Close siblings share everything with one another: their joys, sorrows, support…and in the case of the Fortney family, even their wedding day!
Sisters Grace (23), Meagan (23), and Jessica (19), and brother Marcus (21) all tied the knot to their respective spouses on June 14. They each had their own half-hour ceremony at the St. George Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, followed by a joint reception at a local ballroom with around 1,000 guests (yep, you read that right).
Yahoo Shine reports that the idea was set into motion after Marcus returned from a Mormon mission trip in Mexico and started planning his wedding with his longtime girlfriend. At that point, Grace was already engaged and Meagan and Jessica also began discussing the prospect of marriage with their significant others.
“With most families, this really wouldn’t work, but thankfully, I have wonderful, wonderful sisters and a wonderful brother,” Grace Fortney Weaver tells KSL-TV.
Their parents were supportive of their unusual plan: “There are few things that can compare to the fullness of joy that you feel when your children are happy,” father Kevin Fortney said.
So, how did the brides and groom manage to pull everything off without stepping on each other’s toes or compromising the day that they’ve been dreaming about for their entire lives? After all, it can be difficult enough to execute one wedding and manage everyone’s expectations, let alone a quadruple event.
According to KSL-TV, they “let each other pick the things that really mattered to them” and “in the end, everyone just wanted to make each other happy.” In an effort to make everyone feel special, their mom Marie took individual gown shopping trips with each of her daughters and planned dinners with all of their in-laws so that everyone could get acquainted.
As incredible as this story is, another family holds the title for the most weddings held in one day: the Waldies from Arizona. They threw a quintuple celebration after five siblings got engaged within a week of one another.