While recovering from a double lung transplant, Fred Evans, 62, was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma and given a few months to live. Of his four children, three daughters and one son, two daughters – Gracie and Kate – were not yet married, but Fred wanted to make sure he fulfilled his fatherly duty to walk his girls down the aisle and give them his blessing. He didn’t know if he would get to have that chance before he succumbed to the cancer and so he planned a surprise ceremony so he’d have the opportunity.
Non profit organization, Fotolanthropy, who shares inspiring stories of people who have overcome adversity through photography and film, heard about Fred’s story and sent over wedding photographers, Matt and Julie Norine, to document the special ceremony.
Upon arriving at their church, Watermark Community in Dallas, Texas, Gracie and Kate, thinking they were there for a special event for their mom, was greeted by Fred, who was wearing a tuxedo. Sharing a private moment with each daughter, Fred explained that in case he wouldn’t be there on their wedding day, he wanted to carry out the tradition of walking his girls down the aisle and give them away. Close family members where present to witness the event. Afterwards, Fred presented his wife, Karla with a bouquet and asked her to renew their wedding vows.
Sadly, Fred Evans lost his battle with cancer on July 25th, 2013, but his legacy of love will continue to live on in his family and inspire those who hear his story.
Heartwarming stories such as this one, reminds me of the importance of our work as photographers. Beyond the technical aspects, the time consuming business side and the industry drama, our work is is bigger and meaningful for those we photograph. How are you using your time and talents for the benefit of others today?