by Sharon Shewchuk
On May 12, my daughter Stephanie was participating in the Shoppers Love. You. Run for Women, which she has been involved with since 2015. What made this day unique was that it was also her wedding day. Some thought it was a bit “out there,” but Stephanie had no hesitation that she could make this work. She was one of the team captains for her workplace team, and her co-workers rallied to get donations if she agreed to do the run in a wedding dress. The idea caught on and she was one of the top fundraisers in Ottawa.
Stephanie’s photographer attended the event with her soon-to-be husband to capture some photos. They were not sure how they would find her in such a large crowd. Then they heard over the loudspeaker: “Here comes the bride!” She got a lot of attention with many stopping to chat, run with her and snap some photos.
Stephanie has taught me valuable lessons and has made me a better person. I am proud and honoured to have her as my daughter. Stephanie finished the run and then was whisked off to get her hair and makeup done. She was a beautiful bride and it was one of the best days of my life seeing my daughter marry her special guy.