Touching ‘First-Look’ Photos Between a Bride and Her Brother With Down Syndrome Go Viral
A bride chose to keep the tradition of waiting until her wedding ceremony before letting the groom lay eyes on her in her wedding dress for the first time. She did, however, give her younger brother Nick who has Down syndrome the honors of his “first look” and made it into an adorable, emotionally charged photoshoot. The touching pictures went viral and warmed hearts all over the internet.
Ashley Rice, now Ashley Sedar, from Tonawanda, New York, was planning her wedding to Brian Sedar when she decided to arrange the “first-look” photo session on her wedding day. She told Good Morning America that she had always been “intrigued” by the concept.
Ashley adores her younger brother, Nick Rice, who has Down syndrome.
The siblings share a close bond and consider themselves best friends. So it only made sense to include Nick. And Brian was all for it.
Ashley’s wedding photographer, Kelsey Gene, loved the idea as well, which turned into one of the most emotional shoots of her career. On the big day, Nick stood smiling in a bedroom as Ashley walked up behind him in her gown, beaming. Then, he turned around.
According to Watroba, she was unprepared to witness such an emotional moment.
“Little did I know that this first look would turn out to be one of the sweetest things I have ever witnessed, in my entire career as a photographer,” she added.
Kelsey Watroba, was the one who got to capture the moment. “Looking at the photos, you see these two have such a close relationship … I was very glad to have had my big camera to hide my face because I was crying,” she explained.
“There was not a dry eye in the room,” Kelsey wrote. “I was right along with them in tears.”
Nick was so stunned at first he couldn’t say anything, but he quickly found the words Ashley will cherish hearing forever.
“He said, ‘You are the most indescribable person in the world. I can’t even describe it.’ It was very sweet and we were both in tears. I’ll never forget it,” she said.
The wedding photographer posted the heartwarming set of photos on Facebook,
with a caption that read, “… these two carved out a moment to spend together. And it was so special and pure. Nick had some very heartfelt thoughts to share with his sister. When I tell you that there was not a dry eye in the room … oh yes, I was right along with them in tears.” The post went viral and garnered over 14,000 shares on Facebook.
What a beautiful way to honor your brother. We know Nick will always treasure sharing such a special moment with his sister.
Congratulations, Ashley and Brian!
For Ashley, her brother’s Down syndrome hasn’t affected their bond. She actually describes it like any normal relationship between siblings.
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