Aruba + Beauty + A Survivor ~ From KSS Photography

Every time a bouquet leaves Afloral.com we all secretly hope that one day we will get to see how it became a part of someones perfect day.  We had no idea that when we packed up a box of flowers for Kay English Photography we would receive an email telling us our faux flowers traveled to Aruba for a photo shoot with Kiamarie Stone, of KSS Photography. White sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and Afloral flowers, what could be better?!  When the photos finally arrived we were blown away with not only the beauty of the photographs but the incredible story we received with them…

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I took my family to Aruba to celebrate my mother’s life & her battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. While I was there, I met a local island girl who was battling breast cancer. Aruba doesn’t have aggressive treatment for cancer, so she flew to Colombia to get the help she needed. While there, she met her future husband & with little funds, they planned to marry but without a wedding. A local dress boutique allowed us to use her beautiful gown to do a shoot with this beautiful woman & I invited both women to my resort & with the assistance of my best friend, my assistant & daughters, we did her make up, dressed her up in flower crowns, applied fake eyelashes since she had complete hairloss from her chemo & I even had some bouquets that my bestie always sends me with on my travels. As we walked the resort & shot, people cheered, congratulated her & whistled. It was amazing! Towards the end of the shoot, she even let me photograph her without her wig. There wasn’t a dry eye on the beach. I was so happy to give her the gift of being a bride even if it wasn’t her true wedding day. I used to think you had to be a super model to be beautiful. As I get older, I realize beauty is in strength, humility & courage ”

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For more of this amazing story and photos from the shoot visit KSS Photography.

Resort: Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort  |  Boutique: Forever Yours Bridal  |  Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero  |  Flowers:  Afloral.com