Mari and Nathan got married at the private Hawskview Estate in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. They were surrounded by just 30 of their closest friends and family with the backdrop of the Caribbean as they spoke their vows, but this wasn’t just your typical storybook destination wedding. The gravity of getting to this day and capturing the ultimate story of unconditional love was beyond incredible and overwhelming. Mari is my beautiful cousin and just prior to their wedding in St. John, Mari had undergone her 4th brain surgery in her battle against brain cancer. Just after her surgery, Mari had to learn to walk again, and with Nathan by her side every step, these two overcame incredible odds to get to this wedding day just one month later. Early on, Nathan had said that he felt like he was put on this earth to take care of Mari. I can’t even type that without crying because that is exactly what he has done. Today…two surgeries already since their wedding, he sleeps by her side in ICU. I know I speak for our family and all of those who love Mari when I say that I am incredibly grateful for Nathan and I really do believe he is an angel. The selfless love and care that he has given Mari is beyond anything I have ever witnessed. As he repeated the vows from my Mom (the officiant) we all balled our eyes out, “Do you Nathan choose Mari to be your partner in life, to support and respect her in her successes as well as her failures? To care for her in sickness and in health? To nurture her and to grow with her throughout the seasons of your life together?” Enough said.
Mari…I love you so much my strong and beautiful cousin and Nathan, thank you for answering the call. xo