We received a message from Megan on Christmas night stating that she and Jeremy were going to get married the next day. Her father wasn’t doing well and had been in the hospital for several days after suffering a heart attack. They wanted to get married at the hospital with Megan’s dad present. So I prepared to shoot their Community North Hospital wedding.
This was one of the hardest and most important shoots I’ve ever done, and I’ll never forget it. I can’t help but get very emotional even writing this out. Megan, Jeremy, and their family will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Some Words from Megan
“On the evening of December 11th, 2019, my Dad called my Mom and left a chilling voicemail asking her to rush home and take him to the hospital because something wasn’t right. My Mom and my older brother, Collin, rushed to my parents’ house where they found my Dad hunched over on the couch, gray in color, shivering, covered in sweat and barely able to speak or breathe.
They called 911 and he was rushed to the hospital where we learned that he had suffered a major heart attack and was in heart failure.We were told that he was a very sick man and that two of his major arteries were 100% blocked, one being the “Widowmaker.” Over the course of the next 16 days, my Dad fought for his life. In that 16 days, he was intubated, sedated, administered countless medications, underwent multiple procedures, airlifted to a different hospital, given dialysis and received numerous blood transfusions. He showed an astounding amount of strength and resilience…
On the morning of December 25th, we were told that his body was getting tired and that he wasn’t responding to things in the manner that the Doctors had hoped…
After my Dad’s Doctors exited his hospital room that morning, I ran after them crying. I told them that my fiancé and I were supposed to get married in September of 2020. I told them that I couldn’t bear the thought of getting married without my Dad by my side. I asked them what they would do if they were in my shoes. They choked back tears, hugged me and told me to get married and to do it as soon as possible.”
More from Megan
“Jeremy and I are so unbelievably grateful that we were able to marry and commit our lives to each other right next to my Dad and surrounded by family. It was a beautiful, bittersweet moment that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. My Dad’s eyes opened and remained open for much of the ceremony. After we said our vows, Pastor Marie noticed that Dad had tears streaming down his face. He was there and listening. I hope he felt every ounce of love that surrounded him in his hospital room that afternoon.”
This left me devastated, but I’m so glad I was able to capture this.
Megan’s Dad passed away the following day, surrounded by family that loved him dearly. She is one of the most strong and caring people I know and is using her tragedy to help save lives. We wanted to spread her plea for everyone (who qualify) to schedule a simple heart scan. Let your loved ones know as well. If you are over the age of 40, if you are male, or 50 if you are female, you qualify for a heart scan. Click here to schedule an appointment if you are local to Indy. $49 represents peace of mind or a saved life.
Did you love this Community North Hospital Wedding?
If so, then check out Megan and Jeremy’s engagement shoot at the Indy Canal.