Some of the best advice you can give to someone planning their wedding is to try their best to just roll with the punches. Because even if you plan out your big day with the ultimate precision, life has a funny way of not caring about your plans and you can just never know what might change things.
When Toronto bride Hannah Patterson and her fiancé Stuart Patterson were planning their wedding day, they could have never expected the terrible event that would side track their nuptials just five weeks before they were set to say “I do”.
The groom-to-be was challenged in his vows of “in sickness and in health” when 23-year-old Hannah broke her pelvis and ribs in a terrible car accident that would prevent the bride from walking down the aisle.
“She was understandably saddened and upset. Yet, even then she was determined and there was going to be no delay to her marrying the love of her life,” photographer Sarah Powell said to TODAY. “It was never a question as to whether or not the wedding would go on.”
When it came time for Sarah to meet her groom at the wedding altar, her father pushed her wheelchair to meet Stuart, who picked her up and carried her down the aisle.
The special act that had everyone in tears. “I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house,” Powell said. “Stuart was so incredibly tender and protective towards Hannah.”
“It was really them embracing true love,” she said. “He was supporting her in every way. It was such an unconditional love they showed each other throughout the entire day.”
And even though she looked perfect from the outside, no one could tell the physical agony Hannah was feeling. “I was just so happy on my wedding day and it was worth all the pain,” she said. However, it might have been that exact pain that propelled her to make the most of what she was feeling on that day.
“It never crossed my mind to move the wedding during this hard time. I knew the Lord would give me the strength for the day.”