Bride Takes Wedding Photos at Husband-to-Be's Grave On Wedding Day

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Like many women, Jessica Padgett couldn’t have been more excited about getting married but tragically, an alleged drunk driver robbed her of her dream day and her dream man.

Padgett’s fiancé, 27-year-old volunteer firefighter Kendall Murphy was helping a car accident victim in southwest Indiana in November last year when another firefighter, who was allegedly under the influence, plowed into him.

“I remember that day like it was yesterday,” Padgett, 25, tells PEOPLE about her late fiancé’s death. Hours before Murphy died, the soon-to-be-married couple spent their evening “making supper and watching movies” at Murphy’s home.

After some time, Padgett left to go make a dessert she found on Pinterest for her family’s Thanksgiving gathering. She explained she texted Murphy when she made it home. When he later responded to ask how her baking was going she replied, but Murphy never texted back.

Initially, Padgett didn’t think anything of it — considering she had just been with him moments before. However, later in the night, she received news that would change the rest of her life. “I heard my mom bawling and my dad saying ‘Kendall didn’t make it.'”

Jessica Padgett

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“It was a nightmare,” Padgett tells PEOPLE. “I fell out of my bed. I was completely numb head to toe.”

Before Murphy’s death, Padgett, her mom and future mother-in-law went dress shopping. Padgett explains as soon as she found the gown she knew it was perfect for her to say “I do” in. After her parents paid for the dress, it was scheduled to be ready in February.

However, when February came around Murphy was no longer alive. “What am I going to do with this dress?” Padgett said to herself when the dress was ready for pickup.

Jessica Padgett

Loving Life Photography

Soon after Murphy got down on one knee in 2016, the couple set the date of September 29, 2018.

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