Two months before their wedding day, Janine’s fiancé, Johnny, tragically died. So to honour him, she did this photo shoot wearing the wedding dress she never got to wear on her big day.
As a way of dealing with her grief, Janine wanted to be photographed jumping into the Riviera Maya, Mexico, in her wedding dress.
She said her handmade wedding dress was no longer a symbol of happiness but a painful reminder of what she had lost.
Photographer Matt Adcock, who took the photos for Del Sol Photography in a partnership with Dreams Resorts, said he’d never been more inspired in his 10-year career.
“After I heard Janine’s story, I really wanted to do what I could to create a magical adventure for her,” Adcock explained on his website.
Janine said in a blog post she felt her late fiancé was smiling down at her during the photo shoot, and that she felt he was finally giving her closure so she could live her life in a positive way.
“I want to move on and explore the world,” she said. “I want to meet people who I can share that with. After the shoot I felt like all this was possible.”
She had some words of advice for anyone else experiencing loss: “Listen to YOUR heart!”
“You are grieving and you need this time to really think about what you are going to do next.”
“You have the right to cry and you have the right to be alone (but not too much alone). If you are close to family or friends, lean on them.”
“When I did this photo shoot I had the best time. I actually had fun for the first time in the three months since Johnny passed away.”
“Reach out for help and never apologise for your actions, because you are strong and you will get through this.”