Now right here’s a rom-com film plot.
A Welsh bride was left on the altar on the day of her wedding ceremony after her would-be groom didn’t present up.
Nonetheless, Kayley Stead didn’t need to let her expensive bash go to waste, so she went alongside along with her plans and loved her wedding ceremony day — with out her now-ex-fiancé who mysteriously vanished — surrounded by her beloved family and friends.
Stead, 27, realized on Sept. 15, the morning of her nuptials, that she had a sense she wasn’t going to stroll down the aisle to marry her associate, who she had been with for 4 years, when she was ghosted.
“I noticed the groom at round 4 p.m. the day earlier than the marriage and I haven’t heard from him since,” Stead, who’s an insurance coverage clerk, informed SWNS.
“We’ve tried to succeed in out to him, however I’ve had no response from him, no purpose why. I’ve had no rationalization — not that I need one now, as a result of it’s too far alongside the road.”
Whereas the groom’s disappearance stays a thriller, Stead was decided to have a big day. So, she carried on along with her occasion on the Oxwich Bay Lodge in Swansea, Wales, and even did her wedding ceremony entrance, speeches, first dances and posed for her skilled images.
She started her night by waltzing into her reception alongside her child blue-dressed bridesmaids as they sang alongside to the Lizzo hit “Good as Hell.”
Stead danced her first dance along with her groomsmen, her brothers and her dad Brian, 71. Additionally on the reception, she gladly lower and took a chew of her wedding ceremony cake and boldly smashed the highest tier of the towering sugary gateau.
The ditched bride additionally walked by way of a path of sparklers with buddies and partied the day away along with her visitors earlier than spending the evening within the bridal suite along with her maid of honor.
She additionally went into extra element in regards to the incident, explaining what went down within the hours previous to the marriage.
The Welsh native started courting her ex-fiancé in December 2018 and so they acquired engaged in August 2020.
She famous how she stayed in an Airbnb the evening earlier than the get together along with her gals, whereas the groom and his groomsmen resided in a caravan close to the venue.
Stead and the groom had determined to not converse to one another the night earlier than the wedding, so she “didn’t know what was taking place on his finish and didn’t have a clue.”
The following morning, Stead and her bridesmaids awoke on the daybreak to get their hair and make-up carried out. It wasn’t till one of many groomsmen phoned up her finest pal to allow them to know that the groom had vanished.
“They wished to verify he was undoubtedly gone earlier than panicking me,” she mentioned. His mother had additionally known as up Stead in hysterics, sobbing that the groom had gone for a drive within the early morning, and he was now gone.
Stead identified that her ex usually instances went for walks or drives by himself to clear his head when he was anxious, and subsequently she didn’t really feel nervous at first.
She suggested her family and friends to maintain on preparing and she or he held out hope that the groom would return.
“I truthfully believed, hand on coronary heart, that he was going to be there,” Stead recalled.
Nonetheless, by 11 a.m., the groom’s father revealed that he wouldn’t be exhibiting up in spite of everything.
“At that time, I used to be gone. I used to be sobbing,” Stead mentioned, including that she needed to break the information to the remainder of the bridal get together, her hairstylists, mother and father and videographer.
Her videographer then got here up with an concept as a joke — to simply have enjoyable, preserve calm and stick with it with the marriage.
The filmmaker steered: “You’ve spent all this cash, you’re not getting it again, all of your visitors are there, why don’t you simply go?”
Her buddies egged her on, encouraging her to maintain on going. “That’s once I was like, I’m going to do it. I’d spent all this cash, I’d been wanting ahead to the meals, a dance with my dad, spending time with my household, so why not?” Stead recollected.
The groomsmen and her bridal get together then headed right down to the venue to elucidate to the visitors what had simply transpired. All the groomsmen stayed, in addition to her buddies, household and family members.
Her partygoers had been unhappy in regards to the devastation, however however, they supported Stead and stayed for the reception.
Regardless of desirous to get together on, Stead couldn’t bear to have a look at the ceremony room, feeling that it was too painful for her.
After 10 minutes to drag herself collectively, she was prepared to bop the evening away, although. Whereas her visitors had been scared to speak in regards to the elephant within the room, they only began cheering and hugging Stead in a present of help.
Her photographer went on with images, taking snapshots of the bride and the bridal get together within the venue’s backyard and across the get together. “You possibly can most likely see a couple of tear streaks down my face, however I really like the images,” she acknowledged.
She added: “I wished to verify everybody knew that it wasn’t in regards to the unhappy and we had been going to energy by way of this. It was a really awkward scenario for [my friends] to be in, however all of them stayed.”
“I didn’t need to keep in mind the day as full unhappiness,” Stead continued. “There have been so many particular moments… so there was nonetheless happiness within the day.”
“I used to be in full bliss — unknown bliss,” she mentioned. “I had no clue, no sign. He confirmed me no purpose as to why he would go away me on that day.”
She additionally feels very grateful for her finest buddies, who haven’t left her facet because the ordeal. They even arrange a GoFundMe web page for Stead to assist pay for among the occasion.
She then canceled her honeymoon journey to Turkey and packed up her ex-partner’s belongings from her house and left them together with his household. She nonetheless has not heard from him since his surprising departure.
Stead’s bestie and maid of honor Jordie Cullen, 27, was the one who initially created the fund-raising web page and in addition spoke to SWNS in regards to the traumatizing expertise.
“Kayley has a coronary heart of gold and would do something for anybody,” Cullen mentioned. “She didn’t need to be left on the morning of her wedding ceremony day with no rationalization and 0 contact from the groom.”
The groom has declined to remark.
As for Stead, she’s taking it someday at a time.
“I don’t consider in preventing hearth with hearth,” she mentioned. “I’d relatively simply cope with the scenario as finest as I can and maintain my head excessive.”