One Connecticut bride got to say I do to the man of her dreams—and just in time: Heartbreakingly, she passed away from cancer just 18 hours after her wedding.
Heather Lindsay, 31, met her sweetheart, David Mosher, 35, at a swing-dancing class back in 2015, and the rest was history. Sadly, an aggressive breast cancer diagnosis in December 2016 interfered with their perfect love story, which happened to be on the same day as Mosher's planned proposal.
"I had planned to ask her on Dec. 23, 2016," Mosher told ABC News. "That morning we had gone to the doctor after she had found a lump on her breast."
Mosher still went through with his marriage proposal, wasting no time with his love. He popped the question that same night during a carriage ride driven by horses. "Now more than ever, I needed for her to know that she's not going to do this alone," he said.
The couple began planning their wedding, all while Lindsay underwent two rounds of chemotherapy and two separate surgeries. They wanted to tie the knot on December 30 of the following year, but Lindsay's doctor implied they might not have that much time.
Lindsay and Mosher became husband and wife eight days earlier than planned, on December 22 at the St. Francis Hospital chapel in Hartford, Connecticut. Despite being bedridden and on life support, the bride looked beautiful and happy, surrounded by her nearest and dearest. Lindsay wore an oxygen mask, along with a wig, wedding dress, jewelry, and had a small bouquet of flowers. By the time of their wedding, her cancer had spread throughout her body and progressed to stage 4.
"Some of her last words were her vows," said Mosher.
One of Lindsay's best friends, Christina Karas, served as one of her bridesmaids and photographed their moving nuptials. She posted photos to Instagram of her dear friend and new husband saying their vows, eating their wedding cake, and a heart-wrenching candid of Mosher wiping his wife's tears.
"I am in awe of the strength Dave's love inspired in Heather even in her last hours. She was his great love and he was hers," Karas captioned one of the photos. She also told ABC News that Lindsay "was dying and it was clear while we were all there that these were the last moments of her life."
While December 30 was meant to be a day of celebration for the couple, it ended up being the day of Lindsay's funeral.
"When you’re with your great love...it’s like trying to separate your arm from your body, you can’t do it," Mosher said regarding his late wife. "You’re connected. She was my girl."