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Homeless Couple Weds in Washington DC

Friday Feel-Good: Homeless Couple Marries After Nine Years

If you need your heart warmed before the weekend, get a load of this wedding story. A Washington DC couple, who started dating nine years ago while they were both living on the streets, just got married in a ceremony organized by the parishioners at Grace Episcopal Church.

Both White, 28, and his new bride, Nhiahni Chestnut, 39, attend Bible studies and a meal program at the church. When White mentioned to a fellow churchgoer how much he wished he could afford a wedding, everyone decided to pitch in.

"In good Grace church congregation fashion, everyone got behind the idea: one person managed flowers, I helped with the wedding rings, one woman made the cake, someone helped with the tux, and someone else with the bride's gown," [parishioner Margaret Davis] said.

Another churchgoer paid for a two-night honeymoon stay at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel across the Potomac River in Virginia.

Until White went to pick out his suit, he had never even seen the inside of a shopping mall, and when the couple met, both were living on the streets. Chestnut said, "I was basically living from day to day, trying to survive, and I wound up meeting him."

Sadly, the couple remains unemployed and homeless, but their love story kinda puts things in perspective, doesn't it?

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Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
This really gives me faith in human kind. With so much hate, evil and destruction in the world there are still those that are loving and kind! Really makes me have faith in ppl. again despite what negative goes on. Congrats to them! :)
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I am glad that they got married. I think the church did a great thing. They have each other before the eyes of God and that is a wonderful thing. Danizzle- wow you have no idea how the world really works do you. If you get a person a place for three months how will they pay for gas and electric, water, food, household necessities? We don't know the full story. Sometimes being GIVEN a house is not the answer for a homeless person.
smaine07 smaine07 8 years
That is so awesome.. :)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
How beautiful that even with the difficulties in life, they found each other and now have a partner to be by their side.
amyjoy05 amyjoy05 8 years
It's the little things that often make a difference in a person's life or sometimes these kind of gestures will change a persons life. They now know they have support from a community who cares about them. For some individuals marriage and making a commitment before God is of the utmost importance. How awful would it be want to get married, but not be able to afford it? I think he really loves her and wanted to give her a dream wedding. Any woman would be lucky to have a man who loves her the way he appears to. As for the comment about the couple not looking happy- I'm sure the day was filled with more emotions than any of us can understand. It's one picture-- of course they were happy and also probably nervous about the future some. No matter what, what a great story!
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
What difference would it have made for people to have "all pitched in to get them housing" if they still wouldn't be able to pay taxes, food, appliances, etc? If people could give them everything, I'm sure they would, but I think that this was a sweet gesture to give them something that would make them happy. As for them not looking happy, I would imagine that they're pretty uncomfortable, not because of each other, but because they probably have never worn formal clothes in their entire lives, or really been in a situation where all eyes are on them.
sloane220 sloane220 8 years
@danizzle- you're lucky there are forum rules to prevent me from saying EXACTLY what i want to say to you. GET A CLUE. this story isn't about them "living off of other people" it's about a community coming together, being COMPASSIONATE,and helping those who are less fortunate than them.
bgorgeouss bgorgeouss 8 years
This is such a beautiful story! Although I agree that finding housing for the couple might have been more helpful than planning a wedding for them, I think that the church members must have known the couple well enough to tell that the wedding meant a lot to them. Not everyone has the same desires/wishes in life, and this marriage ceremony might have been more precious to this couple than any free meal/housing.
sontaikle sontaikle 8 years
danizzle, it's not always easy for people to just "get a job." There are a lot of reasons why some people wind up on the streets. I'm sure that these two wish desperately that they could get off the streets and begin their lives together. As nice as the wedding was, I wish that more was done to help this couple find permanent housing.
danni2009 danni2009 8 years
Aw what a lovely story, I just hope they can get themselves off the streets.
sidra5397 sidra5397 8 years
Gosh that just tears at me... I hope they find happiness and security.
tglynn tglynn 8 years
awwe. I hope more people chip in to help them rent a small place maybe and help them both get into the workforce
clareberrys clareberrys 8 years
Wow! This is really cool! And I used to go to Grace Episcopal Day School at Grace Church!! Glad to see my own community is helping people accomplish their dreams =)
merie33 merie33 8 years
That is sweet. But I can't help but think that maybe instead of the people pulling together and getting them a wedding, they should have helped them, oh I don't know...get a home?? That just seems like the more practical idea to me.
GKitty GKitty 8 years
There maybe some mental disabilities here, not everybody is a lazy a**hole.
danizzle danizzle 8 years
i know that love conquers all..but it doesnt pay the bills. they should get jobs and stop living off other people. i know that might sound cruel but come on, seriously?
imariec imariec 8 years
but they don't look happy :-( when my husband and i got married we had the silliest grin on our face that no one could wipe off
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
It does put things in perspective. I find this story heartwarming and I do get sad because they will go back to living on the streets. I hope they can make it.
GKitty GKitty 8 years
I read the article on yahoo, he was only 14 years old when he became homeless...he has love now, I hope they can make it.
GKitty GKitty 8 years
I hope someone with the means to help reaches out to them to get them off the streets.
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