'Magical' moment shielding couple dance at their wedding after being apart during lockdown

This is the "magical" moment a couple from Carmarthen finally shared their first dance together on their wedding day, after being apart for the majority of the last two years due to lockdowns during the pandemic.

Ffion Martin and Chris Miller surprised guests with a half-choreographed, half-improvised first dance to 'Rewrite The Stars' from the film The Greatest Showman at their wedding reception.

The couple wed in a "beautiful" ceremony at Llansteffan Church last Saturday (June 18).

Ffion and Chris, who both have Down's syndrome, met three years ago through performing arts classes at Hijinx Academy in Carmarthen.

They got engaged in Ffion's family garden last year and the happy couple celebrated the occasion with prosecco, balloons and cake.

Ffion with her bridesmaids at her wedding.

But Ffion's mum Janice Martin said the pair "barely saw each other" over the last two years due to the pandemic, when both of them were advised to shield.

Despite this, they would keep in touch with regular phone calls or go for walks and "wave across the road".

The pair say the biggest priority on their wedding day was having a "great party" and enjoying themselves with family, friends and neighbours.

Janice said the day was "magical".

"The church was absolutely packed to the rafters, the whole community arrived to see them. Ffion looked beautiful", she said.

Ffion, 23, said she particularly enjoyed her first dance with Chris to Rewrite The Stars from The Greatest Showman.

She said she chose this song because she "loves the words" and "everything about it".

"It was wonderful, I improvised it! Everyone was in bits crying," she added.

The couple choreographed part of the dance using movements and routines they'd learnt in classes at Hijinx Academy.

The couple were married in the presence of family, friends and neighbours.

'It's a myth that people with Down's syndrome can't do things because they absolutely can'

Part of Janice's wedding speech at the couple's wedding was about Ffion not needing to change in any way.

"I'm proud of Ffion every day. She amazes me every day," Janice said.

"And I've got another son in Chris. It's a myth that people with Down's syndrome can't do things because they absolutely can.

"Don't listen to anybody that says you can't do anything - you can - they did! Give them the support and they can do anything!"

Ffion and Chris are now living together with Janice and like to do everything together.

Ffion says her mother Janice is her inspiration and would like to thank her and everyone who helped with their wedding.