it’s a wonder the people i’ve met and the profound moments i’ve witnessed because of my camera. this is my favorite image from paul and cathy’s intimate wedding, photographed early this year.
read more about their story from paul’s daughter, kelsey, below…
My dad, an avid outdoorsman, began dating cathy in 2009, shortly after she moved to colorado. He and Cathy enjoyed the outdoors in Colorado, hiking and biking their way through their relationship. Everyone’s world changed in December 2012 when he was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. as the family reeled in collective shock of the healthiest 66 year old any of us knew being diagnosed with this deadly disease, he and Cathy’s relationship grew stronger. In february of 2013, they decided to get married, knowing that they may not have much time as husband and wife.
In the small chapel at Greenwood Community Church, surrounded by their kids and grandkids, my dad and Cathy joined together in matrimony, demonstrating the true meaning of the vows to love one another “in sickness and in health”. Eight short weeks later, he passed away in his home, surrounded by his wife and children.
I learned so much about marriage from these special moments spent celebrating a love that was strengthened by adversity. despite the havoc that pancreatic cancer brought to our family, this day stands out in my mind as a statement of the strength of unconditional love — the love God demonstrates for us and that we, on our best days, shower upon one another.
In memory of Paul B. Anderson 1946-2013. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, teacher, coach and friend.
- Kelsey McCarthy