Christine’s life was just beginning to unravel. She was about to embark on a journey that no one could have foreseen.
During the time she worked for us, there was no indication that there was anything amiss in her personal life. Here are the emails we exchanged after I found out that our wedding was going to be aired on “Say Yes to The Dress”.
My original email sent on April 13, 2009:
Hope all is well and you had a great Easter! Just wanted to let you know that I got a call from TLC and I will be featured on the show and they will also show video from the wedding. It will air sometime in May. I’ll let you know when it gets closer.
Christine’s response on April 14, 2009:
How Exciting! I can’t wait to see it! That is awesome! Don’t forget to let me know when it’s going to be on!
I also want to thank you for the wonderful review you gave us on the knot. One of my clients forwarded it to me and it really meant a lot to me. I didn’t want to tell you at the time however I was going through a very difficult time during the weeks leading up to your wedding and still now. My son was diagnosed with Autism on January 30th and I was very emotional during the time of your wedding so I was trying to hold it together and praying that I would be able to give you the service you deserved, so I am so glad you were happy with me. It was easier once I was there and caught up in the moment because it was such a happy and loving wedding and you are such great people so I was happy to be a part of it. I had taken a short leave from Sassy Swanky as I researched my son’s condition and set up therapy and you were one of the weddings though that I didn’t want to miss! I have now limited the clients I have personally and have given Marisa some to work with while Jen is busy being pregnant with twins..lol. However, I do hope to make a full comeback once my son starts to make greater progress which he is on the road to, thank God! He is responding very well to therapy. So now you know how reading your review meant even more to me then you know.
Also, I wanted to ask you how your mother was doing? I still keep her in my prayers.
I was in shock. I felt helpless. What could I do?
My thoughts and emotions were all over the place during my surgery. Yet, over and over again I replayed the filming of me in my gown, the wedding, the conversations with the television producer and Christine’s story. I just couldn’t stop thinking about her and Mikey. I thought about all the time she gave to me and to her other brides, none of us aware of what she was going through. While we were deciding on flowers, food and music, she was trying to make decision on how to come to terms with her son’s diagnosis. Autism. I wished that she told me he needed blood or bone marrow. These were things I could give.These were things I understood and could wrap my mind around. I knew nothing about Autism, but I wanted to help her in any way I could. I kept thinking.
Why God, why her? What can I do?