Erin and Clint had been planning their wedding to be a spring affair, scheduled for May 22, 2013. During the planning process, however, they were told that Erin’s brother’s kidneys were failing and that he would need a transplant. Her brother was born with polycystic kidney disease and the doctors had told their parents that he wouldn’t live past a year.
Her brother had always been a fighter so he defied the prognosis and made it to five years old. Then he continued to fight and graduated high school and then grew into his twenties. At the age of thirty-two he went to his regular check-up and the doctor told him that his kidneys were functioning at only nineteen percent. At nineteen percent a patient can be put on the wait list for a donor, understanding that typically fifty percent of candidates for an organ transplant die waiting for a deceased donor.
Erin’s mom was with him at this particular doctor’s appointment and called Erin instantly to tell her the news. Though Erin’s brother never asked her to, she immediately began filling out the paperwork and completing exams at UCSF to attempt to qualify as an organ donor. Once the nephrologists at UCSF reviewed the results, she was contacted by a representative appointed to the case by the UCSF transplant team. The transplant team told Erin that they were going to try to do the transplant sometime in spring or summer of 2013, but because they could not guarantee the date, she should clear her schedule of any major events in that time frame. Clint and Erin did not hesitate to pick a new date for their wedding.
Erin’s brother received her kidney on August 1, 2013. Clint slept by her bed in the hospital in a wooden chair for the entire three nights she stayed at UCSF. Erin firmly feels she could not have asked for a better man.
The couple was finally married on 11-12-13. The only major hurdle as they approached this date was Erin’s weight gain from post-surgical swelling. She found that fitting into her Pronovias gown from Mira Bridal Couture was a bit of a problem. Family stepped in to help each other once again, though, and Erin’s grandma (who is an excellent seamstress)
let the gown out so that Erin could walk up the aisle to marry Clint in the dress of her dreams.
Congratulations the entire Mingham & Young Family
Photo:Ashley Crook Photography
Love usually begins with a first look, a second glance, and then lingering eye contact. A wedding day normally begins with the same. The bride steps out in that first moment to audible gasps from her partner. The couple rounds corners to catch the first glimpse of one another before their ceremony begins.
Each glance is filtered through love and caring. Without words they show their guests how committed they are to cherishing the relationship for life. For a suspended moment
in time, the focus is exactly where it should be: on each other.
We’ve gathered some of our favorite moments captured by some of our BCM premier photographers and as always, congratulations to the newly married couples featured. For more on our favorite “First Looks” visit us at BridalCoutureMag.com.
Images provided by
Charleton Churchill, Scot Woodman, Grover Style Photography,
and Kori & Jared Photography
We are thrilled to be the sponsor for the New Conservatory Theatre Center’s
Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays
coming to Gallo Center for the Arts May 2, 2014.
In honor of STANDING ON CEREMONY, we’re creating an interactive wedding album – STARRING YOU!
Post your wedding photo to our FB page or tag us. We’ll add your photo to our NCTC Wedding Album on the screens in our lobby!
Witty, warm, and occasionally wacky, these short plays are vows to the blessings of equality, the universal challenges of relationships, and the often hilarious power of love.
MAY 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm
The Gallo Center for the Arts
1000 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354
Box Office: 209.338.2100
BUY TICKETS AT http://tinyurl.com/nctc-standing-on-ceremony
Mo Gaffney Jordan Harrison Moisés Kaufman Neil LaBute Wendy MacLeod Jose Rivera Paul Rudnick Doug Wright
Conceived by Brian Shnipper
Directed by Sara Staley
From ‘The Gay Agenda” by Paul Rudnick
Photo by Lois Tema — with Scott Cox, Colleen Egan and Sal Mattos at New Conservatory Theatre Center.
The lovestruck firefighter contacted his girlfriend’s school to coordinate a fire drill which would force Zahorec — and hundreds of fellow teachers and students — out of the building. Little did Zahorec know, her man was planning to do a lot more than ensure the halls of her school were safe for re-entry.Deierling headed to the school, where all of the teachers and students are already assembled outside. As they arrive, the uniformed men get out of the truck and unveil a sign: “Miss Z — Will you marry me? I love you, Justin.” With the cheers of the crowd backing him, Justin gets down one knee. “Miss Z,” who’s clearly shocked and excited, shakily hands him her hand.