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Jess Redden admits she’s feeling ‘waves of panic and sadness’ ahead of wedding to Rob Kearney

Jess Redden has admitted she’s feeling “waves of panic and sadness” as she prepares to marry Rob Kearney without her father by her side.

The 28-year-old got engaged to the Irish rugby star on New Year’s Eve in 2019, and the couple’s big day is fast approaching.

Jess and Rob were initially set to wed in June 2021, but brought their wedding date forward to November of last year, after Jess’ dad Brian became ill.

Jess and her beloved dad

Jess was hoping her father would get to walk her down the aisle, but he sadly died in September 2020 at the age of 70 – following a battle with prostate cancer.

After putting a pin in their wedding plans last year, the couple are finally set to tie the knot any day now – as they recently picked up their marriage registration form.

Ahead of their big day, Jess has admitted she can’t help but feel sad over the absence of her beloved dad.

In a candid post shared on Instagram, the influencer wrote: “Although it’s the most exciting and happy day of your life I can’t help but stop the waves of panic and sadness that come…”

“I just wanted to share this personal experience for any other brides in a similar position – it’s normal so don’t berate yourself – be gentle & kind to yourself no matter what you’re feeling.”

“You’ll have your man or woman to lean on and help you,” she added.

The bride-to-be also revealed she would carry a photo of her dad in a locket on her wedding bouquet, so her father can still walk her down the aisle.

In another sweet tribute to her dad, Jess’ mother had a special message sown into her wedding dress in blue thread that reads: “My Darling Dad, forever in my heart.”


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