Virginia couple with intellectual disabilities celebrates independent life together

Chris & Jaime Goodloe 6-6-15
Photos by Laura Matthews Photography

Photographer Laura Matthews told us that neither Chris nor Jaime had ever dreamed of the life they've created for themselves today. Both have intellectual disabilities and have faced their own obstacles, but they now live independently together, hold jobs, drive, and are active in their communities.

Chris and Jaime met five years ago at a party and said their vows this past June at The Meadow Event Park in Virginia. From the horse-drawn carriage that dropped Jaime off at the ceremony to the rose petals lining the aisle, I'm loving the frothily romantic details all over the place. For instance, you gotta see the adorable bell jar for the cards and gifts!

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Vendors

Beauty: Renata Lynette Makeup • Dress Store: David's Bridal • Event Planner: All in the Details • Floral Designer: King William Florists • Hair: Intrigue – A healthy hair salon • Linens and Coverings: The Prop Shop • Men's Apparel: Jos. A. Bank • Photographer: Laura Matthews Photography • Transportation: Hundley Carriages • Venue: The Meadow Event Park

This post was written based on information provided by the photographer. If there are any errors or omissions, please contact us.

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  1. Thank you for presenting this as you would any other wedding. I saw this in my blog feed and first thought it was on one of the disability blogs I follow- I'm a special ed teacher and sister to a girl with developmental disabilities. It looks beautiful, and special, and they and their guests look so happy! Congratulations to the happy couple!

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  2. Wait, are those giant flowers on the arch or an optical illusion??? Seriously, they're crystally and enormous. WANT. Beautiful!
    Congrats on your lovely wedding, and kudos to the happiest garter-catcher I've ever seen!

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  3. Thank you, thank you for featuring this very special wedding! I can't tell you how incredibly moving it was to capture Jaime & Chris' gorgeous wedding day and I'm so thrilled their happiness will reach even more people through your feature!

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  4. Wow those arch flowers ARE super awesome!!! Does anyone know where you can get anything similar?

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  5. Man, I'm not even normally into "white wedding" decor and I LOVE the things they did here. And everyone looks like they're having such a fun time!! Congrats to the couple!

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  6. This is a really beautiful wedding, and the happiness and celebration really shines. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  7. Beautiful! Looks like it was a fantastic day full of love! Congratulations to Chris and Jaime. x

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  8. Ahhhh this is making me all teary and feelingy… my nephew has intellectual disabilities, and I always wonder how he will be as an adult. Will he live independently? Have a girlfriend? Find a job? It is a joyous occasion when any two people find each other, but even more so when they face challenges along their lives.

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  9. I was having one of those blah day until I saw this post. How perfectly joyful. Beautiful wedding! Congratulations.

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  10. I'm not crying there is a stick in my eye. Or someone's cutting onions! This wedding gives me hope for my sister. But maybe in crying!

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