Justice and Jeremy Stamper were childhood friends and high school sweethearts. The pair met when they were just 10 years old—he had “the biggest crush on her”, and she was a romantic who had planned her wedding down to the flower arrangements as a little girl.
“We kind of just knew we were meant to be together,” Justice told People. “It was pretty instant.”
A decade later, it was their big day. On August 1, 2014, they would walk down the aisle, profess their vows, and marry each other.
Justice remembers the proposal: on September 30, 2012, in front of their entire church congregation, Jeremy got down on one knee and gave Justice a bottle.
“He taped the ring underneath a bottle cap to hide it, and he was so nervous that he just gave me the entire bottle,” Justice said. But he asked, and she said yes. “It was so cute and so special.”
But she can’t remember a single thing after that.
She doesn’t remember him seeing her in her dress for the first time. She doesn’t remember saying “I do.”
The wedding day was wiped from her memory, along with a chunk of time after that September proposal. Because just 19 days after Justice and Jeremy were wed, Justice was caught in a car accident and seriously injured.
Justice had been driving to her aunt’s house when a car rear-ended her at 50 m.p.h. and her car flew 50 feet, off the side of the road. Her head slammed into the steering wheel and she suffered a traumatic brain injury that knocked her brain around in her skull. Several months of memories were lost.
Justice called her husband, sobbing and incoherent.
“I was at work and I got a call from Justice. She was just bawling and couldn’t stop,” Jeremy says. “I got in my car and drove to her as fast as I possibly could.”
The next month and a half was surreal.
Justice came home to find that she didn’t recognize the house that she lived in—and spotted photos of a wedding she couldn’t remember on the wall. Between the drowsy medication and headaches she was suffering, she even worried that maybe she was losing her mind. When did she get married? What else couldn’t she remember?
“It’s like going to a foreign country and not understanding what anyone is saying. It’s very confusing,” she said.
At first, Justice suffered quietly, afraid to tell anyone else she had forgotten something so significant.
“After about a month and a half later I went to Jeremy and said, ‘I don’t want you to be mad, but I do not remember the wedding at all,’” Justice told The Post.
She was terrified to tell him, but he responded without hesitation.
“The first thing he said was, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll do it again,’” Justice said.
Jeremy was understandably heartbroken—not being able to talk about the day they got married was frustrating and saddening—“It’s that one memory that you assume you’ll be able to happily share with your spouse for the rest of your lives.”
So he decided to give Justice a second wedding.
It wasn’t easy for them—Jeremy was a college student with a part-time job, and Justice had been in school as well but hadn’t been able to work due to her recent injury. So he turned to GoFundMe to raise $5,000 to help arrange a wedding ceremony, and then raised twice the amount.
“Our first wedding was beautiful and perfect,” he said. “But this time, I want Justice to truly be blown away. She really deserves it.”
“There’s been a lot of pressure, but our bond is just a lot stronger now,” Jeremy said.
“I’m lucky to be alive,” Justice said. “And I’m so lucky to have Jeremy. Without him, I wouldn’t have made it.”
Their first wedding had 75 guests, but this time, they invited many more people—the ones who helped make the wedding possible.
Today, the Stampers are a family of three.
Watch the second wedding below: