This is heartening. Makes me feel a little bit better about the country just knowing this couple is out there.
Good Morning America has the story:
A photo of a young Marine praying with his bride-to-be quickly went viral after it was posted on Facebook by the wedding photographer.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Caleb Earwood wanted to pray with his bride Maggie before their ceremony in Asheville, North Carolina, on Saturday. So with the help of their family and wedding photographer Dwayne Schmidt, Caleb was guided to the cabin where Maggie was getting ready for the service, where the couple joined hands around a corner so as not to break tradition and see each other before the altar.
"They hid me in a room and he stepped up on the stairwell and he stuck his hand out and I grabbed his hand," Maggie Earwood told ABC News today.
"As soon as their hands touched he started getting emotional," Schmidt told ABC News.
"The whole room was full of emotion," Schmidt said. "I tried not to cry and focus on what I was doing."
The resulting image shows the couple turned away from each other, their hands joined, as Caleb prays out loud and Maggie tries to hold back her tears. Caleb prayed for their marriage, asking that their union be strong enough to serve as an example for all young couples, Schmidt said.
"It broke me down," Maggie Earwood said, "to know that we felt the same way about God. It just made me happy."
"There were no dry eyes in the room," she said.