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    Intimate portraits of bride battling cancer

    Lainie Schultz let a camera follow her through her wedding journey, as fiance Joseph Jones shaved her head, then held her hand during their hospital "honeymoon" in the chemo room.

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    A lock of hair

    Wedding photographer Emily Harris documented the events leading up to the March 3, 2012 wedding of Joseph Jones and Lainie Schultz, who is battling a rare form of cancer. When Harris shared the photos online, it prompted an outpouring of support and gratitude. Here are images and captions from Harris’ blog at IntimateBridalPortraits.com.

    Lainie Schultz, 28, pulls out a clump of her hair, which has been falling out by the fistful since beginning chemotherapy in Janurary.

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    A new look

    Three weeks before their wedding, Lainie’s fiance, Joesph Jones, shaves his future bride’s hair.

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    Adapting, adjusting

    Lainie tells her father, Jeffrey Schultz, that the razor is starting to burn her scalp.

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    An attentive eye

    Lainie and Joseph’s dog, Stella, observes the locks of hair falling onto the floor.

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    Laughing together

    Jeffery Schultz tries on his daughter’s wig. “In a situation like this, you have to have a sense of humor,” he says.

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    Facing the mirror

    Lainie tries to adjust to her new look.

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    Sharing the news

    All smiles, Lainie uses FaceTime on her cell phone to show her brother Brian the new look.

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    Getting organized

    Joseph and Lainie sort through their RSVPs to to plan their guest seating.

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    Undergoing treatment

    On Feb. 9, 2012, Lainie receives her second round of chemotherapy since her diagnosis in Coral Springs, Fla. To clean out her port, Lainie’s nurse, Jana Golfin, injects it with saline.

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    Support from a friend

    Lainie’s friend, Nicky Hale, waits with her while she receives her chemotherapy treatment. The treatment lasts about three to four hours.

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    A fun fitting

    The wedding day is close. Lainie goes for her final dress fitting at Zola Keller in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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    Status update

    Lainie’s new Facebook status on Feb. 26, 2012.

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    Party favors

    Lainie and her mother, Kathy Schultz, put together welcome bags for their out-of-town guests. The custom bags read, “All you need is love.”

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    The big day arrives

    On the afternoon of her March 3, 2012 wedding, Lainie gets her makeup done in her hotel suite at the Chesterfield Palm Beach.

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    Finishing touches

    Lainie’s cousin and bridesmaid, Micole Bag, watches Lainie center her wig after her makeup is complete.

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    A beautiful bride

    Chandon Jones, left, and Lainie’s mother adjust the crinoline under Lainie’s bridal gown.

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    Married at last

    The newlyweds have a lot to celebrate after being pronounced husband and wife at the Harriet Himmel Theater in Palm Beach, Fla.

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    No stress

    The reception set-up ran an hour late, but neither the bride or groom noticed as they enjoyed their cocktail hour.

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    Appreciating what matters

    “It was the best night of my life!” Lainie said.

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    An unusual honeymoon

    Wearing bride-and-groom Minnie and Mickey Mouse hats, Lainie receives another round of chemotherapy with Joseph by her side the Monday morning after their wedding.

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    An authentic celebration

    “This is our honeymoon!” Lainie said with a laugh and smile.

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