Eugene and Kirsten Han will forever be affected by the events of July 20, 2012 and the same date in 2013.
Last year, the longtime couple had decided to attend a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," and ended up fighting for their lives. Eugene was shot twice in the leg and required months of physical therapy to regain use of his limb. Kirsten suffered minor shrapnel wounds, but struggled with severe anxiety following the tragedy.
Out of the pain and horror of that night, Eugene and Kirsten knew they could not let the ordeal rob them of their happiness. So when Eugene proposed to Kirsten a few months ago, they decided to reclaim the date that had changed their lives forever.
In the year since the shooting, Eugene and Kirsten have revisited their experiences many times. They attended the reopening of the theater and watched a special movie screening. They have attended two pre-trial hearings out of curiosity to see alleged shooter James Holmes in person.
Though it is hard to imagine, Eugene says, despite the physical and emotional suffering, he and Kirsten have forgiven Holmes for that night.
The couple, along with friends, family and a handful of other Aurora survivors, gathered Saturday in a small church a few miles from the movie theater. Eugene and Kirsten exchanged vows, tears and promises. In honor of the victims of the shooting, the officiant offered up a prayer.
Eugene called the day "both happy and sacred." The Hans say their decision was about reclaiming a sense of normalcy.
"We want to show other people you can make it a happier day," Eugene told the LA Times. "We're closing one book and opening a whole new story."