We all wanna believe we are destined for someone. A perfect fit, a perfect pair. That’s what draws us to weddings I guess–the idea of finding the one. For Zuriel and Hannah it seems like kismet was on their side. Hannah almost faced death when she accidentally fell four floors down an elevator shaft, and through a miracle from God, she was able to survive it! The photos are amazing, but the story behind it is even better. You HAVE to read from the groom himself at the end of this post! It is a story of grace, endurance, and blessing. And after overcoming unbelievable circumstances, these photos are a true testament of love. We hope you enjoy this cupful of loveliness captured by Mayad Studios.
From the groom:
On July 25, 2013, Hannah was supposed to fly home from Singapore and I had a surprise marriage proposal waiting for her. Neither of us knew that we were going to be in for the shock of our lives. At seven in the morning, I received a distress call from Sonjan, Hannah’s brother, asking for help saying she fell. Thinking it was a mere sprain or a gash, I called my cousin Ivy who is a nurse in Singapore telling her to give assistance so Hannah can fly home and I can proceed with the plan. She calls me back a couple of hours later saying Hannah’s CT Scan was negative, but she couldn’t fly home. That’s when it hit me that something really bad happened. It was then explained to me that Hannah opened a lift door at the fifth floor of her hostel, only to fall down the shaft as the elevator car was parked at the first floor. She sustained an 8cm cut on her head, five broken ribs, punctured lungs, and a fractured foot. I texted my family and friends that the surprise proposal is postponed indefinitely, and I booked the first flight I could find to Singapore, which was a 9:00pm one.
On the plane, I kept awake anxious of two things: 1) If she has amnesia, how do I go about wooing her again? and; 2) If she’s paraplegic, how do I adjust my schedule to give time to take care of her and wheel her around? Thankfully, these fears were put to rest as the first words that came out of Hannah’s mouth was, “Thank you for coming” and though she started on critical condition, her health progressed for the better, faster than any of us, even the doctors, thought. Her recovery from this fall is nothing short of a miracle. Even more amazing was her inner beauty and strength. Seeing her smile everyday was a ray of hope. She had a glow and she brightened up the hospital with it.
She got out of the hospital ten days after the fall, but had to stay another month to let her lungs heal for the flight home. With the help of friends and family, we settled her and though I had to come back to Manila after two weeks there in Singapore, I promised to come back and fly her home when her lungs can take it. On my last night there, I took her out on a date at Gardens By the Bay, and there, took a knee and asked her to marry me. – Zuriel