January 5, 2012

I Must Share This With You.

People often question why things happen to good people. I often ask myself the same thing, but I have come to realize that out of every bad situation becomes something great. As I was reading wedding blogs, which is a pretty typical day for me (there is just something so magical about weddings), I stumbled across this post of a very special wedding. This wedding is the story of Ryan and Amber and I very much want to share it with you. It warmed, but all in the same, saddened my heart. Their wedding was stunning, but their story was even better. Just a fair warning though, I am not trying to make you cry, although I am also not making promises that you won't.
Love. Love. Love. This dress and shoes.
Beautiful family.
Wine bottle guestbook.
How stunning was this wedding? In addition, I also love her dress more than any words can describe They are a beautiful couple, who's spirit and hope makes them shine even brighter. You noticed in the photos their daughter, Harper. Harper was born with an extremely rare form of cancer, so rare in fact that they have better odds of winning the Powerball..twice. Ryan and Amber's life dramatically changed and soon found themselves scheduling doctors visits and treatment appointments. Any time the couple had left they spent time with Harper.

When it finally came time to plan their wedding, they knew they were going to need help. Ryan and Amber contacted The Gifted Wedding, which is an organization based in St. Louis who provide dream weddings to those who face unique situations. The organization basically gave them their dream wedding on a golden platter. The ceremony and reception was stunning. It was everything and more that the couple could even hope for.

Unfortunately, just a few short weeks after Ryan and Amber were married, Harper lost her battle with cancer. Even with their loss, the couple showed amazing strength. They are optimistic in the face of insurmountable odds. They have a fighting spirit that continues to march on. And that's why it's hard to know how to tell their tale. It's equal parts sadness and hope, and it's important for you to know both as you get a glimpse of just one of the happiest days of their lives.

I got all of my information as well as the photos from the blog post: Style Me Pretty
Read more on the story by visiting their blog.

Photographer: Hawes Photography / Venue: Balducci’s Vineyards / Appetizers – Cafe Mosaic / Tent, Lighting and Linens: Crown Rental / Bridal and Flower Girl Attire: White Traditions Bridal House / Custom Stationery: Your Day Your Way Custom Stationery / Custom Wine Box/Card Box: M. Haley Design / Disc Jockey: A Touch Of Class DJs / Transportation: The Wine Wagon / Airbrush Tanning: Envy Mobile Tan / Digital Photobooth: PhotoboothStL / Videography: Milestone Productions / Bridal Accessories: Jenny Present Custom Jewelry / Dessert Bar: Augusta 4H Club / Favors: Bunny Cakes StL Custom Cakes and Desserts / Florist: Windy Hill Cut Flower Farm / Centerpieces + Decor: Hillermann Nursery and Florist + Fahr Greenhouses, Inc. / Bride and Groom Accommodations: Hermann Hill Bed and Breakfast / Flower Girl Gifts: Build-A-Bear Workshop

1 comment:

  1. wow. what a touching story. kinda puts your whole life in perspective. i needed that tonight. thanks.