VA North Texas Health Care System
Dallas VA Hosts First Ever Wedding, On Moment's Notice
Some weddings take years to plan. Some take a few months. The wedding of Josh Franks and Candi Delp took only 18 hours to plan. As the first wedding ever for Dallas VA, guests gathered to witness the moment.
Josh, a Marine Corps Veteran, served three tours in Iraq. When he came back the final time, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Josh and Candi were to be married seven months later, but one evening after hearing news from doctors that he may only have a few months to live, Josh decided to not wait.
Candi kicked into high gear. The next morning she went to the courthouse to get the marriage license. She went to the jewelry store to get the rings. She got her hair done in the curls Josh adores. One hour before the ceremony, she bought the dress.
"When I first saw her walking down the aisle I was speechless," Josh said. "She is beautiful."
The couple got engaged at the same place they met – the mall. They said "I Do" three years later.
Nearly 40 people came to witness the couple exchange vows, a huge difference in the original guest list of 200. Deciding to have the wedding early was a decision neither of them will regret. "Even though it wasn't the wedding we planned, it meant so much more," Candi said.
Employees at Dallas VA scurried just minutes before the ceremony to make sure everything was in place. Staff pitched in to provide chairs, decorations and photography to make the event extra special. Cake and sweets for the reception and a place to gather were all arranged. The couple was grateful to all who worked to make it happen.
"All this for us?," Candi thought, when she arrived for the ceremony. "I couldn’t believe it. Everybody involved deserves a big thank you," she said.
No doubt employees involved in the wedding coordination were thrilled to make this Veteran's wish come true. "It was our pleasure to help with this happy and joyous occasion," said Jeffery L. Milligan, VA North Texas Health Care System director. "This is what patient-centered care is all about."