Call to help Banbury couple’s wedding day dreams come true

Blind couple, Andy Wade and Sarah Mellor are getting married with the help of Ilja Harvey of Little Amsterdam, Banbury. NNL-150922-124614009
Blind couple, Andy Wade and Sarah Mellor are getting married with the help of Ilja Harvey of Little Amsterdam, Banbury. NNL-150922-124614009

A visually-impaired couple from Banbury are looking for people to help them organise the wedding of their dreams.

Andy Wade proposed to his girlfriend Sarah Mellor on August 13 before doing it officially with an engagement ring while they were in Blackpool on 
September 4.

The couple are regular 
customers at Banbury’s Little Amsterdam Cafe on North Bar and with the help of owner Ilja Harvey they are looking for 
ideas to make their wedding cater to their circumstances.

Miss Mellor, 35, said: “We met together through an email list for visually impaired people. This man came on and I thought he was gorgeous, a real big softie. We started writing to each other and then asked for a phone number. Once we 
starting calling each other it went from there.”

In the time since the couple met, Mr Wade, 65, has moved down from Lancashire to be closer to his wife-to-be and now lives in People’s Place, only 50 yards away from Mrs Mellor who lives in Cheshire Court on the Warwick Road.

They both met Ms Harvey when Miss Mellor attended one of Little Amsterdam’s cookery classes and the couple regularly visit the cafe every Sunday.

Ms Harvey has said the couple can have the reception at the cafe, and added she wants to try and have a sensory theme to make it unique but manageable for the loved-up couple.

She said: “We want to be able to make it all sensory for them so the wedding dress will be wonderful to feel and the food will be designed for touching. It is just looking for any ideas that will help them have the best day. If there are anyone who might be able to help make their dream come true it would be wonderful.”

The couple are on limited disability incomes but they said it won’t stop them from having a great day together.

Miss Mellor, who is also a very talented singer in the town, added: “I have dreamt of getting married since I was six and when Andy proposed we were in a horse and carriage in Blackpool. It would be great to have one for the wedding.”

If you can help, call Ms 
Harvey on 01295 279140.