Seventeen years ago, flower girl Brooke Gibson and ring bearer Adrian Franklin — then 5 years old — linked arms as they walked down the aisle at their parents’ friends’ wedding in Gastonia, North Carolina.
On September 19, they walked down that same aisle at South Gastonia Church of God together again — this time for their own wedding.
More than 300 people attended the wedding, including the bride from the wedding they were in 17 years ago.
“We forgot that we were in the wedding together and she brought the photos to us,” Brooke told ABC News. “She just thought that was the neatest thing. She was really excited.”
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Turns out, the couple’s love story had something of a rocky start. Brooke had a crush on Adrian as a kid, but those feelings weren’t reciprocated until much later.
“We went to school together and I would always try to play with him on the playground and he wouldn’t have anything to do with it,” Brooke told WBTV.
“I was always trying to get away from her and run from her and hide from her,” Adrian added.
Over the years, they lost touch and reconnected several times. And it’s a good thing they did. Congratulations to the happy couple!
The Huffington Post attempted to contact the couple but did not hear back by the time of publication. This story may be updated.