Bride moves up wedding so mom with Alzheimer's can attend

- A Minnesota bride moved her wedding up a year to ensure that her mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, would be present.

Stephanie Gefroh and Bryan Fish had originally planned to get married in Detroit Lakes in May 2018, but their plans changed once the bride realized the extent of her mother's deteriorating condition.

The planned location was more than three hours from where Gefroh’s mother, Susan, lives in Devils Lake, and Gefroh’s sister, Amber, wasn’t sure their mom would be able to make the trip, among other concerns.

“My mom already had difficulties with making small trips around town,” Gefroh told “My sister suggested we get married in Devils Lake, as that seemed to be the only way that my mom would be able to attend.”

Gefroh said she was initially upset about the idea because she hadn’t envisioned getting married in her hometown and didn’t think many of her guests would be able to attend.

“I knew my sister was right," Gefroh said. "I got off the phone with Amber and talked to Bryan about it. He completely understood."

So the couple decided not to wait a year, but instead to have their wedding less than a month later. They pulled off the planning in just 25 days and were married in Gefroh’s mom’s backyard on May 27.

Gefroh said she was initially worried they would not get her mother out of the house to attend the wedding.

“Luckily, Bryan and one of her caregivers were able to slowly get her out there,” Gefroh said. “My aunt was crawling on the ground and making strange noises in order to get my mom to laugh. I will forever be grateful that she did that because it made the day seem that much better knowing that my mom had a smile on her face."


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