I met Ricchina and her mother Janice on a train from Charlottesville bound for New York. When the train broke down we were stranded for hours and spent some time chatting. I was immediately drawn to Ricchina, who has Down Syndrome, and her warm, engaging personality. Janice explained that Ricchina was about to have her 25th birthday and that she had always wanted to marry. The family was planning a surprise wedding themed birthday party. I was invited and photographed the party for Ricchina and Janice. Here are a few of the opening images of the essay.