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. Fab! My daughter has autism, so we were thinking of ways to help Beanie make her way down the aisle as a flower dudette. Probably let her carry a Totoro or a Ponyo (she’s a ghibli fan! I’ve raised her well…)

  2. every time i read this story it touches my heart–but the last picture is absolutely beautiful <3

  3. I can’t wait for twenty or so years to go by to read the story about Yoda at her wedding. Sweet story.

  4. this beautiful girl’s auntie wins the interwebs! Kudos to the entire family for realising the marriage and family is so much more important than the wedding day

  5. I love this story!!! This little girl is after my own heart. About a year ago I was in a friend’s wedding and chose to use a yoda backpack as my purse for the day (and I’m a 28 year old adult). As much as I would have loved for him to,he didn’t go down the aisle with me, but he did make an excellent dance partner at the reception.

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