While Becky was overjoyed to be marrying the man of her dreams, a big part of her heart would be missing that day. Becky’s son, Triston, had passed away and, while Becky’s heart was full of love and joy, it also held much grief and sorrow knowing her son wouldn’t be there for her special day.
Little did Becky know, though, that her groom, Kelly Turney, had planned an incredible, heart-wrenching surprise for her.
You see, when Triston passed away, his heart was given to another young man named Jacob Kilby who desperately needed it. Through Triston’s death, Jacob’s life was saved.
Unbeknownst to Becky, who had never met her son’s heart recipient, Kelly contacted Jacob and asked him to stand in as a groomsman in their wedding.
As Becky got ready to walk down the aisle, Kelly stopped the ceremony and introduced her to Jacob. The emotion of the moment was overwhelming as Becky met the man carrying her son’s heart.
The couple’s photographer from Love Adventured shared the incredible story along with an album of poignant pictures.
“I knew about this surprise,” she wrote, “but nothing prepares you for the beauty of this moment.”
Not only did Becky get to meet Jacob, but using a stethoscope she was able to hear Triston’s heartbeat for the first time since he had passed away.
There wasn’t a dry eye at the wedding as Becky and Jacob embraced.
The photographer said that she had had the pleasure of hearing Jacob tell Triston’s sister how grateful he was for his gift of life and his plans to honor Triston by living a healthy life.
“I am so blown away by his story and his amazing outlook on life,” she wrote. “You couldn’t ask for a better recipient to receive such a gift.”
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