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A Good Beginning: Cancer-Survivor Bride Gets the Wedding of Her Dreams

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Melissa and Abraham first met as colleagues. Their chemistry grew stronger by the day and the two finally started to date. At the beginning, their families doubted their relationship as they come from different backgrounds. Through patience and perseverance, the couple finally won their families' blessings.

Their love was put to another test when Melissa was diagnosed with lymph cancer stadium 2B and doctors found a tumor in her lungs. Hence, she has to endure sessions of chemo and radiation therapy to overcome the diseases. "It was the toughest ten months of my life. But it is through this very process that I was convinced Abraham was the man for me," she recalled.

Throughout the whole ordeal, Abraham stayed faithful and was with her every step of the way. Sometimes he played guitar to cheer her up and other times prepared surprises to help Melissa pass the difficult times. After Melissa won her battle, Abraham had prepared the ultimate surprise, proposing to her in front of their families. "After everything we've been through, I'm sure that he's the one. Of course I said yes!" Melissa enthused.

Not long after the proposal, a friend told them about A Good Beginning competition. "The timing was perfect and Bali has always been our dream wedding destination," Melissa explained. "We also hope that our story can be an inspiration for other couples that will be or is going through the same process," she added. Through their story, we can truly learn how love overcomes all obstacles. So we're determined to give them a wedding as beautiful as their love story.

The Hilda Team of Bridestory then teamed up with Tirtha Bridal and prominent names in the industry to make the couple's dream wedding a reality. On the wedding day, Tirtha Uluwatu's chapel and dining pavilion was adorned with botanical elements by the magic hands of Steve's Décor. Melissa herself looked stunning in dreamy dresses by Cinobi. Her flawless complexion by Adi Adrian and intricate accessories by Litany made her look like her most beautiful self. Meanwhile, Abraham looked equally stunning, dressed in a dapper gray suit by Brillington & Brothers.

Even in the middle of all the beauty, Abraham and Melissa couldn't take their eyes off each other. Perhaps the struggle they endured together is what made the relationship so strong. "Don't ever give up on your partner. Through differences and diseases, keep supporting them. It is the greatest source of strength to overcome all the troubles," said the lovely bride.

Looking at all the beautiful photos by Axioo, you can really tell that the wedding was heartfelt and memorable. "The wedding exceeded our expectations; it was truly like a dream. Big thanks to Hilda and Tirtha Bridal team for this unforgettable experience!" Melissa said happily.

Take a look at their beautiful wedding pictures below.




















CREDIT TO VENDORS

Wedding Consultant: Hilda by Bridestory | Venue, Catering and WO: Tirtha Bridal | Decoration: Steve's Décor | Lighting: AGP Productions | Photography and Videography: Axioo | Dress: Cinobi | Hair & Makeup Artist: Adi Adrian | Accessories: Litany | Men's Formal Wear: Brillington & Brothers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Wedding Boutique | Invitation and Stationery: PoLA Artistry | Flower bouquet and Boutonniere: Studio Jiro

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