30-year-old Dr. Trevor Upham will marry 29-year-old Cate Edwards this Saturday in a wedding that was planned by her late mother. The wedding was one of the last talks Cate had with her mother, Elizabeth Edwards, before she died in December. It was a mother’s dream to see her daughter grow up, but one where she would not live to see.
On what promises to be a soft, Southern fall afternoon, she will be escorted down the aisle by her father, John. She will pledge her heart to Upham, and then celebrate the marriage with family and friends at the sprawling home her parents built in the countryside not far from Chapel Hill, N.C.
Everyone close to the family knew that Elizabeth would not live to see this day. She died of breast cancer less than two weeks after the engagement. But mother and daughter dived into the details while they still had the time.
“I feel so lucky to have shared that joy with her, to have had the time to leaf through bridal magazines together and talk about the wedding,” Ms. Edwards wrote in an article for the November issue of Glamour magazine. “I feel blessed because, in her last weeks, she told me she was comforted to know I’d set forth on my own life path, with someone she loved and respected, and with whom she truly believed I would be happy.”
The ceremony offers family and friends a chance for joy and celebration after years of turmoil and loss that played out dramatically on the public stage. During his 2008 campaign for president, John, a former Democratic senator from North Carolina, had an affair that produced a baby. He faces federal criminal charges of violating campaign finance laws in a trial set for January.
Cate and Trevor met initially in 2002 when they were students at Princeton University and bonded over their love of mathematics. They broke up for two years before getting together for good in 2006.