- When they planned for the wedding, Darin and Chelsey agreed to play Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” for their first dance.
- But Darin made an announcement that there is a change in plans on the spot and instead played a recording from 1947.
- It was Chelsey’s late grandmother singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and that left the bride in tears.
For Chelsey, family means everything, and that’s one of the things that Darin Mahlke has always loved about her.
She has been like her family’s historian who loves to keep a collection of all their pictures and videos. So when she married Darin in 2018, he thought it would be a great idea to do something special for her using something from her collection.
During the planning of the wedding, the couple had agreed to play Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” for their first dance — or at least that’s what Chelsey knew. But then Darin announced a last-minute change of plans.
“Honey, I’m sorry, there’s a better song,” he told her. “It’s sung by someone who would have loved to be here today. And so this way, she can.”
Then a recording from 1947 played and Chelsey’s eyes were filled with tears — it was her beloved grandmother, Janiece Bellanger, who passed away in 2005 from ALS.
Janiece was a great singer with a beautiful voice, and her rendition of Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was recorded when she was only 13 years old. Chelsey cherished this remembrance of her grandma so much that she burned them in CD’s and gave them to her mom and aunts.
Darin first heard the recording years ago before they even got engaged. Chelsey didn’t know he would still remember it and would even use it on their wedding day!
It was the gift Chelsey could ever ask for at her wedding!
“Hearing her beautiful voice, I knew she was there with me,” she shared in a post later.
Source: Inspire More