A fairy tale of a day

A bride’s mem­o­ries of her wed­ding day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL - BY CHAR­LOTTE GAR­LAND

Fam­ily and friends of Trevor Gar­land and Char­lotte Kil­lorn came to­gether ear­lier this month make the cou­ple’s wed­ding “a fairy­tale of a day.” The cou­ple, who have been dat­ing three years, had planned to get mar­ried this sum­mer un­til Char­lotte, who is fight­ing can­cer, learned re­cently it had spread through her body. The cou­ple then de­cided to move the wed­ding ahead to Jan­uary 9, leav­ing very lit­tle time to plan the cer­e­mony. That’s when fam­ily, friends and even com­plete strangers came to­gether with their time and tal­ents to pro­duce a dream win­ter wed­ding for the young cou­ple. Wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher Ni­cole MacKay, who also works as a ra­di­a­tion ther­a­pist at the P.E.I. Can­cer Treat­ment Cen­tre, de­scribed the wed­ding on her blog and posted pho­tos, which were picked up by me­dia and read­ers far and wide. The Gar­lands said they'd rather not be in­ter­viewed right now but Char­lotte pro­vided the fol­low­ing com­men­tary to let Is­lan­ders know how the day went and how much the cou­ple ap­pre­ci­ated their kind­ness and sup­port.

On Jan­uary 9th, my dream came true. I mar­ried the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, Trevor Gar­land. Since get­ting mar­ried our lives have been filled with wed­ded bliss as well as me­dia at­ten­tion due to a blog that our pho­tog­ra­pher Ni­cole MacKay made pub­lic. Al­though we are pri­vate peo­ple we agreed to al­low the sto­ries to go through the me­dia about the blog.

Not ev­ery­one who was in­volved inthe wed­ding was men­tioned on the blog. I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity ex­press our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the com­mu­nity for com­ing to­gether to make our wed­ding day a fairy­tale of a day. First and fore­most our par­ents for lov­ing us and be­ing as sup­port­ive as they are. We de­cided to get mar­ried quickly and they were on board from the start. The many vol­un­teers who helped put the food to­gether for our potluck re­cep­tion. Your gen­eros­ity did not go un­no­ticed.

JoAnne MacPhail and her crew did a de­li­cious job in cre­at­ing our wed­ding cake and cup­cakes, my sis­ter He­len Kil­lorn and her crew for turn­ing the dance hall into a win­ter won­der­land, Rev. Kevin MacKen­zie and his wife Va­lerie for their ef­forts in mak­ing sure things went smoothly at the church, Meaghan Blanchard and her sis­ters for shar­ing their beau­ti­ful voices for songs dur­ing the cer­e­mony, Adam McGre­gor and the Foes for their mu­si­cal tal­ents and help­ing keep the party go­ing into the night.

Lots of peo­ple do­nated lights, dec­o­ra­tions, and chair cov­ers. I can’t for­get Brit­tany MacMil­lan, the hairstylist, and Randi Doyle, our make-up artist as well as The Inn at Great Ge­orge. I don't know you per­son­ally but know that your of­fer­ing to the day did not goun­no­ticed. Pat and the Ele­phant pro­vided the Trans­porta­tion for us to getto where we needed to be, with the sup­port of Hal­bert Pratt and the board of di­rec­tors. Mary Kenny was our driver on our spe­cial­day. Af­ter leav­ing the party we whisked away to our hon­ey­moon oa­sis where we re­laxed. We also took the time to open the gifts and cards that peo­ple had brought.

We never dreamed that two peo­ple get­ting mar­ried would have such an im­pact on the com­mu­nity. It just goes to show how a small prov­ince like P.E.I. is just like one big fam­ily. To ev­ery­one, we ex­press our sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

NI­COLE MACKAY PHO­TOS

Trevor and Char­lotte Gar­land moved their wed­ding up af­ter learn­ing of Char­lotte's can­cer di­ag­no­sis.

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