Bride fulfils father's wish to 'be home' for ceremony after he died on her wedding day

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 — What was supposed to be the happiest day of her life turned out to be the saddest.

Bride-to-be Nur Hayati Bachi was devastated when her father Bachi Ismail, 66 died of heart complications on her wedding day.

“My dad has been ill for years,” said the 26-year-old part-time wedding planner. “He had suffered from a heart attack before.”

Last Thursday, she and her family took him to the hospital because he was in pain.

On Friday night, he was unconscious and Nur Hayati went to the hospital to be with him.

“Abah, please be strong, I’m getting married tomorrow,” she whispered in his ear.

The next day on June 3 at 4am her mother called to tell her that her father had passed.

“My ‘nikah’ ceremony was postponed to 2pm to prepare his body for the funeral at 11am. Instead of a reception, we had a ‘tahlil’,” she told mStar.

“We still had the wedding because my dad had made us promise that if anything were to happen to him, we would carry on with the wedding.”

Nur Hayati married husband Muhamad Faris Azri Adnan, 29 with her 23-year-old younger brother as her wali (male representative of the bride).

The funeral van that carried his body stopped by their home at Kampung Kubang Lebur in Kuala Krai, before going to the cemetery, to fulfil her father’s last request.

“‘Abah’ had told me he wanted to go back and be part of my ‘nikah’ ceremony when he was still conscious at the emergency ward,” said Nur Hayati tearfully.

She described her dad, a TNB pensioner, as strict but who was also sensitive, not ashamed to cry and loved spoiling his seven children.

The days leading up to his death, he had called her often, telling her to look after herself and be a good wife.

As his youngest daughter she was the closest to him and was heartbroken to be married on a day he was no longer.

“We continued with the wedding because that’s what he wanted and also because my eldest sister told me no matter what happens, I will always have my family with me.”