PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The groom makes his way toward the Mount Washington overlook. The bride is soon to follow.
Amanda Hideck and Zac Pappert have chosen this cold but scenic spot for their wedding vows.
“We find a person whose special truth and beauty we must have with us forever and ever,” says the reverend. “They’re going to say yes to everything that happens in their life.”
They endured great sadness after Zac became partially paralyzed in a hunting accident. But that could not diminish a love they’ve shared since they were teenagers.
“I am just so excited,” Amanda says. “And as much as all the craziness happened, it was perfect all the same. We went to dinner at the Tin Angel, and we got engaged on this very overlook, and that was three years ago about this time. So we decided to suck it up and just go for it.”
Zac recalls that Amanda proposed to him, sort of. She was helping him find his hat.
“I was digging in his bag in his wheelchair,” she recalls.
The ring was tucked inside.
“It was funny, too,” Zac says, “because when she was doing it, she was kneeling down on one knee and then she pulled out the ring and showed it. And I said, “I do!'”
“So, I fell for his plan completely,” Amanda laughs.
“So she ended up proposing, not me,” Zac says.
“I now pronounce you husband and wife.” The service nears the conclusion. “You may now kiss each other for the first time as husband and wife.”
It may have been cold on the outside. But on such a day, the warmth truly comes from within.