ORLANDO, FL — Only two people joined in holy matrimony, but in this wedding, eight brides walked down the aisle.
The bride on the altar, Vantrease Blair, is a third generation executive director of the Russell Home, a non-profit facility for severely handicapped children.
She grew up with many of the special needs women who still live at the home full-time.
“And I wanted to give them the wedding of their dreams, and, luckily enough, I married someone who was right on with that said, ‘okay, let’s do it,’” exclaimed Blair!
“We can share this will all of our friends and family, so why not make it special for somebody else as well,” said the Groom, Michael Beam.
In this service, they were officially asked to be bridesmaids, but from the very day they found out, “I know the day we told them they were crying, just so happy,” said Blair.
They’ve done all of those things a bride loves to do.
Betty Turner, the maid of honor, recounted their excitement. “They have a wedding album, they picked their bouquets, their flowers. They picked their cakes, they picked their dresses and she let it become a dream come true.”
“I think we take for granted all these things we get to do, that a lot of them are never going to get to do, so they get to have their day,” Vantrese said of the special day.
A day seven specials ladies will now remember for the rest of their lives.