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This Woman Did A Photo Shoot In Her Wedding Dress After Her Fiancé Died

Lauren Reynolds acted out the wedding she'll never get to have.

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Lauren Reynolds and Tristin Woods were supposed to get married on Oct. 11, 2014. Woods was killed in a car accident just one month before their wedding day.

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She asked photographer Stephanie Jarstad to take the photos on March 21, and the results are hauntingly beautiful.

Stephanie Jarstad Photography / Via stephaniejarstad.com

Jarstad told BuzzFeed Life that Reynolds picked the first week of spring "to symbolize renewal, rebirth, and healing."

According to Jarstad's blog, Reynolds hopes the tribute inspires others to love wholeheartedly.

Stephanie Jarstad Photography / Via stephaniejarstad.com

“‘You’ll get through this.’ That’s what people say, don’t they? They said it to me and it really pissed me off," Reynolds wrote, quoting The Whispers. "What exactly does it mean...to get through this? Through what? What’s on the other side? I didn’t want to get through it. I wanted to die in it. And then someone told me that grief is like a suitcase that sits at the bottom of your bed, and no matter what without fail you have to pick it up, every day, take it with you. Somedays it will be filled with rocks and you won’t think you could carry it. And then other days...light as a feather. That, she said, is getting through it.”

CORRECTION

The final quote in this story — “‘You’ll get through this.’ That’s what people say, don’t they? They said it to me and it really pissed me off..." — is from the TV show The Whispers. An earlier version attributed it to the photographer, who was actually quoting the TV show.

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