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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