Saturday, August 27, 2016

This bride learned to walk again for her wedding

The Couple
Meet Jaquie & Andy, absolute sweethearts and completely in love. Jaquie lost the ability to walk after a traumatic accident. She made it her goal to walk down the aisle to Andy on the big day and went through grueling physical therapy for a year to make her dream a reality.
The Aisle
Preparing to walk down the aisle.
Which she totally did! You could feel the joy in the room, it was amazing!
Happy Groom
It was really beautiful.
The celebrating was so real, everyone was laughing and crying and totally overjoyed for both of them.
Seeing Her Surprise Gift
Jaquie's mom hired me to paint the first dance. Jaquie had no idea I would be at the wedding, even though she had hinted that she wished she could hire me. Her reaction at seeing me in the reception space was so awesome, we both cried haha!
Starting the Base Drawing
I was painting a watercolor, so I started with a drawing of the space, to get the layout right. The space was Ambient Plus Studio in Atlanta, Ga, which is a loft space drenched in sunlight, and the bones of the room were all exposed, so my perspective had to be perfect before I could work on anything else.
The First Dance
Leaving her wheelchair aside so she could dance :) It was an incredibly sweet moment.
I Spy An Easel
Look at the emotion in the room. The first dance was as powerful as walking down the aisle for everyone. This was 200 people who love Jaquie and Andy more than anything, and they were all witnessing the culmination of a year's hard work and hope. The blurry easel in the background is me, haha, working away!


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