|Fore Note: Havyn Adams is the daughter of Jeff Dana Adams
Knoxville wedding vendors help groom fighting leukemia plan dream wedding for bride-to-be
KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Havyn Adams said she always dreamed of an elegant wedding in a church, but the day seemed out of reach.
In January, Adams’ fiancé, Isaac Tinsley, was diagnosed with leukemia. He was in remission, but he relapsed a couple of weeks ago and had to go back to University of Tennessee Medical Center for more treatment. On top of that, a member of Adams’ family was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
“All I’ve been doing is pray and pray every day that God would provide this wedding somehow and make it happen,” said Tinsley over Facetime from his hospital bed. “Because it’s been so stressful.”
From thinking about money, trying to get her family together to being there for her fiancé while he was fighting leukemia, Adams said her wedding felt like a burden, but that all changed Tuesday night. She got the surprise of a lifetime when Knoxville vendors came together to help pay for her dream wedding.
Kristy Myers, owner of Margaret Claire Wedding Events said she met the Adams family at the Pink Bride Show at the Knoxville Convention Center. “I asked the bride tell me about your groom and I watched her little face just fall with a little bit of anguish and just had a little tear in her eye and I just knew the good Lord laid it on my heart to just bring her in the back of our booth and talk to her a little bit,” Myers recalls.
Myers said she learned Tinsley was at University of Tennessee Hospital undergoing treatment for leukemia. After hearing Adams’ story, Myers put Tinsley up on Facetime and prayed for him at the bridal show.
After that Myers said she felt compelled to help the couple plan a beautiful wedding. She called the vendors she works with in her wedding planning business and asked them for their help.
“I called them and kind of spilled my heart through my tears and all of them called me back within an hour with ‘we’re in,'” said Myers. “I feel honored and very blessed to be part of an amazing wedding community in Knoxville and to all of them for helping me out with my little bride.”
Hunter Valley Farms donated a $10,000 venue for the wedding and reception, complete with tables and chairs. Lisa Foster Floral Design donated flowers, White Table Linens donated tablecloths, Jason Mullen agreed to photograph the couple from getting dressed to their send-off, Relic Video Productions agreed to video the wedding, the Gilded Gown donated a dress of Adams’ choice, Lamon Jewelers donated wedding bands, Rose’s Catering donated catering, Ogle Entertainment offered up a DJ and sound equipment, Sweet Beginnings by Elaiine is making a cake and the Stables at Strawberry Creek donated a place for the couple to stay on their wedding night.
“I love Jesus and I know he brings people into our path that we’re supposed to encounter,” said Myers. “It’s not a chance or a fluke that Haven walked by and I was just introduced to her that day and I know she was strategically placed in my life at that moment.”
Adams was at a loss for words after business after business came up to present her with their gifts. She couldn’t believe so many people came together to answer her prayers.
“I knew Kristy having the big heart that she had, but I didn’t know exactly what and I never would have imagined that it would have been this big,” said Adams.
Afterwards, everyone joined in prayer. The couple’s wedding date is set for March 10, 2017.