Inspiring Wedding Photo Shoot of a Strong Bride Without Her Groom

Sgt. Collin Rose from Wayne State University was on cloud nine when he proposed to her girlfriend Nikki Salgot. Their marriage was set to October 14, 2017.

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Months after Sgt. Collin Rose proposed to his girlfriend, he was shot in the line of duty while investigating a car theft accident.

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He was rushed to the hospital but did not make it. He was 29.

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Sgt. Collin Rose’s fiancée Nikki suffered a terrible loss.

Almost one year after Sgt. Collin Rose’s tragic death, Nikki built the courage to decide something she needed to do, no matter how painful and difficult it seemed at the time.

Then, Nikki built the courage to decide what she needed to do for herself and for Collin.

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She went with the vow and went forward with her wedding photo shoot all by herself.

Nikki’s pictorial quickly went viral, and people around the world were inspired by her absolute loyalty and love to Sgt. Collin Rose.

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Nikki’s former classmate, Rachel Heller, accompanied her into the woods and took her wedding photos.

Nikki wore her gorgeous gown she bought for her wedding and as a tribute to Collin’s bravery and loyalty to his profession, she posed with his cap, police badge, and the US flag.

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Nikki broke her long time silence and expressed her gratitude to her friend Rachel in helping her with her wedding photos.

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While the captured images highlighted the deep pain left Collin’s death left behind, the images also portrayed laughing, smiling, and refusing to let the tragedy define her.

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Nikki mentioned how Rachel captured images that show the deep pain left behind and images that show her strength to still be able to laugh and smile, and that she’s fierce enough to refuse to let the situation define her.