Matt and Heather Koehler were married in Michigan last month, but their wedding photographer didn’t show up to the ceremony.
They were upset, knowing their special day wouldn’t be documented.
“I found out right before I walked down the aisle,” Heather said, “We were bummed, obviously, but we still wanted to enjoy our night.”
When photographer Dana Gruszynski, 23, heard the news from her cousin, a guest at the Koehlers’ wedding, she was heartbroken, according to WNEM.
“I instantly broke into tears for her,” she said. “Weddings are so important.”
The wheels began to turn.
She would do a free photo shoot for the couple.
Initially, they set up an intimate shoot for a few weeks later, including just Heather, 27, and Matt, 28.
But, Gruszynski had different plans.
“I wanted to do something more,” she said, “I clicked with Heather. I saw myself in her.”
So she started brainstorming – and wedding planning.
She contacted the Koehlers’ friends and family, had a local flower shop donate a bouquet and even paid a visit to a craft store to mimic their original decorations. Her sister-in-law recreated their wedding cake.
Gruszynski welcomed the couple to her cousin’s home on Sunday, with the song Heather chose to walk down the aisle, ‘How Long Will I Love You,’ by Ellie Goulding.
“She (Heather) lost it. I lost it. Her family lost it,” Gruszynski said.
Heather was overwhelmed.
“I could not stop crying,” she said.
Gruszynski has always had a camera in her hand and a giving heart.
“She’s probably the kindest person I’ve ever met,” Heather said. “We couldn’t have asked for anybody better.”