Target may be a popular backdrop for wedding photos, but one Pennsylvania Walmart went a step further by hosting an actual wedding in its in-store garden center on March 17.
As the York Daily Record reports, the unconventional location seemed like the perfect choice for newlyweds Leida Torres and Chrissy Slonaker Torres. The couple met while working at the chain’s West Manchester Township, Pa., location, and tying the knot there not only honored their romantic history, it also ensured that several co-workers could be present without having to get a shift covered.
“We both have a lot of really close friends that we call family in our Walmart store,” said Slonaker Torres, who first met Leida in September 2015, 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.
“Everyone was so thrilled,” she continued. “They supported us 100 percent on it. They felt blessed that we chose to do it at the store just to have our special day with them.”
“I just told her, ‘Let’s do it,’” Leida added. “Our Walmart family has been so supportive. Why not?”
The couple’s co-workers helped them add a few special touches for the big day, including a tent decorated with red and white flowers and patio furniture for the approximately 100 guests in attendance.
That number includes many Walmart customers, who stopped to take in the ceremony.
“There were some customers that were going around saying ‘ooooh’ and ‘ahhh,’ and that was so sweet,” Slonaker Torres told the paper. “You could hear it in the background. I didn’t hear anything negative.”
Photos of the wedding have surfaced online, prompting some mixed reactions.
“[They were saying] we can’t afford a wedding [and] that we’re rednecks,” Slonaker Torres said, “but people that we know personally, and the customers that know us, they were resharing it and they were turning it into a positive thing.”
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