To be a flower girl is a dream that many little girls get to live out at least once when family and friends get married, but some little girls never have the chance.
Annabelle Earl was one of those little girls who wanted to be a flower girl, but did not have the chance through family and friends. However, she was not about to let her chance slip by without being more proactive about it.
The four-year-old New Yorker heard all about the joys of being a flower girl from her babysitter’s daughter, according to NBC News. The tale of a beautiful dress, gorgeous bride, and pretty flowers was all too much for Annabelle to simply just forget about.
Annabelle told her mother, Kim Earl, about her desire to be a beautiful little flower girl in April when the two visited Yoko Ono’s “Wishing Tree” in the Smithsonian sculpture garden in Washington, D.C. At first, Annabelle wished for a real pet rainbow unicorn, but she traded up the idea for the realistic wish of becoming a flower girl.
Kim was not about her little girl’s wish to become a flower girl be forgotten. Even though she knew no one who was about to get married, she was not going to let that stop her. The City Clerk’s office in Manhattan marries nearly 20,000 New Yorkers get married every year for a small fee, so Kim decided to take a chance and accompany her daughter to the office to see what might happen if her daughter advertised her flower girl service.
Armed with pink and purple roses, a gorgeous rose print dress, and lace gloves, Annabelle Earl and her mother waited last Friday in City Hall for someone to notice the lime green poster with a message in marker that read, “Can I be your flower girl?”
Unfortunately, no one approached the little girl with her wish printed on the poster, so her mother decided to take matters into her own hands once again.
“We stood there and she held up her sign and people walked past and would smile but no one came up to her,” Kim Earl said. “I said I think we’re going to have to ask people.”
Annabelle chose a couple to approach, but the couple declined. Another couple was spotted, and this time the couple said yes to Annabelle’s proposal.
The unidentified bride said, “She was too adorable to say no to, and we thought it would be fun to make her day as well as ours.”
Soon it was time to render her flower girl services, and Annabelle got first-time jitters just like all other little flower girls do. As her dream was realized, the whole situation became a little too overwhelming for Annabelle. Kim had to hold the little flower girl while the couple married.
In the end, Annabelle handed her flowers to the new bride and asked, “Is there cake?”
The little girl decided that one wedding was enough, and went with her mother to a nearby bakery for a sweet treat instead.
Annabelle later recalled that the best part was giving the bouquet to the bride.
The experienced flower girl plans to volunteer her services again and said, “I want to go back to City Hall. It made me happy.”
[Image via Kim Earl]