Stranger Helps Divorced Couple Overcome Their Canceled Second Wedding And Makes Daughter’s Wish Come True
Divorced couple Adrianne and Gabriel Taylor were determined to see their rekindled love win
Adrianne and Gabriel Taylor have the best second wedding story for our uncertain times.
They were first married 10 years ago.
“We did so much wrong,” Adrianne shared with me when I reached her by phone. “Plus, we had stressors like having a baby, moving to a new city, and both starting new jobs.”
The marriage lasted three years.
Adrianne is not one to sugarcoat. “It was a bitter divorce.”
Which would’ve been the end of the story.
Except for their little girl’s prayer.
Since the split, little Leah has not given up that her parents would get back together.
Which of, course, is what just about every kid of divorced parents wishes for.
This was one case where that prayer was answered.
About three years ago, Gabriel called Adrianne and said, “I think we can do better.”
That they have.
First as co-parents.
Then as a couple, doing the work so as not to repeat the same mistakes.
“Let’s get married again!”
When they decided to remarry last September, there was only one date that would do.
Exactly 10 years to the day of their first wedding.
This time they were going to do it right.
They planned a big shindig for 100 guests.
Coronavirus social distance reality sets in
Adrianne and Gabriel are both teachers.
Once school was canceled, they could see where their dream wedding was headed.
They thought about postponing, but one thing stopped them.
Nothing would be as special as getting married on their original wedding date.
Adrianne started calling vendors for suggestions of an officiant who could marry them.
A stranger answers their call
That led them to Daria MacGregor.
Daria is an ordained minister specializing in weddings.
When the coronavirus lockdown started forcing the cancellations of big planned weddings, Daria realized what she needed to do.
If there was a couple who needed to be married within 6 hours of Atlanta, she would come to them.
That Facebook offer was like blowing dandelion seeds of hope across the wedding winds.
One of the wedding vendors had heard about Daria’s offer.
When Adrianne first reached out, Daria suggested they do the ceremony in a city park.
When city parks closed, Daria made it simple. She told Adrianne and Gabriel to just come over. They would do the ceremony in her mother’s backyard where Daria and her husband are staying during the quarantine.
And so the magic began.
“There are things I can’t even explain,” Adrianne told me. “We walked into the backyard and Daria was dressed in what were supposed to be our wedding colors even though I never told her what they were.”
They gathered as close as they could responsibly.
Adrianne, Gabriel, 9-year-old Leah.
Their original best man and maid of honor also happen to live in Atlanta, so they came to bear witness.
To see Adrianne and Gabriel recommit to their love.
To see Leah’s prayer answered.
Their pastor from Florida was able to pipe in through FaceTime to help co-officiate with Daria.
They streamed the ceremony over Facebook Live so loved ones could watch and comment, as well.
“It wasn’t the wedding we planned,” Adrianne said. “And it was absolutely perfect.”
Daria told me, “Transforming this sweet couple’s Plan B into an unforgettable experience for them was pure joy!”
I can’t stop thinking and smiling about Adrianne and Gabriel.
I need to remember this story.
Our world is turned upside down.
We are going to have challenges.
But one thing stays the same—
The thing we need to hold onto.
Love will always win.
Even when it looks different and grander than we could’ve ever imagined.
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