Kelly Cottle often carries her husband in places where his prosthetic legs can’t take him, like the beach or the pool.
So when photographer Sarah Ledford of ShutterHappy Photography suggested they pose with him on her back during a family portrait session, Cottle didn’t think much of it.
But when Ledford posted the photo to ShutterHappy Photography’s Facebook page the image quickly went viral.
Ledford told KTVB, “The picture just blew up, America just fell in love with Jesse and Kelly.”
Jesse Cottle, Kelly’s husband, is a former Marine who lost his legs to an IED in Afghanistan in 2009, KTVB reports.
He met Kelly at a swim meet in San Diego during recovery, where she was a swimmer for Boise State.
The pair married last year.
She told KTVB, “It’s cool because we represent a lot of people, couples that are going through the same thing and so it’s just an honor to be able to represent that.”