Texas Couple Killed Just Hours After Getting Married

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Your wedding day should be the happiest day of your life. For one country couple, the beautiful day took a tragic turn when it turned out to be the last of their lives.

Young Love Is Eternal

Will Byler and Bailee Ackermann Byler were madly in love. Through thick and thin, they were there to pick each other in hard times and laughed during the good.

Their wedding photographer remembers the two as full of life and love saying, “I remember the first time I ever met Will + Bailee like the back of my hand. We were running around like a bunch of hooligans after the college rodeo. The night ended with 15 Americans + 4 Canadians in a mini van Uber & about 40 McDoubles from McDonalds. These two loved each other SO much & it was evident for anyone who was ever around them.”

They fun-loving couple also supported their passions together. Bailee was at Will’s side when he won rodeos and as he pursued his cowboy dream.

A Fairy Tale Wedding

So when the two were to be wed, everyone was excited for them. Friends were showing off Bailee’s beautiful ring.

And Will was showing off his bride-to-be.

Posted by Will Byler on Wednesday, December 27, 2017

On their wedding day, everything was set up perfectly. The wedding photographer described the event as a “magical, fairytale wedding.”

Taken Too Soon

But in a tragic turn of events, the bride and groom only got to celebrate the day of their wedding without the life-long marriage they were so excited for. As they boarded the helicopter that was supposed to whisk them away off into their future, no one could have imagined what would happen next.

The morning after the wedding, guests woke up to an unspeakable tragedy – according to the NY Post, the couple’s helicopter had crashed into a nearby mountainside. The family and loved ones of the couple are grief-stricken by the event.

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Today, my heart hurts. I received a phone call this morning that i wouldn’t wish upon anyone. I sat down with Will + Bailee a couple weeks ago over dinner & all they could do was smile & giggle at one another & talk about their upcoming wedding. I remember the first time I ever met Will + Bailee like the back of my hand. We were running around like a bunch of hooligans after the college rodeo. The night ended with 15 Americans + 4 Canadians in a mini van Uber & about 40 McDoubles from McDonalds. These two loved each other SO much & it was evident for anyone who was ever around them. // Last night, family + friends gathered around to watch these two become one at their most magical, fairytale wedding. This morning, the family received word that their helicopter they had left the wedding in the night before, had crashed into the mountain side a few miles from the ranch. I am having a hard time comprehending this whole situation, but I have not once asked why. These two spent their last day on this earth celebrating with their most cherished loved ones- I believe it truly was the best day of their lives. I am so saddened by this news, but now Mr. & Mrs. Byler will join our Jesus in heaven and have the most abundant marriage with no troubles, no temptation, no worries. I know for certain God needed these two sweet souls more than we did here on earth. I know for certain they have made him proud, for the work they have done here on earth as well. To see all of the people that loved these two so greatly is a blessing. As a Christian i know that God’s hands are upon them and what better honeymoon could anyone ever imagine than entering those gates and spending their first days as husband and wife at God’s right hand. I hope Will & Bailee know just how much we all love them, I’m certain they do! // Today I am praying hard for the Ackerman & Byler family. Hold your loved ones tight, say your I love you’s. We truly never know when the good Lord is going to call us home. Here is to Mr. & Mrs. Byler, 2 of the most beautiful people you will ever meet inside & out, and here is to eternal happiness in heaven with our beautiful savior!

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A Strong Community

Their tragedy has been difficult for everyone. Parents, friends, and the cowboy community have felt a heartbreak we can’t even imagine. Their cherished loved ones have shown an outpouring of love for the couple and are serving as a support system for each other.

While the community continues to mend, one thing is for sure – the two were head-over-heels in love with each other and their memory will never be forgotten. Please continue to keep all who knew them in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to heal.

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