How A Dying Woman Watched Her Daughter's Wedding Via Skype

Skype's props up tenuous long-distance relationships, allows chats with family and pals in other countries, and supports the occasional fun video chat. But on this one day, it let a mother watch her daughter's wedding dance before she died.

Photographer Andrea Boettcher had a difficult job. The mother of the bride was terminally ill with cancer. The wife-to-be, Ashley Broering was originally planning to elope, unable to cope with the strains of her mother's imminent death and plan a wedding. But when doctors told Ashley her mother had only days to live, she went other direction — she wanted everyone in her life in one place for her wedding day.

But what about her bedridden mum?

A beautiful and beautifully 21st century solution:

On the wedding day I showed up and saw the laptop in the ceremony venue, I was told [Ashley's mother]was definitely not going to make it to the wedding but they were working on getting Skype set up for the ceremony," recounts Andrea. "They did get it set up by the time Ashley walked down the aisle and and she witnessed the entire ceremony. It was beautiful and emotional and Ashley and [husband]Beau stopped and said a few words to her during the whole thing. After the ceremony they set the laptop up in the reception hall and people stopped by to chat and talk with her, she got to witness everything and it was amazing and sad all at the same time. A few weeks after the wedding Patty passed away but I know Ashley is so glad that because of technology she was able to share the day with her mother.

The next time you read some marketing bullshit about technology bringing people together, think about this — and what it can actually mean. [Coily Photos via Reddit]



    While this is a good story, it's pretty bad how this is news. What i mean by that, is that this kind of thing is so foreign to most people, that it makes an interesting story.

    In the 21st century, we should be embracing this technology everywhere - not just when your mother is dying as you're walking down the aisle.
    Yet, we are still fighting over fast internet speeds and how much it will cost us in tax money - which we'll end up spending anyway on carbon tax - or alcohol filled weekends.

    Bring on the Fiber!!!! Yay NBN!! Dont vote for Phony Tony the Moany Show Pony.

    Im currently in the hospital sitting here with my father who also has terminal cancer and a few months to live. My wife and I live one state apart and a 2 hour flight away. Time and health permitting im also hoping to be able to introduce him to his first grandchild via Skype in 7 months time.

    Best story on Gizmodo, EVER.

    Fantastic. Did the same thing for my Son's wedding here in Australia for my daughter in London over 4 years ago. Set up the laptop in the reception on USB Broadband dongle and guests could chat with her in London directly. Way to go, Technology empowerment !

      I'm planning to do the same for my bedridden brother.
      Little complications I've found are:
      1) no Optus coverage (my network) where we're getting married - Telstra USB dongle to the rescue.
      2) no landline internet at the respite care place he'll be staying at over the weekend so my parents can attend... still working on that issue... It may be that I have to leave my phone (Galaxy S) with him.. I'm hoping Skype has an Auto-answer option cause the staff there are tech-illiterate!

      I also bought him one of those T-shirts with a suit printed on it for him to wear on the day.

Join the discussion!