A young widow has revealed how she wears her wedding dress every year to remember her deceased husband, who died tragically after just two years of marriage in 2014.
Vanessa Lanktree, 29, from Weyburn, Canada, was destroyed when her high school love Eric, then 25, died in a motorcycle accident two months after their second wedding anniversary.
Photographer Vanessa, who married her first love in 2012, now takes pictures of herself every year in her wedding dress to honor her husband's memory.
This year Vanessa asked her friend Kurtis Isbister, 29, to take pictures of her wearing the dress and rubber boots in a field of sunflowers.
Vanessa Lanktree, 29, from Weyburn, Canada, was destroyed when her high-school love Eric, 25, died in a motorcycle accident two months after their second wedding anniversary – and honors him by wearing the wedding dress every year
Since 2016, Vanessa Lanktree (29) wears her wedding dress every year in honor of the memory of her husband Eric, who died after two years of marriage in November 2014. Pictured: Vanessa is wearing the dress this year, photographed by her boyfriend
Vanessa said: & # 39; It is my way to celebrate and remember that special day and to keep Eric & # 39; s memory alive.
& # 39; Most people go out with their husbands for dinner or a date night on their birthday and this is my thing I can do without him.
& # 39; I am trying to make it as close to our anniversary or as possible. I will probably do this every year for the rest of my life. & # 39;
Vanessa and Eric met at school and soon became high school sweethearts.
Vanessa poses in her wedding dress in September 2017. She wore her dress for the first time in 2016 and danced in her living room and says it helps her through sorrow
Vanessa wore the wedding dress in her backyard in 2018. Eric and her built their house together
She added: & # 39; We had such a great relationship. We met when I was in class 10 (16 years) and he in class 12 (17 years).
& # 39; He was my first boyfriend, my first love. Our relationship over the years was so strong because it started so young. I didn't doubt our lives together. & # 39;
Eric, a custom installer and volunteer firefighter, introduced Vanessa on Christmas Eve 2011 and they made the decision in September 2012.
Vanessa added: & # 39; We were married in a beautiful church ceremony. While I was walking down the aisle with my father, Eric looked out his eyes.
& # 39; I already knew I wanted to marry him, but when I saw him cry, I thought how happy I was.
Pictured: The couple who hit the dance floor on their wedding day in 2012. Vanessa said Eric was her first boyfriend and her first love
Pictured: the wedding party in 2012, with Vanessa's five bridesmaids and Eric's five best men. The woman explained that they had a great marriage with their family and friends
A photo of Vanessa and Eric on their wedding day in September 2012. Vanessa says her deceased husband would like her to be happy
& # 39; The best part of our day was being surrounded by our family and friends. We did not leave the dance floor at the reception. If someone wanted to see us or talk to us, they had to dance. & # 39;
But Eric died tragically during a motorcycle accident on November 3, 2014, while on vacation with friends and his father, Brian Lanktree, 55, in Las Vegas.
Vanessa said: & # 39; Eric always went to Vegas for the SEMA auto show. That year they decided to rent motorcycles and go to California. The accident happened on the way back.
Vanessa with her new partner Kurtis Isbister, whom she met 18 months ago. Kurtis took her dress photo this year
& # 39; Eric was out of Vegas for an hour and there was a head-on collision with a truck that cost his life. I could not believe it. & # 39;
When Brian called Vanessa and told her that Eric had flown to a hospital, she held hope in her husband's life.
She said: & # 39; I thought it would be okay. I kept thinking: & # 39; He's strong. He is a hunter & # 39 ;. I didn't know how serious it was.
& # 39; I was packing my bag to go to Vegas because I thought he should see me when he woke up.
& # 39; When my father-in-law called me and told me my husband had died, I just threw my phone and walked out of the house. & # 39;
In September 2016, the day after what would have been the couple's fourth wedding day, Vanessa noticed that she was putting on her wedding dress.
She had never dried the dress, and there was still dirt from the dance floor on the hem.
Vanessa put the number & # 39; Making Memories Of Us & # 39; from Keith Urban, a song that was played at her wedding and danced around the kitchen.
Vanessa & # 39; s dress has not been chemically cleaned since the big day in September 2012. She said she wanted to remember this happy day (seen this year)
This year the young woman decided to pose in a field of sunflowers. She said she wasn't going to put the dress away
& # 39; Grief does not disappear, but somehow you find small things to help you, such as putting on your dress, & # 39; she said.
The following year she put on the dress again and posed for a photo in the garden of her house, a house that she and Eric had built together.
In 2018 she took a simple photo of herself in the dress.
This year she asked Kurtis, an oil industry electrician and her 18-month-old boyfriend, to take pictures of her in a field of sunflowers.
She explained: & # 39; It was a little cold, but I love those sunflowers. It felt so nice. I was wearing my rubber boots and I was running around while Kurtis was taking photos.
Vanessa and Kurtis, her current boyfriend, are seen barefoot in the water. Vanessa's deceased husband died two months after the couple's second birthday
Seen: The couple danced on their wedding day in 2012. The couple met as teenagers and were high school sweethearts
Pictured: The couple exchanged a kiss on their wedding day in 2012. Vanessa explained that Eric died in a motorcycle accident on the way back from a car show in Vegas.
& # 39; I was just myself. Life does not stop and it pushes you forward. We still want to find happiness in our lives. I know Eric wouldn't want me to feel miserable.
& # 39; He was so happy. He taught me to look for the best in life. & # 39;
Vanessa added that she has no intention of storing her wedding dress ever.
She said: & # 39; I will never get it cleaned and I will never get it in boxes. As long as it suits me, I will wear it. & # 39;
Vanessa shines in the photos this year. She said that people had different ways of dealing with grief and that it was her way of honoring Eric & # 39; s memory
This year the young woman took the pictures at sunset. She said wearing the dress helped her deal with Eric's absence
Seen: The sweethearts on their wedding day in 2012. Vanessa, who is now dating a new man, said that Eric was a happy person and did not want her to feel miserable
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