Gift of a Wedding are a distinctive UK charity which provides free weddings to people with a terminal illness, regardless of age, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
On Friday, 15th April 2016 Craig and Joan were gifted a wedding, by this remarkable charity. Craig has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. They are an amazing couple, filled with so much love, kindness, compassion and an outrageous sense of fun.
(Video: Lovebug Films)
Craig and Joan registered their marriage at Knowsley Register Office, in the afternoon, with a ceremony for close friends and family. In the evening I had the honour of conducting a Wedding Celebration ceremony, at the Isla Gladstone, as part of a fundraising event for Macmillan Cancer Support, Zoe's Place and Woodlands Hospice. Local companies, the boxer David Price and Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs, provided raffle prizes. But the big event of the evening was when Joan had her hair shaved off - for charity of course! Joan has given her hair to the Little Princess Trust, to be used to make wigs for children who lose their hair following cancer treatment. Click on the video to see more of their big day...
This is Joan's Justgiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/JoanBest Please make a donation, if you are able to, the smallest amount can make a big difference...
Craig and Joan's wedding day was also the 27th anniversary of Hillsborough. Craig is a massive Liverpool fan and was due to go to the 1989 FA Cup Semi Final match, in Sheffield, with his friends, but he missed his train. One of Craig's very good friends was one of the Liverpool supporters who died that day. At 3.06pm, the time that the match was stopped, the couple released 96 red balloons, in memory of the 96 LFC fans who lost their lives.
(Photo: Struth Photography)
Organisations privileged to gift their services to enable Craig and Joan to have their dream wedding:
Photographers – Struth Photography
Videographer – Lovebug Films
Wedding Planner – Charlotte & Karl of Orion Events
Cars – Churchtown Wedding cars
Hair – Danielle Marouzet
Make-Up – Rachel Garside
Venue Dressing – Your Final Touch
Flowers – Your Floral Touch
Cake – Liverpool Cake Fairy
Cupcakes – Chateau Gateaux
Favours – Fudge – Fudging Lovely
– Chalkboard Hearts – The Chalk Spot
– Biscuits – Happy Cakes Liverpool
Photobooth – Mugshots Prop Box & Backdrops
Band – Soul Revolver
Owl – Hack Back CIC
Ring Cushion Sewing Street
Saxophonist – Paul Heptinstall
Celebrant - Lorraine Hull, Independent Liverpool Celebrant
Very sad to report that Craig lost his battle with cancer and passed away, in his wife's arms, eight months after their wedding.
Rest in peace Craig; it was a privilege to have met you xxx
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