Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Bride-to-be poses for heartbreaking wedding photos to honor tragic fiancé

Bride-to-be poses for heartbreaking wedding photos to honor tragic fiancé

Almost a year after volunteer firefighter Kendall Murphy was fatally struck while helping a victim of an unrelated crash, the fiancée he left behind, Jessica Padgett, posed for the somber shots on September 29, which was supposed to be their wedding day, according to Fox 59.

It was supposed to be the happiest day of her life, but turned out to be one of the most painful. This foundation not only honored my Kendall, but also took us in as family.

Murphy was a volunteer firefighter killed in the line of duty.

Ms Padgett told Global News the two hour photoshoot was an "emotional rollercoaster".

Photographer Mandi Knepp, of Loving Life Photography, captured the day by shooting photos in typical bridal style: getting ready, standing with her bridal party, nieces and nephews, and parents.

Photos showed Padgett embracing friends and family as they helped her put on her wedding dress. She posed with several of Murphy's belongings, including his uniform, his helmet and his boots.

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The heartbreaking photos were shared more than 16,000 times, and many people were touched by the emotional post. But, you know, if you miss them you were BLESSED. Family and community members accompanied her as she paid tribute to her late fiancé.

In some of the photos Mr Murphy had been photoshopped into the background.

'She made broken look lovely and strong look invincible.

The site of Murphy's grave.

The Montgomery Fire Station, which he worked for, and St. Peter Catholic Church helped to "paint the town red" to honour him. "It means you had someone special in your life, someone worth missing", read the post on the Loving Life Photography Facebook page.

This past Sunday, Kendall and four other firefighters were honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Washington DC.

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