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Hinsdale Wedding // Raul + Mary

February 22, 2016

Last week Pat and I had the honor of photographing a very special wedding. The day before Thanksgiving we received a call around 1pm asking if we happened to be free to photograph a wedding that evening at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. A young girl named Mary who has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS – causing different types of pain, muscle spasms and joints popping out of place), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS – causing heart rate and blood pressure issues, nausea, dizziness and migraines) and Vasovagal Syncope (VVS – loss of consciousness due to severe pain) had recently had an episode and was admitted. Because of her condition she was forced to cancel her wedding that was just a few days away. She and her fiancé, Raul, decided that since they couldn’t follow through with their initial wedding plans they would get married in the hospital. Their family, friends and the hospital staff pulled together to hold an intimate ceremony in the onsite chapel. Pat and I arrived about a hour before the ceremony to capture some photos of the preparations, the ceremony and gathering that followed. It was one of the most heartfelt and special weddings that I have had the pleasure of photographing. Mary didn’t worry about anything. She was one of the happiest and relaxed brides I have ever worked with. She was so grateful for everyone that made the wedding a reality and was beyond excited to be marrying the love of her life. Thank you Mary and Raul for reminding us all what really matters and what a wedding day is truly about.

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A huge thank you to the staff at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital who made this wedding a reality for Mary and Raul. They didn’t just handle the coordination, they poured their hearts into the day, baking the cake, setting up the chapel, providing the music and ensuring someone was there to capture everything. It was pretty incredible the way the community came together to support this beautiful couple.

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