Photo: Courtesy of Leigh McManus via Good Morning America
To help celebrate their big milestone, one Florida couple asked guests to refocus all of their joy onto others. More specifically, they requested that their attendees perform random acts of kindness in honor of their union.
Leigh McManus and James Clark Jr., who said "I do" on September 26 in Sanibel Island, Florida, prompted guest participation in their philanthropic plans with a note about the request on their wedding invitations, along with the hashtag they'd like associated with the random acts, #kindleigheverafter.
"We invited people to participate if they felt so inclined. We asked if they did participate to email or text me or use the hashtag #kindleigheverafter," McManus told ABC News of her 100 wedding guests. "They really had a lot of fun with it. I find that every time someone does a random act of kindness, they're amazed at how much they benefit as much as the person they're helping."
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And while the couple received plenty of acts of kindness before their big day, the good deeds are still rolling in. McManus's bridesmaid and her daughter brought supplies to a local animal shelter because they love animals, while her maid of honor brought a box of donuts into a local nail salon for the women working there. Another friend living in London gave frozen yogurt to the security guard in her building, while other kind acts include buying lunch for a stranger, baking a cupcakes and delivering them as a surprise, baking cookies for the UPS deliveryman, and donating supplies to a women's shelter.
"It was just a way to celebrate the love of our wedding," McManus, who is no stranger to doing random acts of kindness and sells inspirational art on Etsy, added. "It was nice to have such a big chapter of our lives not only create love and happiness for us and for our guests, but for others as well."
What an incredible couple and even more incredible group of guests!