Posts Tagged ‘wedding’

Preston and Liz’s Secretly Spectacular Wedding

June 18, 2013

Preston and Liz Palmer (photo by Jim Zurales)

Toss in a Hawaii beach, a scene from Braveheart, and the shortest engagement in history, and you have the secretly spectacular and spectacularly secret wedding of Preston and Liz Palmer. Watch the magic unfold for yourself in this fun four-minute video they put together a year after the fact.

Preston and Liz kept their April 19, 2012 wedding a secret from (more…)

Love Just Keeps On Trucking

May 24, 2009

I love hearing about “impossible coincidences,” like this story by Lana Smith of Clarksville, Tennessee, which appeared in the June 2009 issue of Guideposts

wedding-coupleOn the eve of my wedding day, one worry nagged me. Steve and I came from different backgrounds—I was a city girl from Scottsdale, Arizona. He was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Kansas. My dad was a trucker, his was a minister—but the boy who bothered me in freshman biology class at McPherson College in Kansas quickly won my heart. He proposed senior year, and we decided to marry at the college church two days after graduation. My parents and Steve’s would drive in to celebrate. Living so far from one another, our parents had never met. And my parents weren’t that outgoing. Would they get along?

At the rehearsal dinner, I saw Steve’s parents looking curiously at my dad. “Don’t worry, Lana, they (more…)

The Joyous Life and Wedding of Katie Kirkpatrick

April 19, 2009

Katie Kirkpatrick

Katie Kirkpatrick’s story is a powerful reminder that we can still find joy in the midst of suffering tragedy by focusing on and celebrating the present moment. The photos and text come from an e-mail I received and from which verified Katie’s story.

On Valentine’s Day, 2002, Katie Kirkpatrick, then a freshman at Rochester College (a small Christian college in Rochester Hills, Michigan), was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Undaunted, Katie strove to keep up with her studies, but she suffered another setback in 2003 when she was diagnosed with an inoperable lung tumor wrapped around her pulmonary artery. Nonetheless, in 2004 the resilient Katie took part in champion cyclist Lance Armstrong’s Ride for the Roses cancer fundraiser.

On January 15, 2005, twenty-one-year-old Katie—the girl “with a contagious smile and unrelenting optimism” who had been battling cancer for three years—married twenty-three-year-old Lapeer County sheriff’s deputy Nick Goodwin, her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, at Church of Christ in Hazel Park, Michigan.

Photos were taken by Romain Blanquart.


Katie Kirkpatrick and her fiance, Nick, rest prior to their wedding. Katie has terminal cancer and spends hours in chemotherapy. Here Nick waits while she finishes one of the sessions.


Even in pain and dealing with her organs shutting down, with the help of morphine, Katie took care of every single wedding plan. Her dress had to be adjusted several times due to her constant weight loss.