Bride Surprised at Her Wedding by the Man Who Received Her Son's Donated Heart

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When Becky Turney lost her son Triston in 2015, she knew the gift of donating his organs would change the lives of five other people. She never knew she'd be hearing her son's heart beat again ... or that it would happen on her wedding day.

  • But thanks to a very special "wedding crasher," that's exactly what happened.

    Becky's new husband, Kelly, surprised her by calling up Jacob Kilby -- the man whose life had been saved by her son's organ donation -- and asking him to come to their wedding and serve as a groomsman. He tipped off their wedding photographer, Amber Lanphier of Love Adventured LLC, the day before so she would know to grab the photos that are now going viral. 

    Lanphier caught Becky's reaction to the surprise her fiancé had so carefully planned. 

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  • And then a purely magical moment happened. A stethoscope appeared so Becky could listen to Triston's heart beating.

    "I am always honored that someone trusts me with their wedding day and I don't take that lightly," Lanphier tells CafeMom. But she was worried that her hands were shaking as she shot the images -- because she was just as moved as the crowd.

    "I just kept taking pictures through teary eyes hoping it was in focus!" she says.

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  • Triston was already in his mom's heart and on her bouquet, but Kilby was able to bring a piece of him to be by his mom's side on her wedding day.

    To Lanphier, that's the best part of this story she was able to shoot. "[I love] seeing the joy the family has with the connection to Jacob and the healing that has come from this," she said. 

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  • The Turneys are glad to see their story shedding light on the gift of organ donation.

    Their photos have swept the world "with a positive message," Lanphier says. "This has touched so many lives and opened an understanding to what it means to be a donor."

    You can find more information on how to be an organ donor at Donate Life America.