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Remembering Matthew Kohler

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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.

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Comments (3)

  • Oh, wow. I don't know that there are words to even begin to respond to a story like this.

    My deepest condolences to Kori on the loss of her beloved Matt. I cannot begin to imagine what a difficult time this must be for you Kori, but I hope the love you and Matt shared gives you strength and comfort. Please know there's someone on the other side of the world thinking of you at this very moment and sending you all my love and strength.

  • I am very proud to say that i have had the privelage in knowing this stunning couple, & would love to say that just seeing either one of them their love became infectious. Through pictures,in person or even when you see them individually theirs smiles poured with loving loving angels surrounding them. Beautiful people,beautiful couple,gorgeous wedding but the best part about it all.. Is they actually have pure ,genuine ,loving,caring hearts & will give to any soul. I love my kori dearly & i know God knew she deserved her own very personal angel <3 who better than the man she vowed to love until death parted them "& AFTER"!
    Ilove you Kori!

  • You may not remember me but we met before a the family Thanksgiving Diner @ my moms house, Matts mom is my cousin.I can not express my sympathy for you, Debbie and Andy, there are no word sufficient. I do have a poem this I pray will bring some tidbit of comfort.
    'To Those I Love And Those Who Love Me"
    Now that I am gone, release me, Let me go I have so many things to see and do. You must not tie yourself to me with tears, Be thankful for our beautiful years.
    I gave to you my love. You can only guess how much you gave me in happiness. I thank you for the love you have shown. But now I must travel alone.
    So grieve for a while for me, if grieve you must, Then let your grief be comforted by trust. Its only for a time that we must part. So bless the memories within your heart.
    I won't be far away, for life goes on. So if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near and if you listen with your heart, you'll hear all my love around you soft and clear.
    And then, when you must come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile, and say "Welcome Home".
    Author unknown
    I hope this brings a small bit of peace to you during this most awful time. I know that Matt is in heaven with God, He is now an angel watching over you. And I truly believe he is there with you.
    I know he loves you and always will........

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