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Jordan and Ethan’s incredible love story at the Klehm Arboretum in Rockford IL

A little over a year ago, Ethan, a friend of mine from high school, had gotten an infection which resulted in him being rushed to the hospital in a comatose state. Ultimately this infection lead to a quadruple amputation. I, and many of my friends and family, followed his story as Ethan and his girlfriend fought towards his recovery every day. Soon we started seeing improvements. Soon he was able to nod his head, then talk, then sit and interact with others.
 
While still in the hospital working through his recovery, Ethan asked his girlfriend Jordan to marry him. She said yes. After a few more months in the hospital, Ethan was fitted for prosthetic legs and arms, and eventually was released from the hospital. He defied the odds the doctors told him, and wen’t on to be Jordan’s knight in shining armor on their wedding day.
 
I am overwhelmed that I had the opportunity to capture just a small portion of this love story. A story about how two people defied a nearly life threatening situation, and proved that love is boundless, limitless, and is worth fighting for. I got to share their wedding day and listen to testimonies by Ethan and his closest friends and family. To hear his brother Jacob say that he didn’t think Ethan would be alive today, was really humbling, and shows just how much family means to one another.
 
Jordan and Ethan’s wedding was just the next chapter in a beautiful life-long love story for them. And I know it is just going to get better and better.
 
Thank you so much for letting me experience this day and to be a part of capturing your amazing story. Congratulations Jordan and Ethan.
You can learn more about his story at http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2016/05/23/more-than-a-year-after-being-in-a-coma-at-deaths-door-ethan-menges-bounces-back/aq11obo/
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