Every once in a while you get a wedding that just stops you in your tracks, from the trials and tribulations of the couple to the glorious outcome. It takes you from tears to pure elation. I swear, just like a Tyler Perry movie, sorry I had too.
This couple is the epitome of what can go wrong will, but in the end they beat it all!!
The letter to the photographer, Photography by Joncee May, that won them free photography for their wedding!
We were so broke the first few months that I remember one night specifically that Brad searched the apartment for change on the floor to have enough to buy us a box of mac-n-cheese. Things started to look up after Brad found a job in Salt Lake, and in June we were so excited to be able to buy my wedding dress and set a wedding day, November 19, 2011. Little did we know that dress was not going to fit come November because I was 6 weeks pregnant. As soon as we found out about our little bun in the oven, we moved our wedding date to May 19, 2012. If only we had known then how much our world was going to change before our sweet baby girl was born. I began having morning sickness to the point I could no longer work. Brad quit his job because his boss was verbally abusive, and one day when Brad stood up to him his boss pushed him and because I needed help taking care of myself. Our doctor continually told us our baby wasn’t going to make it because of my diabetes. Brad stood by me as I fired multiple doctors because I would not stand someone telling me there was no chance my baby would make it. Sure enough, I was right. And on December 29, 2011 at 36 weeks gestation Remi Blair McNichols was born by emergency c-section due to my extreme preeclampsia.
Just when we thought things were looking up because we had gotten into the groove of juggling school and pregnancy, our world really came crashing down. On September 2, 2011, Brad was in a horrible vehicle accident in which a semi-truck rear-ended him at 70 miles an hour on the freeway. He spun a 360 across all four lanes of traffic, was rear-ended by another sedan, and then smashed into the cement barrier. As soon as the car stopped moving he called me. When I asked if he had called 911, he hung up on me. I had never been so terrified in my life, but was thankful Khloe, our unborn baby, and me were safely at my parent’s house. Because of this accident, I had to quit school to stay home and help him and take care of Khloe, when that was too much for me to handle at 5 months pregnant, we moved in with my parents. Because of his accident, Brad is still receiving chiropractics on a regular basis, has not been able to work and is having shoulder surgery later this month. His left arm lost 80% of its strength due to damage caused by the seat belt, and he is in pain everyday. The hardest part has been seeing him grimace in pain every time he goes to lift one of baby girls. The pain inflicted upon him is unimaginably horrible. If the whole situation taught us anything, it is that disability insurance is a must. Disability insurance protects you financially if injury or illness limits your ability to work. If you are looking for a disability insurance provider, Meet Breeze Disability Insurance. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Furthermore, we are also now looking into contacting an Orange County injury lawyer. However, his recovery remains the most important thing at this moment in time. But despite all these hardships and running low on funds, we have stuck to it that we WILL have our wedding May 19 of this year.
Through it all, we have stood strong together and known better days would come. As we look back on our first year together, we don’t see it as heartache and hard times, we see it as proof that this marriage will last. We see the strength we have as individuals and as a family. We are thankful for our extended family that has helped us and supported us, and that we have two beautiful healthy girls. We want to have our Wedding as a celebration of our never ending faith, strength, and love for each other. It will also serve as our last chance to see everyone before we move back to Utah so we can both finish our degrees, mine in Counseling and Adolescent Drug Rehab, and his in Computer Network Security.
Congrats to Emily and Brad!!
Good Luck in your new life together!