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Real Weddings: A Very Special Wedding

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Photo by Donna Newman

Last week, all anyone -- us included -- could talk about was Chelsea Clinton’s marriage to Marc Mezvinsky. And it was everything we hoped it would be -- a truly gorgeous affair. I, however, have another wedding on my mind, possibly one of the most memorable of my entire career.

The couple, Melanie and Andrew are new friends as I was introduced to them a few weeks ago when they got engaged. Whenever friends/family of friends get engaged I love to help them get started. Melanie’s dad is fighting cancer, and his condition made setting a date and undertaking plans somewhat difficult. I wanted to help in any way I could. Andrew’s mom Jane and I traded emails, and we discussed that a small ceremony in August for close friends and family (with a bigger party down the road) made the most sense.

Senior Style Editor Naomi Demanana made a beautiful huppa from simple wood and white linen with silk flowers on the corners, and a silk bouquet from one of our Good Things columns. And Special Projects Editor Anthony Luscia arranged to get everything to the hospital. Unfortunately, Melanie’s dad took a turn for the worse, and the family was forced to move the ceremony to the hospital last Friday.

Melanie quickly bought a white dress, photographer Donna Newman flew in from Florida, and a Kutabah arrived. On Friday morning, a handful of close relatives gathered at the hospital’s chapel for the wedding. The couple said their vows, and what was obviously an incredibly difficult time for this family became an incredibly joyous moment. Melanie was beyond grateful that her dad could see her marry her best friend. As Donna told me, it was one of the most meaningful weddings she has ever witnessed.

I mention this wedding not to bring you sadness, but to put things in perspective. I keep thinking about weddings and what really makes them special, and this is a perfect example. There weren’t 400 people on the guest list. There were no fresh flowers. There was no cake or Champagne. What was there were the people that matter most, celebrating life and love together, and finding light in the darkest of circumstances. Yes, we love to personalize weddings and pick beautiful color palettes and design memorable cakes -- all those things will make your day yours. But don’t forget what’s at the heart of your celebration: love. Do that, and you can’t go wrong.

We wish Andrew and Melanie all the best. Thanks for inspiring us with your love story.

Does anyone else have an inspirational love story they’d like to share?

Comments (11)

  • What a touching blog post today. Melanie & Andrew Congratulations!!
    Everyone gets so caught up in the moment when planning a wedding that sometimes we forget about the most important aspects our family!! It is so wonderful that the couple had the wedding Melanie dreamed of with her father by her side.
    The couple is so lucky to have had Donna capturing the memories! She is an incredible photographer. The couple will always have this day to look back on.
    Best wishes!

  • To Melanie and Andrew:

    That sounded like a wonderfull wedding and i'm sure you will remember it forever.

    Best of luck and congratulations.

    (The family from ISRAEL)

  • The joy, admiration and love in Melanie's and Andrew's faces spoke volumes of the wonderful life they will share together. They both understand what is truly important in life and the joy they were able to bring to their parents was a treasure they will value all their life.
    With loving best wishes,
    Bert & Jeffrey

  • Beautiful Bride and Beautiful Family!

    Mazel Tov!

    Double H, we all love you big guy!

  • we are so very happy that all that were important to Melanie and Doug were able to share in their very special time.

  • Mazel Tov to Melanie and Andrew. Wishing you many years of health and happiness together.

    Fran & Larry

  • What an incredible beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us.

  • Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together. You have a wonderful model to follow. Mazal Tov to all the family

  • I want to wish Melanie and Andrew a big mazel tov. Your dad is an incredibly giving and wonderful father and friend. I was so happy I got to meet him after my cousin Michael (your father's best friend) passed away. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • [...] make it, and wanted to act quickly so he could share the moment. Martha Stewart writes about this here. I can’t imagine anything in the world more bittersweet. Such important moments happening [...]

  • Melanie,
    I am Rachel Miller Fischler's mom. I am so glad that she forwarded this to me. Mazel Tov on your wedding and the joy you must have brought to your dad. Rachel has kept me posted and you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers.

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