“Little People, Big World” stars Zach and Tori Roloff have been married for four years and are more in love than ever as they expect their second child. Here’s a look into their unusual love story.
Before meeting Tori Patton, Zack Roloff had never thought about marriage or being a father. She was his first love.
And although their relationship might seem “unusual” for some, the couple has become an example of how looking beyond appearance can lead to finding true love where is least expected.
She spent the fall picking squash with Zach, his parents Amy and Matt—who both have dwarfism like their son—Zack’s twin brother Jeremy and their two siblings Molly and Jacob.
“A coworker told me, ‘Zachary really thinks you’re cute, but doesn’t think you’ll ever go out with him,’” Tori recalled in an interview with People.
Zach, who had been interested in dating before, was filled with insecurities.
"Her being average height, me being a dwarf, people obviously stare. Like, they think I'm her little brother," Zach said in an episode of “Little People, Big World.” "So, I was really skeptical to make sure that is she really mentally that strong to get over that."
But despite Zach’s insecurities, Tori was interested, and she let him know. Their first date lasted five hours, and they’ve been together ever since.
Tori and Zach dated for a little bit over three years and shared their developing relationship with fans on the TLC show before he decided to propose in 2014.
Although the proposal was not featured on the show, people got to see Zach buying the perfect ring for Tori, and they shared the big news with social media posts.
“You are the one with whom I choose to spend my life with. 3 years ago today, this man walked into my life and changed it for good. Last night he got down on one knee and asked me the most important question of a relationship. And of course, I said yes. I can not wait to spend my life with my best friend.”
Tori and Zach were engaged for one year before tying the knot on July 25, 2015, outside the Roloff family’s farm, in front of nearly 200 guests.
“It’s a big day,” Roloff told People at the time. “We’re marrying, coming together, committing ourselves to one another for a lifetime in front of all of our family and friends. We’re just super excited!”
Both Tori and Zach wrote their vows, and Tori inevitably got choked up while reading them at the altar.
“I stand in front of you today as one of two broken people coming together to follow God’s calling on their lives. You are everything I could ask for in a teammate and so much more,” she said.
“You have taught me patience, understanding, and above all, you’ve shown me how to love someone unconditionally.”
Soon after the wedding, the newlyweds left for their honeymoon in Disney World.
Zach and Tori announced they were expecting their first child in November 2016, and fans got to see the couple’s journey to parenthood on “Little People, Big World.”
Everyone, including the couple, was expectant to see if the baby would be born with dwarfism like Zach.
And indeed, when baby Jackson came to the world on May 12, 2017, he was diagnosed with achondroplasia, the same type of dwarfism Zach has.
“We'll hope to just give him a healthy, happy life," Zach said in a clip from TLC. "He might have to take two steps for everyone else’s one step, but hopefully, we can raise him in a way that it won’t bother him."
Adding that, he hopes his son can have a different childhood than he had, often dealing with name-calling and people’s stares.
“The world is changing. People are more open to diversity,” Zach told People. “Whatever he wants to do, we’re going to find a way to help him do it. That’s our job in life now.”
Tori and Zach are now expecting their second child, a girl, due in November.
And while they have chosen not to find out if the baby will also have dwarfism, Tori has been candid about her pregnancy struggles this time around.
The 28-year-old teacher has been suffering a lot more with her second pregnancy.
From having difficulties embracing her baby bump, to experience fear of missing out with now 2-year-old Jackson because of her limitations, Tori has had a rough time.
“I know it’s all worth it, and I’m doing such an important job, but I can’t wait to tie my shoes on my own again.”
Tori’s due date is getting near, and by the end of the year, her family will be a party of four.