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.
Gladys Weikle is no ordinary grandmother, so of course she wouldn't have an ordinary 98th birthday celebration. “I thought the whole world would think I had gone crazy,” Gladys Weikle, 98, told ABC News of Shannon Weikle’s adventurous idea. “Now my hairdresser wasn't too happy about what Shannon did to me,” she said with a giggle.
Jordan Delgado’s mother and grandmother have been married to their respective spouses for a combined 100 years. Delgado, 23, on Saturday walked down the aisle in the same wedding dress worn by those two women in hopes it will bring a marriage as successful as each of their own. “It was really special,” said Delgado, whose mother, Lynn Mitterholzer, and grandmother Jean Beckdahl, both saw her marry in their dress.
Heather and Kole Powell thought photos from their May beach-side wedding in California were lost forever after an ocean wave swept away a camera used to take nearly 200 photos. A relative who was taking photos of the couple and family and friends before the wedding put her camera down on the beach when the ceremony started. Just after the Powells were pronounced husband and wife, an ocean wave swept the camera and a purse containing the couple’s cellphones out to sea.
Luke O’Brien, a musician, and his wife, Kathleen O’Brien, made an epic music video during their wedding in the pouring rain. “The timing of it was really crazy,” Luke O’Brien, 30, of Philadelphia told ABC News. The lush green fields and unexpected downpour at their rural Chester County, Pennsylvania, wedding made the perfect backdrop for his original song, “Old Love,” which he wrote for his beloved bride.
Sarah Kabiling and Gilbert Hernandez tied the knot on Sept. 8 with a lavish Fairy Tale wedding at Disneyland. Choosing to have their big day at Disneyland was a no-brainer for the couple, who said they’ve both loved Disney since they were kids.
Kyle James and Ashley Grigsby of North Carolina quit their jobs in 2015 and set off for New York City before heading on a worldwide adventure. "We got really wrapped up in those routines and we needed a change," Grigsby told ABC News. "We saved every dollar we could get our hands on -- knowing that we were going to be in Greece and all these places," James explained.
Chavuanne Cousins' father, Dorian Wills, became paralyzed after a ski accident in 2007. "It was the last day of ski season," Wills, 52, recalled to ABC News. When Cousins got engaged, Wills too thought of how he'd walk his eldest daughter down the aisle.
Zak Fick was overcome with emotion watching his sister’s wedding dance with their dad. "She is my only sister," he told ABC News about the bride, Kelsey Buelow. "I was worried it would be shaky, since I was crying pretty hard," said Zak Fick, 25.
When an Indiana couple posed for photos after their nuptials in August, they didn't expect a colorful peacock to steal the spotlight from them. Tamatha and Emile Conway exchanged vows Aug. 25 inside Meyer's Castle in Dyer, Indiana. The estate, located on 10 acres of land just 35 minutes outside of Chicago, is home to two colorful birds.
Shellie Schoellkopf and Robert Callaway, both Houston natives, planned to hold their wedding reception next month for 150 guests at a restaurant in downtown Houston. Then, Hurricane Harvey, the most powerful storm to hit Texas in over a decade, happened.
The bride said she’d been hoping her sister would perform something on her big day “because she’s very musically inclined,” Spadacenta, 25, told ABC News. When the wedding day arrived on Aug. 31 in New Haven, Connecticut, Miessau did not disappoint. “I thought she might sing or something, but she blew it out of the water with this,” said Spadacenta.
A Nebraska bride has started a “sisterhood of the traveling wedding dress” after offering her bridal gown to brides-to-be in need. Dawnetta Heinz, 22, of Omaha, decided to post her gown from her July 2016 wedding on Facebook earlier this month as she and her husband were preparing to move to a new home. “I saw the dress again, and it was just something in me to give it to somebody,” Heinz told ABC News.
Love was in the air for many couples during the total solar eclipse. Aaron Hrenak and Kaitlin McNeely of St. Charles, Missouri, were one of those couples. Today I not only got to capture the solar eclipse, but I also had the pleasure of capturing Aaron's surprise proposal to Kaitlin.
Newlyweds Samantha and Cameron Kuhn had an out-of-this-world wedding today during the total solar eclipse. “Being able to do the wedding on the day of the solar eclipse couldn’t be any more perfect,” bride Samantha Kuhn, 28, told ABC News. After completing their vows, the bride and groom joined their guests, all wearing certified solar eclipse glasses, in a field behind the altar to take in another “rare and wonderful” occasion -- the total solar eclipse.
Bride Brittney Harmon’s father is a die-hard Chicago Bears fan. On her July 22 wedding day in Galena, Illinois, she surprised him with a Bears-themed dress for their father-daughter dance. “I was literally speechless, and I couldn’t hug her enough,” her dad, Steve Benda, told ABC News of the moment he laid on eyes on her in the new gown.