Today, we’re sharing a story that stopped us in our tracks and has us reaching for the closest box of tissues. Happy tears, we promise!
When family and friends arrived to Jaquie Farmer and Andy Goncher’s wedding, the guests didn’t know that they were about to get the surprise of a lifetime. Jaquie, who was left paralyzed after a swimming accident in 2008, had been in a wheelchair ever since she was 17 years old. She didn’t know if she would ever be able to walk again, but she was determined to try. Over the next several years, Jaquie spent hundreds of hours going to the gym and doing physical therapy, hoping to regain the strength to stand on her own again someday.
She met Andy through a dating app in 2013. He proposed two years later, and that’s when Jaquie made it her goal to walk down the aisle and dance wheelchair-free at their wedding.
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When the big day arrived on May 22, 2016, Jaquie stunned everyone by getting out of her wheelchair and walking down the aisle, her mom and grandfather by her side. Amazingly, the bride was able to stand for most of the wedding, including the newlyweds’ first dance. Watch the sweet video below!
Since the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality on June 26, 2015, the wedding-planning landscape in the United States has changed. How? Well, WeddingWire, Inc., Community Marketing & Insights (CMI), GayWeddings and the Gay Wedding Institute just released the 2016 Survey of Contemporary Couples & Current Wedding Trends which details just how far we’ve come and how much weddings have changed in the relatively short time since the historic ruling.
Here are a few interesting details from the report, which comes from a survey of 1,400 respondents:
More same-sex couples are now choosing to get married in their home states (77%) because they no longer need to travel to another state for legal marriage recognition.
The number of same-sex couples celebrating their unions with a ceremony and reception with invited guests has increased to 79%, from 43% prior to 2013.
Emotional support for same-sex couples has increased. For example, support from parents of same-sex couples has increased from 46% to 60%, compared to 86% for opposite-sex couples.
To learn more about same-sex couples post-marriage equality, check out the 2016 Survey of Contemporary Couples & Current Wedding Trends »
In honor of engaged couples sharing their #justsaidyes moments with us on Instagram, we just had to share this adorable proposal. This man filmed his own version of the “Rude” music video and played it for his girlfriend at the local movie theater, which happened to be filled with their family and friends. After leaving the theater for a few minutes, he reappeared to ask her the question of a lifetime. Between the amount of planning and her reaction, good luck not tearing up!
Actress Amy Poehler is already a pro at winning us over with her witty humor, but here at WeddingWire, we think she could have another career in her future: wedding pianist! On November 3, at a church in Pasadena, Calif., Poehler was on hand for a reading of “Portlandia” actress Carrie Brownstein’s book, “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir.” During the Q&A portion of the event, a fan named Kendall stepped up to the mic and requested that Brownstein marry her and her partner, Genevieve, right then and there! It turns out that Brownstein is a licensed wedding officiant, and after some encouragement from Poehler, she agreed to perform the impromptu wedding. The ever-so-thoughtful Poehler quickly made bouquets for Kendall and Genevieve before taking a seat behind the church’s piano. You can hear her playing some (amateur) notes as the couple exchange their handwritten vows. We have to say that Brownstein did a fantastic job as the officiant, even providing Kendall and Genevieve with some heartfelt marriage advice that had us a bit teary-eyed. See for yourself in the video above!
Even though traditions such as walking down the aisle to “Canon in D” haven’t changed over the last century–wedding dresses have! Which iconic look inspires YOU in Mode’s 3-minute video? (Secretly, we still adore the ’50s fashion. How could we forget when Audrey Hepburn married Mel Ferrer in a tea-length Givenchy gown!) Be sure to follow WeddingWire on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat because our editors are at New York Bridal Market from Wednesday, October 7 through Monday, October 12 with exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of the latest collections. Plus, they will post photos with the hashtag #WWxBFW!