One of the things I really truly enjoy about the Raleigh area is how tight knit and caring our wedding community is. We often see a full range of emotions and this day has so much special meaning to everyone involved, I was very proud and honored to be one of the two Raleigh wedding photographers present. On Tuesday, March 9th, 2010, several wedding vendors, gathered at the monthly NACE meeting, as usual, to talk about the industry and listen to one of the top wedding planners in the area. What makes this so special is we also invited very well deserving couple to join us – and give them the perfect wedding. Everyone involved donated their time, materials and creativity for this worthy cause. What makes this so special? Our bride was recently diagnosed with breast cancer that has metastasized and grown into several brain tumors, which are inoperable, and given 3-5 months to live.
Bob & Christine have been dating for 8 years and were planning on getting married in Garner but the venue went out of business. The NACE organization stepped up and found willing vendors to donate the catering, cake, flowers, dress, DJ, musicians, officiants, equipment rentals and, of course, photographers, and their time to give them both a fairytale wedding. With their 3 children, the couple were married at the beautiful Sutherland in Wake Forest, NC and their family and close friends attended the ceremony.
When I first thought about helping, it was not a hard decision for me to volunteer to take part in such a truly meaningful and humbling event. To be completely honest, I had no idea how I would hold up throughout the evening but after seeing Christine, in her beautiful Vera Wang dress and her overwhelming excitement gave us all the strength to focus on what was important, giving her the perfect day. Working alongside Katie Hamister, we both got to witness a truly beautiful and radiant couple get married and work alongside the absolute best wedding vendors in the Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill area.
I cannot say enough about every vendor who stepped up to donate their time to this truly worthy cause. I am very proud and honored to have played a small role in such a wonderful & selfless effort by everyone involved. To Bob & Christine, thank you so much for having me as part of your day. I cannot say enough about how much it truly means to me to be a part of it.