Help you down the aisle I must: The day Yoda empowered an autistic flower girl

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Photo by Kristy Angove

The wedding was held in a small country church. The bride was resplendent in a blue 1940s gown, and her three daughters were flower girls in floral circlets and big pretty dresses and… what the wha? Is that Yoda over there on the left, photobombing that lovely family photo?

Offbeat Bride reader Tara recently attended a friend's wedding, and noticed that one of the flower girls had a strange little green Jedi friend escorting her down the aisle, in the form of an awesome backpack.

Curious to know how it came to pass that Yoda crashed the wedding, Ms. Tara asked during the reception, and shared the heartwarming story with us…

This is one amazing Yoda backpack.

T, the flower girl, had spent the morning hiding under the bed.She is autistic, and the prospect of an event with all those people was pretty daunting.

T's aunty finally coaxed her out from under the bed with the promise of a Yoda backpack.

Her aunt took her to the toy shop, and from that moment on Yoda sat on her shoulder and she seemed to feel safe with him there.

When it came time to put on the dress and head to the church T flat refused to go without Yoda on her shoulder.

Her mother, the bride, said to her family “If Yoda helps T get to the church and walk down that aisle with all those people watching, then Yoda is coming!”

And the result was one of the best images of a flower girl that has EVER been taken in the history of weddings:

Screenshot courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

Oh wait, sorry… this:

Photo by Kristy Angove

It's no battle training on Dagobah, but weddings can (sometimes) be just as stressful and overwhelming. So cheers to the bride for letting Yoda coach this young padawan through her wedding duties!

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Comments on Help you down the aisle I must: The day Yoda empowered an autistic flower girl

  1. Wow! The family picture is absolutely breathtaking, and the story behind it…just wow! One of my favorite wedding stories for sure!

  2. Incredibley sweet and what an amazing wedding that must have been!
    I would love to see more of this beautiful family at what must have been an awesome event. lovely lovely photo!

  3. I saw this on the tribe and have been wanting to share this with my friends, and now I can:)

  4. What a heartwarming story… with all the chaos that is a wedding it is the most simple things that make you stop and consider the big picture. Someday many years from now this family will be able to look back at pictures that include this beautiful little girl who found the courage with a little help from Auntie and Yoda. Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

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