Wedding photos help us save the perfect memories through which we can recall our perfect day.
But for Debbie Gerlach, the wedding photos she posted on Facebook will be constant reminders of what she never had.
The photos with her fiance, Randy, never happened. The photos were posted online on the same day their wedding was supposed to take place, when Randy tragically p@ssed away eight months earlier ..
For Debbie, posting the photos (edited with Photoshop) was something she just had to do.
With the photos, the bride added an open letter that reads:
“Today was supposed to be the best day of my life. Today was supposed to be the day I married my best friend. I was supposed to wake up, put on my wedding dress and walk down the isle to the man of my dreams. Today, in front of all of our family and friends Randy & I were going to express our love for each other once again, and our vows that we would hold sacred to our hearts. Today was supposed to be the day I have dreamt about since I was a little girl. Today I was supposed to become a wife. Today I was supposed to become Mrs. Zimmerman..”
“.. but today I woke up alone as I do every day. Today I woke up with my heart broken all over again. Today my daddy will not walk me down the isle. Today I will not get to see the look on Randy’s face at the end of that isle when he gets his first look at me in my wedding dress, the dress I had to hide from him because he couldn’t wait to see it.
Today I will not see all of our friends and family. Today I will not marry the love of my life. Today I will not have a husband…
and that is because a person made a choice that has forever changed my life, a choice to NOT stop at a stop sign, to NOT stop when he saw my fiance coming toward him on his motorcycle, but instead tried to hurry across the street.”
“Please I beg each and every one of you that reads this post, WATCH FOR MOTORCYCLES, stop at stop signs and drive with care because you never know whose whole world is on that bike. Maybe if that person stopped, I’d be marrying my Randy, my best friend, the love of my life.
I love you Randy Zimmerman.”
Sadly, the wedding of Debbie Gerlach with the man of her dreams will never happen.
But that doesn’t mean her powerful message shouldn’t reach everywhere in the hope that it will change the lives of others.