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After Losing Her Fiance 2 Months Before Her Wedding, This Bride Said Goodbye With A Bittersweet Photoshoot
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After Losing Her Fiance 2 Months Before Her Wedding, This Bride Said Goodbye With A Bittersweet Photoshoot

Janine, a bride-to-be whose fiance, Johnny, died unexpectedly only 52 days before their wedding, has become a beautiful example of human emotional resilience and hope. As part of her effort to cope with her loss, she scheduled a bittersweet memorial photoshoot in Mexico’s Riviera Maya to both remember her love and to move on from her loss.

This day was very emotional,” explained Janine in an interview with Matt Adcock of Del Sol Photography, who took the pictures with her. “At the end of the day I felt so accomplished and I felt more alive than I have ever felt since May 1st.  I really felt that Johnny was smiling down at me and finally giving me closure that I can live my life in a positive way, but never forgetting why I was here.  I want to move on and explore the world.  I want to meet people who I can share that with.  After the shoot I felt like all this was possible.

More info: delsolphotography.com | Facebook (h/t: dailymail)

Janine’s fiance Johnny tragically died just 52 days before their wedding

To remember him, Janine decided to have a photo shoot in her wedding dress, which she never got to wear on her big day

Janine wanted to be photographed jumping into the sea at Mexico’s Riviera Maya because, to her, water is a purifying element

Her wedding dress was no longer a symbol of joy and anticipation, so she had no problem diving into the sea with it

“I really felt that Johnny was smiling down at me and finally giving me closure that I can live my life in a positive way, but never forgetting why I was here,” wrote Janine

“I want to move on and explore the world. I want to meet people who I can share that with. After the shoot I felt like all this was possible”

“The images and video story we created together were an incredibly cathartic and emotional experience for us both,” writes photographer Matt Adcock

“This is the first time I’ve been inspired to do anything like this in my 10 year career as a destination wedding photographer…”

“I was brought to tears when I started to bring the story to life in the editing room”

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BarbieChemical
Community Member
7 years ago

Stunning ! Good for you ! you are Beautiful inside and out ! so sorry for your loss , and keep up doing just what you are doing ! growing

AnthonyBurgos
Community Member
7 years ago

I love the idea of "taking the plunge" , underwater photoshoot. But this brave woman faced her sadness in a beautiful way. God bless her.

CariSwanson-Sim
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7 years ago

Beautiful

MaryDonahe-Richman
Community Member
7 years ago

amazing and beautiful. Very inspiring and young woman

CnoritaNgantiran
Community Member
7 years ago

I CRIED. GO AROUND THE GLOBE,JANINE.. I HOPE WE CAN MEET UP..ACCIDENTALLY.

BogumilPospiech
Community Member
7 years ago

Heartbreaking story, but this is also true life..

MichelleBoles
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing, breathtaking

GinoLouiePeña
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7 years ago

Nice shots

MarlyseCarroll
Community Member
6 years ago

What a way to move from breakdown to breakthrough. Very beautiful and inspiring. Thank you.

SyedFahimAsrarNaqvi
Community Member
7 years ago

Never suicide . suicide is an eval act life is the property of GOD

Rita Sparber
Community Member
7 years ago

wonderful way fo letting go and accepting life!!!

RitaSparber
Community Member
7 years ago

wonderful way of letting go and accepting life!!!!

Crytsal the wolf
Community Member
7 years ago

she is in starclan now

Saptashwa Bhattacharya
Community Member
7 years ago

You are so beautiful, Janine. Stay blessed.

RahelLove
Community Member
7 years ago

aww....i feel so bad for u! i feel the same way. my boyfriend...is..gone. he broke up w/ me after we lost a badminton tournament..

KylaHewe
Community Member
7 years ago

i love the gown..

Clyde
Community Member
7 years ago

so beautiful, love #8 , reminds me of standing underneath the shower not knowing if tears or water were falling down after losing someone...

DagnyOpsal
Community Member
7 years ago

most stunning indeed- how terribly sad, yet still an amazing way of saying goodbye!

Oreo211
Community Member
7 years ago

thats so sad

MikaelaRosti
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7 years ago

sad and beautiful

TammyFaye
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7 years ago

Absolutely angelic.....

ThanthitaLing
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7 years ago

๋Janine, you are so strong and brave, you are my idol

TanseyMercanti
Community Member
7 years ago

Such a creative and beautiful way to remember xoxo I hope you find everything you are looking for and more! ♡

Jessa Foreman
Community Member
7 years ago

love the pics be strong u will find love again just BE HAPPY!

monggorok
Community Member
7 years ago

not to worry, you'll be alright..

monggorok
Community Member
7 years ago

not to worry.. you will be alright....

JuliannaHegedüs
Community Member
7 years ago

The Lord shall bless you <3

Jude
Community Member
7 years ago

I thought they were going to be more about telling the story of her loss/grieving (visually). To me they look like hyped-up selfies.

BewYouanek
Community Member
7 years ago

You Are So Beautiful !!! sorry for your loss. be strong :)

ArvindKrishnan
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7 years ago

Not all poetry is words.

RachelRose
Community Member
7 years ago

gorgeous photos, wish I could hug this woman! - and actually a brave thing to do.

AnnaThomsen
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7 years ago

absolutely beautiful! what a wonderful and brave woman xx

UdayrajUdhuraj
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7 years ago

i loved it

Gill Nijs
Community Member
7 years ago

Awesome

AlisonBoroski
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7 years ago

Such a beautiful way to celebrate a life and a graceful way to deal with an unthinkable loss. My heart goes out to you...

jovelyn songaling
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7 years ago

wow.... I like it

TiagoFrancisZagnen
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7 years ago

Maravilhosa! Linda! Diva! :D

RobynPriest
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7 years ago

Beautiful~ absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!

SokhaPho
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7 years ago

Very good

Assunção Mendes
Community Member
7 years ago

Very Crazy!!!

AmberFowler
Community Member
7 years ago

Wow! Incredible pictures. Shows your love and loss and your steps towards your future.

MandyDredge
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7 years ago

Beautiful x

Brandi Thomas
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7 years ago

Beautiful

BrandiThomas
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7 years ago

Beautiful

SamanthaReed
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7 years ago

Made me cry. Very well done. You're an inspiration to all those with a broken heart.

LaurenTish
Community Member
7 years ago

Such beautiful photos in such tragic circumstances. Wish you all the luck in the world and I'm sure your fiancé is looking proudly down on u

ShannonRyan
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7 years ago

just lovely and what a beautiful dress

KimberlyFranke
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7 years ago

Absolutely amazing!

MarinaMendoza
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7 years ago

Un lindo detalle

KarinaVroomen
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7 years ago

wauw very good from you. lots of love to you.

Deb Gutzman
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7 years ago

wow!

Heather Pizziola
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful!

MelissaLarsen
Community Member
7 years ago

What a beautiful honor for you the photographer and such a healing experience for you, the bride. Many blessings to you in the future!

may nantakan
Community Member
7 years ago

wow, she looks like woman from famous ancient greek paintings. So stunning

Jon Pyzel
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7 years ago

Can I get another box of tissues?

Jana Miller
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7 years ago

So moving-what a brave girl!

AnjaCoenradie
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7 years ago

took my breath away!!! a good way for telling "In lovin' memory" sending you a lot of love, light and happiness x

ZenCat
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7 years ago

love

SubhasishDutta
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7 years ago

Beautiful

medlar65
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7 years ago

This was a wonderful way to express her love and loss. Our prayers are with her.

JamieHoltz
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7 years ago

Very beautiful

Marti Mefford
Community Member
7 years ago

wow. made me cry. prayers of healing for this precious woman.

KellyKinetik
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7 years ago

<3 x

PoojaBhattacharjee
Community Member
7 years ago

god bless her ..

Carmen Naightsain
Community Member
7 years ago

awsome

Maïssa Bachouche
Community Member
7 years ago

She's such a brave woman :)

Marina Sarg
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful and touching. It takes a lot of courage to say good bye in a public way. My heart and love go to her.

MarinaSarg
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7 years ago

This is inspiring.

EvieNM
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7 years ago

Beautiful

Ivan Ivanovich
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7 years ago

so sad:*(

IvanIvanovich
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7 years ago

so sad=*(

UsaKlein
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7 years ago

Sweet...

DaisyKu
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7 years ago

lovely, brave and strong. Good for you. :)

Paul Godlewski
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7 years ago

Ophelia lives on.

PaulGodlewski
Community Member
7 years ago

Ophelia lives on.

Lisa Jaspersen
Community Member
7 years ago

Very cool

HappyJoyJoy
Community Member
7 years ago

gorgeos!

ArvidvanMaaren
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful, altough bittersweet.Suerte!!

JoannaDavila
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful beginning to a tragic ending...Brave heart, strong soul...may you be blessed and continue growing♡

TzipporahMeijering
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful. From deep sorrow comes capacity for great empathy and the heights of joy. May you feel both.

BarbieChemical
Community Member
7 years ago

Stunning ! Good for you ! you are Beautiful inside and out ! so sorry for your loss , and keep up doing just what you are doing ! growing

AnthonyBurgos
Community Member
7 years ago

I love the idea of "taking the plunge" , underwater photoshoot. But this brave woman faced her sadness in a beautiful way. God bless her.

CariSwanson-Sim
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful

MaryDonahe-Richman
Community Member
7 years ago

amazing and beautiful. Very inspiring and young woman

CnoritaNgantiran
Community Member
7 years ago

I CRIED. GO AROUND THE GLOBE,JANINE.. I HOPE WE CAN MEET UP..ACCIDENTALLY.

BogumilPospiech
Community Member
7 years ago

Heartbreaking story, but this is also true life..

MichelleBoles
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing, breathtaking

GinoLouiePeña
Community Member
7 years ago

Nice shots

MarlyseCarroll
Community Member
6 years ago

What a way to move from breakdown to breakthrough. Very beautiful and inspiring. Thank you.

SyedFahimAsrarNaqvi
Community Member
7 years ago

Never suicide . suicide is an eval act life is the property of GOD

Rita Sparber
Community Member
7 years ago

wonderful way fo letting go and accepting life!!!

RitaSparber
Community Member
7 years ago

wonderful way of letting go and accepting life!!!!

Crytsal the wolf
Community Member
7 years ago

she is in starclan now

Saptashwa Bhattacharya
Community Member
7 years ago

You are so beautiful, Janine. Stay blessed.

RahelLove
Community Member
7 years ago

aww....i feel so bad for u! i feel the same way. my boyfriend...is..gone. he broke up w/ me after we lost a badminton tournament..

KylaHewe
Community Member
7 years ago

i love the gown..

Clyde
Community Member
7 years ago

so beautiful, love #8 , reminds me of standing underneath the shower not knowing if tears or water were falling down after losing someone...

DagnyOpsal
Community Member
7 years ago

most stunning indeed- how terribly sad, yet still an amazing way of saying goodbye!

Oreo211
Community Member
7 years ago

thats so sad

MikaelaRosti
Community Member
7 years ago

sad and beautiful

TammyFaye
Community Member
7 years ago

Absolutely angelic.....

ThanthitaLing
Community Member
7 years ago

๋Janine, you are so strong and brave, you are my idol

TanseyMercanti
Community Member
7 years ago

Such a creative and beautiful way to remember xoxo I hope you find everything you are looking for and more! ♡

Jessa Foreman
Community Member
7 years ago

love the pics be strong u will find love again just BE HAPPY!

monggorok
Community Member
7 years ago

not to worry, you'll be alright..

monggorok
Community Member
7 years ago

not to worry.. you will be alright....

JuliannaHegedüs
Community Member
7 years ago

The Lord shall bless you <3

Jude
Community Member
7 years ago

I thought they were going to be more about telling the story of her loss/grieving (visually). To me they look like hyped-up selfies.

BewYouanek
Community Member
7 years ago

You Are So Beautiful !!! sorry for your loss. be strong :)

ArvindKrishnan
Community Member
7 years ago

Not all poetry is words.

RachelRose
Community Member
7 years ago

gorgeous photos, wish I could hug this woman! - and actually a brave thing to do.

AnnaThomsen
Community Member
7 years ago

absolutely beautiful! what a wonderful and brave woman xx

UdayrajUdhuraj
Community Member
7 years ago

i loved it

Gill Nijs
Community Member
7 years ago

Awesome

AlisonBoroski
Community Member
7 years ago

Such a beautiful way to celebrate a life and a graceful way to deal with an unthinkable loss. My heart goes out to you...

jovelyn songaling
Community Member
7 years ago

wow.... I like it

TiagoFrancisZagnen
Community Member
7 years ago

Maravilhosa! Linda! Diva! :D

RobynPriest
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful~ absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!

SokhaPho
Community Member
7 years ago

Very good

Assunção Mendes
Community Member
7 years ago

Very Crazy!!!

AmberFowler
Community Member
7 years ago

Wow! Incredible pictures. Shows your love and loss and your steps towards your future.

MandyDredge
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful x

Brandi Thomas
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful

BrandiThomas
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful

SamanthaReed
Community Member
7 years ago

Made me cry. Very well done. You're an inspiration to all those with a broken heart.

LaurenTish
Community Member
7 years ago

Such beautiful photos in such tragic circumstances. Wish you all the luck in the world and I'm sure your fiancé is looking proudly down on u

ShannonRyan
Community Member
7 years ago

just lovely and what a beautiful dress

KimberlyFranke
Community Member
7 years ago

Absolutely amazing!

MarinaMendoza
Community Member
7 years ago

Un lindo detalle

KarinaVroomen
Community Member
7 years ago

wauw very good from you. lots of love to you.

Deb Gutzman
Community Member
7 years ago

wow!

Heather Pizziola
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful!

MelissaLarsen
Community Member
7 years ago

What a beautiful honor for you the photographer and such a healing experience for you, the bride. Many blessings to you in the future!

may nantakan
Community Member
7 years ago

wow, she looks like woman from famous ancient greek paintings. So stunning

Jon Pyzel
Community Member
7 years ago

Can I get another box of tissues?

Jana Miller
Community Member
7 years ago

So moving-what a brave girl!

AnjaCoenradie
Community Member
7 years ago

took my breath away!!! a good way for telling "In lovin' memory" sending you a lot of love, light and happiness x

ZenCat
Community Member
7 years ago

love

SubhasishDutta
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful

medlar65
Community Member
7 years ago

This was a wonderful way to express her love and loss. Our prayers are with her.

JamieHoltz
Community Member
7 years ago

Very beautiful

Marti Mefford
Community Member
7 years ago

wow. made me cry. prayers of healing for this precious woman.

KellyKinetik
Community Member
7 years ago

<3 x

PoojaBhattacharjee
Community Member
7 years ago

god bless her ..

Carmen Naightsain
Community Member
7 years ago

awsome

Maïssa Bachouche
Community Member
7 years ago

She's such a brave woman :)

Marina Sarg
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful and touching. It takes a lot of courage to say good bye in a public way. My heart and love go to her.

MarinaSarg
Community Member
7 years ago

This is inspiring.

EvieNM
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful

Ivan Ivanovich
Community Member
7 years ago

so sad:*(

IvanIvanovich
Community Member
7 years ago

so sad=*(

UsaKlein
Community Member
7 years ago

Sweet...

DaisyKu
Community Member
7 years ago

lovely, brave and strong. Good for you. :)

Paul Godlewski
Community Member
7 years ago

Ophelia lives on.

PaulGodlewski
Community Member
7 years ago

Ophelia lives on.

Lisa Jaspersen
Community Member
7 years ago

Very cool

HappyJoyJoy
Community Member
7 years ago

gorgeos!

ArvidvanMaaren
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful, altough bittersweet.Suerte!!

JoannaDavila
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful beginning to a tragic ending...Brave heart, strong soul...may you be blessed and continue growing♡

TzipporahMeijering
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful. From deep sorrow comes capacity for great empathy and the heights of joy. May you feel both.

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