Margarette and James met during Margarette’s second semester at Charleston Southern University. At the time James, a recent graduate of the Citadel, had just moved out on his own and was working for a local cell phone retailer. Margarette had trouble with her phone and went to the cell phone retailer, not knowing she was about to meet her future husband. James said he knew there was something special about her from her smile when she walked in the door, it was literally love at first sight.
Six years later, at her post-graduation celebration dinner James proposed to Margarette surrounded by close friends and family. They were married in an intimate ceremony in November 2009.
In 2014 Margarette found a lump on her breast, which was later diagnosed as cancer. Since this original diagnosis, Margarette has undergone chemotherapy, radiation, and multiple surgeries. In December 2015, they found another spot of cancer on her lungs and most recently cancer in her brain as well. Recent treatments had little effect on the cancer.
Prior to their vow renewal the couple and their son spent the day with Laura of Lola Dee Photography. Laura captured these beautiful love story photos of the family.
The couple was looking forward to a day away from the cancer, the worry and the medical bills to be with family and to celebrate 8 years of marriage in a vow renewal ceremony. “I am in love with her and I just want her to be happy, we all have an expiration date and whatever time I can have with her and make her happy and share in the moment with her,” James said about his love for Margarette. Despite an effort to move the vow renewal date up, Margarette’s health did not allow for the renewal to take place. Her family said they are so grateful for the experience as it gave her something to look forward to. Our thoughts are with the Johnson Family during this difficult time.
Although the vow renewal was not able to take place Wish Upon a Wedding would like to thank the following Wish Granters for their generosity and willingness to support our organization and provide for this amazing couple:
Baker: Parties to Go
Catering: Blue Marlin Signature Catering
Florist: Tupelo Grove Events
Linen: Nuage Design
Music: Jim Gaddick
Photo (love story): Lola Dee Photography
Photo (wedding): Palmetto Duo
Venue: Stone River