ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WKRN) – A breathtaking photo of a Marine praying with his bride-to-be went viral after it was posted to Facebook by the wedding photographer.
The photo of U.S. Marine Cpl. Caleb Earwood and his now-wife Maggie was taken by Dwayne Schmidt of Dwayne Schmidt Photography.
The couple married Saturday in Asheville, North Carolina. Media outlets report Caleb wanted to pray with his bride before the ceremony.
With the help of family members and photographer Schmidt, the groom was taken to the cabin where Maggie was getting ready. The couple joined hands around the corner so Caleb wouldn’t see her before the altar in order to keep tradition.
“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 told ABC News on Monday.
Schmidt told ABC the groom started getting emotional the second their hands touched.
“The whole room was full of emotion,” he said. “I tried not to cry and focus on what I was doing.”
The photo Schmidt ultimately captured shows Caleb praying out loud as Maggie tries to hold back tears.
“It broke me down,” Maggie said, “to know that we felt the same way about God. It just made me happy.”
Schmidt posted the photo to Facebook Saturday night as a peek into his day’s work, but it quickly spread and now has tens of thousands of likes and nearly 6,000 shares.
“So many people are emailing me,” Schmidt said, “saying thank you for sharing this. It’s what America is supposed to be about.”