You'll Never Believe Why Burger King Decided to Pay for This Couple's Wedding

Brangelina. Kimye. TomKat. Some couple monikers stick and never go away — and that's not always a bad thing.

Just ask childhood sweethearts Joel Burger, 24, and Ashley King, 23, from Illinois, who have been referred to as "Burger-King" since the fifth grade. They remained good friends throughout high school and didn't officially begin dating until their freshman year of college. Over the years, they have come to embrace their wacky nickname fully; they even announced their engagement this past spring by taking photos posing next to a BK logo outside the restaurant.

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Photos courtesy of Facebook

On April 6th, representatives from the fast food giant contacted the bride and groom via Skype and to their amazement, generously offered to pay for all of their wedding expenses. King began shaking and burst into tears before accepting.

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Photos courtesy of Skype / Provided by Burger King

"We knew deep in our hearts that we wanted to honor the union of Mr. Burger and Ms. King," a spokesperson tells The State Journal-Register, which first reported the couple's love story last week. "And we wanted to create a 'whopper of a wedding' that's uniquely their own." All they're asking for in return is that the couple live happily ever after.

The epic Burger-King nuptials will take place on July 17th in Jacksonville. Congratulations to the happy couple!

— Stefania Sainato