Lauren Reynolds wanted to honor her fiancé Tristin Woods, who unexpectedly passed away in a car accident one month before their wedding day, with a memorial photo shoot in her wedding dress. The session, which took place this past spring, represents healing, blooming, and renewal of the soul.

Today is the one year anniversary of Tristin’s passing, Oct. 11th, 2014. When death came before “I do,” Lauren bravely shares her story of love, loss, and healing. She hopes this tribute helps others to have a new outlook on life and to love wholeheartedly. Excerpts from Lauren throughout the year are included as captions.

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Tristin Woods, Laurens fiancé unexpectedly passed away in a car accident one month before their wedding day

To honor him she decided to do a memorial photo shoot in her wedding dress

“Today is my wedding day. On October 11th I didn’t just lose Tristin, I lost the life we’ll never live together, I lost all of the children we’ll never have and all of the grandchildren we’ll never get to spoil, I lost my other half.”

“July 11th 2014 was the day Tristin put a ring on my finger and we announced our engagement to be married. Our love was pure and real and strong. We were one.”

“We met at a church potluck. I was walking to my car, and he said: Hey wait. I just wanted to tell you that you are the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen. I felt like I was in a movie. It was just perfect.”

“He would call me and if I didn’t answer he would leave these little voicemails of his pocket noise. I have like twenty of them, but I love it now, because it’s HIS pocket noise.”

“I’m so grateful that I got to be with Tristin and that he got to be with me.”

“God was good to me when he sent you. You brought my life so much joy and love.”

“You have now turned into my very own guardian angel to protect me and comfort me for the rest of my life.”

“There aren’t words to describe the agony my heart feels at this moment. There aren’t always explanations for tragedies like these, but I have faith that God will get me through this.”

“Rest in peace baby, all my love.”