A teenage boy with Down’s syndrome stole the show at a family friend’s wedding on Sunday when he challenged the groom to a dance fight.
Sam Ferrell, 15, and bride Tori Bowyer Serrato share a strong bond. In fact, Tori, who was Sam’s babysitter, knew her wedding wouldn’t be so special if it wasn’t there.
“Sam immediately sympathized with Tori,” Sam’s father, Matt, told Yahoo Lifestyle. “They were playing video games, and my wife and I made excuses to go out so Tori could come. Tori would come alone, whenever she could. Obviously a 19 or 20 year old girl has a busy life, but she would actually find time to come and take Sam out. “
When Tori got engaged to her husband, Nick Serrato, an LA police officer, she knew she wanted Sam to be a part of the celebration.
“[Tori] gave Sam a card that said, “I’m getting married and I can’t see myself having this big day without you.” Would you like to be part of my marriage? Matt said. “It made my wife cry, but Sam, at that point, thought, ‘Oh, I’m going to marry Tori. “”
In the year leading up to the wedding, Sam had some animosity towards Tori’s fiancé, Nick.
“I don’t like Nick. I am marrying Tori, ”he told his family.
But that changed when Sam met Nick at the wedding rehearsal the day before the wedding.
“Nick was super gracious. He did [Sam] part of everything, ”Matt shares. “On the wedding day, all of his groomsmen were playing poker, hanging out and doing the things you do when you get ready. They all welcomed Sam.
Matt said Nick even gave Sam the same gifts he gave his groomsmen, minus the bottle.
“He made him a part of everything,” Matt says.
Despite their newfound friendship and Sam finally agreeing to Tori marrying Nick, the gloves came off on the dance floor.
While Young MC’s “Bust a Move” performed, Sam and Nick faced off in an impromptu dance battle, much to the delight of all guests.
“They looked like they’d been rehearsing it, like they’d been rehearsing for months,” Matt says. “My cheeks hurt from smiling.”
Sam, without a doubt, earned the title of “Party Life” and declared himself the winner of the dance battle.
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