Bursting with pride and happiness, Jean Fray beams for the camera after watching her eldest daughter make her wedding vows. The primary school teacher looks full of life as she poses for a family snap outside the church. Nobody could have guessed the terrible tragedy that was about to unfold.
Yet within an hour fit and healthy Jean had collapsed after suffering a catastrophic brain haemorrhage at the drinks reception. She slipped into unconsciousness and died the next day in hospital with her devastated daughter at her side – still wearing her wedding dress.
Bride Marcia Holmes, 31, said: “What is keeping me going is that mum had a really good party on her last day and was the happiest I’ve ever seen her. I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye, but the evening before the wedding I gave her a card and in that message I wrote everything I needed to say to her. She knew how much I loved her and we had such an amazing morning together getting ready for the wedding. They are memories I will treasure forever.”