Photo: Courtesy of Adrian and Brooke Franklin via ABC News
It was destiny! One North Carolina couple, who were paired together as flower girl and ring bearer when they were children, walked down that same aisle 17 years later — this time as bride and groom!
Adrian and Brooke Franklin met in church in elementary school, and were chosen to be a part of their parents' friends' wedding party. From then on, they would always run into each other. "Every time our paths would go separate ways, we'd reconnect," the groom, Adrian, told ABC News.
From the get-go Brooke had a crush on her ring bearer, but Adrian wanted nothing to do with her until high school. "I had a crush on him from the start," the bride said said. "He absolutely could not stand me. He said 'I got on his nerves.' I'd tried to play with him at school and at church and he just didn't want much to do with me at all."
It was once they became teenagers that Adrian had a romantic interest in his future bride. "We would draw with our finger on each other's backs and guess what the other person was writing," he said. "I wrote 'Will you be my girlfriend' and she guessed it, but didn't answer me. I said 'Well Brooke, are you going to say anything?' and she said 'Well you didn't write a question mark.'"
To propose, he played on that inside joke. "Before our wedding day I had a sign made that said 'Will you marry me' but I cut the question mark out," Adrian explained. "I asked her to marry me and I said, 'Here's your question mark.'"
On September 19, the two exchanged vows at the South Gastonia Church of God, the same church they walked down the aisle together 17 years earlier as flower girl and ring bearer. "We are all in shock as to all the attention that this is getting. There was a picture that my mom posted on Facebook and we're glad that it's good news going out and not bad," Adrian said.
"We forgot that we were in the wedding together and she brought the photos to us," Brooke added. "She just thought that was the neatest thing. She was really excited." As are we, this is too cute!