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One year later, happy couple recounts Valentine's Day stroke

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) – For many, Valentine's Day is all about flowers and candy for your special sweetheart, but for one Lowcountry couple, it's an anniversary of survival they'll never forget.

In the Folk home, even a cup of water is served with a few extra words. Will and Holly Folk are magnets of sorts, their love is a journey of smiles that stretch from Disney to the Statue of Liberty.

"We're just a true case of opposites attract, I guess," said Holly Folk.

He calls her his better two-thirds.

Many might call them the picture-perfect couple with happiness beaming from every pose. Marriage was just around the corner, but first came Valentine's Day 2013.

"Feb. 14, 2013, started off like any other day for me. And I went to work – then I woke up in the ICU at MUSC," she said.

Doctors said the 28-year-old woman had suffered a stroke and an aneurysm.

"That's not something you're prepared to deal with in your mid-to-late-20s," Will Folk said. "I just kind of fell apart, to be honest with you. You just kind of collapse on the floor and just let it all out."

For 17 long days, Will Folk hovered over the love of his life.

"There was just nowhere else I kind of really needed to be. There's nowhere else I wanted to be, nothing else I needed to do," he said.

After months of treatment and therapy at MUSC, their marital fund had become a medical fund.

"We said, ‘We don't need a big wedding. It's not a big deal, we're just going to try and move on," Holly Folk said.

With a little unexpected help, they were able to do that. Princess Cruises offered to host her wedding aboard the cruise line's upcoming Cruise with Heart.

The American Heart Association and Princess Cruises had offered the Folks the wedding of their dreams. She got the dress of her choice, and in a flash Holly Folk was camera-ready.

"If we can get through this, the rest of life should be a piece of cake," Will Folk said.

Now the pictures pick up where Cupid left off, and Holly and Will can get back to normalcy.

"I'm still here. I'm alive so I can finish the plan now," she said.

Now in sickness and in health is a vow these two will hold onto and cherish with a kiss.

Holly Folk says a kidney disease that runs in her family likely contributed to her stroke.

The couple had their cruise ship ceremony on Tuesday. They return to the Lowcountry on Saturday. ABC News 4 will share pictures of their wedding as soon as they arrive.

The American Heart Association was able to help the Folks thanks to volunteers and donors who help raise money all year.

Next Saturday, the organization will host its annual Heart Ball as a thank you and to celebrate success stories like Will and Holly's. The ball is being held at the Charleston Marriott at 6 p.m. For tickets, click here.

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