Photo: Jeremy Stamper via Facebook
Tennessee couple Justin and Justice Stamper got married in a country sunflower-themed wedding on August 1, 2014, a day Justin describes as "absolutely perfect." Less than three weeks later, Justice was involved in a car accident that wiped away part of her memory — including her recollections of her wedding day. To make up for it, Jeremy is attempting to make a wildly romantic gesture: He is currently crowd funding money to spend on a second wedding day to be held on their first anniversary.
The idea came about when Jeremy made the heartbreaking discovery that his wife couldn't recall their nuptials. Her car accident left her with speech problems, PTSD, and short-term memory loss that rid her of any memories from five weeks before her wedding.
"She finally came out and told me she didn't remember the wedding," he told ABC News. "She looked at the [wedding] pictures and she saw the video, but she said it drew a blank. It would only upset her."
Instead of getting morose, Jeremy took action. "I said, 'Don't worry about it. We're going to do it again,'" he stated, a commitment that surprised Justice. "He never cries, but since the accident he's become so sensitive," she told ABC News. "He's just a big, old, gentle, giant."
To make his wife happy, Jeremy set up a Go Fund Me account that aims to raise $5,000 for a new ceremony to be held in front of 150 guests at their same venue from last year. This time, though, Justice will wear a different wedding dress.
The couple met in Sunday school when they were pre-teens, but started a relationship in high school. After their second wedding, they'll go on a honeymoon to Myrtle Beach (a gift from their photography company and local radio station) before trying to start a family.
"We want to take in those memories that most people take for granted," Jeremy told ABC News of his whole plan. "They go through it, but don't cherish them like they should. Hold onto them as if they're the last things on earth because if they go away, it's terrible."