Every couple that I photograph is special in their own way, however Elise & James are extra special in so many ways. Elise was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma, and wasn’t given the most pleasant news, her cancer was most likely terminal. For this couple, their wedding was not only about celebrating their love for each other with friends and family, but about celebrating every minute of their life together. To be honest, I don’t really know this couple too well, it was a wedding planner who reached out to me about gifting their wedding coverage, in which I gladly did. I only briefly met Elise once before the wedding, and James on the day of the wedding. The first time I saw them truly interact with each other wasn’t until after the ceremony. My heart melted for them. This couple “gets it”. They are fun, bubbly, happy, in-love, quick-witted, know how to pick on each other in the most loving way, and are truly there for each other. There wasn’t a moment that passed by when I wasn’t in awe of their beautiful relationship. Both James & Elise are two of the strongest, most genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing.
Cancer update. Elise & James returned from there honeymoon and were given the news that her cancer had spread to her brain, she only has two months left to spend with her new husband and family. I have never shared a story like this on my blog before, even though there are a couple of brides on my site or in a blog post where the bride has fought and won, or lost her battle with cancer. This post isn’t about trying to make you feel sad, but a real reminder to celebrate life, and the time we have on this earth. To all my brides, potential brides, grooms, Moms, Dads, and readers of this blog. It’s not about making sure that everything is perfect. It’s about celebrating a marriage, a birth, a life, a breath. It’s about putting down our phones/devices and spending real time with the people we see everyday. (stepping down off soap box now)
Elise & James, Congratulations on your wedding! I hope you enjoyed every second of your honeymoon! <3
With only two months left to celebrate the rest of Elise’s life, there has been a gofundme campaign started in her honor to help with funeral costs. If you would like to donate to the family in anyway, please use this link: http://www.gofundme.com/xrmmf8
Vendors who donated their time, talent and resources to help make Elise & James’ wedding possible:
Tammy Lee-Papia – Wedding Planner – Heavenlee Weddings
Becker Farms – Ceremony Location – Becker Farms
Jeff Toy – Photobooth – Toy Bros Entertainment
Lovely Day Photo – Photography
More to come… waiting on info.