In this May 6, 2018, file photo, photographer John R. Waddell Jr. looks out his window at the wedding of his bride and husband, former Missouri governor John R and his wife, Jennifer.
WADDELL: They were married at the State Capitol in Columbia on Jan. 19, 2010, a day after the state voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
They were the first same-gender couples to marry in Missouri.
Now they are the first out.
The Washington Post: Waddells photo of the couple’s wedding is going viral, making the National Park Service and the National Parks Foundation look bad.
Missouri wedding photographer John Waddella, who was married to Jennifer Waddelly for nearly three decades, died on Monday, according to a statement from the State of Missouri.
He was 95.
Waddell died at his home in New York City, his wife said in a statement.
Waddlely was a longtime photographer who was born in Chicago, and his photo of Jennifer Waddlelsey’s marriage to her longtime partner, former Democratic Missouri governor Mark Pryor, became a local landmark after Pryor became governor in 2003.
Woldell’s work has been published in newspapers, magazines and television programs around the world, including in New Zealand and Australia.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jennifer Woldy, his daughter, Sarah Woldey, and grandchildren.
His wedding photo went viral in February, garnering more than 1.3 million shares on Facebook, with many saying it was the best photo they’d ever seen.
It was not clear whether Waddelli’s photo had been featured in a book or a magazine.
It was not the first time the photo had gone viral.
A previous photo of Waddelling and Pryor was featured in an April issue of Esquire, and the couple appeared together at a wedding in 2009.
Waddells family said Waddelle had Alzheimer’s and was battling the disease.
The couple had two children, Jennifer and James.