Couple Who Nearly Lost Their Lives in Charlottesville Rampage Marry in Emotional Ceremony
Marcus Martin and Marissa Blair were trapped in the chaos that left their close friend, Heather Heyer, dead.
The bride and her fiancé came close to losing their lives in August when a car deliberately plowed through a crowd protesting Neo-Nazis during the notorious Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.
Marissa Blair and Marcus Martin were trapped in the middle of the terrible chaos. Blair was recording when disaster struck.
Martin heroically pushed his fiancé out of the way of the car, but he got hit. One of the most poignant photos to come out of the tragedy showed Martin in midair after he had been hit by the vehicle.
Their close friend, Heather Heyer, was killed in the attack.
Now, nine months later, they are saying, "I do."
Their fairytale wedding was made possible by dozens of vendors from around the country who donated their services for the couple.
"When I heard their story, it was just so inspiring and it really inspired me to love again," makeup artist Shanelle Squire told Inside Edition.
"What they stand for, what they believe in and just the way everything played out, it just brought everyone together so I just had to be here," videographer Floyd Joynes added.
She was escorted by her brother down the aisle, a bittersweet moment after losing her father to a heart attack just two months ago.
Singer Major surprised the couple by performing their favorite song, and wedding planner Christina Moore says the bride had only one request.
"When I first met with Marissa, the first thing she said was she wanted Heather to be at the wedding," Moore said. "She wanted her represented."
Heather's favorite color, purple, was present during the entire wedding.
"Heather would've been here," Blair said. "Heather's the reason for all this happening so we had to honor Heather and I know she's here."
Heather's mother, Sandra, walked down the aisle while carrying a glass jar filled with butterflies, which was symbolic of her daughter.
"That was very touching to me as her mother," Sandra said. "I kept saying, 'You don't have to do this.' But they wanted to and that was very special that they wanted to include Heather in this. It was a wonderful celebration of love and life."
The couple will never forget that devastating day, but their wedding was about starting their new lives together as a married couple.
Here is a list of companies who helped the couple and donated their services to the wedding:
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