Last week, while rushing from meeting to meeting to meeting to, yes, another meeting, I was stopped in my tracks after reading an email from Kori Kohler, a loyal MSW reader and newlywed, who wanted to share her story. In just seconds, her words took my breath away, and yet in a few more, they restored all sense of perspective on what’s really important ultimately.
Kori and her husband Matthew, 22, were married just over two months ago on June 9th on St. Simons Island in Georgia. Like many of our couples, this bride and groom planned their wedding together. Kori read our magazine and scoured the site for ways to fill their day with fun and thoughtful Southern-themed touches. They found the cotton for the groomsmen’s boutonnieres on their best man’s family’s plantation. Matt made the corn-hole boards for the reception from scratch in their apartment. And they even located a dinner bell for the preacher to ring after saying grace. As Kori put it, “It was the happiest day of my life and my husband Matthew was the handsomest man ever.”
Tragically, six and a half weeks later, the morning of July 26th, Matt was killed while riding his bike. Kori sent us these pictures of some of their happiest moments together, and we’re honored to post them as a tribute both to Matt and to the love the couple shared. On behalf of the entire Martha Stewart Weddings team, our hearts go out to Kori, their families, and their friends. Thank you for sharing your story Kori, and for reminding us to make every moment count. —Elizabeth Graves, Editor in Chief
Above, is Kori's favorite wedding day photo, a picture taken while they were students at Georgia Southern University, and a photo from the couple's engagement session. “Everyone keeps telling me that they are sad for me, that I didn't have long to get used to saying the word ‘husband,’ but I had four and a half amazing years of life with Matt,” says Kori. “Married or not, those have been my favorite memories and I loved him for making me see the good in our world.”
Below, a gallery of images from their wedding day, taken by Jason Mundie of A Dream Within.