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Couple Gets Surprise Wedding, Planned in 2 Days With No Budget So Bride's Ailing Mom Could Attend

A New Jersey couple were shocked when friends and family organized a surprise wedding for them on no budget and with just two days' notice so that the bride's ailing mother could attend.

Darrell Meyers and Erica Morales had been engaged for years when they made an appointment at City Hall a week in advance to be married in front of a Justice of Peace.

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After starting dating in 2001, Meyers proposed on February 21, 2007. Morales was pregnant with their second child at the time and the couple wanted to put off the wedding until a later date.

But not long after the proposal, mother-of-the-bride Alicia Reyes became sick. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and Morales was kept busy accompanying her mom to every doctor's appointment.

"Between running a family and helping my mom with everything, we didn't even think of setting a date," Morales told InsideEdition.com.

Morales' mom is now in hospice care, after undergoing countless rounds of failed radiation and chemotherapy. Despite all efforts, Morales said that the cancer has metastasized, and Reyes is now so weak that she can hardly eat.

"We never asked [how long she has]. We don't want to know that," Morales said. "It's in God's hands."

Morales refused to risk not having her mom at the wedding: "I can't even imagine getting married without [my mom] there."

So the couple decided to get the job done at City Hall.

The pair had prepared their outfits for the entire family when Morales decided with two days' notice that she wanted to have her family photographed on the big day.

She reached out to a coworker, who had been by her side throughout her mom's illness. The coworker immediately asked her sister Abigail for a favor, and she was determined to do more than just take pictures.

Andy and Abigail, the couple behind Abigail Gingerale Photography, reached out to Pearl Event Planning to see if there was anything they could contribute.

One of the lead planners of Pearl Event Planning was ordained, making it possible to perform a ceremony anywhere. They also reached out to Underground Artistry to do hair and make up for the family. The Rose Garden in Hamilton, New Jersey was also happy to jump in and donate their venue.

The wedding came as a total surprise to Meyers and Morales. In fact, Morales was hesitant to cancel her appointment with the Justice of Peace, Pearl Event Planning wrote in a blog.

"I didn't even know until the day-of that I was going to have an aisle!" Morales told InsideEdition.com.

Unlike most busy brides, her main concern was whether her mom would have the energy to make it through the entire ceremony, but Reyes was even able to enjoy the lunch and reception after the couple had said their vows.

When Morales and the bridal party prepared to drive to the venue, they were surprised with a stretch limo at their door, donated by CAT Limousine.

Despite all of the surprises, Meyers said his favorite part of the day was still, "seeing my wife come down the aisle." Meyers reaction was all captured in video by Simply Shire.

"He cried!" Morales laughed in response.

"I still get chills every time I think about it," Morales said.

"People get married every day, but what they did for us without even knowing us was so extraordinary," Meyers said.

After a full day of celebrations, the couple jetted off on their honeymoon for one magical night in the Poconos.

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Nancy Reagan Fashion In Review: Top 7 Suits, Gowns And Styles From Deceased First Lady [PHOTOS]

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Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan (center) is sworn in for his second term as 40th President of the United States by Chief Justice Warren Burger (right) beside his wife Nancy Reagan (center) during the inaugural ceremony, Jan. 21, 1985, in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington.

Former first lady Nancy Reagan, who died of congestive heart failure at the age of 94 Sunday, made a name for herself in the many roles she played in life. As a Hollywood actress in the late 1940s she charmed in such titles as “Hellcats of the Navy,” and as the wife to former President Ronald Reagan, she spearheaded programs for veterans and led an anti-drug campaign.

But the former first lady also was known for her inimitable style, particularly in her signature color of red. A petite, size 2, Reagan would become a fashion icon, and here is a look at some of the top gowns, suits and looks Reagan sported.

The former Hollywood actress wore what would become her signature color, later dubbed “Reagan Red,” to her husband’s first inauguration ceremony in 1981. The matching sheath, coat and hat were part of a reported $25,000 budget spent on her inauguration wardrobe. While Nancy Reagan was often criticized for lavish spending on designer clothes during an economic downturn, industry professionals have lauded her simple and elegant style in the decades hence.


U.S. President Ronald Reagan (center) salutes beside his wife Nancy Reagan after being sworn in as 40th President of the United States in 1981.

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Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan dances with former first lady Nancy Reagan in this undated file photo.


Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan (third from left), his wife Nancy Reagan (center) and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (third from right) hold hands as they begin the celebration of the former president’s 80th birthday, Feb. 6, 1991.

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Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy Reagan share a moment in this undated file photo. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, March 4, 2002.

James Galanos, one of her favorite designers, said Reagan “knew her style very well, and it was always simple and elegant," the Los Angeles Times reported. “If I tried to experiment, I could tell from her expression that she was thinking, ‘No, Jimmy,’ ” he said.

Nancy Reagan was also a fan of tailored suits — often in her signature red — made by U.S. fashion designer Adolfo. The 5-foot-4 former first lady was compared to fellow White House fashion icon, Jackie Kennedy, who frequently opted for tailored suits and matching hats.

“I don’t like a lot of frills and fusses,” Nancy Reagan told W Magazine in 2007, adding, “I’ve always gone for the more understated look.”

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Former first lady Nancy Davis Reagan’s 1981 inaugural gown is displayed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, Nov. 18, 2011.

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Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy welcome Princess Diana and her husband Prince Charles (not pictured) to the White House in 1985.

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Writer/producer Chris Henchy and his wife/actress Brooke Shields receive an award from former First Lady Nancy Reagan (left) during the Saks Fifth Avenue and Colleagues Annual Spring Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, April 10, 2007, in Beverly Hills, California.

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Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid   

Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid

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  It took me a good five minutes to recognize the blonde model sitting in makeup artist Tom Pecheux's chair backstage at Balmain. I moved closer to get a better look, still confused as Pecheux expertly buffed on concealer and tapped on lipstick and highlighter. It wasn't until the model stood up, looked in the mirror, and exclaimed, "Oh, my God, I'm blonde!" that I realized I had been staring at Kendall Jenner. No, Kendall isn't adopting her younger sister's penchant for wigs. It was all part of Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing's plan for his fall show. "Olivier wanted a surprise on the runway, so we're making some of the blonde models into brunettes and some of the brunettes into blondes," said hairstylist Sam McKnight, who used lace front wigs to achieve the fakeout. That meant Kendall went blonde and Gigi Hadid went brunette, as if the two besties swapped looks for a few hours (Jenner called it the #KenGi swap on Instagram), while other recognizable blondes, like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Devon Windsor, and Lindsey Wixson, went dark and Alessandra Ambrosio swapped her brown hair for a warm golden hue. The anomaly in the group was Karlie Kloss, who went from dark blonde to nearly platinum. "We initially put the dark wig on her and it looked too heavy," explained McKnight, "so the twist was to go for a bleached-blonde shade." It's hard not to think that Rousteing's "surprise" for the show was just as much about social media as it was about the runway. The wigs were practically made for Snapping and selfies, the models enjoying a few hours to show off a new (and temporary) look. Even the makeup seemed to have been planned with Instagram in mind, Pecheux adding soft contours, lots of highlights, mascara, and a pinkish-nude lipstick dabbed on both the lips and eyelids, all of which defined the models' features in a pretty yet subtle ways. And if you don't believe me, just scroll through your Instagram feed and hop on Snapchat for a few moments. The proof is in the postshow selfies. READ MORE:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/green-prom-dresses