Kristy Stratton dabbed her eyes while she and her soon-to-be-husband Jim Larsen listened to the pastor speak. A captive audience sat behind them, watching the happy couple stand together and go on to recite their vows – although most of them hadn’t even anticipated being at a wedding that day.
Then, after the couple exchanged rings, it became official: the two were wed and sealed the deal with a kiss. The seated guests, meanwhile, cheered and blew bubbles to celebrate as the official introduced “Mr. and Mrs. Jim and Kristy Larsen” to them all.
All the while, Kristy’s mother Billie Jo Stimmel, a corsage pinned to her jacket, watched as one of her wishes came true. In fact, Billie Jo was the inspiration for the unique and beautiful circumstances of this wedding – a wedding that passed, one might say, with flying colors.