Although marriage is typically a commitment between two people, this proposal had a very unusual take, when the groom-to-be proposed to two sisters at the same time.
When Will Seaton proposed to Ashley Schaus, he also wanted to include Ashley’s younger sister, Hannah, in the proposal. Will knows Ashley and her sister, Hannah, who suffers from Down syndrome, are inseparable.
“I had made a joke to him that Hannah and I are always together,” Ashley recalls. “I told him, ‘You’re going to have to marry both of us,’ and he took it seriously.”
So, on that fateful day, Will got down on one knee and proposed to Ashley. They were destined to tie the knot together.
But then he proposed to Hannah as well, asking her to be his best friend forever. He even presented her with a special ring that previously belonged to the sisters’ grandmother. Hannah couldn’t contain her joy, and squealed in delight.
“When you get married, everyone comes with you,” Ashley said. “This is what marriage is about. It’s about friendship, bringing your family into the picture and going from there. It was wonderful. I know I can trust him with Hannah for the rest of my life.”
It was a special day when the couple married in October. And, the inseparable sisters wore white and carried marigolds and hydrangeas.
Will also took special “vows” with Hannah. “Hannah, I’m thankful that you’re my sister and my best friend, I promise to take you fishing, tell you plenty of funny jokes and, most importantly, I promise to always look out for you,” said Will. The pastor then pronounced them “best friends forever,” and said, “you may hug your best friend.”
Right from the beginning, Will took on the responsibility of caring for Hannah seriously. “Hannah will always have to be dependent, so it was one of those things where I was so glad [Will] went out of his way to include her,” Ashley said. “She’ll never be able to live alone. When my parents get older and can’t care for Hannah, she will be under my care.”
“I wanted to share everything with Hannah. She was more than just a bridesmaid. I wanted her to feel like she stood out. We didn’t take anything away from the day, we gained,” Ashley said.
These sisters are both lucky to have such a caring partner and friend in Will, who even shared a special dance with Hannah, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”
“She will be a part of every process. I wouldn’t want it any other way,” said Ashley. “I am blessed to share this day with her.”
Watch this very special video below:
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When no one gave this girl with Down syndrome a chance, she bet on herself instead