Originally created 05/16/04

In the know



'I DO'

Shannon Fuller and Matthew Powell know the power of love.

After being separated for 18 months while Mr. Powell was in the military, enduring his battle with cancer and the death of his mother, Ms. Fuller said, they have come out better than ever.

"We've dealt with a lot of hardships in our relationship," Ms. Fuller said. "We've lasted through all of that. It's only made our relationship stronger."

Now the two, who met through a mutual friends five years ago, are ready to spend the rest of their lives together, she said.

They exchanged vows Saturday at South Aiken Presbyterian Church in Aiken.

See Brides & Bouquets for their wedding announcement.

Contact Tharon A. Giddens, features editor, at (706) 823-3347, or tharon.giddens@augusta chronicle.com.