Escondido locals, Tyler Lundhagen, 14), and Brenna Lundhagen, 11, will be taking part in the first all autism wedding ever held at the Love & Autism: A Conference with Heart on Saturday, September 26 in San Diego.
The two-day conference was started by San Diego local, Dr. Jenny Palmiotto in an effort to inspire and emphasize her belief that every individual, even those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, deserves to be loved and have high-quality relationships in life.
Everyone in the entire wedding party from the bride and groom, ring bearer, harpist, wedding cake baker to the flower girls, officiant, groomsman, ushers and more are all diagnosed as being on the spectrum. Tyler is one of the ushers in the wedding and Brenna is the wedding cake baker.
According to Courtney Rose, a spokesman, “This will not only be one of the most memorable days for the bride and groom, but also for the whole autism community, the participants in the weddingand all the attendees, to showcase that true love and friendship are possible.”
Dr. Palmiotto has organized international authorities in the autism field and role models in the autism community to speak at the conference. She has also been busy planning the first all autism wedding.
With the wedding element added to the conference and all the different topics that the speakers will be addressing, the two-day conference will give a 360-degree perspective of love and relationships as it relates to those on the autism spectrum and their loved ones.
By getting married at the conference, the bride and groom hope to show others on the autism spectrum and their families, that love, relationships, and marriage are possible; to give people on the autism spectrum, who never have been invited to a wedding, the opportunity to attend one (this will be the first wedding the bride and groom have ever attended) and to inspire others to think of autism in a new perspective.