Although some brides may want the spotlight on them for their wedding day, one selfless bride had something different in mind. Jess Nakrayko helped her best friend and bridesmaid Jessica Kieley's boyfriend, Adam Brake, propose to Kieley at her own wedding.
Here's how it went down: Toward the end of the reception, which was a destination wedding in Jamaica, Nakrayko gathered the ladies in attendance for the bouquet toss, with "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" by Shania Twain blasting. But instead of tossing the bouquet, the selfless bride walked over to Kieley and handed her the bouquet. "Marry You" by Bruno Mars started to play, and Kieley turned around to see Brake kneeling behind her with an engagement ring.
In an email to Brides, Nakrayko explained how the idea came to fruition. "They recently bought a house, so naturally the next step was an engagement," Nakrayko said. "So talking to her, she really dismissed it happening anytime soon, but upon asking Brake, he wanted to do it sooner than later. We both talked about how awesome it would be if it happened on our wedding trip to Jamaica, but he didn't want to steal our wedding 'thunder.'"
However, as the wedding neared, Nakrayko and her sister, who was also a bridesmaid, realized that a proposal at the wedding, and not just during the trip, would be incredible. "As we got closer to the wedding, we were planning the last details and we talked about the song for the bouquet toss," she said. "My sister and I laughed about how funny it would be, when she mentioned to me ... 'What if we did the bouquet toss but instead of you throwing it, you go right up to [Kieley], pass it to her and Adam was behind her ready to propose?'" Once her sister said that, Nakrayko knew there was no going back. She told Brake about the idea, and even though he was nervous that he would steal her spotlight, he agreed that it would be awesome.
Nakrayko also told Brides that Kieley helped plan her wedding, so she wanted to thank her in the biggest way possible. "She is the most selfless, loving, kind person I've ever met. All she wants to do is make other people happy and make other people feel special. Through all of the things she did for me leading up to the wedding, she did it all out of pure love. Her intentions are always pure, so I intended on thanking her in a big, big way," she said. "She was more concerned about the wedding and little details than I was ... I just went with the flow and she orchestrated a lot of the details and planning. I could never thank her enough."
Photographer Ross Dance was on hand to capture the special bouquet toss/proposal. "The experience was unlike anything I had ever witnessed. Jess gave me a heads-up that it was happening, and I was extremely nervous leading up to it. As Jess walked over, all I could think about was that there would be a moment when her best friend realized what was happening and that was the reaction I needed to capture," Dance explained to Brides in an email. "As soon as her best friend realized what was about to transpire my eyes filled up with tears and I became a spectator. I actually had to snap myself out in order to keep taking photos. The energy and love in the room was palpable. I've never witnessed a gesture as unselfish as this one. It was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen."