An Indiana bride who lost her groom to an alleged drunk driver commemorated her late fiancé with wedding photos.
According to Fox 59, September 29, 2018 was supposed to mark the beginning of a new shared life between Jessica Padgett and her fiancé, volunteer firefighter, Kendall Murphy.
However, Padgett and Murphy never got to say “I do,” after an alleged intoxicated colleague killed Murphy in a fatal crash while responding to an emergency call in November 2017.
What would have been the happiest day of Padgett’s life is now marked by loss and tragedy. But on September 29, the courageous woman put on her dress and took her wedding photos alone on the day she was to be wed.
In one photo, the heartbroken bride kneels over Murphy’s grave.
She also posed for several more photos — one with family and another with her fiancé’s firefighting gear.
The pictures were taken by Loving Life Photography at the request of the groom’s mother.
The tear-jerking images were shared on Facebook.
As the Daily Mail reports, the photographer wrote in a photo caption:
She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the Universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.
The post has since been shared more than 21,000 times. Followers on social media reacted to the photoshoot in the comments section. Some wrote:
Tears are rolling down my cheeks…this picture is so powerful. Wow.
This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, and the most heart-wrenching. I pray they find healing and closure. Thank you for sharing these photos.
Brave girl to express herself so openly. This is a powerful photo to argue against drunk driving.
The Montgomery Fire Station and members in the community also honored the fallen firefighter and said Kendall Murphy:
“Gave his all in everything he did.”
According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) almost everyday, 29 people in the United States tragically lose their life to drunk driving, and 290,000 people are unnecessarily injured for a preventable crime every year.