! Most of the comments from strangers were kind, but some were decidedly not.
“When our wedding photos went viral, of course it was pretty cool seeing the support from people all over the world,” Mayfair said. “It was amazing, but then there was kind of that question mark that was raised in our heads like, ‘How come people are so fascinated by our story?'”
The couple realized they had a golden opportunity to educate the public about interabled couples. Determined to “myth bust” people’s misconceptions, they started a YouTube channel and began documenting their daily lives in order to normalize their relationship.
Mayfair and Winston hope that sharing their day-to-day life will destigmatize interabled relationships and help people overcome biases they may not even know they have. They also want to demonstrate some much-needed diversity — not every couple looks the same, after all. The important thing is the love they share!
Soon, the lovebirds will welcome a new baby into their family! They couldn’t be more excited to start the next chapter of their lives together while showing the world it’s what’s inside that counts.
“My hope for representation is that the world that our children and our grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up in, it’s just normalized,” Mayfair said. “Like, whoever they want to be with, they can feel fully confident to step out into the world.”
It’s such a pleasure to shine a spotlight on this incredible couple! They’re helping others simply by sharing their lives and stories. What a beautiful way to create a better world for everyone!
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