After Steven Marec proposed to his girlfriend, Lauren, he knew exactly who he wanted as his best man: his best friend, AJ.
Steven befriended AJ nearly a decade ago, long before he met and fell in love with Lauren.
“He’s been there through the worst of me and the best of me,” Steven told KSWB San Diego. “I mean, best friend is a very minute word for that man.”
The pair of friends remained as close as ever after AJ joined the Army. Steven and Lauren even set their wedding date around AJ’s deployment so that he could be there.
But just two months before the big day, AJ received his orders for deployment; he wasn’t going to be able to attend the wedding, which was scheduled for January 2020.
Steven was understandably crushed. He couldn’t imagine not having AJ standing up there at the altar with him on the biggest day of his life. And he refused to find another best man.
In the video below, Steven and Lauren arrive at their ceremony early so their videographer can capture the exciting moments before their vows.
And that’s when Steven learned AJ had actually been keeping a big secret …
Footage provided by KSWB San Diego
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