Will this marriage work? Check out the 9-year-old best man’s delight
Jenna Daugherty has a happily-ever-after story that went slightly off course -- but that's exactly why it's so great. Last Sunday, the Ohio resident did something most divorcés would never dream of doing: she remarried her ex-husband, Brian, five years after their divorce.
Their nine-year-old son Jacob could not be happier -- as you can see in these wedding photos. Jenna shared the pics on several sites on the internet. Here's another of the ecstatic Jacob, who served as best man and ringbearer at the ceremony.
He was born just after his parents graduated from high school. The Brian and Jenna's parents were supportive, but there "was always unspoken pressure to 'do the right thing'" and marry, Jenna told Brittany Wong at the Huffington Post. So they tied the knot in 2005.
Jenna, now 28, said the pair was happy then, but were "so wrapped up in getting done with school and getting through each day that we lost sight of the relationship."
They divorced in 2009, but stayed close for the sake of their son. When Jenna got sick shortly after getting her graduate degree in teaching, Brian was right there by her side. Years after the divorce, the couple's rekindled their love.
Their story of love tested, tried and found to be true isn't all that uncommon these days -- and marriage under stress is the theme of a much-anticipated movie from Samuel Goldwyn films, THE SONG. Starring Nashville actors Alan Powell, Ali Faulkner and Caitlin Nicol Thomas, it tells the story of Jed King, a singer-songwriter and son of a famous country music singer who makes it to the big time and almost loses his family.
Jenna and Brian know what it's like to love, then lose -- then recover.
"Ultimately, Brian would say that we grew up but I think we both realized what we had in one another and how deep our love was," Jenna told Wong. Earlier this month, the pair decided to give marriage another try. On Sunday, Jenna sent a Facebook invite to friends and family, asking them to come by later that night for a barbeque. Not mentioned on the invite? The secret wedding the couple had in store for the 30 guests.
"At around 8:30 that night, Brian made an announcement and proposed in front of everyone," Jenna told Won. "I thought it would be hard to fake being excited again but I really was thrilled."
After Jenna changed and grabbed the rings and marriage certificate, everyone gathered around the fire and the couple said their vows again.
"It was an incredibly easy and magical night," Jenna said. "No fuss, no frills."
Now Jenna says the reunited family couldn't be happier.
"After five years being apart, it feels like going home again. It's never too late!"
And that's the message of THE SONG, too.
Love never fails.