Losing someone is one of the hardest things that we can go through, but, often, there can be little moments of hope that pull us through. And one family recently experienced the most heartbreaking, yet beautiful, moment during a tribute to a young lady who sadly passed away.
In 2014, Vanessa Van Gorder tragically died in a car crash and never got to see her brother walk down the aisle... not in the flesh, anyway.
During a tribute to her during the service, the most amazing thing happened, and it all started with some butterflies.
The best thing? The incredible tribute was captured in a series of photos.
Just wait until you see how beautiful they are...
Ever found yourself in awe of butterflies?
via: ShutterstockWe often admire their colorful and detailed wings. But they're not just known for their wings...
The creatures have a much deeper meaning...
via: ShutterstockIn Christianity, butterflies are believed to be a symbol of hope and are said to embody the spirits of loved ones who have passed away.
So butterflies are often used during tributes to those who've passed away.
via: gettyAnd that's exactly what one family did, but it had an unexpected outcome...
In 2014, Vanessa Van Gorder was killed in a car crash.passed away as a consequence of her injuries in the early hours of boxing day.
Last week, Vanessa's brother, Max, got married and the family were determined to honor Vanessa during the ceremony.
So the family decided to honor Vanessa in the sweetest way.
But something very unexpected, yet beautiful, happened...
But, instead, something amazing happened.
In one picture, a butterfly can be seen perfectly perched on Scott's finger.Jessica Manns. After posting the image, Jessica wrote "That’s a real butterfly on his finger. This is probably the most emotional thing I’ve witnessed at a wedding." In fact, not only did the butterfly land on Scott's finger, but it stayed there for the rest of the ceremony, too.
The photographer posted the images on her Instagram, with a very poignant message.
The butterflies also accompanied Max and Lydia down the aisle.
Guests were brought to tears over the sight.
Vanessa's mom can be seen covered in the orange creatures.
They wouldn't leave her side.
But they also paid the bride a special visit.
The butterfly stayed with the bride right through the speeches.
The butterflies led people to believe that Vanessa was there in spirit.
The family thanked Jessica for capturing the ceremony so beautifully.
Bride, Lydia, publically thanked Jessica on Facebook for taking the beautiful snaps.
"Thank you again for capturing such a special and loving moment during our wedding," she wrote.
"Vanessa was with us there and throughout the night. I relive my wedding day every time I look at your photos. You captured every moment so beautifully."