As a wedding celebrant, I’ve had the privilege of officiating weddings for couples
who have found love amidst traumatic circumstances. These couples have
experienced significant challenges, such as illness, natural disasters, or other
life-altering events, but have found solace and strength in each other, forming
deep, meaningful connections.
From my perspective, these weddings hold a special significance as they represent
the triumph of love over adversity. The fact that these couples have come
together during times of hardship speaks to the resilience of the human spirit
and the power of connection.
One of my couples, who had been dating for a while and working through the
challenges of blending their respective families from previous relationships. Needed
a break and decided to take a trip to Las Vegas, just the two of them. They
were excited to attend the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in 2017, but little
did they know what was about to happen.
At 10:05 pm, a gunman opened fire on the crowd from a room at Mandalay Bay
overlooking the concert venue. Havoc reigned supreme, and people were running,
screaming, and falling to the ground. Amidst the chaos, all my couple could
think about was that they had to survive. They had to make it home for their
children, and they clung to each other for support, ensuring the other made it
My couple did survive, but that event changed the course of their relationship and
who they were. They no longer took things for granted and considered each other
their heroes. Their deep-rooted love was evident, and you could see the shift
Falling in love during traumatic circumstances can come with its own unique challenges. Trauma can impact how individuals view relationships and make it difficult to trust and open up to others. It’s important for couples to communicate openly and honestly with each other and seek out support when needed.
One of the most rewarding aspects of officiating weddings for couples who have met
during traumatic circumstances is seeing how their love and connection can help
them heal. Love can be a powerful force in helping individuals find meaning and
purpose in their lives, even after experiencing significant trauma.
It’s essential to note that while falling in love during traumatic situations can be
a beautiful thing, it’s not the only way to find love and connection. Every
couple’s story is unique, and there is no one “right” way to fall in
These weddings represent a triumph of love over adversity, and it’s an honor to be a
part of these couples’ love stories. Love and connection can be a powerful
force in helping individuals find meaning and purpose in their lives.
These weddings hold a special significance as they represent the triumph of love over adversity.