Rory Feek Celebrates First Wedding Anniversary Without Wife Joey: I ‘Shared a Cup of Coffee With My Bride’

Joey Feek and Rory Feek
Joey and Rory Feek attend the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Rick Diamond/Getty Images

A personal touch. Rory Feek celebrated his first wedding anniversary without his late wife, Joey, on Wednesday, June 15. The country singer posted about how he decided to spend the bittersweet day on his personal blog.

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"In the early morning, I carried a thermos and our two favorite mugs across the back field and shared a cup of coffee with my bride as the sun came up over the wooden cross with her name on it. I talked and she listened. Or at least, I hoped that somewhere, somehow, she could hear me. And I felt her presence the way I do most days since she’s been gone … in my heart, and in my soul," Rory, 51, shared.

"And I pulled out my iPhone and pushed play … and we watched a movie trailer together as my tears fell," he continued. "This was my gift to her."

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It wasn't just any movie trailer, though. The trailer was for a documentary that Rory put together with the help of Ben Howard, who runs Provident Films in Franklin, Tennessee. The men teamed up to edit memories that Rory had captured over the years, from February 2014 to when Joey died at the age of 40 in March from stage IV cervical cancer.

"I have had lots of time these last few months to think about what anniversary gift I wanted to give to my wife this year — what act of service I could do, that would matter to her — if she were here," Rory explained on his blog. "So with the help of some friends, I am going to try to give her a gift that is pretty much impossible … To live on, even after she’s gone."

Fans of the bluegrass-country duo — who welcomed daughter Indiana, 2, on February 17, 2014 — can catch a screening of the movie themselves. On September 20, the film will be shown in theaters across the country for one day only.

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"I just want to lift my bride up … and continue to tell her beautiful story, while Indy and I live out the new one that God is now writing," Rory wrote. "I am looking forward to spending the rest of this summer working on the film here at home (with Daniel and Aaron and Gabe and some other friends who are working on it with me) … and watching this story unfold. Again. Happy Anniversary my love."

Tickets for Rory's documentary can be purchased here. 

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