Ben and Kerry Leikin are a special couple: though Kerry battles a rare heart condition, Ben stays by her side, and as of this October, the two have finally tied the knot! Kleenex and Disney saw how special their love was, and so decided to give Ben and Kerry their dream wedding at Disneyland as a part of Kleenex’s Someone Needs One campaign.
Love goes far beyond a dream wedding, so we were able to talk with Ben and Kerry to learn more about their love story, about each other, and about what it was like to get married at the happiest place on earth.
We started at the beginning, asking the couple: how did you two meet and fall in love?
“We met in our college town while I was in college and Kerry was working for Ohio University as an infant teacher” said Ben. “We dated a bit but we finally fell in love after I graduated and I invited Kerry to join me on my road trip to California. We had such a great time that I knew for sure she was going to be the woman I was going to be with forever. We were long distance for 6 months and then she finally moved here and everything was perfect.”
Their wedding video explained that though Kerry’s heart condition often brought complications, Disneyland always remained a place of happy memories for the couple. “Disneyland is an escape for us – visiting takes our mind off of problems and allows us to feel ‘normal’ for a while” said the couple. Kerry even wanted to have their wedding at Disneyland, but due to medical bills the two were considering changing their wedding to something smaller, and less reflective of their dreams.
That all changed, however, when Kleenex and Disney approached Ben, offering to help him and Kerry have the dream wedding they’d always wished for. “I was overcome with joy to receive the Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding that I dreamed of and to share such an exciting experience with my closest family and friends…I am just so happy and thankful that Kerry’s dream came true” said Ben. “Seeing the look of pure joy on her face as all of these surprises were unveiled really made my life. I was really surprised in myself that I was able to hold it all in beforehand.”
The couple expressed that getting married at Disney land was exactly as they had pictured: “it was a dream come true; Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings and Kleenex brand took care of everything to make our day special.” Ben and Kerry finally wanted to express their gratefulness, saying “the whole experience was magical from beginning to end; we’re very thankful to Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings and Kleenex brand for making our wedding dreams come true,” and undoubtedly, if there’s any couple who deserves to have their wedding dreams come true, it’s Ben and Kerry.
Congratulations again to the happy couple! To make your own fairytale wedding dreams come true, check out Disney’s Fairytale Weddings and Honeymoons, and to see more messages of care and joy, explore out Kleenex’s Someone Needs One campaign.