Thursday, February 18, 2016

This Fall a group of Nashville Wedding Vendors decided to put together a wedding giveaway for a very deserving couple. We were honored to be asked to participate, and as soon as we heard the couple’s story, we knew this was going to be an experience like no other…

Just like any couple, Eric and Jessica dreamed of a gorgeous wedding all their own. However, shortly after their engagement, Jessica’s dad was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia and then later with ALS. She dreamed of walking with her dad down the aisle and having him there to celebrate their wedding with them. So that’s when a group of vendors took action…

Every portion of the day was donated. From the gorgeous venue and delicious brunch for their 12 closest friends and family, to the lovely flowers and bridal gown. Everything was made perfect for this oh-so-deserving couple.

We are so excited to finally get to share the images and details from this incredible day with you! Thanks to Style Me Pretty for sharing the story and to Abigail Bobo Photography for capturing everything from this most special day… Enjoy!

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“About thirty minutes before the men were scheduled to try on their tuxes, my mother called to let me know my Dad was having a particularly rough morning. My Dad has always been a stoic and quiet man. I have seen him cry twice in my life, and both times it rocked me to my core,” says Jessica, when asked about the day, “My Dad was beside himself. He was crying heavy tears and was unable to explain what was wrong. When someone has FTD their frontal and temporal lobes slowly begin to die. This impacts their ability to find words and eventually to speak at all. It also impacts their emotional processes, causing rapid changes in mood and personality. My father was hurting and there was no clear way to help him. It was heartbreaking and I felt myself melting when I recognized that despite everyone’s best efforts, this is where we are. Eric said “Jess, we all have to remember that this is for your Dad. That there are no rules or limitations to how far we will go to make this possible for him. If he needs to wear his sweats to the wedding that is fine, if he needs help walking that is fine, and if he cries that is fine. All we can do is take this a second at a time.” I was reminded that in sickness and in health, I would have an incredible partner for the rest of my life.”

As it turns out, Jessica’s dad was able to wear his tuxedo, and the smile on his face when he looked into his daughter’s eyes moved us all. She kept telling him how dapper he looked, and how right she was!

“The wedding was more than a dream, it was pure magic. The sun came out and gave us the most beautiful fall day. Ladybugs buzzed around everyone and people whispered “it’s good luck!” Everyone arrived with a quiet sense of calm and purpose. We were enveloped in love and support” expresses Jessica, “My Dad did get to walk me down the aisle and as it turns out, everyone cried. I did get to marry my best friend in the company of those I love most. And we were given more grace than I ever imagined. I am not the same as I was, for now I know peace.”

Thanks to all these vendors for making this sweet couple’s dream come true…

Photography: Abigail Bobo Photography | Event Planning + Design: Modern Vintage Events | Floral Design: Basil And Bergamot | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah Bridal | Cake: Dulce Desserts | Invitations:Script Merchant Calligraphy | Jewelry: Waltons Jewelry | Hair + Makeup: Andrea Suarez At Salon Nfuse| Calligraphy: Script Merchant Calligraphy | DJ: JDs Music | Groom’s Attire: Street Tuxedo | Venue:Homestead Manor | Donuts: Five Daughters Bakery | Flatware: Southern Events | Robe + Ribbon: The Lace Atelier

Congratulations Eric and Jessica! We wish you all the happiness in the world!

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