It's supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, but imagine having the man who is set to give you away on your wedding day killed on the way to the service.
That happened to a bride in Casey County. Kim Watson found out her stepfather had died in an accident on his way to the wedding. The greatest and worst moments of your life aren't supposed to happen at the same time, but Watson's wedding photos show the agony and the joy.
Shelly Adams is not only the bride's friend and the groom's sister, she also served as wedding photographer. "Looking at them as I was taking those pictures, it makes me want to cry because at the same time, you don't know what they're feeling," Adams told 27 Newsfirst.
Earlier photos from that day show the festive mood, but as the wedding approached, the father-of-the-bride was nowhere to be found. "There was a wreck on KY-49, and that's when we found out he, Denny, her dad was in it," Adams said.
News of Denny Hayes' death was as much a blow to the groom, Brian Watson, as it was to the bride. "Denny really thought a lot of Brian, and Brian really thought a lot of Denny. Actually that morning Denny had told Kim that he gave his 100 percent blessing to marry Brian and that he would be honored to walk her up the aisle," Adams said.
Some assumed the couple would postpone the wedding, but as the shock subsided, the bride made a decision. "She told me, she looked straight at me, and she said, Shelly, she said, I'm going ahead through with the wedding, she said because this is what Denny would have wanted. She said it was meant to be, and she said, I'm going to marry Brian."
The couple cancelled their honeymoon and their reception, but the bride's thirteen-year-old son stepped in to walk his mom down the aisle, and the father-of-the-bride's blessing was honored.
Adams and her fiance are also planning to be married next month, and the two couples have agreed to hold a joint wedding reception to celebrate both marriages.