Katie Piper posted a touching tribute to her future husband James Sutton this week, as she shared a rare snapshot of the couple together. "When we first met, I had no idea you would be so important to me," Katie wrote over the top of the picture, which shows her devoted fiancé James tenderly kissing her forehead.
The 31-year-old also wrote a sweet caption to accompany the photograph. "Crazy to think how he was once a stranger and now he's one of the most important people in your life," she told her 206,000 Instagram followers.
Katie Piper posted a sweet message to her fiancé James Sutton
Katie recently returned home from hospital after throat surgery. The inspirational TV star had been suffering complications since a routine operation in March to remove scar tissue from a 2008 acid attack by her ex-boyfriend. James' support throughout her medical procedures has been unwavering.
In her book, Beautiful Ever After, Katie opened up about the couple's relationship, and revealed how she knew James was the one because he helped care for her while she was recovering from an operation at the very start of their romance.
"All this at the stage when you're supposed to be wearing matching underwear… But honestly, he did not care," she wrote. "So after it all healed, I was like, 'Wow, this guy is definitely not shallow.'
Katie Piper and James Sutton announced their engagement in December 2014
"I knew right then I could let myself fall in love with him because he would never hurt me intentionally."
Katie and James announced their engagement shortly before Christmas. The happy couple are parents to one-year-old daughter Belle.
Proudly introducing her baby girl to the world in HELLO! in March 2014, Katie said: "People used to say to me, 'It's a love like no other,' and I understand that now. She's so precious and I just feel so incredibly blessed to have her. She's our world.
"To meet and fall in love with James," she added. "A man I knew I wanted to have a baby with and who makes me so happy, and now to have Belle – it's just amazing. Most of all I want her to be happy. I thought I knew, after all that happened to me, what happiness meant, but having Belle has shown me what true fulfilment is."