Months before she met the man who she’d marry, Stephanie Agew lost her sight.
She’d inherited a condition called cone-rod dystrophy, which leads to an impairment of vision or blindness.
She’d lived next door to Rob Campbell for 18 months, but didn’t cross paths until October 2016, when they met at a drinks event held by the apartment building.
Stephanie has never seen Rob, but even after getting off on the wrong foot (she thought he was a bit too much at first), they quickly fell in love.
On Christmas day 2017, Rob popped the question, and this month they got married.
Naturally, the wedding was pretty spectacular.
To experience the world as Stephanie for a few moments, guests wore blindfolds during the wedding vows.
The location was on the same road as Stephanie’s great aunt’s house, where she had visited as a child, so she could remember the amazing view over the Glasshouse Mountains.
Rather than a ringbearing toddler, Stephanie and Rob had an owl from Raptor Vision fly down the aisle, land on Stephanie’s arm, and deliver the rings.
The flowers were selected to be especially fragrant, and staff at the venue, Weddings at Tiffany’s, took the time to describe every detail to the bride. Every piece of fabric was infused with essential oils so Stephanie could be reminded of different parts of the day years later.
‘When we lose one of our senses the others become heightened,’ said James. ‘This allows us to experience something as beautiful as these vows in a totally unique way. Today, we get to experience them from Steph’s perspective.
‘I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a few tears myself. In fact, I was a bawling mess seeing Steph walk up the aisle.
‘It was easily the most emotional wedding ceremony I’ve ever been a part of.’
The team at Lemon Tree Film House added: ‘To capture Steph and Rob’s wedding day through film has to have been the most overwhelming experience of our lives.
‘We watched as Rob saw Steph for the first time and were reminded of the hundreds of times our brides have told us that seeing their groom’s face as she walks down the aisle was the most important moment for them.
‘Here was Steph looking so stunning that she took Rob’s breath away and yet she couldn’t see her own beauty nor Rob’s expression of complete adoration herself.
‘It’s humbling. It’s powerful. It’s love. It’s love that knows no bounds.
‘The daily challenges they successfully overcome and the unwavering physical and emotional support they provide for one another far exceeds anything most of us have to contend with.
‘Quite simply, they are amazing human beings.’