Bride Whose Fiance Died Before Wedding Takes Magical Pictures in Her Dress (PHOTOS)

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What would you do if the man you loved died 52 days before your wedding? Most of us would collapse in a pile of grief, unable to focus on much of anything but our sadness. But not Janine. This bride did the amazing after losing her fiance Johnny. She went to the Mayan Riviera, donned the dress she was to marry him in, and jumped into the water wearing it.

The resulting photos are nothing short of spectacular.

The portraits were a gift from photographer Matt Adcock of Del Sol Photography and were shot on a single day this past month. They are full of so much emotion and meaning, it's hard to even put into words. Adcock himself was equally moved and said the photo shoot wasn't easy to orchestrate.

"I spoke with Janine before we embarked on the adventure together and did a little planning," Adcock told The Stir. "I told her that I felt like we could do something amazing for her, and we agreed that the project would serve both as healing for her and as an inspirational message for others."

And that's exactly what it has done. Adcock said the grieving bride's plight has gone viral, bringing people out of the woodwork to tell their own stories. "We had no idea that so many people would reach out to us," he said.

For Janine, it was a necessary means of letting go of what should have been.

"At the end of the day, I felt so accomplished and I felt more alive than I have ever felt since [the day my fiance died]," the photographer says she told him. "I really felt that Johnny was smiling down at me and finally giving me closure."

It's a beautiful story with photos that will move you like nothing else. You have been warned. Click on the bride's pictures below, and then tell us:

Would you ever have the courage to do something like this?


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  • Janine

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    Image via Matt Adcock/Del Sol Photography

    Janine lost her fiance almost two months before the day they were supposed to marry. Here she is holding a photo of her beloved Johnny. "I want to move on and explore the world," says Janine. "I want to meet people who I can share that with. After the [photo] shoot, I felt like all this was possible."

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  • Twirling on the Beach

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    Image via Matt Adcock/Del Sol Photography

    "My expectation was to find a certain closure and to have a photo shoot of my dress in a different way that not your average bride would even think of doing," says Janine, whose gown was handmade and one-of-a-kind. "I wanted to be free and I wanted to do something different."

  • Submerging the Dress

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    "My dress was huge, and I didn’t know what to expect while I was in the water," Janine says. For her, the water is a place of healing where she can wash away some of the pain and start fresh.

  • Underwater in the Dress

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    Image via Matt Adcock/Del Sol Photography

    Janine is fully submerged in her dress. The result is this otherworldly, deeply moving photo.

  • Billowing Dress

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    Her beautiful wedding dress is fully submerged, but "trashed" it is not, says Adcock. "The term 'trash the dress' has such a negative connotation," he explained, referring to a popular trend some brides try after their weddings. "Truth is, I’ve seen so many ruined dresses just from what happened on the dance floor ... in most cases the dress comes out cleaner and very usable right out of the water (after it dries)."

  • Like an Angel

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    Image via Matt Adcock/Del Sol Photography

    "I began to develop a plan, one that would involve a symbolic and ceremonial liberation from grief," says Adcock. "The shoot was designed to have several points that would serve as memory markers for her ... representing elements of letting go of the past and opening herself to the future."

  • Beautiful Bride

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    Image via Matt Adcock/Del Sol Photography

    "This is by far the most emotional I have ever been while working on a project," says Adcock. "I was brought to tears when I started to bring the story to life in the editing room." And who can blame him?

  • 'He Wanted Me to Have the Best Life'

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    Image via Matt Adcock/Del Sol Photography

    "I did this because John would have wanted me to do something like this," Janine says. "He wanted me to have the best life."

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