“It wouldn’t have been the happiest day of my life without them being there.”

Meghan Overdeep
February 6, 2018

 

Jennifer Wright and Jake Schneider’s rustic-chic barn wedding included enough attendants to field a soccer team, and they wouldn’t have had it any other way.

For their November nuptials, the Alabama couple was preceded down the aisle by 15 youngsters, all boys and girls Wright had babysat over the years.

“I love each and every one of them,” Wright, 28, told Today. “They’re these special, wonderful, amazing human beings that I think are just wonderful. They’re a part of my family and I’m a part of their family in a way.”

“It wouldn’t have been the happiest day of my life without them being there,” she added. “They were phenomenal.”

The kid-filled wedding was in the works long before Wright and Schneider even met. Six years ago a little girl she was babysitting asked Wright (who was single at the time) if she could be her flower girl when she got married. She promised her she could

“I had no idea if I was ever going to get married, if I wanted to get married, if she’d still be interested, if she’d be too old,” Wright recalled. “Instead of explaining how uncertain my future was, I told her, ‘Yes, you can be my flower girl and your sister can, too.’”

From there, more children asked about being in her hypothetical wedding. Wright says she assumed they’d forget about it when that day came. She had no idea that when she did eventually become engaged that they would hold her to it. Even more surprising: she wanted them included.

Schneider, 35, told Today that he was not surprised that Wright followed through. “I knew it was coming given that she cares so much about them,” he said.

In the end, the ceremony went off without a hitch. The children, ranging in age from 4 to 12, were all on their best behavior.

“It was absolutely perfect,” Wright said. “No complaints. I couldn’t have been more impressed with all of them. They did such a great job.”