A Sunderland couple who met whilst playing dwarfs in a Snow White panto have married in a fairy-tale wedding, with their miracle son as page boy. Laura Whitfield, who is just 4ft 2, proposed to 3ft 11 Nathan Phillips a month before the birth of their son the only ‘double dwarf’ in Britain.
Nathan Junior was born with two different forms of dwarfism, anachronistically like his mum and Pseudomonas like his dad, and was not expected to survive more than a few hours.
However two and a-half years later, the healthy toddler acted as a ring bearer at his parent’s wedding. Laura, 26, and Nathan, 37, from Sunderland, met when they were both performing as dwarfs in a production of Snow White. Bride Laura followed her son down the aisle in a £800 designer dress which trailed behind her as she reached the front of the church – where Nathan waited in his suit.
Professional entertainer Laura said: ‘We met when we were doing a panto in Bath back in 2012. ”It was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, he was playing Grumpy and I was playing Soppy. It was amazing because it was the perfect fairy-tale start to our life together now we are married and the wedding was simply magical. We waited so long to get married so that little Nathan could be old enough to carry the rings, but in the end the cushion was too heavy for him. He decided he didn’t want to carry it any more and he threw it to the side. It was quite funny and it was really special for us to have him there – he just loves to steal the show.”
After finding out that Nathan had been planning to pop the question, Laura decided to propose herself.
Laura, who has appeared in films such as the Harry Potter series, said: ‘I knew that Nathan was going to propose to me he had even went to my dad to ask for his permission. I was just so worried because when I am nervous I can’t help but laugh, but the last thing I wanted was for Nathan to propose and for me to just laugh in his face I didn’t want to ruin the moment.