Grieving Bride Takes Emotional Photos To Bring Comfort After Her Fiancé Passed Away Suddenly

"Remember the love, not the loss."

Four months before Hannah Darr was supposed to walk down the aisle, she received the devastating news that her fiancé, Layne Meriwether, had been killed in a car accident. The pair had been high school sweethearts and got engaged after dating for six years. The couple, who are both from Oklahoma, had planned to get married on June 17. 

While still grieving, Darr recently decided she wanted to do something special to commemorate her relationship with Meriwether and the love they shared. She wanted to find a meaningful way to honor him, so she reached out to their wedding photographer Holly Gannett and asked if she'd do a photo shoot of Darr in her wedding dress. She recently shared the photos with the Love What Matters Facebook page and told their story

"I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world, but if you looked at his huge smile and bright, shining eyes locked on me, you could see that he thought he was the luckiest guy in the whole world," she wrote. "This past year has been full of wedding and life planning. My house is full of all my wedding decorations, just waiting for my wedding day that will never come. Layne and I had planned our lives out and even bought cattle together. We said it is pretty serious when you buy cattle together. We knew what land we would eventually build our house on and even our future children's names. Big plans and big dreams that we will never get to carry out together."

"We had a love that many spend their whole life trying to find. It was patient, kind and unconditional. I will forever miss how Layne always looked at me with such love and adoration. We understood each other in a way that no one else could," she continued. "Luckily, we knew how much we meant to one another because we told each other every day. He made me feel loved, wanted, secure and confident. There will never be anyone else like my dear Layne." 

Darr had a dream after Meriwether's death that she was wandering around in her wedding dress, crying. Soon, she saw Meriwether walk towards her and remind her how strong she is. The dream helped to bring her some peace — and the photos she took helped her to recreate this moment. 

The photos were taken on Darr's family's land, where Meriwether proposed, where the pair took engagement photos, and where their favorite fishing spot is. "I'm thankful for this picture," Darr wrote. "I'll cherish it forever."

The photo shoot helped to bring her some comfort during this difficult time, and sharing her story online has been met with an outpour of positive comments.

"I'm devastated that I don't get to marry my best friend, but I take comfort in the fact that I will be reunited with him in Heaven one day," she wrote. 

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