Have you ever met a couple whose love was so special, so tender, so wholeheartedly pure and unselfish that you wanted to be just like them? To have that kind of loving relationship in your own life too? This love story was proven by fire and flames, and intense struggle. It is a story of hope, courage, and overcoming immense obstacles which took months and months to overcome.
Watching our bride, who bore the main brunt of the effects of this physically and emotionally grueling time was difficult. And watching her groom, who became her number one support and strength, became our constant thing to observe.
It is hard to describe what happened, but we invite you to come along as we try to put into words, a story of epic struggle which culminates in a beautiful day of hope, love and light.
Life Changed Instantly
Two weeks after booking their small intimate Cactus and Lace wedding of 10 guests, Amy our bride was involved in a severe auto accident. While driving on the way to a movie, she was T-boned at a fast rate of speed by another vehicle. Sustaining multiple severe injuries, her ribs, and pelvis, were shattered and sustained crushing and life-threatening damage. Her hip was dislocated. She went immediately into surgery, came out with casts, pins, and traction, and went to the ICU.
About a month after booking her wedding to Alberto, she was finally able to call us and tell us what had happened. Then the watching and waiting began, to see if she would be able to recover soon enough to have the wedding of which she dreamed. Learning to eat again, learning to walk again, learning to do all of those everyday physical things we don’t give a second thought to, became her goal. Especially to walk down that aisle without assistance, which was a driving force for Amy, and for her recovery.
As her recovery slowly progressed, hope reigned and she went from wanting a small intimate elopement to a larger full-size wedding. She wanted to include all those who poured out love and strength to her and her family at this terrible time. The numbers swelled to 50 confirmed guests, and her wedding colors changed from soft pastels to vibrant “so glad to be alive” colors of yellows, pinks, blues, oranges, peach, and amber.
This remarkable woman and her supportive, loving man became our heroes. We watched and waited as she made and met one difficult milestone after another difficult milestone, climbing her way back to good health one small goal at a time, cheering her on. Spending 3 months in a wheelchair, Albert carried that chair up and down stairs, you name it. But she worked, and she worked hard. The day finally arrived of their wedding, and she made it. She walked down the aisle with a glowing radiance and gratitude for life. Alberto and Amy had made it together. Basking in love, for each other and with love radiating to them from those present, including all of us, they walked. Their vows were truly inspiring, meaningful, deep, and heartfelt, full of gratitude. “Emotional, and magical” as their wedding planner Amanda called it. “Just meeting her, and knowing her is incredibly special.”
We are so happy for you, Amy and Albert. Words really can’t express our joy to see how wonderful your wedding day was for everyone there. We treasure our relationship with you both and always will. Congratulations and our love and best wishes for your continued success.
All-inclusive Planning: Cactus and Lace Weddings
Location: Valley of Fire – Seven Sisters
Live musician-Josh Crooks of Six String Weddings
360 Photo Booth-Mario Ramirez
Hair and Makeup- Ruby Finch Salon
Transportation: Earth Limos and Royal Crown
Florals: The Front Porch for Arch, Bouquets, Boutonnieres, Sweetheart and Cake Tables; Jubilee Occasions for other tables
Photography – Amanda Monk & Rachel Porritt of Cactus and Lace Weddings