Groom shares vows with bride's sister with Down syndrome

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This big-hearted groom understands that marrying someone means marrying their family too.

Will Seaton, 25, shared his wedding vows and first dance with both his bride and her sister with a disability so she wouldn’t feel left out.

When power plant operator Will met his now wife Ashley Schaus, seven years ago, she told him that her sister Hannah would always be part of the package.

The teenager has Down syndrome and suffers from diabetes, so needs round-the-clock attention and is inseparable from her big sister.

Ashley and her sister arrived at the wedding together. Photo: SWNS/Mega
Hannah exchanged 'best friend' vows with Will first. Photo: SWNS/Mega

Will happily involved her and ever since the trio have spent almost every day together, watching films, going fishing and enjoying days out at theme parks.

When Will eventually popped the question to Ashley, he turned to Hannah, took her hand and ‘proposed’ to her first in a video which went viral earlier this year.

Then on the big day the ceremony began with ‘best sister’ Hannah being walked down the aisle by her granddad to meet Will at the altar.

She exchanged friend vows with Will - including promising go on fishing trips and to always tell jokes - before the husband and wife-to-be swapped rings and their own vows.

Later, after the newlyweds shared their first dance, Hannah and Will had their own ‘best friend dance’ to Michael Buble’s version of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’.

Will and Hannah enjoyed their own first dance. Photo: SNWS/Mega
The danced to 'You've got a friend in me'. Photo: SWNS/Mega

Heartwarming footage shows the grinning 15-year-old exchanging vows and dancing gleefully with her new brother-in-law.

“Hannah is such an important part of my life and I knew she would always be incorporated into our wedding,” bride Ashley said.

“Sharing the day with her didn’t phase me one bit. It meant so much to me to see her enjoying herself.

“She was smiling from start to finish. When she got home she said her cheeks hurt from smiling so much.She was on cloud nine. It was very special.”

It came after Will proposed to Hannah after giving her sister a ring. Photo: SWNS/Mega
The trio spend all their time together. Photo: SWNS/Mega

Ashley and Will got married on Saturday in an outdoor ceremony attended by family and friends.

Hannah, who was wearing a ‘best sister’ necklace given to her by her older sibling, walked down the aisle first.

“The preacher holding the ceremony said, ‘Hannah, do you take Will to be your best friend forever?’ and then he asked Will the same question,” Ashley recalled.

“He said, ‘By the powers vested in me, I now pronounce you best friends forever.’

“All our family and friends were there and they clapped. Hannah tried to hold herself from crying - she was very nervous and very excited.

“Then Will and I said our vows. I told him I was beyond thankful for looking out for Hannah.”

After the vows, the newlyweds and Hannah sat in three seats at the head of the table before performing their first dances.

Ashley was happy to share her special day. Photo: SWNS/Mega

The trio’s story first captured the world’s imagination this summer after Will proposed to both sisters in a field of daffodils by their home.

He gave his partner a gold engagement ring with a diamond that belonged to his great-grandmother and gave Hannah a ring his grandmother had as a child.

Ashley said she was excited her little sister could experience that because she doesn’t know if she will meet someone or get married herself.

“I decided to include Hannah because I know she wanted to feel just as special as Ashley,” Will said.

“Ashley and I always share everything with Hannah and so our wedding day was no different.”

Hannah added: “Will is my best friend. He takes care of me. I danced with him. He is sweet.”

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