January 25, 2012
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.