For Grammy-nominated Christian singer Jamie Grace, who first rose to fame on YouTube, marrying Aaron Collins on April 14, 2018 was a dream come true.
Diagnosed with Tourette syndrome (a neurological disorder that can cause uncontrollable tics and compulsive utterances or obscene outbursts) when she was 11 years old, Grace, 26, never allowed it to hamper her spirit, instead choosing to raise her voice and inspire others through song.
But though she’d achieved some of her wildest dreams — including being nominated for a Grammy and a Billboard Music Award when she was just 19 — dating was always a challenge. That was until the Atlanta-native connected with Collins, a model and actor, 23, last November and they embarked on a five-month courtship that ended in the wedding of her dreams.
“Aaron is, by far, the most amazing man I have ever met,” Grace tells PEOPLE of her new husband, whom she first met at one of her shows in 2016 before he “slid into my DMs on Instagram” last November, later proposing in January.
As they stood at the altar inside North Metro Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia, “I was more giddy than anything,” says Grace, who chose to recite traditional vows.
Surrounded by 1500 friends, family and fans — the wedding was standing room only with 1000 others on the waiting list, after the singer opened her wedding invitation to the public — it all went off without a hitch.
That disbelief came from years of dating struggles. As she told Essence in March, “I always felt like I was kind of in a limbo when it came to dating and telling guys that I had Tourettes because it wasn’t something life-threatening, and it wasn’t something that I, in a dating relationship, really needed them to do anything.”
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SOURCE: People – Jamie Spain