Indiana bride takes photos in wedding dress in honor of fiancé killed by drunk driver

(Photo courtesy: Mandi Knepp of Loving Life Photography)
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LOOGOOTEE, Ind. (WTHR) — An Indiana bride was supposed to celebrate the happiest day of her life as she planned to marry her fiancé Kendall Murphy Sept. 29, but instead she took photos in her wedding dress alone.

Courtesy: Mandi Knepp, Loving Life Photography
Courtesy: Mandi Knepp, Loving Life Photography
Courtesy: Mandi Knepp, Loving Life Photography
Courtesy: Mandi Knepp, Loving Life Photography
Courtesy: Mandi Knepp, Loving Life Photography
Courtesy: Mandi Knepp, Loving Life Photography
Courtesy: Mandi Knepp, Loving Life Photography
Courtesy: Mandi Knepp, Loving Life Photography
Courtesy: Mandi Knepp, Loving Life Photography
Courtesy: Mandi Knepp, Loving Life Photography
Courtesy: Mandi Knepp, Loving Life Photography
Courtesy: Mandi Knepp, Loving Life Photography
Courtesy: Mandi Knepp, Loving Life Photography
Courtesy: Mandi Knepp, Loving Life Photography
Courtesy: Mandi Knepp, Loving Life Photography
Courtesy: Mandi Knepp, Loving Life Photography

On November 10, 2017, the couple's plan to spend their lives together suddenly came to an end when Murphy, a Montgomery volunteer firefighter, was tragically killed by an alleged drunk driver. His soon-to-be wife, Jessica Padgett, would not get to marry the love of her life.

Murphy's death touched many people in the community.

The Montgomery Fire Department "painted the town red" in honor of Kendall and all firefighters who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Murphy's mother, Katrina Murphy, contacted photographer Mandi Knepp after Kendall's death and asked to do a photo shoot on the day the couple planned to wed, in hopes that it would help Jessica through the healing process.

Knepp took photos of Jessica doing her makeup and putting on her wedding dress just like many other brides.

Jessica posed with several of Kendall’s belongings, including his uniform, his helmet, and his boots.

The most touching and emotional photo of all shows Jessica kneeling in front of Kendall's headstone.

The community also presented letters of support to Jessica during the photo shoot.

Kendall was one of five firefighters from Indiana honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service Sunday in Washington D.C.