Well where do I start?
I think at the beginning is best.
I was contacted by Pat Foster of The Best Western Plus Mosborough Hall Hotel, Mosborough, Sheffield, “Hi Lloyd and Mo, doing a wedding for a 31yr old girl who has terminal cancer. I’m asking everyone if they would be kind enough to donate their services for free it will be at Mossy Hall 9th March (Thursday) 2017. If you say no I will understand but you were one of the first I thought about.”
My Answer obviously had to be yes.
This is Keri and Richard’s wedding story.
Due to Keri not being well in and out of hospital, we didn’t manage to meet until 3 weeks before the wedding.
We booked the pre-wedding shoot for 10 days before the wedding due to her hospital diary.
We met at the fantastic Whirlowbrook Hall, Sheffield. Keri, Richard and a real cutie Myla, their 18 month old daughter. Due to the weather we had to ask the staff if we could use inside the Hall instead of the public grounds. This was no problem at all. Thanks Lucy x
We all had a fantastic time on the shoot, Myla soon came round after a little freedom to have a run.
The Wedding Day
The wedding was to take place at The Best Western Plus Mosborough Hall Hotel.
I arrived around 9:00am, straight up to the brides preparation room there all the action was happening. OMG they needed 2 rooms there was so much going off.
After a few initial images I left them to visit Richard the groom, at their home just a couple of miles away for the groom preparation images, lol that was the same more action than at a premiership football match.
The lads here were Googling how to tie the neck wear, took them ages it was so funny.
After a few detail shots it was back to the Ladies.
Keri had gone to the Bridal suit to put her dress on and also Myla was ready for a nap.
After a few minutes wait for her to get into her dress I was able to get the remaining shots.
We were all ready for the Ceremony!
Keri and her dad after being the Registrar’s before the walk to the ceremony down in the Haddon Suite
The guests and room were ready and waiting for the entrance of the Bride and her bridesmaid’s.
The Ceremony was one of the most moving I have had the pleasure of being part off, lots of tears and laughter too.
Myla was a star showing off her moves.
Tenderness and tears
After the ceremony and the register signing, time for the groups and the bride and groom shots.
After just 10 minutes of shooting, I saw Keri starting to show pain and she was struggling to continue. I had no option but to stop the shooting so she could rest. Keri manages the wedding breakfast and speeches. Then she had to go to rest.
When Keri was able to come back to the celebrations it was dark. She was still not able to stand for long.
Richard and Keri wanted the bar shot we do at Mosborough Hall so I prepared it ready for them so it would only take 2 minutes.
Then back down to the celebrations for a sit down befit the cake cutting and the first dance. Emotions ran very high during the first dance for all. It’s so hard to photograph with wet eyes.
After the first dance it was time for me to leave.
Due to cutting the wedding photography short we were missing a lot of images of the bride, Groom and the children.
I decided to invite them back to Mosborough Hall to finish off the images, I asked Mosborough Hall if this was possible and it wasn’t a problem.
We decided on something different not the normal wedding shots, so out came The Cube, a 1 meter square white box.
We feel so honoured to have been able to photograph Richard and Keri’s wedding. They will hold a special place in our hearts.
Keri passed away on the 11th of January 2018 and today we said good bye to a very special lady, we never heard her complain she was so full of fight.
All the donations given today will be donated to Caroline’s gift a charity that helps families.
Cancer can bring a family to its knees. No-one can take away the pain; but ‘Caroline’s Gift’ can make the ground a bit softer. We provide financial support for families in Sheffield – and its surrounding area – living with the disease. Because life’s about making memories; not making ends meet.
If you can help please donate it help people really in need.
Last year we gave a way TWO wedding photography days to two very very special couples.
Both couples mean a lot to us and we feel very honoured to have been part of their very special days.
It is not for us to tell you their stories or show you their wedding images, only too tell you they both touched our hearts, we have kept in touch with both couples since.
We are thinking of giving away another £1095.00 wedding package for 2018 for a special couple who really deserve help, what do you think??
Dance in the Rain
It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb.
He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.
I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him.
I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.
On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the
Doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.
While taking care of
His wound, I asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.
The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.
He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease.
As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.
He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.
I was surprised, and asked him, and you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?’
He smiled as he patted my hand and said,
‘She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.’
I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought,
‘That is the kind of love I want in my life.’
True love is neither physical, nor romantic.
True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not
With all the jokes and fun that are in e-mails, sometimes there is one that comes along that has an important message…
This one I thought I could share with you.
The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; They just make the best of everything they have.
I hope you share this with someone you care about. I just did..
‘Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, But how to dance In the rain.’
We are all getting Older
Tomorrow may be our turn..
I was sent this by my mother and thought it needed to be passed on. We don’t know who wrote it but thanks to who did.
There are only two things to worry about.
Whether you are well or ill.
If you are well there is nothing to worry about.
If you are ill, there are only two things to worry about.
Either you get better or you die.
If you get better, there is nothing to worry about.
If you die there are only two things to worry about.
Either you go to heaven or hell.
If you go to heaven there is nothing to worry about.
BUT if you go to hell you will be so damn busy shaking hands with friends.
You won’t have time to be worried.