Got cold feet? Consider this a lesson in what not to do.
Tucker Blandford, 23, wanted out of the wedding he and his fiancée were planning — so he faked his own death.
Blandford was living in Connecticut while his British bride-to-be, 23-year-old Alex Lancaster, planned their American wedding from abroad.
They met in Connecticut in 2012 when Lancaster was attending university there. Before she returned home to Britain to finish her studies, Blandford proposed.
"Life back at home was really hard," Lancaster told the Mirror. "I went back to uni but found it hard to concentrate because I missed him so much."
The lovebirds chatted on the phone daily. They set a date. Lancaster bought a wedding dress and ordered the invitations. Everything was coming together.
And then Lancaster got devastating a phone call from someone claiming to be Blandford's father:
"Alex, this is Tucker’s dad. There's no easy way to say this ... I am sorry to say that Tucker is dead."
Lancaster was shocked to learn that her fiancé had been struggling with depression and had thrown himself in front of a car.
"I couldn't breathe," she told the Mirror. "It was devastating."
A few days later, desperate to learn more and get some closure, Lancaster called Blandford's mother. His mother had no idea what she was talking about: her son was alive and well.
"His parents didn't even know we were getting married. They thought we had broken up when I left America," Lancaster said.
"Then it hit me, that voice on the other end of the phone had sounded eerily familiar. I realized it was Tucker pretending to be his dad. My whole world crumbled."
Blandford, scared by the idea of getting married so soon, had faked his own death.
Looking back, maybe I was naive. But I really loved him and never thought he would go to such extreme measures to dump me.— Abandoned bride Alex Lancaster
"He has shattered my trust and I'm not sure I'll ever be in a relationship again," Lancaster said, according to Yahoo! News UK. "All I ever did was love him. I'm so sick of being messed around and I'm glad to be rid of him."
"Looking back, maybe I was naive. But I really loved him and never thought he would go to such extreme measures to dump me."
Blandford eventually copped to the lie over text.
"I'm a terrible, awful person. I know I shouldn't have told her I was dead, but I didn't know what else to do," he told a reporter over the phone.
"Alex is an amazing girl but I got scared and wanted to get out of the relationship. It was moving extremely fast and with us being in different countries, it was really hard."
"At the time I just felt like I couldn't tell the truth and thought if I could just postpone everything it would be better."
The couple had been set to wed at the university campus where they first met on August 15. Instead of cancelling her trip to the U.S., Lancaster decided to turn her wedding week into a solo vacation.
"It may be our wedding day but I'm going to spend it making my own awesome memories — without him," Lancaster said.
Lancaster told the Mirror that one good thing did come from her heartbreak: she's launching a wedding-favour business.
Last fall, a British groom forgot to book the wedding venue. In a poor attempt to cover up his huge mistake, he called in a bomb threat on his wedding day, hoping the venue would postpone all weddings and allow him to book the ceremony on a later date.
He was sentenced to 12 months in jail.
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