Heart-wrenching videos shared by a California bride whose husband drowned while snorkeling during their honeymoon showed her groom beaming in his tuxedo on their wedding day — less than three months before the tragedy.
Brittany Myers Phan shared a video on her Facebook page, set to the ZZ Top hit “Sharp Dressed Man,” which showed her groom Steven Phan standing on a sun-dappled porch in his stylish dark-blue suit festooned with a boutonniere for their March 20 nuptials in the Mexican resort town of Puerta Vallarta.
In the clip, Steven smiles while adjusting his cufflinks, and then turns to the camera to give it a cheeky wink.
Several reels displayed on Myer Phan’s Facebook page documented the loved-up couple’s destination wedding, including the bride’s sharing a special moment with her mom while donning her crystal-embellished gown.
“To all the moms out there and especially mine,” Myers Phan wrote in the caption.
That same video also included images of Myers sharing a passionate kiss on a balcony with her dapper groom.
A third video posted by Myers Phan showed off the couple’s customized white champagne flutes arranged on a table decorated with a pink floral arrangement and a sign that reads: “Cheers to Love.”
The bride wrote in the caption: “Cheers to the best day ever with the love of my life!”
But the newlyweds’ happiness proved tragically short-lived.
Brittany and Steven were celebrating the start of their new life as a married couple in Honolulu on June 1 when the husband vanished in the ocean off Electric Beach.
Just before 10:30 a.m., paramedics were called to the beach in Nānākuli, Honolulu, for a report of a drowning.
By the time they arrived, Steven was in critical condition after being pulled unresponsive from the ocean.
Despite first responders’ life-saving efforts, the 49-year-old San Jose, California, resident could not be revived.
To add to the tragedy, all of the couple’s possessions were reportedly stolen by heartless thieves who took advantage of the emergency.
“As If this could not be worse, all of Brittany and Steven’s belongings were stolen, the thieves took their cell phones, wallets, money, clothing, they even stole their car rental,” according to the description of a GoFundMe page.
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