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?