Hannah Darr and her fiancé, Layne Meriwether, were inseparable. The two had known each other since first grade and started dating in high school. On June 17, 2017 they planned to get married, but instead of walking down the aisle and marrying the love of her life, Darr spent the day with two of her best friends at the pond where Meriwether proposed. Instead of saying ‘I do’ the three young women spent the day remembering the good times Darr shared with Meriwether.
That’s because four months before the couple’s wedding, Meriwether was killed in a tragic car accident.
“I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world, but if you looked at his huge smile and bright, shining eyes locked on me, you could see that he thought he was the luckiest guy in the whole world.”
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Following the death of Meriwether, Darr was devastated. She and Meriwether had planned their entire life out, they even purchased cattle together and as Darr wrote in a post shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page, “We said it is pretty serious when you buy cattle together.”
She found comfort in her family, friends, and going to church every Sunday. In order to properly recover from the tragic loss, Darr wrote a request for catastrophic withdrawal to Oklahoma State University, where both she and Meriwether went to college.
But there was still something Darr needed to do. The grieving bride contacted Holly Gannett, the photographer who took their engagement photos and the one who was also booked to photograph their wedding, and wanted to set up a photoshoot.
“Even though I will never get a wedding with him, I wanted to at least have a picture of him with me in my dress to honor and remember him as my future husband,” Darr told HuffPost in an interview.
She continued by saying that the photoshoot gave her some closure and that the photos they took at the pond where Meriwether proposed a year earlier “are something I will cherish forever.”
For the photoshoot Darr wore her wedding dress and took extremely emotional photos with Meriwether’s hat on and a sign which read “remember the love and not the loss.” Gannett also added a little something extra into some of the photos, she added Meriwether.
“They perfectly captured our love, but also my story of pain and sadness, but also joy and peace. The pictures are better than I could have ever dreamed,” Darr said upon seeing the photos for the first time.
Interestingly enough, Darr recounted a dream she had shortly after Meriwether’s death, which Gannet managed to bring to life in her photos. In her dream she was wandering around “completely lost and helpless” in her wedding dress when she spotted her soon-to-be husband walking towards her, smiling, and telling her that everything was going to be OK.
While the photoshoot has helped her come to the realization that she’ll never get to marry her best friend, she writes that she finds comfort in knowing that one day the two of them will be together again.