Two Pennsylvania brides tied the knot at an unconventional location: their local Walmart.
Store employees Leida Torres and Chrissy Slonaker Torres wed last weekend at the Walmart in York, where they began working together in September 2015. Accompanied by more than 100 family members, friends, and coworkers, the pair said “I do” while standing under a canopy in the store’s gardening department.
Originally, the two planned to marry in a private ceremony at home. But when they began to plan their special day, they realized some of their co-workers wouldn’t be able to find people to cover their shifts so they could attend.
“We both have a lot of really close friends that we call family in our Walmart store,” Slonaker Torres told the York Daily Record. “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.”
Torres, who described her wife as her “soulmate,” was totally on board: “I just told her, ’Let’s do it.’ Our Walmart family has been so supportive. So why not?”
Unsuspecting customers took to social media to share heartwarming photos from the ceremony.
iM SCREAMING SOMEONE GOT MARRIED AT OUR LOCAL WALMART AKCNALXL pic.twitter.com/kqBTsvpBKt
— FAMOUS catie (@ratfaceseb) March 18, 2018
When the newlyweds posted their own wedding photos on Facebook, though, they got some rude comments. Their photos were shared more than 8,000 times—and commenters called them rednecks who couldn’t afford a traditional wedding.
But the ladies won’t let negativity bring them down, though.
“Don’t judge a book by its cover,” Torres said. “Our family is happy. That’s all that matters to us.”