Bride's Agonising Dream Wedding
For 25-year-old Jessica Padgett, it was supposed to be her dream day, her wedding, surrounded by friends and family, the dress, the the vows, but there was one thing missing; her fiancee.
For 25-year-old Jessica Padgett, it was supposed to be her dream day, her wedding, surrounded by friends and family, the dress, the vows, but there was one thing missing; her fiancee, 29-year-old Kendall Murphy.
As a couple, their story couldn't have been more fairy-tale. They both hailed from the US State of Indiana they had grown up within seven miles of each other, but only met in College.
Jessica, an Occupational Therapist, and Kendall a volunteer fire-fighter both built their lives around helping others. This made it all the more cruel when Kendall was killed by an alleged drunk driver in September 2017.
Jessica decided not to cancel the day however, and as with any other wedding ceremony, family and friends were called together for a day of mourning, a day of defiance.
Jessica told the BBC, "I wanted to still celebrate our wedding day, even though he wasn't physically there with me. I wanted memories of the day that we were supposed to have in my dress."
Jessica's mother-in-law to be had asked Mandi Knepp, the photographer commissioned to photograph the wedding if she would instead produce a photoshoot. Knepp posted the heart-breaking images of the day's gathering to display a stunning show of compassion and strength in the face of tremendous loss.
Kneep told ABC News she was happy to help the grieving widow and her family. "Even if it was hard for me, I can do hard things for people...people who need healing or help, I can help them. "
As the photos went viral after they were posted on Facebook Jessica told the BBC she received messages from other people suffering from loss telling her how much they appreciated her story.
"I got messages from grieving people I don't know, telling me their story and how strong and brave I was. They said if I can do it, so can they."