Ogle County bride plans wedding in four days before groom leaves

OGLE COUNTY, Ill. (WTVO) – A local couple have taken their relationship to the next level and are now married. They planned it in just four days.

The bride and groom are both in the military, and when they couldn’t get time off for when they were planning to get married, they took to Facebook to make it happen in days only.

“It was just beautiful and it was, it was everything a wedding could be and a wedding should be,” said Gigi Beaird, mother of the bride.

Beaird got a call from her daughter Shannon and her fiancé. Payten was leaving for active duty, which meant they couldn’t have the wedding of their dreams, so Beaird took to social media to help them plan it.

The only problem was that they only had a few days to get out of it.

‘As overwhelming as it was to plan the wedding in four days, the support from the community and the Facebook community’What’s New Ogle County‘ was just overwhelming,” Beaird said. “It was really great.”

Local businesses answered the call, helping with everything from flowers to altering Shannon’s dress. Kitty Johnson, reservations coordinator at Stronghold Camp in Oregon, said she came from a military family and knew she wanted to be part of the special day.

“I thought, you know, ‘what, it’s for a good reason,’ so I went with it,” Johnson said. “I was like, ‘Sure, why not, let’s do it. We already have all the supplies here; sheets, tablecloths, chair covers, everything for the buffet.’”

It worked. Shannon and Peyton said “I do” in front of their closest friends and family on April 2.

“It was more than I could really expect,” said bride Shannon Degraf. “I thought we were just going to go to the courthouse, sign a paper, be done with it, but it ended up being so beautiful…everyone helped so much.”

The mother and daughter thank the community for their support in creating this memory for life.

“I sat staring at my desk, wondering where to go, what to do and not really knowing, and they gave me the direction I needed to make this beautiful day truly memorable for my daughter,” said Beard.

Peyton is currently in San Diego and Shannon is making plans, hoping to join him soon.

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