The bridesmaids and groomsmen donned a matching "accessory" to support the bride.
Jaclyn Summers, an event planner based in Summerville, South Carolina, had planned everything down to the very last detail for her destination wedding—including the picturesque outdoor venue. She was all set to wed the love of her life, Jonathan Summers, on August 31, booking the Magnolia Plantation & Gardens in Charleston to say their "I dos," while overlooking the marshes of Ashley River and cypress swamp gardens. But just a little over a week before the wedding was scheduled to take place, Jaclyn fell down the stairs at home, chasing after her dogs.
She ended up breaking her wrist and undergoing surgery. As a result, she was forced to wear a splint on her wedding day. Not exactly the picture-perfect accessory a bride-to-be would want to be photographed in for such a special occasion. But Jaclyn decided to put a positive spin on an unfortunate situation, adorning her splint in white fabric and lace to match her dress and décor.
"My wedding day was everything I ever thought it would be—except for the broken wrist," she told TODAY Style.
As Jaclyn would soon find out before walking down the aisle, her husband and bridal party had another idea in mind to cheer her up and help to take the focus off her bandaged eyesore. They each wore Ace bandages on their left wrists, surprising Jaclyn after the ceremony in this awe-inducing photo captured by Jenee Ann Photography.
At the behest of Charleston-based photographer, Jennifer Stanley, who was in on the plan, Jaclyn was asked to strike a "new signature pose" for her wedding photos. As she lifted her bandaged arm, Jaclyn’s bridal party also copied the pose. That’s when the bride noticed they, too, were wearing matching bandages.
"I was laughing to the point of tears," Jaclyn said. "I thought it was hilarious. It was really creative and heartfelt. It made me feel more like a princess on my wedding day."
With all the stress that comes along with wedding planning, not to mention dealing with an unexpected injury, Jaclyn said the gesture was just what she needed on her big day.
"I was so in wedding mode," Jaclyn said. "I don’t think I knew how much I needed that moment. I was trying to get through all of it and deal with it and it helped me cope a little bit better."
Although Jaclyn’s now-husband, Jonathan, and the remaining nine attendants each wore the bandages, the concept actually came from the groom’s best friend, Dan Novak.
"The best part was the look on her face when she finally saw we had them all on and she was cracking up," Novak said. "I felt I needed to make a part of my wedding gift to them something they’d remember for the rest of their lives."
A cherished moment the happy couple will definitely remember for years to come.
"We picked those people [members of bridal party] for a reason," Jaclyn said. "They’re all people we love and they support us and we like to have fun with them."
They say laughter is the best medicine. But when you add a dose of love, as shown by this bride and groom and their wedding party, you’ve really got the perfect prescription for a happy ending.