This is the heartwarming wedding story of the week: Deaf groom David Alianiello recieved cochlear implants, allowing him the ability to hear, just in time to hear his bride say "I do."
That made this Baltimore teacher's wedding day the biggest day of his life in more ways than one. In addition to tying the knot with his soulmate, he could hear for the first time ever. And what an amazing time to receive the gift of hearing! Realizing for the first time just how loud the world is, he could perceive all the sounds of celebration: the clinking glasses, crying mother-in-laws, and laughing bridesmaids and groomsmen. Since David has congenital hearing loss, he has been mostly deaf since birth.
We can only imagine how much more beautiful his bride's laugh must have sounded hearing it for the very first time. And in an extra cute gesture, his daughter performed "Twinkle. Twinkle, Little Star," and David experienced his daughter singing. Oh, and the wedding music! His first dance with his new wife was also the first time he could ever hear music. Although he can't hear it to the depth that people with full hearing can, he could actually hear the changing beat of the tunes.
"I could hear the changes in the music. That was interesting," David said.
And with his wife now pregnant, he'll be able to hear the new baby's first words. But first, he's just trying to make sense of this brave new world of sound he's experiencing. He told People magazine,
"I’m looking forward to growing with my daughter and with the new baby and developing these new sounds and hearing them and identifying them."
A huge congrats to David and his happy bride!