Laura and Brett’s Amazing Wedding

13 Nov

For those of you who know me (or have talked to me in the past 7 days), you know that this past week has been out of the ordinary.  Last Friday, Jerry from Beck’s Entertainment called me with a question “What are you doing next Friday?”  Normally, this simple question leads to coffee or lunch, but on that day, it was much more profound.

It lead to a celebration of pure love, an outpouring of support from the San Diego wedding community and a very whirlwind week, where we planned a wedding in six days.

You see, we were a part of planning a wedding for an incredibly brave young couple.  Brett Fafard and his fiancée of three days, Laura Kemp,  have been together for two years, spending much of their time together battling Brett’s testicular cancer.  Prior to his diagnosis, Brett was an avid biker, runner, and all around athlete.  When he was diagnosed in June 2009, the cancer had already spread to his abdomen, liver, lungs, and neck.  Brett has fought the cancer through many rounds of chemo, surgeries, bone marrow transplants, and radiation; however the aggressive disease has continued to spread to his lungs and brain.  Doctors estimate he now has two months to live. 

Laura has been a tremendous support, and after many months of contemplating marriage, and one very close call when Brett suffered a grand mal seizure from his brain tumors, it became clear to the couple that they had to marry before he passes away. 

As soon as I heard the story, I knew that the San Diego wedding community would come together to help.  And they did.  With one mass email and Facebook post about the story, 22 AMAZING San Diego wedding vendors came together to throw Laura and Brett a wedding.

The wedding happened yesterday evening as the sun set at Silver Strand State Beach in Coronado. 

MANY, MANY thanks to the following wedding vendors who came together so quickly and donated their services and talent to help this couple have a very special and memorable wedding.


8 Responses to “Laura and Brett’s Amazing Wedding”

  1. tenthings. November 13, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    This story touched my heart sooo much! Thank you for sharing!

    I saw them on KUSI this morning. What an amazing and gorgeous couple!

    Words can’t describe how beautiful and strong love is.

  2. Kjersti November 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    Laura has been one of my best friends since I can remember, and I so wish I could have been there on that beautiful day! It brings tears to my eyes to think of how happy she and Brett are and all the help everyone put into their wedding. It’s amazing! Thank you for the blog and the pictures!

  3. LaVonne Crawford @Adorations November 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    thank you for writing all of this down, carrie, brett’s brother is a dear and when she asks…how could one hesitate…it is THIS wedding, that is my favorite of the year, for reasons that count! much love and prayers to you laura and brett!

  4. kelli carter November 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    i met laura in a kinda weird way i came into her work one day after just finding out my dad had cancer, We talked about Brett for awhile a strong bond was formed that day i feel we met to help each other i feel like i had met her before and we have stayed in touch since She is amazing i will always be here for her I wish her all the happiness in the world!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Tricia Gaye Jones November 15, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    I have known Brett for several years and was so impressed with this young man, that I tried (in vain) to set him up with my niece. Laura is perfect for him and I love her too. Thank you, thank you, thank you! My heart is full of gratitude for everyone’s generosity.

  6. Jerry November 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm #

    It was truly a pleasure to be a part of something so special. The thought that we, Beck’s Entertainment, along with the other San Diego wedding pros made a couples day so amazing on such short notice is a testament that this industry isn’t only driven by money.

  7. Hawiza Sharpe November 18, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    It was a pleasure to be a part of such a beautiful day. Makeup by Hawiza was honored when Kacey (the groom’s sister) asked us to be a part of the wedding. The Fafards family and Laura are such wonderful people.

  8. Chris June 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Wow, those photos are amazing. Looks like something straight out of a wedding magazine. Congrats!

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