Groom’s Family Releases Butterflies During Wedding To Honor His Sister Who Died, One Lands On Father’s Hand

“This is probably the most emotional thing I’ve witnessed at a wedding,” wedding photographer Jessica Manns wrote on her Facebook page after sharing touching pictures of a wedding ceremony she shot. The family of the groom were determined to pay a tribute to his sister that tragically died a few years ago, so they have decided to release stunning orange butterflies into the air. The fragile and beautiful creatures were supposed to symbolize resurrection and represent life, as some believe that our dead loved ones can sometimes visit us as butterflies. The photos that Jessica shared went insanely viral and touched many people’s hearts.

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“The groom’s sister tragically passed away in a car accident a few years prior during the Christmas holiday”

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Jessica Manns, a wedding photographer based in Pennsylvania, shot such a magnificent wedding ceremony that she took it to Facebook to share it with the world. Max Van Gorder married his wife Lydia at Fox Hill Farm, Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The groom together with his family decided to release butterflies during their wedding vows to honor his sister Vanessa. Vanessa had tragically died in a car accident during the Christmas holidays a few years ago.

“To honor her, the groom’s parents released butterflies during the ceremony”

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“This is probably the most emotional thing I’ve witnessed at a wedding”

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“That’s a real butterfly on his finger”

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“As they released the butterflies, they wouldn’t fly off”

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For the Van Groder family, butterflies hold a special meaning as they have long been used to remember Vanessa who would have been 29 this year. To remember and honor Vanessa, the groom’s parents released the butterflies which later wouldn’t fly off of the guests. As the photographer wrote on her Facebook page, “They clung all over them and even stayed on their bodies the entire ceremony and well afterwards into cocktail hour. This same butterfly on his finger stayed there the entire ceremony and then flew onto the bride’s bouquet after the recessional. Lydia, the bride, even walked down the aisle with two on her dress. Then a few hours later during the speeches, another butterfly somehow got inside the barn and landed on Lydia’s neck and remained there for all the speeches. Unreal.”

“They clung all over them”

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“And even stayed on their bodies the entire ceremony and well afterwards into cocktail hour”

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“There’s a common belief that our loved ones visit us sometimes as butterflies”

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The beautiful tribute got some guests very emotional

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The touching pictures and story quickly went viral

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The bride herself commented on the now-viral post on Facebook by saying: “Thank you again Jessica Manns for capturing such a special and loving moment during our wedding. Vanessa was with us there and throughout the night. I relive my wedding day everytime I look at your photos. You captured every moment so beautifully! You are the best!”

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