In Photos: Woman Takes Solo Wedding Photos After Officer Fiancé Was Killed On-Duty

Nikki Salgot planned to marry her fiancé, Wayne State University police officer Collin Rose, in October of this year. But last November, Rose was killed on the job. Salgot decided to take her wedding photos alone.

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Salgot, 29, was counting down the days until her October 14, 2017, wedding to Wayne State University police officer Collin Rose. But Rose was shot and killed on duty.
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She reached out to former classmate and wedding photographer Rachel Heller about doing a memorial photo shoot in the dress she'd already purchased for the occasion.
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"I remember being in tears on the way there, thinking, 'How am I going to do this? How am I going to find a way to take photos that will do this justice, not just for her but for him?'" Heller told TODAY.
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Salgot hadn't spoken to Rachel Heller in 10 years, but Heller agreed to the somber photo shoot.
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"She kept smiling and telling me, 'It’s OK, it’s OK' — imagine, this woman who's been through all this, telling me that it’s OK," Heller told TODAY. Salgot — who is grieving the anniversary of Rose's death this week — declined to comment for TODAY'S story. She wrote on Facebook, "(Heller) captured images that still vividly show the pain left behind; images that show I am still able to laugh, smile and be me; images that show this loss has not and will not destroy me; and my favorite, images that show I am still just as fierce as ever and refuse to let this define me."
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