Everything had fallen apart.
And now, she had no more control over the situation. All she wanted was for her cousin, and maid of honor, to keep her in the loop of any sudden changes. But as an unexpected guest appeared, she knew they hadn’t kept their promise.
Love At First Sight
Samantha remembered the first time she had seen Taylor.
He was so handsome and had such a beautiful smile – even though he was covered in layers of sweat and dirt from the baseball game. She blushed as soon as their eyes met and sparks exploded between them.
From there it was a beautiful, storybook romance.
They dated for a couple years and moved in together. And, during a summer trip to Cancun, Taylor made her burst into happy tears as he got down on one knee and pulled out an engagement ring. Their happiness, however, would be short lived.
First Plan Folded
More than anything, Samantha wanted a destination wedding on the very beach they got engaged on.
The idea made her heart flutter and happy tears build in her eyes. And while everyone was ready to jump on an airplane, her mother had suffered from Multiple Sclerosis for years, and the doctor said it would be impossible for her to fly.
A tiny part of her was disappointed, but the moment as fleeting. Taylor held her close, kissed her forehead, and said a local wedding would be just as beautiful. The only thing that mattered was they were together with friends and family.
However, one phone call would bring her world crashing down around her.
Running Out Of Time
Hospital visits were a normal for her family. But this new call made her burst into tears.
Her mother had been rushed to the hospital. The new diagnosis … stage 5 colon cancer. She held her mom’s hands and cried that she would fix it. She would find a way to make her mother better again.
Calling It Off
There was no question of which steps should be taken next.
Both Samantha and Taylor agreed they would postpone the wedding plans. After all, she had moved across the state to take care of her mom and any planning would be impossible. But there was one painful reality that she couldn’t shake out of her head.
Saved By A Contest
More than anything, she wanted her mom to see her get married. And she knew her mom wanted the same thing. But how would any of it be possible?
That’s when Taylor stepped up and did something that reminded her of just how much she loved him. It turned out he had entered them into a wedding contest and only revealed the plan after he was sure they had won!
Giving Up Control
The plan was simple … but hard at the same time.
The entire package was worth $60,000. But The Knot (the company that was sponsoring the event) would have total control over the outcome – from dress to venue. This is where things got a bit complicated.
There was only two things Samantha wanted – things that were so important to her. First, she just wanted to choose the song for the first dance.
But, more than anything, she wanted her mother there. Every week that slipped by was bringing her closer to the inevitable, heart-crushing end.
The big day came around faster than she could keep up with. She slipped into her wedding dress, trying to fight off the tears. Her mom should have been there, tying up the back of her dress and putting the veil on her head.
It was then, her maid of honor and one of the organizers came in with a laptop. Samantha burst into tears.
There Digitally, And In Spirit
It was impossible for her mom to be there – she was just too sick.
But with modern technology, she watched her mom through the monitor. The Knot had set up an impressive system of computers, cameras, and even drones to make sure her mom save every single moment – it was even recorded so she could watch it again and again! But that wasn’t all.
Through the entire ceremony, Samantha glanced the camera and smiled, knowing her mom was smiling on the other end.
She let her heart finally embrace the love and excitement of the day. By the time her and Taylor took to the dance floor, they were both floating on cloud 9. Then, her maid of honor came out with a shocking announcement.
“Sam and Taylor, we have a special guest for you…”
Out from behind the curtain a tall man came out holding guitar. Samantha’s jaw fell to the floor. Taylor shared the same reaction. It was none other than Canaan Smith – the singer of the song they had chosen for their first dance1
The Perfect Wedding
As the music started and Smith started to sing, Samantha melted into her husband’s arms as he held her close.
She glanced at the laptop and saw her mother’s happy tears. This day had been more than she could have every hoped for.