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Bride dies just hours after getting married by contracting meningitis during wedding ceremony

By Alexis Bell 10:13 AM December 14, 2017
Alistair John and Jamieka McCarthy-Harford

A family who gathered to celebrate a wedding will gather again to bury the bride who died just hours after the ceremony.

26-year-old Jamieka McCarthy-Harford from New Zealand got married in an outdoor ceremony on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, north of Auckland.

Photos of her wedding that were posted on Facebook show the bride smiling as she was being walked down the aisle. She was then seen passionately kissing her new husband Alistair John.

The bride and groom’s families rejoiced as they danced the night away in honor of the newlywed couple.

At some point during the celebration, the bride fell ill. Just hours later, she died of a bacterial infection linked to meningitis.

The broken-hearted groom said that her sudden passing was a huge shock to everybody.

“This has been incredibly difficult to process. She was taken from us without notice by a horrible, deadly disease,” he said.