The Precious Reason This Girl Is the Ring Bearer in Her Mom's Wedding

When Kait and Bobby decided to elope, there was one person who had to be there. Kait's daughter Scarlet. And although the 7-year-old wore many hats that day, her official title wasn't maid of honor or the flower girl — it was ring bearer.

"She was the ring bearer because that's what I had a literal need for," Kait Villegas-Payne told A Practical Wedding. "We didn't even have a real aisle for anybody to throw petals down on. We did need somebody to hold our rings. Why is it more socially acceptable for a dog to be a ring bearer than a human girl? That I don't know."

And the reason Scarlet wore a chic blue blazer and bow tie? "The question isn't really why did she wear a suit," Kait explained. "It's when was the last time you saw a ring bearer in a dress?"

But perhaps more important than her task with holding the two wedding bands, the couple — who got hitched in a stranger's front lawn in Seattle — saw Scarlet as their cupid.

"She's always been a central part of our life together," Kait wrote on her blog, Dear Scarlet. "He even asked her permission before proposing to me. I love the show Lost, I love the idea of 'constants' and I mostly love that Scarlet has always been mine. I have had a unique opportunity to be able to grow up along with her because I had her at a young age. We've been through a lot together. I gave her a gold pin with the word 'Constant,' and Bobby gave her a ring and a promise to always be there if she ever needs him for anything."

Capturing those special moments of this blended family was wedding photographer Jonas Seaman — and the candid images are nothing short of beautiful. See Scarlet's adorable wedding day ensemble and applaud her playful focus as she performed her duties as ring bearer.