Life isn’t always a fairytale, but dreams certainly do come true sometimes! This story is about to teach us all a lesson about the ups and downs of this beautiful existence.
When Nikita Ferguson was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer, she decided to cancel her wedding to fiancé Fred Morris so the couple could focus all their efforts on helping Nikita get through treatment and get well again. During the next two years, Nikita, who is also the mother of a 10-year-old daughter, went through six months of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, and several reconstructive surgeries.
But despite her own personal financial and physical struggles, Nikita wasn’t just thinking about herself during this time. She was also intent on blessing others who were going through similar situations. So despite her illness, she started a non-profit called Kindred Angels to share her story with others and deliver gift boxes to women undergoing breast cancer treatment. She’s delivered more than three dozen of these gifts to date.
“I just try to be whatever support I can be to others battling the same road,” said Nikita.
With her energy and finances completely drained by cancer, cancer treatment, and her non-profit (not to mention the never-ending job of parenting), Nikita thought her dream wedding would never happen. It simply didn’t seem to be in the cards.
It wasn’t long, however, before Rebecca Hackl and the Society of Wedding Professionals found out about Nikita’s amazing journey, and they wanted to do something to help her. So they funded and helped plan her dream wedding, just like a group of wonderful fairy godmothers.
Nikita and Fred Morris were married in a beautiful Sunday ceremony at Hidden Creek wedding venue in Heath, Texas. Nikita wore a sequined white wedding gown and a pair of white tennis shoes. She choked up a little bit during her vows, particularly at that ever-so-important in-sickness-and-in-health line, and her new husband tenderly wiped her tears with the pastor’s pocket square.
“It’s like a dream,” Nikita said. “And all I can say is I’m so grateful to God. Because my road’s been long. But if this was the end of it, I’m glad I made it.”
“I couldn’t even have imagined a day like this,” Nikita said. “You know, it still feels surreal. And maybe it’ll feel real tomorrow. But I’m just thankful to God for today.”
The Society of Wedding Professionals hopes to make a yearly gift like the one they gave Nikita to other couples who are undergoing hard times but working hard through it all to help others. “It has just been the best experience for all of us. And we’re in love with it,” Rebecca Hackl said after the ceremony.
Check out the video below to see Nikita’s beautifully dreamy wedding day!
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?