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Fla. bride shares wedding day with special needs friends
At most weddings, the bride is the center of attention. But, at one ceremony in Orlando, the bride shared the spotlight with several special needs women she works with in an effort to give them the wedding of their dreams.
Only two joined in holy matrimony. But, in this wedding, eight brides walked down the aisle.
"It's their lifelong dream."
The bride on the altar, Vantrease Blair, is a third generation Executive Director of the Russell Home.
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!'"
"We can share this will all of our friends and family, so why not make it special for somebody else as well?"
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."
They've done all of those things a bride loves to do.
"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."
"Do you like your dress?" "I like my dress."
And when the ceremony was over.
The newlyweds held two receptions.
This one just for the seven ladies who stole the show.
"Did you have fun at Van and Mike's wedding?"
"What was your favorite part?"
"I think she wants to go on the honeymoon (laughs)."
"I think that's where we'll draw the line (laughs)."
"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."
A day they'll now remember for the rest of their lives.