P.E.I. couple grappling with cancer get dream winter wedding
Trevor and Charlotte Garland get help from family and friends on special day
The friends and family of a couple grappling with cancer rallied together to put together a winter wedding ceremony with limited time to plan and a small budget.
Trevor and Charlotte Garland originally planned to get married this summer.
Charlotte, whose maiden name is Killorn, is fighting cancer. When she learned it had spread through her body, the couple decided to move the wedding to January — leaving them very little time to plan or save.
That's when wedding photographer Nicole MacKay got involved.
MacKay, who also works as a radiation therapist at the P.E.I. Cancer Treatment Centre, said she was touched by the couple's story.
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"It kind of hit home with me a little harder, because it was both of my careers jumbled into one," she said.
MacKay waived her fees and brought two videographers on board to help capture the special day.
MacKay described the "perfect" winter wedding on her blog, writing that the couple decided against a diamond ring to cut down on costs, but Garland surprised his bride with a new diamond ring a week before the wedding.
"As Charlotte was telling me this story, chills were sent through my body. This is what we call true love," MacKay wrote.
"Not only did Charlotte make such a gorgeous and glowing bride, but she is one of the strongest individuals I have ever met!"
In a comment on the blog, mother of the bride Emily MacKay thanks the community for rallying around her daughter and son-in-law.
"We gained our strength, sought our prayers, made our commitments and engaged our community through the medium of Facebook!" she wrote.
"And the community responded beautifully!"
Nicole MacKay described the wedding as "one of the most beautiful I have ever been to."
The Garlands gave CBC News permission to share their wedding story and photos, but said they'd rather not be interviewed right now.