Sometimes love reaches out and surprises you. For Brad and Donita, a shared heart for helping others was only a small part of their initial attraction to one another. Brad is the medical director and lead physician at a Fort Smith area rehabilitation hospital - helping patients who are recovering from recent surgeries literally get back on their feet. Dr. Short is very respected in his field, and judging by how his staff adores him, he's a pretty great guy to work for. Donita is the case manager for the hospital, and when these two met, something pretty special happened.
Donita talks about Brad so lovingly, calling him her rock and her best friend. She told me about how Brad had always been there for her, and that he was her confidant and caring advisor in difficult times. While she thought Brad only saw her as a friend, eventually co-workers convinced her that he was really in love with her, and the rest took care of itself with time. When Brad asked Donita to marry him, she knew that joining their families, their homes, and their lives fully through the bond of matrimony was the best gift she could ask for.
It is so obvious how close Donita and Brad are to their families, as both sets of kids were very involved in every aspect of the wedding - from creating the cornucopias of rose petals for their send-off, to making up the majority of the bridal party. Hannah helping her mom into her dress and shoes was incredibly sweet to watch, and then Zach escorting his mom down the aisle brought back memories of my own wedding, when my daughter did the same for me. Brad's daughter Lindsey was super fun to talk to - the kind of girl Sa'dia and I could hang out with IRL. And Ben shares his dad's wry sense of humor and smile. I loved listening to his toast!
These two have so many great friends. I'm pretty sure the entire staff of HealthSouth was in attendance, and you can tell these nurses and other medical professionals have such an amazing bond. David, Donita's BFF, served as a groomsman and was hanging out with us almost all day. What a charmer! Not only was his toast sentimental and sweet, he's also the life of the party! At the end of the day, Donita changed into her going-away outfit, and afterwards David had the chance to pull Donita aside to "dance-it-out" to Pink before she escaped to her weekend honeymoon. I was lucky enough to be in the room packing up my gear when this happened, resulting in some fun candid photos!
Brad and Donita's wedding day was absolutely perfect. But most of all, the way that Brad looks at Donita, and how her face lights up whenever their eyes meet shows the nature of their love for one another. It was an honor getting to know these two, as well as their friends and family on that day, and the Bonneville house was a gracious and romantic setting for their beautiful wedding. I wish them so much happiness in the years to come!
Venue: The Bonneville House
Wedding Coordinator: Debbra Severson - Events by Debbra
Florist and Decor: Debbra Severson - Events by Debbra
Associate Photographer: Sa'dia-Luallen-Blattert
Bride's Makeup: Deanna Ferguson
Cake: Confectionately Yours