A grieving bride, Jessica Padgett who was supposed to get married to her fiance Kendall James Murphy on September 29, 2018, wore her wedding dress to her fiance's grave as he reportedly died in November 2017 when his drunk colleague, Colby Blake, crashed his vehicle into three cars as they responded to a call.
A woman from Loogootee, Indiana still chose to go through her wedding day photo shoot despite the fact that her fiancé had already gone 10 months before. She thought it would be a good way to honor Kendall and help Jessica with the healing process. It was taken in Glendale, Indiana - where the couple had their engagement photoshoot.
And so Padgett, with the help of photographer Mandi Knepp, honored his memory with a photo shoot in her wedding dress.
Knepp photographed Padgett in her bridal gown, posing with several of her late husband's belongings-including his helmet, firefighter's uniform, and boots.
The photos have since been shared over 26,000 times on Facebook.
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In some of the photos Mr Murphy had been photoshopped into the background. "She walked with the Universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings". The final stop was Murphy's grave. "I wanted to be where he was", said Jessica.
She said she has been contacted by people who saw the photos, who have said they have helped them through their own grief. Family and community members accompanied her as she paid tribute to her late fiancé.
The town also honored Murphy at the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department.
Kendall was one of five firefighters from IN honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday IN Washington D.C.
"Thank you everyone for making my wedding day special even though I didn't get to marry the man of my dreams", Padgett posted to Facebook the day after her planned wedding.