This post is not about the 1987 Rob Reiner movie, but rather a very special little girl who got to play a unique role in the wedding of an angel.

Diana Poetter has been Lauren’s friend and therapist since before Lauren was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome. She has been a precious treasure to our family because of all the time, energy and love she has given Lauren during her journey with this disease. Diana “works” five days a week for Carrie, attending to Lauren’s therapies, daily exercises, meals, bathing, meds, etc. I wrote “works” in quotes because it is evident that her career is very much a labor of love.

Diana became engaged last year to a wonderfully sweet young man and they set their wedding date for New Year’s Day, 1-1-11. The very next thing Diana did was to ask Lauren to be in her wedding as her “Princess Bride”. Lauren would be walked down the aisle by her daddy, wearing a “wedding dress” just like Diana’s. We know Lauren will never have her own real wedding, and this was Diana’s gift to our family of allowing us to have the special moments that a mother has of dressing her daughter in a wedding gown, a father has of walking his daughter down the aisle, and all the family members have of watching that take place.

I forgot to take my camera to the church, so all I got were pictures taken with my iPhone. Some are blurry, but they actually are a perfect capture of how I saw Lauren that day… through the blur of tears. It was a beautiful wedding, two beautiful brides, and a beautiful day!

Carrie was the first bridesmaid down the aisle.

Here is Brian walking Lauren down the aisle.

Nathan was the guest book attendant.

Lauren with Diana and Jeremy.

Robin and the kids were in town and also attended the wedding. Here are Nathan, Steven and Megan.

Here are a few from the reception. I caught Mom with a mouthful of dinner. And Megan playing with Andrew. Carrie stopped by the cake table.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of Robin or me. But please believe me, we were there!

Congratulations Diana and Jeremy. May God bless your marriage!


  1. This is so neat! I’m in awe of her.

  2. I can’t think of any words to describe how precious this is, beautifully described by a devoted grandmother.

  3. Oh Donna, this was such a beautiful entry…I had seen the pictures on FB but didn’t know you had blogged about it…thank you for pointing me in this direction…what an amazing story!

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