S/S Episode 2 – Porter and Brinley
Just promise me one thing…
Porter received a letter from his aunt one day after his wedding with Brinley. The letter was written by his mother, Ms. Laughlin, to Brinley before a fatal car crash took her life. The letter from his aunt is written below, along with Ms. Laughlin’s letter to Brinley. Ms. Laughlin planned to give this letter on their wedding day, in addition to a car, which was an early gift.
In memory of Ms. Laughlin, the couple left a seat open in the front row during the wedding. Porter and Brinley got married on February 7, 2016.
(Modeled by Kristin Freitas and Ryan Fisico)
Photography by Noel Fisico
(Letter from Aunt to Porter)
Congratulations on your marriage! There is truly a spark between you and Brinley, and a bright future ahead.
When your mother passed away, I cleaned her house and found this letter in her living room. However, it is not for you, Porter. It’s for Brinley.
I want you to pass this over to Brinley. Your mother would have wanted her to read it.
Love with strength and courage. Your Mom is always with you in spirit.
(Letter from Ms. Laughlin to Brinley)
I am very excited for the two of you! You two have gone through so much that I trust in the relationship that you have.
I recall so many moments when your love was tested, yet you still relied on each other.
I remember during your first Christmas together five years ago, you both had financial strains but created thoughtful gifts for each other – he built you a fort made out of pillows and read you your favorite book, Perks of Being A Wallflower, under candle light, and you recreated a perfect replica jersey of his favorite team, the Lakers, with a Hanes T-shirt and sharpies.
When Porter was in a near fatal car crash and temporarily lost his ability to walk, you pushed through his yelling and blaming until he started to believe in himself again.
When your job forced you to relocate to California while he had to stay in Pennsylvania, you both stuck through a long distance relationship for three years.
And finally, Last Thanksgiving when rumors of affairs were created, there was not a single moment when you questioned each other.
Just promise me one thing. I will always be here for you, but for the times when I am not and things get hard, I want you both to get in the car, talk it out, and live a happy marriage. You have each other, and that is all you need.
Don’t forget to smile, stop and smell the roses, and save your tears for the people that truly deserve them.
Excited to be a grandmother someday.
Mom” — (Ms. Laughlin was killed by a drunk driver on Jan 23 at age of 78, 2 weeks before the marriage. Her wedding gift was the Red 1955 Ford Thunderbird seen in the photos.)
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