A Thousand Years – Audrey and Dan

I’ve been thinking for some time of a way to take my blog in a different direction.  I toyed with asking a few clients to tell their story for the blog, and when I photographed Audrey and Dan’s wedding last weekend, I knew I wanted Audrey to tell her story.  Thank you, Audrey for being my first “guest blogger”.  I wish you the best of health, happiness, and strength in the road ahead, and am thankful that Dan will be right by your side.

Heart beats fast.  Colors and promises.  How to be brave.  How can I love when I’m afraid to fall, but watching you stand alone, all of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow…

11 weeks to the day after I met my soul mate, I married him.  We have been through so much in these last 11 weeks, we feel like we have been together a thousand years.  During our brief time together, we bonded in a way I never thought possible.  Dan and I met through one of my high school friends, we started texting on Superbowl Sunday, and had our first date the following Saturday.  It was an instant connection, honestly, we have only spent a couple of nights apart since we met.  We just knew.  It was everything you always dream about finding.  We had no fear, no doubt, and fell in love instantly.

We had talked about getting married over fourth of July…however God had other plans.  Two years ago, just 6 months after my son was born I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  After chemo and radiation I was cancer free, until Wednesday, April 3rd two months after Dan and I met, when I found my cancer had returned.  Dan met me at home, held me, cried with me and asked me to marry him…so we could fight this together, as man and wife.  He had lost both his parents to cancer, so he felt he knew what he was getting into and how important support is.   I started chemo on April 10th, we pushed up the wedding because in my vanity, I really wanted my hair for my wedding.

 Surrounded by 30 of our closest family and friends, on April 19th, at the Hanover Inn, I married the most amazing man.   We both felt like we were the only people in the world as we were saying our vows.  Not only did we promise ourselves to each other, he promised himself to my son.  We decided that a first dance wasn’t for us, we wanted to hold hands, and dedicate a song to each other and all of the people who love us who couldn’t be there.  We played A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.  The lyrics spoke to us of a woman who has to be brave, and a man who won’t let go of what he has finally found.  It spoke volumes, and there was barely a dry eye in the house.

I am so blessed to have married this man.  He cares for me, reminds me to take my pills, drink my water, tells me I am beautiful every day…even now without my hair.  Yes, my hair fell out two days after the wedding.  I am so excited to get the pictures from the wedding, to see the love in the room for Dan and I, to hang in our new home to remind us of the beginning of the rest of our lives.  I will beat this, and eventually, even my hair will return.  I will grow old with this man and I look forward to looking at our wedding photo every year on our anniversary to remind us that “that which does not break us makes us stronger” and stronger we are.

I have died everyday waiting for you.Darling don’t be afraid.  I have loved you for a thousand years…
I will love you for a thousand more…

Lyric excerpts from “A Thousand Years”  written by Christina Perri and David Hodges quoted under fair use.

 

  • Kim L. - I’ve known Audrey for many years… and that is one of the most heartfelt things I’ve ever read. No dry eyes here.ReplyCancel

  • Sharna Wilkerson - You are a brave soul Audrey – I wish you well with your fight. Thank you for sharing your story. You look beautiful with or without your hair! Blessings to you and your new family!ReplyCancel

  • Sukie Knight - Love is certainly all around you three.Bask in it and ask anything of anyone who loves you.
    Beautiful are you all.ReplyCancel

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