But thanks to a generous local photographer, Dana Gruszynski of Dana G Photography, Heather and her now-husband Matt Koehler were able to capture some of the quintessential wedding photos they missed out on.
Dana offered to do a bridal shoot with the couple free of charge after hearing about their fiasco from one of her cousins who had attended the wedding.
"My heart just broke for her," Dana told The Huffington Post. "Pictures are real-life moments captured to look back on forever and Heather didn't get that."
A week after the wedding, Heather and Dana met for coffee to discuss plans for the shoot. Unbeknownst to the newlyweds, Dana was also planning a big day do-over. She secretly invited close family and friends and recreated the bouquets, decorations and cake with some help from vendors.
Dana used cellphone wedding photos she had found on Heather's Facebook page as her guiding inspiration.
On October 25, it was time to unveil the surprise. Dana asked the bride and groom's family and friends to park on a side street as to not tip off the unsuspecting couple.
"I had the song Heather walked down the aisle to playing [when they arrived]," Dana told HuffPost. "The moment she heard that and saw her family and all the decor, she lost it. I lost it. Their love just radiates."
"We then cut the cake, took formal pictures and just had a great time talking about how her friends, family and I all kept it from them," Dana continued.
Heather told HuffPost that Dana's surprise had her "completely overwhelmed with emotions."
"I was in shock the entire time!" she said. "Seeing our families, and friends, and everything else she did was one memory I will never forget. I couldn't believe that a stranger would do something so nice for Matt and me."
This story has been updated with commentary from the bride.
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