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Life can be unfair, even cruel at times. Cancer has affected Keisha’s family for as long as she could remember. When she agreed to have me photograph her wedding, I was also told that her grandfather was very ill. I remember telling Keisha that her grandfather’s attendance would be special, wishing him a speedy recovery.
Barely a week later, I learned that Keisha’s grandfather passed away. That has bothered me ever since…
Keisha’s request to have an image taken while holding the frame turned out to be very difficult, once I was told that her mother passed away due to cancer when she was still a teenager. I kept asking myself why must someone so kind and compassionate endure such painful experiences?
Since the majority of the guests was coming from out of town, Keisha decided to host the reception at the hotel to accommodate their overnight stay. Shortly after the wedding, Keisha donated 17 inches worth of her hair, so she could put on a wig just like those who are suffering from cancer. Words cannot describe what an amazing person Keisha is, but I don’t have to because those around her already know.
I always tell my couples that a wedding is celebration with the people dearest to us. Keisha made me realize that it is also a celebration with those who are no longer with us, something I find deeply profound. Thank you for both opening my eyes and my mind.
Keisha, your mother has never left you. She was with us all along, in the picture frame, in the locket attached to your bouquet, in the front row’s reserved seat during your ceremony, in these images and of course, in your kind heart and soul. Her omnipresence is forever and eternal.
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