When Kelly Turney was planning his Alaskan wedding, he knew there was one surprise he had to keep from his bride, Becky.
These are the newlyweds, along with the surprise guest at their wedding, Jacob Tilby, the man who received Becky’s late son’s heart in a transplant operation that gave him a new lease on life.
Kelly, who had flown Jacob in unbeknownst to Becky, halted the ceremony to introduce his bride to the last-minute addition to his party of groomsmen, the man who was carrying her son’s heart. The wedding photographer, Love Adventured, was there to capture the moment and, heads up, the photos she posted to Facebook will melt any and all makeup from your face, because they are shatteringly beautiful and heart wrenching.
Kelly’s son, Triston, was just 19 years old when he passed away, donating his heart to a recipient in need and tragically leaving an empty chair at his mother’s wedding.
Using a stethoscope, Becky was able to listen to her son’s heart beat in Jacob’s chest and hear about his plans to live a heart healthy life.
It was doubtless an intensely emotional moment on an already emotional day, for the bride, for Jacob, for Kelly, for everyone involved, and now, for us too. But, damn Kelly, good on you! If this gesture is any indication of the strength of your relationship, there are many happy years ahead for you and Becky.