P.W. + S.I. ~ The Knot Is Tied!

June 1, 2017

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This coming Sunday, my family and I will be going to the 21st Annual Butterfly Release and Family Picnic put on by the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network (P.A.I.L.) Network. At this event, real butterflies are released in commemoration to the infants that have been lost: whether through miscarriage, still-birth, or early moments after birth. Since we’ve lost our first born, back in 2010, we’ve made it a family tradition and it surely is encouraging to get the support from other families who have experienced this same circumstance.

Through this unique experience, we received a really great support from all the doctors and nurses at North York General Hospital. All of them were stellar, said the right things, did the right things. As all of them were true blessings to us, God was speaking through the connections we started making with them. With one nurse (Karen), we found out that her mother (who was also a nurse) had worked with my mother-in-law (also a nurse) “back in the day”! And with another nurse, Patty, we found out that her mother lived in the same community as my parents!! What a small world indeed, yet to share and feel the love of each one of them as we got through that difficult moment.

Fast-forward to “now”, Patty and I had reconnected a couple of years back and lo’-and-behold, she was on her way down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams, Shawn. It was only my honour to have the opportunity to “give back” to the wonderful support she provided for my wife and I.

It was a late-December day and it started off with … you guessed it … a flurry of snow. Yet, it was early enough that the sunshine came out mid-morning and provided a wonderful atmosphere for a wedding. I started off with Patty and her sister, Melanie, getting their hair-dos at Civello and she had already set the tone being cool-and-collected. Thereafter, I got to capture just the same essence with Shawn, as it was just him with his best man — with his parents to follow shortly after.

Back at the Shangri-La Hotel, Patty was receiving the final touches as she got ready and slipped into an elegant wedding dress. All this, to only enjoy a “first-look” with all her mates waiting for her in the lobby. Their reactions were priceless! The celebration continued on at the Arcadian Loft. Boy, was it ever a photographer’s dream. The personalized signage whom Shawn got his graphic designer friends to produce was original, creative and on-point! With the sweet sounds of Shawn Brady & the Northern Sons, emotional and heart-felt speeches, a beautiful view of ice-skaters at city hall and an exquisite meal, this was certainly a wedding to end off the year with.

Patty & Shawn, thank you for your constant support and friendship which we only hope to reciprocate lovingly in the many years to come!

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