Seeing two people in love is always something amazing, but with Shane and Meagan there was something extra special between them. These two love each other so much and that was very easy to see. They were so much fun to photograph and had some very unique things at their wedding at The Springs in Rockwall. Meagan gave me permission to share the following story with you:
I was taking pictures of the girls in their cute robes and Meagan paused and said, “Hold on, can I go look at something really quick?” So I followed her where the ceremony would take place, and on a chair, there was a plaid shirt with a sign that read, “Reserved for Dada.” Meagan fell to her knees and laid her head on the shirt. I also noticed a couple more chairs that had people’s things on them, such as a Bible, a hat, and a little girl’s handmade dress, which was Meagan’s little cousin’s dress. She had tragically passed away Christmas Day, 1995. Meagan’s Papa passed away from cancer. Meagan said, “I had gone over the night before he passed and he wanted me to sing him songs and lay by him. When I needed to leave, he wouldn’t let me and insisted on kissing me over and over and continually saying I love you. The next day, I was at work at Sonic since I was home from college, and had thought about not going in so I could see him again. I still went to work, got a call from my cousin that I needed to come on, got in my truck and had a funny feeling when the clock said 8:20. I sped home, ran in the house, and he was as white as a sheet and had already passed. Turns out, he had passed at 8:20, which is why I had that feeling. He and my little cousin that passed away were inseparable. They had received the phone call about her being flown to Parkland at 8:20 that Christmas night. Not a coincidence that he passed at 8:20 as well. He longed to be with her.” The plaid shirt belonged to “Dada”, Meagan’s grandpa who also passed away from cancer. “He was my BFF…we were inseparable. The hospice nurse had to figure out why he wasn’t passing away when his body symptoms said he should have been long gone. It was because of me and a conversation we had prior to him getting that bad. I had to go in there and tell him I promised it was okay if he wanted to go see Jesus. The next day, he passed away.”
Throughout the day, Meagan would bring her family members to see the chairs before the ceremony began. Every time she did so, I couldn’t help but tear up. Pictures shown below are Meagan’s dad seeing his dad’s chair, “DaDa”, and Meagan’s cousins in the blue shirt, black shirt, and pink pants, who are the brothers and sister of the little girl who passed away. Her grandmother is in the plum dress.
Seeing how much Meagan’s family cared for one another really touched my heart, and I knew this wedding was one I’d never forget.