P18 Wed­ding Al­bums

Some­times love hits you un­ex­pect­edly. Cait­lyn Wil­liams ex­pe­ri­enced that lit­er­ally when she met Joseph Cooper at NSCC back in 2008.

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Cait­lyn asked Joseph to walk her to her car and he obliged. But when Cait­lyn opened her car door, she hit her­self in the head! For­tu­nately, though, that wasn’t the end of their story.

“We’ve been in­sep­a­ra­ble ever since,” says Cait­lyn.

Joseph’s pro­posal to Cait­lyn was a birth­day bomb­shell. A few days prior, she says, “he met up with my dad and asked for my hand in mar­riage.” This tra­di­tional step was im­por­tant to her. “They were both cry­ing and very ex­cited.” › CON­TIN­UED ON P20

At the time, Cait­lyn had no idea what was in the works, so she was con­fused when her fa­ther de­liv­ered a cryp­tic mes­sage on her birth­day morn­ing. “My dad gave me a birth­day card and it just said, ‘The best gift is yet to come,’” she re­calls.

Later that day, Joseph took Cait­lyn to Prescott House in the val­ley, where he popped the ques­tion.

“I was very, very, very sur­prised.” Cait­lyn’s fa­ther played a big role in the en­gage­ment, but he passed away in the midst of the wed­ding plans. Although Cait­lyn wanted a laid-back wed­ding—more about friends and fam­ily than flair—there was one thing she knew she wanted: “A mem­ory ta­ble of the fam­ily mem­bers that weren’t here any­more,” in­clud­ing Cait­lyn’s fa­ther and Joseph’s grand­mother.

The smile on her mother’s face is what Cait­lyn will re­mem­ber most.

“That’s what we wanted—for ev­ery­body to have fun.”

—Re­becca Ding­well RING Joseph’s great aunt’s ring

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