There was no wedding planned, no grooms waiting at the end of the aisle, but one father was determined to walk his daughters down the aisle.
Fred Evans was recovering from a double lung transplant when doctors discovered metastatic melanoma. Because of the medication he was taking for the transplant, chemotherapy treatment was limited. Doctors gave Evans only months to live.
Fred had three daughters, Martha, Gracie and Kate, and one son, Daniel. Two of the daughters, Gracie and Kate, are not married. As a father, Fred wanted to make sure he would have the opportunity to walk them down the aisle before he passed.
Evans eldest daughter and his wife, Karla, worked to plan a special ceremony to grant him his last wish. After he walked both daughters down the aisle, there was a final surprise: a vow renewal ceremony.
See Evans walk his daughters down the aisle in the player below or at http://player.vimeo.com/video/70872879
Fotolanthrophy, a company dedicated to sharing true and inspiring stories, were able to capture the entire day. Karla was presented with a special bouquet of flowers and the happy couple walked down the aisle one last time, promising to love each other for the rest of time.
The crew of Fotolanthrophy describes the event:
“We were absolutely blown away by the joy, peace and trust this entire family has demonstrated during this time. To see the brave face Fred had as he greeted each daughter, knowing how hard it was going to be to say the words he did, and walk them down the aisle as he did. He and Karla’s love for each other is a perfect example of what all marriages should be. For anyone who gets married, we say those vows ‘in sickness and in health, for better or for worse’ never really thinking we will be there one day turning those vows into actions. We are sure Fred and Karla did not think the weight of those vows would come so early on in their lives. As a married couple we were abundantly blessed to see this father’s love for his family. Not only did he love his daughters and wife through these brave actions, but he loved his entire family by being an example of a brave man to them. We will never forget this day in the Watermark chapel. Evans family, thank you so much for allowing these two strangers to be a part of this day. We are blessed to know you.” – written by Fotocrew member, Julie Norine.
Fred Evans passed away on July 25, 2013.