Weddings — like life itself — can be full of surprises

Kris Gerhard, left, and Damien O'Brien were wed Saturday at Camp Mitigwa near Boone.

Kris Gerhard and Damien O’Brien were married Saturday at Camp Mitigwa near Boone, and the bride successfully surprised her guests at the reception–held immediately following the ceremony–with a wheelchair first dance with her groom, who is restricted to a wheelchair due to complications of cerebral palsy.

“I want people to know that you can live right up to the moment before you go,” said Gerhard, a patient of HCI Hospice Care Services.

She and O’Brien gave concrete proof of their belief Saturday.

The couple’s incredible love story was published Friday in,  and readers can find full details there.

smiles during cermony
Smiles and tears were equally apparent at the wedding Saturday of Kris Gerhard Damien O’Brien of Yale.

Wedding program close up


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