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Friday, August 14, 2009

In sickness and in health

A family we have known and loved for years asked me to photograph their daughter's open house reception. She had previously been married in Utah and she and her husband had just returned from their honeymoon in Mexico. While there, the bride contracted a horrible illness and was so sick on the day of the reception that she could not walk. This is a picture of her on the floor in her parents' house before the reception. Is this not the saddest picture you have ever seen?

She had to be carried out to a bench where she and her husband sat and greeted guests. The poor thing could only sip Gatorade.

Despite being so sick, she was exceedingly gracious and beautiful, as the following two portraits will attest:

The backyard was decorated with all kinds of lanterns and candles. Here is a shot of the inside of the canopy where people could sit and eat the delicious Greek food:

Here is a shot of her little sister's hair. Isn't this amazing?

It was such a lovely reception, and the bride and groom showed such grace in a difficult circumstance. I have no doubt their marriage will be wonderful and long-lasting. Congratulations Jill and Andy!

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