Bride’s confused when band stops during first dance, then she sees they ‘have a better idea’

As if planning a wedding wasn’t already stressful enough, the recently engaged Samantha and Taylor have been through a lot lately. In fact, they even had to cancel their dream wedding venue in Mexico after hearing some terrible news about the bride’s mother regarding her health.

Health was the most important thing, so the wedding plans were temporarily set aside to care for Samantha’s mother.

Luckily, Samantha and Taylor didn’t sign the contract for the venue yet and were able to cancel before they finalized the deal.

At the time, Samantha couldn’t wait to share all of the details with her mom Kathy, but she noticed that something was off when she told her about the wedding in Mexico.

“She’s the happiest, most spirited person you will ever meet, but she wasn’t as excited about it as I thought she’d be,” the soon-to-be bride told PEOPLE.

Samantha’s mom had been dealing with multiple sclerosis ever since she was a child, but the disease recently progressed and she would be unable to travel long distances.

“Taylor immediately said, ‘If that’s the case, we’re abandoning that idea [of having the wedding in Mexico],’” Samantha recalls.

The two then decided to refocus their efforts to a wedding more closeby. They picked San Diego as a location, as Samantha went to college there.

The wedding planning could start all over again, and the two lovebirds were about to sign a contract for a new wedding venue.

One day before they were supposed to sign, Samantha received disturbing news once again.

“I got a phone call in the middle of the night, from my mom and sister,” she told.

Her mother had to be hospitalized in the middle of the night because of excruciating pain. Just a year before, Kathy was dealing with stage 2 colon cancer, and Samantha feared that the disease had come back.

“The doctor came in and said, ‘It looks as though her colon cancer has metastasized to her liver.’ I still remember it, because of how the doctor delivered it: ‘The prognosis doesn’t look good.’ It felt like my whole world was upside down.”

Once again, the wedding plans were put on hold.

Samantha quit her job and moved in with her sister to take care of their mother.

“It’s a whole new realm of life,” she told. “But I can’t think of doing anything else. I have to be here with her.”

Even though the wedding was temporarily shelved, Samantha wanted to make sure that her mom would still be able to witness her special day.

“It’s something I worry about, if she’ll make it. But her outlook on being there is, ‘Absolutely, I am going to be there in the front row. I’m going to see you tie the knot.’ Regardless of her physical condition, the fact that she’s mentally motivated and staying positive is great. It’s given us something to focus on other than what’s hard right now.”

Samantha and Taylor knew that their love could overcome everything. The two lovebirds first laid eyes on each other at a baseball game. Taylor was playing, and Samantha decided to cheer and root for him. They exchanged numbers, went on a date and the rest is history.

“It’s just made us even stronger,” Samantha says. “I feel like in these challenging moments, it solidifies more than anything that we have a strong relationship. We’ve not wavered in the least.”

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