Perfect Bride

by admin on October 20, 2011

Dear Jeanne and all at EH,

I felt the need to tell you this story of the most wonderful bride I have ever met.

Melly, my best friend of the past 10 years, was due to get married two years ago. There was no doubt in Melly’s mind that I would be here Chief Bridesmaid (MOH to all you Americans!). I am in a wheelchair as I lost my legs and have not yet mastered the art of walking on my prosthetic legs. Melly was adamant that I would be walking (wheeling) down the aisle with her and everything was to be wheelchair friendly. I told her I was working to make sure I could walk with her – albeit on the arm of the Best Man.

The whole planning became less about her and more about how the venue and church could accommodate me. I didn’t ask for it, mind, I was happy to go with anything. A wedding is for the Bride and Groom but both Melly and her intended, John, would not listen to my protestations.

The absolute kicker came on the day before the wedding. Someone stole my wheelchair and left me unconscious in the street. Melly rushed from her preparations to the hospital. She canceled everything to be at the hospital. All the guests who had come so far were still treated to the most wonderful party – but not a wedding. When I was released from hospital the next day I went too. It was just wonderful. Melly made an announcement, saying that she and John would marry in a small ceremony as soon as I was well enough but for tonight, everyone was asked to just party and have fun and enjoy themselves.

Five months later, I walked down the aisle with my best friend and stood with her on her wedding day. The fact she was willing to think of me, even on the most important day of her life, meant the world. She is standing up with me on my wedding day in a month’s time. And if there’s another calamity I will be with her.

Thank goodness that Bridezilla-ness is not something that all brides suffer from! 0816-11

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

lkb October 20, 2011 at 6:52 am

This just made my day! Profoundest blessings on the OP, her new husband, the HC in this story and all those people who attended all the ceremonies.

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sv October 20, 2011 at 8:35 am

What a touching story and what an amazing friend! You must be a wonderful woman yourself to have a friend such as this. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding 🙂

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alex October 20, 2011 at 9:01 am

this is one of the sweetest stories I have ever read and I am very close to having tears from it. The bride knew that although it was her day (and no one would blame her), having her best friend well and with her was much more important than anything else. This bride showed the ultimate dedication to her friend and I only wish more people could be like her in everything they do.

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Hemi Halliwell October 20, 2011 at 9:30 am

This is an incredibly touching story and the OP is blessed to have such an amazing and supportive friend.

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LovleAnjel October 20, 2011 at 10:05 am

That is amazing. What a great friend!

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Jilly October 20, 2011 at 10:20 am

This is so wonderful, and thank-you for this story. It was so good to hear that there are people out there that have such fantastic priorities.

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AS October 20, 2011 at 10:56 am

I was missing the “Perfect Bride” stories for a while. There wasn’t one even on FGFs before admin created the Hells Bells section.

Thanks for sharing this story, OP. It is wonderful to have such a good friend. This story made my day!

Also, congratulations on your impending wedding.

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WildIrishRose October 20, 2011 at 11:10 am

Thank you for sharing such an uplifting and heartwarming story! E-hell for the wheelchair thief and e-heaven for all involved in the wedding!

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AKatC October 20, 2011 at 11:53 am

Lovely story! Thanks for sharing.

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Gee October 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Wow, what a wonderful story. I wish there were more people like the bride.

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Just Laura October 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I think the new husbands are the luckiest people in this story.
Thank you for sharing, OP.

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Cat October 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Hold onto that friend. If you lose her, you’ll never find another one like her. Her fiance deserves credit too. He stood by her decision and supported her when you know he was thinking he was going to be a married man.

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Angel October 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm

This is so wonderful! It’s nice to know that there are still people out there who are as kind and considerate(and beyond) as your friend is.

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Snowy October 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm

What’s “FGF?”

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AS October 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm

@Snowy – “FGF” = Feel Good Fridays, like the ones admin has in the etiquettehell.com main site.

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Snowy October 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Oh, duh! 😀 Thanks!

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The Elf October 21, 2011 at 11:49 am

What a great friend!

Who steals a wheelchair? You’d have to sink really low to even consider that and the resale value of a wheelchair can’t be particularly high? I’m angry just thinking about it.

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Guppy October 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Great! An antidote to all the appalling stories we so enjoy reading here. There are wonderful people in the world. They deserve this sort of recognition.

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Enna October 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm

What a great firend, this is such a touching story, I’m really sorry to hear about your wheelchair being stolen and you being left unconsious. Congrats on your own wedding.

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Ann October 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I’m in tears. You are both truly blessed to have such a wonderful friendship.

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