EA Dream Team:
Anne Kelly Acock: fresh floral arrangements
Michelle Ferrel of Studio 500: hair and makeup
Chris McVay: Photography
Paulena Blalock of S. Sanders Photography: Photography
Shelley Kirkman: Thank you sign
Michael Nolte: Jewelry
Chateau Avalon: Honeymoon Stay
Kira and David Harsh seem like the All-American couple in love. At first glance, these two young college students, active in their church, and obviously adored by family and friends alike, seem to have everything at their fingertips, and not a care in the world. But, upon closer inspection, it seems this couple has overcome some great obstacles to reach the point of happiness they carry with them today.
After spending a year out of state with the organization New Frontiers, David returned from serving the homeless, feeling renewed and ready to take on anything that came his way. He and Kira had grand plans to get married and start their happily-ever-after. Yet, those plans were abruptly put on hold when he woke up one morning with his arm swollen twice it’s size, and blue. Many tests later revealed a massive blood clot that had to be removed. This also indicated a rare blood disorder that needed to be treated immediately. The road to recovery meant a year spent on blood thinners and removal of an entire muscle across his chest. Lovingly, Kira stayed by his side the entire time, acting as a main source of support while his strength was being tested. Fortunately, their bond persevered, and deepened as a result of this situation.
Today, David has been given a clean bill of health. Although that is worth more than any amount of money, the truth is that this couple is starting their life with a mound of medical bills as a result. So, when it came time to planning the wedding of their dreams, the only thing they insisted upon having was each other, and their friends and family to celebrate with.
So, on August 6, the day before their wedding, we showed up at their Rehearsal, with every intent of “crashing” their wedding… in a wonderful way. As they sat at the alter underneath the beautiful arbor Kira’s father made, Anne Kelly marched in with a fresh floral bridal bouquet she had made to replace the silk ones the couple planned on using.
As Kira and David listened intently, we told them about all the wonderful wedding service providers who generously donated their time and talents to give this amazing couple a few well-deserved wedding upgrades. With two photographers, a florist, a stylist, a gown designer, a hotel, and a very creative family friend stepping up to the plate, the Harsh’s were able to transform an already beautiful day into something spectacular.
Kira was positively glowing as she danced down the aisle to meet her groom and the expansive wedding party that awaited her. Truly a couple worth knowing and a ceremony worth remembering, this pair is an amazing example of true character, infectious personalities, and a love that will surely last a lifetime. And we are so proud to have been a part of their special day.
If you know of a deserving couple who could use a few upgrades of their own, we want to know about it. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the date of their wedding and how they could use our help, as well as contact information for you so we can keep everything quiet until the big reveal.Read More