I would like to dedicate this post to Bryan Coogan – a family man, a father (even to those whom werent his biological children) and a loving husband to the very end! Most weddings are about the bride and groom, but this was a family wedding in every sence of the word, and one that will ALWAYS hold sentimental value to me! I feel truly honoured to have been part of such a wonderful family event.
If any of you are familiar with my work with “Wounds” the band from Dublin, then you will already be familiar with 2 of the family members: Aidan and James. And some of you may know that James spent a long time in hospital recovering from a terrible accident when he fell about 4 floors and defying death. Short after James recovered from this terrible event, the family was given more bad news – Bryan (their father) was diagnosed with cancer.
As a sign of true love for each other, Bryan & Maria decided to finally get married while they still had time. Aidan asked me if I would photgraph their wedding and of course there was nothing more I wanted to do! Aidan and James had become dear friends of mine over the past few years and I would be absolutely honoured to photograph their parents’ wedding.
For one day this family gave their all and shared nothing but love. If each and every family could practice this for just one day in our lives, we would all be truly blessed.
Unfortunately while I was away photographing a wedding in Floria, USA – Bryan passed away. On my return, Aidan informed me that he had passed the day before. Even though I had only spent one day with Bryan I felt an immense loss, not only for me, but for the entire family! I was just extremely pleased to hear that their wedding album was received only 3 days before his death. Apparently he managed to sit up in his hospital bed to look at the album and was delighted to see it. I just wish I could have been there to experience it with him and Maria. Maria tells me that he was showing the album to the nurses as they were coming by!
I feel truly blessed and honoured to have been part of this wonderful man’s journey and to be a part of their family’s experience!
Wedding Photographer: Anthony Peyper