Sandra & Mike
When I asked Sandra, as I do with most wedding clients, if they were going to see each other before the wedding, or if they wanted to wait until the ceremony to see each other, her response was, “Oh, we’re two peas in a pod, so we’ll be getting ready together and arriving at the church together.” Two peas in a pod, indeed. Most couples get pulled in different directions before and after the ceremony, but these two were hand the entire time. You see, this wasn’t just an ordinary wedding. I debated including this information in my blog post, but after giving it a YEAR of thought, I’ve come to the realization that this is their story and it is who they are, as individuals, and as a couple.
I got a call from an old friend (ahem, meaning we have been friends for a very long time, not saying she’s old), explaining that her and her co-workers were helping Sandra plan a last minute wedding. Sandra and Mike had planned on getting married, eventually, but when Sandra was diagnosed with terminal cancer, they knew they needed to move their wedding date up. Way up. They were planning everything in a matter of weeks. Of course, I agreed to document their wedding, and immediately contacted Amanda at Morning Glories Floral about helping out. She was generous enough to donate her floral services for the wedding. Friends put on a potluck reception afterwards and everything just fell into place beautifully.
The ceremony was held at St. John’s Episcopal Church (aka Oaks Pioneer Church). I attended a wedding there once as a teenager and fell in love. Built in 1851, it is tiny, quaint, and charming as heck. The walls are all dark wood and the windows are stunning. I had hoped my own wedding would be held there, but alas, our guest list was too big.
Admittedly, I was nervous. I didn’t know what to expect, in terms of Sandra’s mobility or health, but more importantly, I was worried I would bawl my eyes out and ruin everything. Sandra arrived with the biggest smile I’ve ever seen on a bride’s face. Then, Mike got out of the car, with a smile at least as big as hers. Immediately, any fears I had of ruining their day vanished, as they’re seriously the SWEETEST and most welcoming couple in the world.
Sandra wore a simple, knee length, lace gown, while Mike donned a classic black suit. The ceremony was accented with beautiful stained glass windows and purple flowers, while the outside was beaming with fall colors. I enjoyed listening to every second of the stories told, regarding their meeting and everything leading up to this big day. It was a beautiful, happy day. It was not sad at all. The couple was literally giddy with love and excitement.
Today is Sandra and Mike’s one year anniversary.
I’m happy to say that Sandra is thriving and they’re currently living their happily ever after. She will receive weekly chemo treatments for the rest of her life, but for the time being, she’s doing extremely well.