As Paul and Leah’s big day gets closer, The Ultimate is honored to share a post written by our contest winner’s husband-to-be!
This time last year, I was still trying to heal from brain surgery. On top of that, I was in the middle of radiation and the first few rounds of chemotherapy. Fast forward 12 months later, and here we are. Leah and I are finally planning the wedding we have patiently been waiting for – July 28th, 2019.
These last couple weeks, with The Ultimate and The Midlands Group by our side, we have begun completing tasks with the vendors of this wedding. I now have my stunning wedding ring from Tesoro Boston. Our beautiful flowers have been ordered from Evans Flowers & Greenhouses. The delicious cupcakes are ready to be presented by Cakes by Erin. The Midlands Group has performed amazing engagement photos. The bridesmaids dresses from Morilee are in, and the suits from Jim’s Formal Wear are in transit. Peirce Farm is all set to host the ceremony and reception. The invites, designed by Boxed Wedding Invitations, have now been mailed. The limo, from Roman Limo, is scheduled to transport the wedding party to the venue. Our honeymoon to Disney has its flights booked and hotels reserved. Oh, and I could never forget that Leah’s Morilee wedding dress is now getting final alterations.
This has been a long time coming, with many changes from last year to this year. However, one thing has been consistent – and that is the love I have for the soon to be Mrs. Russo. This experience of beating cancer for the second time in our twenties, rescheduling our wedding, and meeting all of these wonderful vendors who have donated their service to us is leading to the only thing that is worth all of this.
And what is that, you may ask? It is the dream becoming a reality of seeing Leah’s smile in that beautiful dress. As long as she is happy that day, then that is all that matters. I feel bad for our guests that night – because I am probably not even going to notice their attendance. The only thing I am going to notice is how perfect Leah is going to look in that moment.
This is where cancer has gotten us – and you know what? I thank it.