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Photographer Kimberly Burke captured soon-to-be newlyweds Josh Curtas and Bre Curtas praying together before their wedding. (Source: Kimberly Burke) Photographer Kimberly Burke captured soon-to-be newlyweds Josh Curtas and Bre Curtas praying together before their wedding. (Source: Kimberly Burke)
Josh and Bre Curtas wed in August 2012. (Source: Kimberly Burke) Josh and Bre Curtas wed in August 2012. (Source: Kimberly Burke)

LYNCHBURG, VA (RNN) – Kimberly Burke is used to capturing emotion.

As a wedding photographer, she has an eye for tender moments, like the photo she snapped of a Marine and his bride praying that has gone viral … twice.

"They wanted to pray before the wedding. I was just there kind of snapping away, I thought it was a beautiful moment because I don't see much of this. Two people so in love, who believe in their faith.

I can't even put words on it, it was just a beautiful moment," Burke said.

The photo captures Josh Curtas clutching the hand of his soon-to-be wife Bre Curtas, in her gown, hidden behind a door so they would not see each other before the wedding.

As the future Mrs. Josh Curtas was getting dressed, her soon-to-be mother in law came in with a message.

"Sweetheart, your groom has called for you!"

Amid the frenzy of preparing for a wedding, she was lead by hand to a quiet corner, where she sat down.

"Hi sweetie! We're getting married today" she said.

"I know, baby, and I want to pray with you before we do," Josh Curtas said.

"My husband prayed that God would bless our marriage, that through thick or thin, together we would never lose hope in one another. That instead of focusing on each other's imperfections, we would always rely on Christ's perfection. That we would wake up every day and chose to love one another not through our own strength but by the power of Christ's perfect love," Bre Curtas wrote on her blog.

The couple wed in August 2012 and the photo first went viral in January. A piece by the New York Daily News this week sent the photo around the internet once again.

"Those two, they by far are two of the sweetest people I've ever met. Those two strike a chord," said Burke, who has been a wedding photographer for five years.

The couple says one thing that made their relationship special is their decision to wait until they were married to have sex.

"He is not only my Prince Charming because of his incredibly handsome looks, or wonderful humor, or the fact that we have so much in common. He is my Prince Charming because he helped me protect the most precious gift that I owned, my purity," Bre Curtas wrote.

They say that decision was a "personal journey" and something that wasn't easy.

Bre Curtas says they are "humbled and honored" by the attention the photo has gotten.

"Thank you for finding beauty in our special moment and thank you for sharing that with others," she wrote on her blog.

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