From left: Rodney Scheck, Brian Devlin and Caroline Scheck pose for a picture at the May 15 wedding at Discovery Harbour Seniors Community. Photo contributed

Bride thankful ailing stepdad was able to walk her down the aisle

Ceremony held amidst pandemic in order to fulfill bride’s wish to have stepdad give her away

A bride was able to have her stepfather symbolically walk her down the aisle only days before he passed away.

“We planned a wedding at a long term care facility we both work at because my stepdad is palliative and he wanted to walk me down the aisle,” said Caroline Scheck. “We are uncertain on how long he has to live and I wasn’t about to wait to get married and not have him be there!”

Scheck and her husband Rodney were originally planning to get married in August but her stepfather, Brian Devlin’s rapidly-declining health prompted them to do it now. So, a quick scramble pulled all the elements together for a great wedding on May 15.

“It’s unbelievable to have planned a wedding during a pandemic and within three days while working from 3 a.m. – 3 p.m. on all the days beforehand,” Scheck said.

Unfortunately, her stepfather Brian Devlin, 79, passed away May 24 but he after was able to walk his daughter down the aisle.

“To our amazement, he was very aware of everything that was going on. And he looked up at me and smiled when they asked who gave me away. I have the pic captured. A very touching moment,” Scheck said.

The bride and groom both work at Discovery Harbour Seniors Community which allowed them to hold the wedding on their grounds in the garden. Plus dad was a resident of the centre. A quick set up on the day of the wedding had everything ready to go and all the residents watched out the windows, waving and smiling

“My stepdad was wheeled down dressed up and he was coherent the whole time he was present, something he hasn’t been prior to. He talked about fishing and was happy to see his family. He was proud and that’s why we did this on such short notice. It truly was a wonderful moment!”

“When we said ‘I do.’ all three floors of the facility were banging on the windows, some were present outside with us, and they all stood at the windows and watched the ceremony with smiles on their faces. We had some fellow co-workers in the crowd cheering us on and taking pics for us.”

The happy couple were deeply appreciative of the love and support they received

It took a whole host of businesses and people making themselves available on short notice to make it happen. All in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They ordered their cake through Steiners Bakery, who had it ready for the wedding day, within three days. The couple is so grateful they were open.

Justice of the Peace Craig Gillis was available for the big day on a couple days’ notice and they got their wedding license at the Campbell River London Drugs.

“I bought my dress off a lady in town here who does photoshoots and had all these amazing brand new dresses for sale. Tags on all. So fortunate as I got it the day before the wedding.”

She also purchased a ring for her fiancé at Thongs Jewelry three days before the wedding.

“They stayed open so we could be there after work. They sized the ring for us at no cost and had it ready the next day which they again stayed open so we could pick it up. Amazing service.”

The bride was overjoyed that it all came together in time so her father could be there.

“This is a story of love and also a story of the great community we live in,” Scheck said.

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The bride and groom, Caroline and Rodney Scheck. Photo contributed

Captured in a photo is the moment Brian Devlin (rightO looked up at his stepdaughter Caroline Scheck and smiled at the moment in the wedding when it was asked who was giving the bride away. Photo contributed

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