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Marine and Bride Praying: Touching Photo Goes Viral on Memorial Day

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:24 AM

A photo of a Marine and his bride praying together has gone viral after a North Carolina photographer captured the touching image on Saturday just minutes before the wedding.

In the picture, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Caleb Earwood, 21, holds the hand of his soon-to-be-wife Maggie, 22, as the two pray around a corner before their ceremony.

Today.com explained that the couple kept their eyes closed and turned away from one another so as not to see each other before their vows.


 

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“We were about to take our first steps in life together, and we didn't want to take a step without it being in God's will,” Earwood told Today.com. “I prayed to God for my beautiful and intelligent wife that he blessed me with and the amazing family I was marrying into.”

“When I first grabbed his hand, he was shaking really bad, so I knew he was really nervous,” Maggie said. “It relieved me to know the person I was getting ready to marry felt the same way about God.”

Photographer Dwayne Schmidt has covered about 100 weddings in the past four years, but he said this was one of his most memorable experiences.

“I have photographed a lot of weddings,” Schmidt wrote in a Facebook post. “This has to be one of the best things I have ever got to see much less photograph. Before the ceremony and before they saw each other Caleb said a prayer for their marriage and lives. Awesome!”

The couple grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and were friends in high school, though they did not start dating until two years ago. The Earwoods plan to live in Jacksonville, North Carolina, while Caleb is stationed at Camp Lejeune. He's served with the Marines for three years.

“We're thankful that our picture is able to bless so many people and touch that many hearts,” Caleb told Today.com.

So far, the photo has been shared nearly 43,000 times.





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