Planning a wedding is stressful enough, but what do you do when your wedding guests can’t get the time off of work to come to your wedding? You bring the wedding to the workplace, of course!
On Saturday, Chrissy Slonaker Torres married Leida Torres in the Garden Center at their local Walmart in York, Pennsylvania. Though the location may seem unusual, the story behind it is super cute.
The couple met at the store in 2015 after Torres started a position as a manager. They began like any relationship does, casual flirting that grew into something more. Slonaker Torres was hesitant at first after her first marriage ended in heartbreak, but Torres was persistent in pursuing her.
“One day when it was snowing, she asked if I could come pick her up since I have a truck,” Torres told the local newspaper. “When she got in the truck, she said, ‘so, are you going to go on a date with me?’”
Flash forward to December when the couple decided it was time to get married. They started to plan a private wedding at their home, but when they began mailing out the invitations they realized they were going to have a problem. Dozens of their friends, who were also their co-workers at Walmart, wouldn’t be able to take the day off to attend. The couple desperately wanted them at the wedding since they were so instrumental in bringing them together.
That’s when Slonaker Torres came up with the idea to bring the wedding to their Walmart, so that everyone would be able to be involved.
“We both have a lot of really close friends that we call family in our Walmart store,” Slonaker Torres said. “We discussed it with the store manager and the home office so that everybody in our store – everybody that we share our lives with – can be a part of the wedding.”
Obviously the couple’s co-workers were thrilled with the plan that allowed them to be part of their friends’ special day. They got to work quickly to transform the garden centre section into an appropriate wedding venue. They had an outdoor tent in the middle of the section, red and white flowers as decor and used nearby patio furniture as the seating.
The couple exchanged their vows with more than 100 family members, co-workers and customers in attendance.
“There were some customers that were going around saying ‘ooooh’ and ‘ahhh,’ and that was so sweet,” Slonaker Torres said. “You could hear it in the background. I didn’t hear anything negative.”
After sharing their photos on social media and with their story going viral, the couple have seen some negativity but are happy and choose to ignore it.
“(They were saying) we can’t afford a wedding (and) that we’re rednecks. You shouldn’t judge something by the way it looks because there could be a beautiful story behind it. We met in Walmart, we fell in love at Walmart. We could’ve gotten married any other place, but we chose to get married at Walmart.”
“Don’t judge a book by its cover,” Torres added. “Our family is happy. That’s all that matters to us.”
In a few days the couple plan to head up to Atlantic City to celebrate their honeymoon. Torres says she isn’t worried about the gambling since she’s already “won big in life” now that she has her wife.