Hannah and Layne had known each other since the first grade, and when he finally asked her on a date during their Freshman year of high school, she was nervous. He was a handsome junior, and at first, she told him no. He was persistent, and eventually she agreed to go on the date! They had so much in common and quickly became inseparable. They ran track together, participated in 4-H, and FFA – he even began working for her parents at one point.
Six years later, he took her out to their favorite fishing spot and proposed.
Layne was killed in a car accident on February 5, 2017, just 4 months before our wedding. 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.”
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.”
Hannah didn’t want to look back on the wedding date with a heavy heart – she wanted to remember the man that had changed her so completely and filled her with hope. She decided to wear her wedding dress and celebrate the life that could have been by remembering the love of her life with fondness. These pictures documented the end of a chapter in her life, and while he will always hold a place in her heart, she can move forward with the knowledge that he changed her for the better.