I met Jacqui and Ashton (Brok’s parents) when Jacqui and I worked together. I remember the first time I met Ashton, he spent the whole night telling me how much he loved his wife, and how he knew right from the beginning that he was going to marry her. They were meant to be! I recall the day she found out she was pregnant, she was absolutely ecstatic. I’ve never seen anyone glow quite like that!
When she was about 7 months pregnant, Ashton unexpectedly passed away. It was heartbreaking. I’ve never had something hit me quite has hard as Ashton’s death did, it kind of brought me back down to earth – made me realise how short life really is, and how quickly things can change.
Luckily, Jacqui is an incredibly positive woman with an amazing support structure – which is not surprising because I’ve never seen her without a smile on her face! She’s doing so well and so is her gorgeous little man! Jax, I admire how incredibly strong you have been through your tragedy. Ashton will be sorely missed by many, many people who loved him, but a part of him lives on in your gorgeous little boy.
Brok was such a champion during this shoot – he went through about 8 wardrobe changes (yes – 8!!) before he eventually decided he’d had enough – I was seriously impressed. And just for the record – I did nothing to those beautiful eyes of his, they really are that blue!!