Palmiotto coordinated all of the vendors, including wedding photographer Kristina Bant Jenkins, whose son is on the autism spectrum. Artist Michael Tolleson live-painted the event, and Temple Grandin even pre-recorded a champagne toast to play during the reception. Lesko said they consider their nuptials to be the first-ever all-autistic wedding.
The sign seen above made it easy for the bridal party and the 185 guests to communicate. It color-coded preferences, like "Open to conversation" and "I prefer not to talk," so that guests could feel comfortable around others.
"A common misconception about folks like me is that people think we don’t have any feelings or major desires, but we’re the same as everybody else, if not even more," Lesko told BuzzFeed Life, adding that she hopes her wedding will correct that perspective. "We tend not to be very demonstrative with emotions on our faces, so people think we don’t have any emotions. On the inside, we’re highly emotional people and capable of deep, deep love."