Mikaila is 22 and has stage 4 Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma. She has 2 beautiful children and was just married, against the odds. I want to raise money to send them on their dream honeymoon, where they can spend time laying on a beach, sipping cocktails and forgetting about her shitty cancer diagnosis. Read more from me of her story below xx
Ok. So yesterday I photographed one of the most memorable weddings I have ever been a part of. I am still incredibly emotional about it. It started with Mik and Harvey enquiring with me for wedding photography after being referred by my beautiful friend Tanya at Cheboom Bridal & Formal Boutique. I went to their house for a consult. While there Mik was fiddling with her hair and asked if I minded if she take off her wig. She then told me she had stage 4 cancer and was pretty sick with it. It's an incredibly rare and incredibly aggressive cancer called Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma and treatment is not your standard chemo. The fact that Mik is only 22 and they have 2 beautiful babies really upset me but also made me angry.
This was the second time they were planning their wedding as the first one had to be postponed so Mik could have surgery for her stupid cancer. As I was sitting there listening my mind was doing backflips; looking at this beautiful young couple who so desperately wanted this wedding but also had to battle daily with this disease. I asked Mik, if you could have your dream wedding, what would you want? So I had the idea to see if I could ask for help, and see if we could put together a dream wedding for Mikaila and Harley.
I put a post on my page asking for help and holy shit did we receive help!!! The amount of people that volunteered services and items was literally overwhelming. The day ended up having to be simplified as everybody struggled to choose what was needed but yesterday, in front of their closest friends and family, Mikaila married her best friend Harley.
The day was made by the love, kindness and generosity of the incredible people that donated their time, their services and themselves. It was hot, it rained, but holy shit it was the best party!
Even though it wasn't my wedding, I want to personally thank every single person who contributed. Who shared, who commented, anything.