Couple Opens Package from Strangers Days Before Wedding, Gift Has Bride in Chills


It’s an exciting feeling receiving a package in the mail, especially a wedding gift. With all the anticipation leading up to the big day, receiving a gift just adds one more hint of excitement.

Mary Hall and her fiancé, Chuck Neese of Wisconsin, were just a few weeks away from their Jan. 20 wedding.

But in those very days leading up to the big event took, one package in the mail took them by complete surprise.

When Hall got home from work one day, she noticed a package on the table. The box had a note stuck on its black casing reading “Please Open BEFORE Wedding Day.”

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So the two lovebirds opened up the mysterious wedding gift and pulled out a letter. It was from complete strangers, people whom they had never met.

As Neese began reading the letter, his bride was in a state of shock. “I just got chills and goosebumps all over,” Hall recalled.

The letter read “You do not know us, but we found your names through a Google search ‘Chuck and Mary engagement notice.'”

Attached to the bottom of the letter was a picture of a bride and groom from many years ago: the strangers’ late parents also named Chuck and Mary.

The couple sent the letter with the intent to pass their parents’ legacy of love on to another special couple; but there was more than just the letter inside the unexpected gift. Inside were two carefully wrapped champagne glasses each inscribed with the words “Let me dance with you forever. Mary & Chuck.”

“We kindly wish that you will accept these engraved champagne glasses that had once belonged to our late parents, Chuck & Mary Felker of La Crosse, Wisconsin… very, very loving people,” wrote the generous strangers. The couple were married for a loving 62 years.

To make the situation even more bizarre, the sentimental glasses were packaged in a converse shoe box. Hall and her bridesmaids planned to wear converse shoes underneath their dresses for the big day.

“I’m like, no way,” Hall said. “It was just all very much a bunch of coincidences all together. It’s all really cool.”

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The soon-to-be newlyweds plan to “definitely” have the special glasses be a part of their big day and even sent the Felker family an invitation to their wedding.

The Felker family, once strangers, concluded the letter saying, “Our family sends our wishes that you both also have such a blessed union.”

The engaged couple and their daughter plan to start a tradition from this generous gift and send the sentimental glasses onto another couple, also named Chuck and Mary.

And on Jan. 20, surrounded by friends and family, Hall and Neese will tie the knot. But they will also be in the company of some pretty special champagne glasses filled with more than just champagne, but a history of love.

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Miranda Garibaldi is a former contributor for a Liftable Media property.
Miranda Garibaldi is a former contributor for a Liftable Media property.
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