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I’m sure the groom gets tired of it, and now the bride is going to share the pain… Yes, they now both share the last name Griswold. And even though anyone born after 1985 probably doesn’t know who the National Lampoons reference, this new happy couple is sure to continue bringing the laughs. The Griswolds are actually friends of mine and I felt more like I was apart of the crowd instead of holding a camera and catching crucial moments. No cats or dogs were harmed in the making of this wedding… Looking forward to the first Christmas!

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Spartanburg, Griswold, Wedding

Who wants to meet a couple that has defined all odds? A man that has looked death in the face and refused to blink. Battled over eight brain surgeries and diagnoses that labeled him everything from comatose to permanently disabled… and a loving wife that has stuck by his side no matter what?

They may look familiar. They were featured on a touching episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in February 2011. Patrick was involved in the tragic terrorist shooting at Ft. Hood, but hung to life, and defied all odds to see what you see today; walking, talking, joking, and smoking cigars at his wedding, to marry his beautiful bride Jessica. ABC’s Extreme Makeover threw Patrick and Jessica a surprise wedding during the show, but this wedding in Rochester, MN was what they had planned from the beginning. A more personal, less public wedding with familiar faces and family. A truly humbling experience to document this special day, and meet such inspirational people.

I had the pleasure to shoot alongside my good friend Ben Sassani yet again. A master behind the lens, who also documented the original Extreme Makeover episode. So if you’re ever in the eastern Texas hemisphere, give Ben a ring!

Amazing, amazing, amazing and inspiring couple. To read more about their story and/or help with their recovery fund, visit HERE.

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota

Jessica Patrick Zeigler Extreme Makeover Wedding Rochester Minnesota