It’s one of the most popular features in the Sunday New York Times: The Vows column, spotlighting a significant or just fascinating wedding story. When the editors found that kind of wedding in Memphis, they asked me to be the reporter on the scene.


It was a heartwarming story of a couple who’d met as children while both were undergoing treatment for childhood cancer at the world-renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; both are now St. Jude employees. I discovered a few new wrinkles in the story and worked with the Times reporter in New York to fine-tune the details of his coverage; I’m not sure he’d ever heard of the University of Central Arkansas, where the bride went to college.


Photos by: Houston Cofield for The New York Times.