Vieneese Stanton surprised her stepfather Preston Rolan, who has raised her since she was 3 years old, with a wedding last Thursday inside UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, where he's currently being treated. Rolan, 64, has been declining in health since he was diagnosed with leukemia back in February, but Stanton told ABC News she wanted her father to be part of the milestones he may miss. After talking with doctors last month about her father's prognosis, Stanton, 27, decided to push up her wedding, originally scheduled for next April.
A pair of newlyweds who got married after knowing each other for more than a decade wanted to capture just how close their families have become in a heartwarming photo that shows how resilient marriage can be. In the photo, getting tons of attention online, newlyweds Kalin and Matt Haley are featured with each of their parents -- Stephanie and Rick Bilides, who've been married for 30 years and Lisa and Bob Haley, who've been married for 47 years. "We've known each other since middle school and started dating in high school, junior year," groom Matt Haley, also 28, added, noting that after taking a small break, the couple have been together since 2012.
Kayleigh Fahey and James Regatuso had just returned from a trip to Bali and Indonesia. Instead, he picked a park that they had frequented many times throughout their relationship -- Letchworth State Park in Castile, New York.
Bride Erin Goldberg surprised her husband-to-be with an unconventional outfit for the couple's first-look wedding photos in Scottsdale, Arizona on Nov. 11. Erin Goldberg, 25, wore sweatpants and her favorite old cat t-shirt from Walmart instead of her gorgeous wedding gown to prank groom Ean Goldberg, 31.
Lauver and the groom, John Conforti, perform together in a sketch comedy group, so humor is nothing new to them. The acting for him was simple,” Conforti, 33, told ABC News. “Without me knowing, she had decided for her wedding vows she was going to read the lyrics to that song,” he said of their Nov. 4 wedding in Lititz, Pennsylvania.
Dallin Knecht proposed to teacher Sara Trigero with the help of her beloved students in Reno, Nevada. “Sara cares a lot about the kids,” Knecht, 26, told ABC News. Trigero, 27, is a teacher at the Child and Family Research Center at University of Nevada-Reno.
One 5-year-old girl had one wish before her fourth open heart surgery -- get married to her best friend. Sophia Chiappalone's mother, Kristy Somerset-Chiappalone, told ABC News she'd do anything to give another smile to her daughter, who was born with several heart defects. Chiappalone, who has already undergone three open heart surgeries during her short lifetime, spent much of her early life in Hartford Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.
Jennifer Jensen, 24, of Shakopee, Minnesota, married Bill Jensen, 27, last month in an outdoor ceremony attended by friends and family, including Jennifer Jensen’s 3-year-old son, Jackson. Scott County Judge Chris Wilton married the couple in a setting that was far different than the first time he met Jennifer Jensen, in March 2014. “I didn’t know Jennifer from any of the participants I had on my calendar that day,” Wilton said of the day an eight-months pregnant Jennifer Jensen appeared in his court for a probation violation stemming from drug use.
One ring bearer couldn't keep his eyes open on the big day -- even if it was his parent's wedding. Nine-month-old Maxen River Pierce served as the ring bearer at David and Roselee Pierce's Oct. 21 nuptials at Champagne Manor in Monroe, Louisiana. David Pierce, 35, told ABC News that it was his now-wife's idea to have their son do the honors.
A horse named Cricket upstaged her owner during the bride's wedding day photos. Patti Womer of Mount Pleasant Mills, Pennsylvania, was posing when her horse "smiled" for the camera. Womer told ABC News that Cricket was actually shaking flies off her head when it appeared as if she was smiling with her teeth out.
Grace Schebler got the surprise of a lifetime during her marching band performance when her Army boyfriend, who is currently stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia, showed up. Isaac Anderson, 23, got on his knee to pop the question while the Hawkeyes' marching band was playing Bruce Channel’s “Hey Baby” to set the mood, which was music to her ears once she realized what was happening. “It was a complete surprise,” Schebler, 20, told ABC News.
It's an age-old question but one assistant professor's inspiring response has gone viral. Speech and debate coach Dan West, who teaches Introduction to Human Communication at Ohio University in Athens, spends one full day of his 400-person class answering questions about love and relationships. Students are allowed to write down whatever questions they have about courting, sex, long-distance relationships and even cheating on note cards.
“I just felt like we were straight out of the movie,” said Hagerman, 25, adding that she “really did” feel like a princess. It was the idea of Hagerman, a speech language pathologist, to go in costume this Halloween as characters from the classic Disney movie. The costume though sparked an idea in Davis, who had been looking for a unique way to propose to Hagerman, his girlfriend of seven years.
When David Grzybowski and Jodi Gilbert tie the knot next June, they say they won’t mind if a company’s logo is behind them in their wedding photos. Grzybowski and Gilbert, both 26, are seeking sponsors for their June 2018 wedding in Philadelphia. “Everything is sponsored now, down to NBA jerseys,” said Grzybowski, formerly a local news reporter who now works in video and social media.
Mikayla Wroten of Crown City, Ohio, had a lovely Oct. 14 wedding.But one important thing was missing: her father, David Poling, a Marine and former probation officer who died while chasing a suspect in 2007.In his absence, she carried a bouquet with his photo down the aisle with the words, "Walk with me today Daddy."His Marine Corps portrait and boots were also sitting “where he would have been,” Wroten, 19, told ABC News of making sure her beloved dad was present on her big day.But it was her father’s former police colleagues who gave her the biggest reminder of him. ...
Rick Grenis and Bonnie Frazier spent more than a year planning a wedding in northern California's scenic Sonoma County that was to include a weekend of activities for their more than two dozen guests. “Our venue’s website said, ‘Closed until further notice,’” Grenis, told ABC News. Grenis, 29, and Frazier, 27, who both live in Oakland, California, got the news just 48 hours before the Oct. 13 date for their nuptials.
When one woman met a young man in a popular D.C. nightclub, she had no idea she'd go onto marry him, much less become part of a royal family. Austin told ABC News it was "days before my 22nd birthday" and she had no idea the relationship would last.
Amy Chan, a relationship columnist, founded the Renew Breakup Bootcamp in upstate New York following her own difficult breakup. "Five years ago ... I was dating someone that I thought was going to marry," Chan told ABC News. One attendee, Puneet Grewal, 36, from Vancouver, Canada, told ABC News that she was in an off-and-on relationship for seven years before winding up at the Renew Breakup Bootcamp.
A groom who dissolved into a puddle of tears when he saw his bride walking down the aisle is now warming up hearts everywhere. Quintin Reed tried to hold back his tears, even cupping his face before folding over, his body nearly touching the ground in now-viral photos of the event.
Jake Clark stole the show serving as the flower man in his friends’ Oct. 7 wedding in Dayton, Ohio.He strutted down the aisle throwing fall foliage out of fanny packs he’d borrowed from his girlfriend’s grandmother.“My girlfriend’s grandma had about six of them, but I thought that was overkill and I wouldn’t be able to do my dance moves,” Clark, 27, told ABC News. “I put three on because I wanted that Batman artillery belt. ...
A bride and groom who were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey got a free wedding of their dreams. Chloe and Tim Waterreus of Kingwood, Texas, were resigned to the fact their original wedding wouldn’t be possible. It was planned for the weekend after Harvey hit, which destroyed their home and any hopes of a celebration.
One couple took the jump into marriage literally when the groom surprised their wedding guests by skydiving into the reception. Jeanne Parsch first met Steve Sanders in 2015 when both went skydiving at a corporate event in Florida. "We literally met skydiving," Parsch, 40, told ABC News.
For Ferrin Roy, that meant proudly displaying the birthmark on her face. Roy, 30, was born with a congenital nevus, or large birthmark, that covers four inches of her right cheek. "Growing up was a breeze for me," the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, woman said, noting that her mother, Connie Price Fontenot, instilled in her a sense of confidence that would prove invaluable against bullies.
Ryan Balfour proposed not once but twice on Sept. 24. While the happy couple from Alberta, Canada, was taking a stroll in the mountains, he got down on one knee to ask longtime girlfriend, Darion Getzinger, for her hand in marriage.
Bride-to-be Caitlin Revuelta got to be queen for a day at her office —- khaleesi for a day, that is. “I was completely surprised!,” Revuelta, 27, told ABC News. “I was in a meeting, and when it ended, I heard the epic ‘Game of Thrones’ theme song coming from the kitchen.