It’s not uncommon for couples to have a blind date at their wedding or bachelor party.
But what if you’re not blind, but have a vision impairment?
The answer can make a big difference to how you plan your day and your date.
For the blind, it can mean the difference between getting engaged or not.
For others, it’s a way to get a special treat.
And for some, it means a chance to reconnect with loved ones.
CBC’s Natalie Neufeld spoke to two couples who were both blind and the impact they have on their dating lives.
1:10 Blind date: Kate and Chris from Hamilton, Ont., had their first date in Hamilton at a local bar.
They knew they were both pretty lucky to get the invitation.
The couple had never met before, and had never had a date.
But it didn’t take long for them to meet one another, and they immediately hit it off.
Chris was so excited to have his partner back in the home of his family, Kate was just as excited to be back in her home.
They got married on May 30, 2019.
Kate was a first-time bride.
She had been married just a year before to a man named Derek.
He has a sight problem.
He doesn’t have any visual impairment.
And he has no hearing.
So he had no idea how to get his date, Chris, to come.
“I was like: ‘Yeah, I know, but I don’t think that is a reason why I should be alone with you.’ “
“So we made up our minds that we’re going to be alone, and I said, ‘Let’s do this. “
I’m going to take your phone number and call you. “
So we made up our minds that we’re going to be alone, and I said, ‘Let’s do this.
I’m going to take your phone number and call you.
And I got in the car and we drove out. “
“The phone call that I had made was, ‘I need to see you, and my wife is coming.’
And I got in the car and we drove out.
And we drove into town.
And it was a pretty special day for us.
“So, it was like this perfect storm. “
We were like, We’re going out, and it was so easy to fall in love,” Kate says, adding that they were already getting married.
Chris says the first thing he did when he arrived home was check on his wife. “
The first day was just beautiful,” she says.
Chris says the first thing he did when he arrived home was check on his wife.
I’m like, I am so happy, I feel like I’m home, I have a great day. “
Then I got home and I was like …
I’m like, I am so happy, I feel like I’m home, I have a great day.
The next day we went for brunch, and we were like … wow, we’re really happy,” she recalls.
Kate and her husband were thrilled to find that they would be living together.
They said it was perfect.
It was just so special that we had that kind of time to hang out together, to talk about it, to hang on, and to go out, so that we could be together as a couple, and not just as an individual couple,” Chris says.”
And so that was the start of a wonderful couple, one of the best days of my life.
“Kate says she and Chris had been seeing each others for six months by the time their wedding day came around.
She says the couple’s plan for their honey-moon was to go on a cruise. “
We didn’t even know if we were going to go to the beach,” Kate explains.
She says the couple’s plan for their honey-moon was to go on a cruise.
The couple had already planned to take a cruise in May and then spend the summer in Bali.
But things went awry.
Chris says that it took him a while to get to know Kate and his wife, but eventually he fell in love.
After spending a few months with her and his partner, Kate says she realized she was in love with Chris.
He was also starting to get comfortable with being with his wife and they began to plan their wedding together.
But the plan was never going to happen.
At first, Kate and her fiancé didn’t want to be married at all.
They said they wanted to wait to be engaged.
But they didn’t know how they were going a wedding together, so Kate and Derek decided to get married at a bar.
Derek was in a bad place.
His vision was getting worse, and he couldn’t find a visual impairment treatment that would work.
So, Derek was diagnosed with cataracts, a condition