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20-year-old leukemia patient weds his sweetheart after being given only months to live

One of our producers, Meredith Birkett, came across these images in a recent edit and we realized that while this picture story moved to us just after the holidays, it had not yet been published anywhere on our site. The photographer, Chris Bergin, did a lovely job conveying the joy, and the exhaustion, of this young man's big day. View several of the images and a link to Jesse and his brides' story below.

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Jesse James Smith kisses his wife Amber during their wedding reception in Muncie Ind. on Dec. 18, 2010. Jesse was diagnosed with leukemia on July 2. Doctors say the soft-spoken, articulate 20-year-old has only a few months to live.

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Jesse James Smith uses a rail as support while greeting people following his wedding ceremony in Muncie Ind.on Dec. 18, 2010.

Chris Bergin / The Star Press via AP

Jesse James Smith and Amber Hirst exchange rings during their wedding ceremony officiated by Rev. Kenneth Boles in Muncie Ind. on Dec. 18, 2010.

Chris Bergin / The Star Press via AP

Jesse James Smith and his aunt Tamara Willard hug during Jesse's wedding reception in Muncie Ind. on Dec. 18, 2010.

Chris Bergin / The Star Press via AP

Jesse James Smith and his wife Amber Hirst walk to greet friends and family following their wedding ceremony officiated by Rev. Kenneth Boles in Muncie Ind. on Dec. 18, 2010. Jesse was diagnosed with leukemia on July 2. Doctors say the soft-spoken, articulate 20-year-old has only a few months to live.

Read Jesse and Amber's story here.