-- An Oregon couple whose romance against all odds inspired a social media campaign that went viral and raised nearly $28,000 tied the knot Thursday in a dream wedding at Disneyland in California.
The wedding day of Kelcie Yeoman and Larry Ragsdale -- high school sweethearts whose engagement plans were derailed when Ragsdale was hit head-on by a drunk driver –- was punctuated by a special message from their favorite band, Train.
"Your story is so inspiring that not only do we want to play this music for you but we wanted to invite you as our guests on our next cruise,” Train frontman Pat Monahan told the shocked couple in a taped message introduced by Yeoman’s maid of honor, her sister, McKenzie, at the wedding reception.
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Train’s song, “Marry Me,” served as the backdrop to the couple’s proposal video that was posted on Indiegogo last month by McKenzie in a bid to raise enough money for the financially strapped couple to have the long-delayed wedding of their dreams.
Ragsdale, 25, planned to propose to Yeoman, 24, in 2010 but, three days after Ragsdale asked for her father’s permission, the car he was driving was hit head-on by a drunk driver.
In 2012, Ragsdale was able to finally propose to Yeoman. He used the same ring he had purchased when he originally asked her dad for permission.
With their dream wedding funded thanks to the nearly $28,000 in donations, the couple received another surprise last month when they learned that Disney Fairy Tales Wedding and Honeymoons would be giving them a five-night honeymoon at the Disneyland resort in California.
“I do,” said Ragsdale when he heard the news. “I’ll marry [you] right now.”
After saying their real “I dos” Thursday, Yeoman and Ragsdale continued their fairytale day by being escorted off in Cinderella’s Crystal Coach.
Before that, however, there was a moment in the wedding ceremony that no one will forget.
When it came time for the bride and groom to kiss, Ragsdale’s groomsmen helped him stand up out of his wheelchair his own so he could stand to kiss his new bride.