Community helps homeless couple with wedding

BRYON CENTER, Mich. (WCMH)– A Michigan community came together to help a homeless couple tie the knot when they couldn’t afford proper attire, or even a place to welcome guests.

“The circumstances that bring two people together are never the same,” Kenneth Kibby, who officiated the ceremony, told Fox17-TV.

Jerold and Mani Clay met more than 10 years ago, and wanted to get married for the last three. However, both were looking for work and homeless.

That’s when the community stepped in.

The bride was provided a wedding dress from Mel Trotter Ministries, as well as a bouquet and accessories. The groom also received a suit and tie for the occasion.

Kibby, who has married more than 100 couples, performed the ceremony for free.

“He needs it [the money] more than I do,” Kibby told Fox17-TV “It’s the right thing to do. These are two people trying to get their lives together, and God has blessed me with a lot. So I feel like it’s my job to return the favor.”

The bride and groom were both ecstatic for the kindness.

“It meant something to me today, it brought a little tear to my eye,” said the groom, Jerold. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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