‘It proves hate won’t win’: Couple marry 9 months after surviving deadly car attack on anti-fascist protesters at Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville
- Marcus Martin and Marissa Blair tied the knot on Saturday, 9 months after the violence in Charlottesville
- Car ploughed into crowds of anti-fascist protesters who were demonstrating against Unite the Right rally
- Martin pictured mid-air in a powerful photo taken when he was hit by a car driven by a white supremacist
- Wed at outdoor ceremony paid for by well-wishers after delaying wedding after friend’s death in incident
A couple who survived the deadly white supremacist car attack during clashes in Charlottesville last summer finally got to tie the knot on Saturday.
Marcus Martin, who was pictured mid-air in a powerful photo taken when the Dodge Challenger struck on August 12, married his fiancée Marissa Blair in Gordonsville, Virginia, during an outdoor ceremony paid for by well-wishers.
Martin, 26, pushed Blair, 27, out of the way when the car struck. He suffered a broken leg while the couple’s friend, 32-year-old paralegal and fellow anti-fascist protester Heather Heyer, was killed.
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Martin, 26, pushed Blair, 27, (seen at their wedding) out of the way when the car struck. He suffered a broken leg while the couple’s friend, 32-year-old paralegal and fellow anti-fascist protester Heather Heyer, was killed
‘He always said he would do any and everything to protect me and he proved it,’ Blair told NBC29.
‘It proves hate won’t win and it proves that there are more good people in the world than there are bad and that love will win.’
Wedding planner Christina Moore from Bella Giornata Events & Designs contacted the couple, who had delayed their wedding after Heyer’s death.
She teamed up with 30 vendors to carry out the ceremony free of charge.
Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, led tributes to her daughter by releasing a butterfly in her memory, while attendees wore purple, her favorite color.
Last year, Blair spoke exclusively to Dailymail.com about the moment Martin saved her life as they protested against the Unite the Right rally.
The couple were demonstrating against thousands of white supremacists who had massed in the Virginia town to protest against the decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
‘We were saying, ‘Whose streets? Our streets!’ and just having a good time,’ she said. ‘We were right at the intersection, deciding to go right or left. We went left.
‘We hear a commotion from the top of the street. It happened so fast. I felt myself shoved out of the way. [Martin] had pushed me out of the way.
The ceremony proved emotional at points for the couple, who wanted to use it as an opportunity to remember their late friend
The reception dress was donated by Annalise Bridal in Richmond while other items including the wedding cake were also provided by well-wishers
‘It was so fast. All he could think was to push me. He saved me then he was under the car. I checked myself and then immediately thought, where’s Marcus?
‘I started looking where the car had hit people. I saw his hat had blood all over it but he wasn’t there. I found him with no blood on him.
‘We were taken to the hospital and I overheard someone say that the heavyset woman who they were doing CPR on had died.
‘I started asking around but I knew that it was my friend Heather. She had been standing right in front of Marcus.’
Blair continued: ‘It was senseless. People said we were wrong for being there but it was that guy [driver] who was wrong. Why would anyone think that it’s okay to do this? He rammed into us.’
James Alex Fields Jr., the man police say drove the car that killed Heyer and injured Martin, has been charged with murder.
Blair and Martin (left on August 16) chose to remember Heyer (right, undated photo) by making her favorite color purple the theme of the wedding