A bride who was killed in a helicopter crash — along with her new husband — on their wedding day had gushed online about marrying him in the weeks leading up to their big day.
Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman, both 23, died when their helicopter crashed as they left their wedding reception early Sunday morning. The helicopter crashed just north of Uvalde, Texas, killing them and the pilot.
They were both seniors At Sam Houston University. He proposed to her in a helicopter.
"I hope that everyone gets to experience a love like the one we have," Ackerman wrote on social media as she showed off her ring. "Today is the beginning of forever together!"
Their happiness was obvious in the photos the couple took to celebrate their engagement.
As the wedding approached, she wrote: "This whole 'bride' experience has been more than I have ever dreamed of ... I am a lucky lady."
Videos posted on social media capture the joyous day. It was a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the ranch owned by the groom's family outside San Antonio, Texas.
At dusk, the newlyweds posed for photos with the entire bridal party. As the night went on, guests saw fireworks light up the sky and the couple was caught on camera kissing, expressing their love and joy of the event.
As night came to a close, the bride and groom headed to the helicopter that was to fly them to their honeymoon destination. It was to be their last journey together.
Ackerman's devastated maid of honor wrote: "My heart is broken in a million little pieces."
The Department of Public Safety and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating what caused the crash.