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Typical story—boy meets girl in high school, and they fall head over heels. Fast forward 10 years, and they are happily married with beautiful wedding memories. The best part of our wedding was not perfect weather, gorgeous décor, or the location, nor was it rocking awesome bling or having Henry Roth as the bridal consultant at Mestads. The best part was the fact that, finally, we were able to commit the rest of our lives together in front of everyone we loved.

Amanda and I were married at 5 a.m. on a Wednesday in a hospital room. We had four guests, including the most important one—Amanda’s mom, who was in the ICU. We held this smaller, more intimate wedding ahead of our larger one so she could be sure to attend. Sadly, just one month before the larger event, she passed away. After some discussion, we went ahead with the other wedding. We knew Mom was looking down from heaven, and we wanted to provide our family with a happy celebration of love.