Last summer, Jane Lau found a lump in her abdomen. She quickly went to the doctor to have it checked, only to find out the tumor was cancerous. While the surgery was successful, the subsequent months would be a challenge for the young lady.
It turned out the cancer was aggressive and had progressed too far. Doctors told the family that at this point in time, there was nothing that can be done to treat the condition, except to make Jane’s remaining days as comfortable as possible. In short, she was dying and there’s nothing that anyone can do to stop it from happening.
Of course, this was the most heartbreaking news anyone could ever hear. But Jane chose to remain positive, counting her blessings and focusing on positive things instead of wallowing in grief over her imminent death.
She started a blog she aptly called as Jane’s Joy Journal to chronicle her “journey to find joy even when it seems unfathomable to experience joy in that moment.”
Knowing things aren’t going to be better but hoping to show his eternal love for Jane, her boyfriend Samuel Lau proposed to her on February 22. Time is precious, especially with Jane’s condition; thus, family and friends quickly pitched in to ensure she gets to enjoy the dream wedding she had always wanted.
Jane wanted to get married on top of a mountain, particularly Grouse Mountain in British Columbia, Canada. Everyone knows that can be difficult to pull off, especially with her condition but they also knew it was going to make the bride ecstatic.
So, with just a week to prepare, family and friends worked hard to arrange the wedding on Grouse Mountain.
David Tam of Matdivad Photography based in Vancouver was on donated time to cover the event. He understood the challenge of photographing such an event but admitted that in his 5 years of covering similar events, this was the one that really touched him the core and left him nervous.
“As I watched Jane walk down the aisle smiling from ear to ear, I couldn’t help but notice the expression on her father’s face. It’s safe to say that it’s every father’s dream to walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day and hand her off to her husband.
In this instance, there was just so much more to this tradition. Not only was he entrusting his daughter to Sam, but surrendering her to God and all His glory,” David wrote.
The union was bittersweet and there wasn’t a dry eye in that room, as expected. But everyone also felt happy that they were able to make Jane’s dream come true and that she’s going to be happy for the rest of her life, no matter how little the time she might have left now…