Technically, Lisa & Steve were married 20 years ago by a justice of the peace in their living room. But earlier this year when Lisa found out that her breast cancer was spreading, she knew there was one thing she really wanted. She wanted a real wedding. In a church, with a white dress, a big cake, and a chance to dance with her husband. With the help of her coworkers at Fred Meyer and the Making Memories Foundation, she got one!
Barbie Hull and I were lucky enough to photograph Lisa & Steve’s wedding because we’d gotten to know the folks at the Making Memories Foundation through the big fundraiser we put on for them last year, Get Hitched, Give Hope. (We’re doing it again this October!) So when Making Memories contacted us about photographing the wedding, we were so excited to help out. Barbie and I first met Lisa in January when she went to pick out her dress at the Brides Against Breast Cancer/Making Memories gown sale.
And her three daughters:
And then on Valentines Day, we headed out for the big vow renewal at First Christian Church in Port Orchard. There were so many things I loved about this wedding. I loved the way Lisa’s friends and community rallied together with just a few weeks notice to put the wedding together. I loved that Lisa and Steve’s three girls were the bridesmaids. And most of all I loved seeing how deeply in love Lisa and Steve are, after 20 years of marriage and all the heartbreak cancer brings with it.
Lisa and her mom: