The bride was beautiful

April 22, 2009

Katie Kirkpatrick, 21, held off cancer to celebrate the happiest day of her life. Katie had chased away cancer once, only to have it return — to clog her lungs and grab hold of her heart. Breathing was difficult now, she had to use oxygen. The pain in her back was so intense it broke through the morphine that was supposed to act as a shield. Her organs were shutting down but would not stop her from marrying Nick Godwin, 23, who was in love with since 11th grade. Five days later, Katie died.

I, of course, cried as I went through this set of photos. The brilliant juxtaposition of decay and undisturbed excitement in photo #6 is especially powerful. (Via Jason Kottke.)

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