DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Like many six-year-olds Symone Morton was skipping rocks and feeding ducks when we met her and her mother, Amber Stargel. Symone stays active despite being treated by several doctors for serious allergies.
But unlike most children Symone's parents were worlds apart, literally.
She and her mother were living in a West Carrollton apartment. We had to rely on Skype to meet her father, Amber's fiancee Tim Morton. They all shared a desire to be united for good.
Tim was assigned to Camp Casey's 2nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. That put him in South Korea, more than six thousand miles from the love of his life.
He had joined the army to provide for his family but in the eyes of the military Tim couldn't get family benefits unless he and Amber were married.
Morton said, "I don't know that I really have a dream wedding it's been more of a dream woman. I'd pretty much marry her anywhere. But Amber told us with a smile on her face she was totally against going to the justice of the peace.
The couple could have wed before Tim deployed in January but getting married in their Dayton church was very important to Amber and Tim.
Amber told us her dream wedding included getting her makeup done, dressing like a princess, and having her family surround her.
So we went right to work to fulfill her wishes when we learned that Tim was granted leave. One by one businesses stepped up. Hausfeld's Salon and Spa presented free services for Amber, Symone, and Amber's mother. Bravo agreed to pick up the tab for meals at the reception. Huntington Bank gave Amber Kings Island Tickets and WDTN agreed to videotape the wedding to capture moments like when Tim saw his bride for the first time.
The couple appeared to have the wedding for which they had hope, in their church with their daughter looking on and Tim's mother co-officiating.
After their first kiss as husband and wife they stopped before going down the aisle together and thanked certain family and friends among them WDTN.
With not much time remaining on leave, Tim, Amber and Symone headed to Cincinnati for an experience of a lifetime. At Great American Ballpark the crowd honored Tim as hero for the day.
Tim told us, "Thank you guys, man this is awesome! I couldn't have thought of this if I had all the money in the world. This is an experience I will probably never forget. So when the hard times come I'll have all these good memories to think back on and enjoy life man being together and married it's the most important thing for soldiers and their families you know.
And we just got an email from Amber indicating the family is now settling into their apartment and are grateful to be living as a family in South Korea.
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