I.N.T.I.M.A.T.E. is the word that comes to mind when I think back to this moment. It was real. Authentic. Raw. Emotional. I never want to take for granted the moments I automatically become a part of simply because of my job. It’s an honor to document these sacred moments. It’s humbling & it’s good for the heart. Sometimes it's in the painful moments we experience the deepest spiritual intimacy with God that cultivates genuine emotional intimacy with one another.
For those of you following along on the fan page who are not a part of this village I live in, the father of the bride (Steve) was unable to attend his daughter’s wedding that was taking place on their family property. Several weeks before the wedding he was hospitalized with a severe case of pancreatitis. He has been in & out of the hospital, but the Wednesday before the wedding, the family was informed he would not be released for the wedding on Saturday. As you can imagine, this was heartbreaking news.
As a little girl, you dream of your wedding day. You picture your dad walking you down the aisle & you pick out the song your going to dance to for the father/daughter dance, but you never plan for Plan B! In fact, you can’t imagine your father missing your wedding.
Janae (the bride) called me on Thursday to inform me that she wanted to go down to OSU on the day of her wedding and see her dad. (WELL ABSOLUTELY!) We reworked the timeline, of course, and made sure we had time to drive there and back ( almost 1 hour one way). What I didn’t realize until the drive down was this was a SURPRISE for Steve. The family got Steve’s nurse in on the plan, who talked to their boss, who talked to their boss… OSU Hospital was AMAZING! They cleared the chapel out, rearranged all the chairs & made space so Steve + Janae could share their father/daughter dance to Darius Rucker's song. Steve’s nurse, John, told him he needed to take him down for an x-ray, but instead he wheeled Steve right into the Chapel.
There stood his daughter (the baby of their 5 children), wearing her wedding gown. As you can imagine, this moment was breathtaking & full of emotion. ✨✨the rest of the caption is in the comments ...✨✨