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As a young widow in her wedding dress, every year, in memory of her late husband, who died after only two years of marriage.
Vanessa Lanktree, 29, was devastated when her high school sweetheart, Eric, who was 25 at the time, died in a motorcycle accident two months after their second wedding anniversary.
To honor the memory of her first love, Lanktree, who is a photographer to take pictures of each year, the wearing of the wedding dress, which she wore at their wedding in 2012.
This year, Lanktree said to her friend, Kurtis Isbister, in order to take pictures of her in the wedding dress, and a pair of rubber boots to be in a field of sunflowers.
Vanessa Lanktree is pictured in her wedding dress. (Picture: SWNS)
“The majority of people have to deal with their husband to dinner or a night on the town for their anniversary, and it is very close to my heart, I can do it without him,” Lanktree, who is from Canada, he told SWNS.
“I’m trying to do it on our birthday, or as close to it as possible,” she said. “I’ll probably end up doing this every year for the rest of my life.”
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Vanessa Lanktree is pictured on her wedding day to husband, Eric, who soon died. (Picture: SWNS)
Lanktree said they met with Eric to school and when she was 16 and he was 17.
“He was my first boyfriend, my first love,” she said. “Our relationship over the years, it was so strong, because it began at such a young age. I didn’t have a second thought about our lives together.”
Eric Lanktree, who is a custom installer of the fire, it was proposed to Vanessa on christmas Eve in 2011. They later tied the knot in the next year, at the end of September.
“We were married in a beautiful church ceremony. As I walked down the aisle with my dad, Eric, was bawling his eyes out,” Lanktree said. “I knew that I wanted to marry him, but when I saw him crying, I thought about how lucky I was.”
“We were married in a beautiful church ceremony,” Vanessa Lanktree said of her marriage and the death of her husband. (Picture: SWNS)
“The best part of our day was to be surrounded by our family and friends. The rooms are clean and is not on the dance floor. If anyone would like to to see us, talk with us, and she was forced to dance,” she said.
Their fairy tale turned into a tragedy when Eric Lanktree, was killed in a head-on collision with a truck in November 2014 and on his way back from a holiday with friends and family and his father is a car show in Las Vegas.
When she heard the news, Vanessa Lanktree said as she began to pack her bag to go to las Vegas.
“I thought that he would have to see me when he woke up,” she said. “I just thought that it would have to be in order. I was just thinking, ” He’s so strong. He’s a fighter.’ I didn’t realize how serious it was.”
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“I dropped my phone and walked out of the house
— Vanessa Lanktree said of the moment she found out that her husband had passed away.
Before she could make it to las Vegas, but Lanktree got a phone call from her father-in-law, who told her that her husband had passed away.
“I dropped my phone and ran out of the house,” she said.
In September 2016, the day after what would have been the couple’s fourth wedding anniversary, and Vanessa Lanktree, decided to put on her wedding dress. They are played by Keith Urban’s “Making Memories Of Us”, which was played at their wedding, and danced all around the kitchen.
“The grief doesn’t go away, but in one way or another, you can find the little things to help you cope, such as putting on your dress,” she said.
The following year, Vanessa Lanktree, at the dress again and posed for a photo in the yard of the home she shared with her late husband. And in 2018, they took a simple photo of herself in the dress.
Vanessa Lanktree is pictured in her wedding dress in march of 2017. (Picture: SWNS)
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This year, she asked her boyfriend of 18 months, in order to get her to help you with a more in depth photo shoot in a field of sunflowers.
“It was a little chilly, but I love those sunflowers. It was so much fun. I did not have my rubber boots and I walked, while in order to solve taking pictures,” Lanktree said.
“I was just being me. Life doesn’t stop, and it will force you to move forward. We want to continue to find happiness in our lives. I know Eric wouldn’t want me to be unhappy,” she added.
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No matter where life takes her, Lanktree said, is that they do not want to ever be in her wedding dress.
“I’m never going to get it cleaned, and I’m never going to have the wrapped up. As long as it suits me very well, I am,” she said.