Leaha said she did not want a traditional wedding because she did not have a mother to help her plan it or a father to walk her down the aisle. In the last five years, she has lost both parents to illnesses.
Her then-fiance, Jesse, was by her side for each tragedy. After dating for five years, he said the wedding was long overdue.
When asked what he loved about his bride, Jesse said, “Everything.”
The couple won the wedding in a radio contest, beating out 61 other entries.
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The prize included everything from the dress to the wedding cake.
“I didn’t think we was actually going to win,” Jesse said. “It was a surprise, a very big surprise.”
In 96 words, Leaha expressed her wishes to marry without sad reminders disguised as wedding traditions.
“I entered it on a whim,” Leaha said.