Strength Through Christ In Times of Hurt

Finding Strength

Everyone dreams of the perfect wedding with health abounding, happiness overflowing and the best weather imaginable. Sometimes this just isn’t what happens in reality. Family members become ill, spirits are low and rain clouds the forecast. In cases like this, it can feel easier to just give up; to just throw in the towel and call it all off. I am so glad that Tommy and Mariana’s strength pushed them through the obstacles to still have a magically memorable wedding day.

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Yes, I know with an intro like that, elaboration is necessary.

When we received word that this sweet couple wanted to tie the knot at our venue, we were ecstatic. Upon signing the contract and choosing a wedding date, we were quite puzzled as to why they requested such a quickly approaching date. Most couples plan their weddings far in advance, giving themselves well over a year to get all the necessary pieces into place.  Not Mariana and Tommy, they wanted to be wed within 5 months. How peculiar, we thought.

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A QUICK Wedding

Wanting to help as much as possible on this short schedule, we began asking deeper questions but quickly saw that Mariana became distant and her eyes glazed over a bit in fear of crying in front of strangers. Something’s not right. The couple seemed to be in good health and happy with each other. There’s something else.

“We are planning a quick wedding because I want to make sure that my father can attend” Mariana painfully pronounced between deep, drawn out breaths.

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There it is. There’s the bombshell. Her father was ill. Trying not to pry, I told her how sorry I was. This isn’t the kind of thing young couples should be confronted with when making plans for the happiest day of their lives. But this… this is reality. Raw and unfiltered and tragically unfair. Recently diagnosed with cancer, her father’s attendance was uncertain so they really wanted to push their wedding plans into high gear to see if they could beat the clock.

We instantly jumped right into high gear with her to help plan and execute the wedding she’d always dreamed of, even though circumstances were depressing. Her strength in God pushing her through each and every step.

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A Gray Day Lit with Love

On the day of the wedding, I am very sad to say that her father could not attend. The cancer had taken control of his body in such a way that it prevented his attendance. Although heartbroken, Mariana knew without a doubt that he was with her in spirit. Stepping up to give strength to his little sister, her brother walked her down the aisle so she didn’t have to make the trek alone. To say that it was an emotional day simply wouldn’t do it justice.

Her loving father was unable to attend, spirits were a bit dampened AND it was raining. Most brides would have covered their eyes and cried. Instead, she smiled great big, moved the wedding indoors and had an intimate and emotionally gripping ceremony that no one will soon forget. “Rain on your wedding day is said to be good luck” she said.

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After the wedding ceremony, the clouds parted and the rain subsided allowing time for some amazing shots around the property.

Mariana’s faith and courage throughout this whole experience really rocked me to my core. May God continue to give you strength during tough times. You are strong and mighty with His help. I pray blessings upon your family and hope that healing will come to all.

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Photographer: Katera Siegel

Caterer: Family Catering

 

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