After Vanessa Van Gorder died in a car accident during the Christmas holidays a few years ago, her family vowed to honor her memory with butterflies.
So when Vanessa’s brother, Max, got married last month, it was only natural that he and his bride, Lydia, would include butterflies as a big part of the ceremony — but they had no idea how special the moment would become.
Just before the couple recited their vows, Max’s parents released a kaleidoscope of Monarch butterflies to honor Vanessa, who would be 29. The resulting scene, captured by photographer Jessica Manns, was breathtaking.
Instead of flying off into the sky, the butterflies stuck around the Honesdale, Pennsylvania, wedding, clinging to Max, Lydia, and Max’s parents for the duration of the ceremony and even parts of the reception.
Lydia, the bride, even walked down the aisle with two on her dress,” Manns wrote in a Facebook post.
The butterflies seemed to take a particular liking to Max and Vanessa’s parents. g
“This same butterfly on his finger stayed there the entire ceremony,” Manns said, referring to Max’s father. “[It] then flew onto the bride’s bouquet after the recessional.”
The butterflies even followed the family into the reception, according to Manns’ post.
“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.”
In many religions and cultures across the globe, butterflies are regarded as symbols of rebirth and a connection to a higher being, according to Location.
“Unreal,” Mann wrote of the magical interaction.
Once Manns’ photos began to go viral, Lydia commented on the original post:
“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.”
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