The Undateables star Steve Carruthers and girlfriend Vicky Matthews have tied the knot at a romantic ceremony in Manchester.
Steve, who has Crouzon syndrome – a genetic condition which is characterised by the premature fusion of certain skull bones, affecting the shape of the head and face – hadn’t had a date for seven years when he appeared on the Channel 4 show in 2013.
However, that all changed when Vicky reached out through social media after watching him on TV.
‘He seemed like a really nice guy. I got in touch via Twitter and we exchanged a few general Tweets and we became friends a few months later. Nine months later we went for a date,’ she explained.
As a couple, Vicky and Steve quickly became series favourites, and viewers were thrilled when they saw Steve propose with a serenade of ‘Come to Me’ by the Goo Goo Dolls. Now, they’ve been allowed access to their wedding ceremony, which took place last August, on the most recent episode of the show.
‘The best moment was exchanging our vows,’ Steve recalls. ‘Vicky came up, put her hand on mine and I knew if I looked her in the eye I would have started crying. I was so overcome by emotion that she was actually saying “I do” – all I could think was, ‘Wow!”
The personal day also featured a first dance to an unusual choice of song – ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift – for which Steve and Vicky even hired a choreographer to surprise their guests with a special routine.
‘I want to shake off the old me. That’s all gone. This is the new me. A brand new start,’ Steve said of the song choice.
In later interviews, the couple revealed that they are already thinking about starting a family, and say that they are prepared for the possibility that their child may have the same condition as Steve.
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On ITV’s Lorraine, Steve explained, ‘We both have experience, I have grown up with a brother with a disability and Vicky is a child care specialist nurse and she deals with a lot of children with many conditions so we think we are both strong enough to bring up a child.’
He added to the Telegraph, ‘I don’t care if my child has Crouzon or Downs Syndrome or any syndrome. We want to bring a life into this world and make our child feel happy, not ashamed, about who they are.’