A photo of a dying Connecticut woman raising her hands in triumph to celebrate her marriage has touched hearts across the globe. Sadly, the emotional moment marked the beginning and the unfortunate ending for this couple.
Dave Mosher and Heather Lindsay’s love story began at a swing dancing class in 2015. All went well until one day in late December 2016, when Lindsay received devastating news—she was diagnosed with breast cancer on the day that Mosher had planned to propose to her.
“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.”
Despite the shocking news, Mosher wasn’t deterred. “Now more than ever, I needed for her to know that she’s not going to do this alone,” he said.
Mosher went down on one knee under a streetlight in a horse-drawn carriage to propose his beloved—and Lindsay said yes.
“I left the plans as they were. I proposed to her,” Mosher told Inside Edition. “We had the toughest year of our life.”
In the year ahead, Lindsay underwent grueling chemotherapy, as well as surgeries.
The couple originally scheduled their wedding for Dec. 30, 2017. Unfortunately, by September 2017, Lindsay’s cancer had spread to her brain and lungs, and doctors at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford suggested to shift the wedding to an earlier date. Realizing Lindsay might not make it until then, they rescheduled the ceremony to Dec. 22.
Lindsay was all dressed up for their big day. She wore a wedding gown and a wig before being wheeled down to the hospital’s chapel with her life support system on.
Mosher and Lindsay exchanged their vows to one another in front of teary guests. Lindsay murmured “I do” while on life support. After saying “I do,” she raised her hands to express triumph.
The photo of Lindsay celebrating her wedding joy was captured by her friend Christina Karas, who was also one of her bridesmaids. Sadly, Lindsay’s vows were one of her last words. She passed away 18 hours after saying “I do.”
“Heather in all her glory next to the man of her dreams. She did it!” Karas wrote in a Facebook post. “What a miracle to witness the love between these two soul mates.”
“It was more like a funeral than a wedding to be honest. It was the hardest hour of my life,” Mosher told Inside Edition.
“I saw her sick. I saw her in a lot of pain and she didn’t give up until she married me. It is so humbling that someone could love me like that,” he told NBC Connecticut.
Lindsay’s funeral was held on Dec. 30, the day on which the couple had originally planned to get married, and her iconic wedding photo has touched hearts around the world since then.