Samantha and Derek are a sweet-as-can-be couple who had a sweet-as-can-be wedding.
Nearly all of the event’s decor was made by Samantha and Derek themselves, while family pitched in to lend their talents, too. Samantha’s dress was custom-made by Derek’s aunt—with an extra special touch, featuring the bride’s own mother’s wedding dress transformed into the gown’s lining (Samantha also wore her mother’s wedding veil, too). Samantha’s great-grandmother made the bride’s garter.
At the ceremony (full of movie quotes in a nod to the bride’s love of Disney) was another especially meaningful project: a bench handmade by Derek for Samantha to sit on—for a very important reason.
“I have Parkinson’s disease and cannot stand for long periods of time,” says Samantha. “Derek built me the bench to use if I could not stand any longer during the ceremony. I did end up using it during the readings and hymn so I could conserve my energy.”
At the reception, the couple skipped the traditional cake, serving instead four different kinds of pie: pumpkin, French silk, cookies and cream, and caramel apple.
During the father-daughter dance, the bride surprised her dad with a song that he himself had written years before.
“The song was called ‘Why Not Me?’ and was about me being diagnosed with Parkinson’s,” says Samantha. “It was about why I got Parkinson’s and not him. He had a friend (who was the piano player in our wedding band) compose the lyrics to music and played it for me shortly after my engagement. He had no clue I had planned this and started crying when it came on.”
Derek and Samantha, you are a special couple with an absolutely special wedding day―thanks so much for sharing it with us!
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