Happily Ever After: Bride Finds Clever Ways To Create Her Dream Wedding
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A fairytale wedding takes planning. Acworth resident Mary Katherine Maloney faced unique challenges when she married Martin Andrew Poston on Oct. 24 at Due West United Methodist Church. Maloney, who was born with Spina Bifida, found clever ways to make her dream wedding come true.

“A wedding day was something that other people had, not me. I never honestly thought I would be a wife. I mean, who marries a girl in wheelchair?” Maloney, 36, asked. She holds a master’s degree and works full-time for the Cobb County Magistrate Court and part-time at Peachford Hospital.

“Of course, those were my thoughts. Timing is everything and God is perfect. Our wedding song, ‘Living Out Loud,’ says it all. ‘We found love right where we are.’ My wedding was perfect and simply the next in God’s plan for my life, our lives,” she said.

Maloney said her wedding day was perfect. She worked with her mother, Claudia Chadwick Brantley, to ensure the day went off without a hitch.

“One of the (challenging) things is trying to find a way to make the bride look like an ambulatory bride,” said Brantley, wife of Senior Cobb Superior Court Judge Grant Brantley. Judge Brantley co-officiated the wedding along with Dr. Tom Davis, the bride’s uncle and pastor at Due West United Methodist.

Recognizing the special circumstances, Maloney and her mother turned to seamstress Angela Maw, who altered the wedding dress to accommodate the wheelchair and Maloney’s comfort and movement. The gown, designed by Sareh Nouri of New York, featured an ivory lace fitted bodice and full A-line skirt with two layers of lace and a jeweled belt.

The seamstress accomplished the task through modifications such as tightening the bodice, narrowing the back and fitting for a sitting position, reducing the amount of fabric in the skirt, removing the bustle and adjusting the hemline so it fell in the correct place for foot coverage but away from the wheels.

The seamstress also created a detachable train that gathered at the center of the chair with flowers and streaming ribbons. She also made a lace covering for the back of the chair to match the train. “The idea was to make (the train) look contiguous to her dress and it did have that appearance,” Brantley said.

“We wanted the train to be special and unique. Yet, we wanted to be able to detach it so that my daughter would be able to dance afterwards,” she said.

Another challenge with the dress was the flowers. “We knew Mary would probably have to maneuver herself a bit in the chair, and I wanted her hands to be free,” Brantley said.

Carney’s Florist prepared a mock up of the bridal bouquet that was taken to the seamstress. The seamstress sewed an off-white leather apron with lace overlay to the bottom of the bouquet, along with ribbons so that it could be secured to the handles of the wheelchair.

“It was almost like a placement. Creating the apron prevented her dress from getting wet from the flowers, from getting stained. Mary was actually able to sit during the entire ceremony with the flowers in her lap, without her having to worry about them taking off because of the angles, the ramps and all the manipulation,” Brantley said.

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Special attention was also paid to the church venue. Because the aisles were on a steep incline leading up to an 8-inch chancel where the couple was married, the church constructed two ramps. Caras, the bride’s godfather who walked her down the aisle, planned a “running start” with Maloney to reduce propelling the wheelchair up the ramp.

“When you’ve been through different situations your entire life, you expect problems to occur. We just did a couple of dry runs through everything that was a potential problem,” Brantley said.

With careful thought and planning, Maloney’s dream wedding came true.

Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - Happily ever after Bride finds clever ways to create her dream wedding

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