All a bride wants is for her wedding day to go off without a hitch. She wants to look beautiful and have all eyes on her throughout the day. Lauren Barker from Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, still wanted her wedding to end up exactly like that, even though she had to plan it fast and earlier than decided.
Lauren was diagnosed with terminal cancer, so she decided to plan her wedding as quickly as possible. The twenty-seven-year-old bride was first diagnosed with cervical cancer in July 2014.
She fought the disease but was told that it had returned, and this time, it was incurable. Lauren and her fiancé, Ben Green, decided to have the ceremony as soon as possible so that she could get married before the intensive treatment caused her to lose all her hair.
Lauren was heartbroken when the doctors told her that the cancer came back. She said she would have been happy to have even just a simple ceremony, but her sister Ruby wanted the day to be extra special, so she set up a GoFundMe page for Lauren. Because of the generous strangers who gave a total of 8,500 pounds, the couple were able to get married in a lavish country manor.
When Ruby set up a GoFundMe page, the donations started to pour in. Because of these contribution, they were able to plan the extravagant wedding, which cost an amount that would have taken the couple a few years to save up. The original target of the page was only 5,000 pounds, but the couple surpassed that.
Bar manager Ben and Lauren met on a dating Web site. Lauren says of their relationship, “I knew after three dates that he was the one. We moved pretty fast as a couple, but it was only because we knew we were right for each other. We moved in together after just six months. He has been with me all the way through, and he is just amazing. I keep feeling awful because he is going to be a widower because of me, but he only ever cares about what is best for me.”
When she was first diagnosed with cancer, Lauren was pregnant. She miscarried, and they found a 5 cm tumor on her cervix. It was a tough choice because the doctor had to tell her that due to the cancer, she had to make a choice: save herself or save the baby. If she carried on with the pregnancy, she wouldn’t have survived. The couple supported each other through the loss of their child.
Because every bride wants to look spectacular on their special day, she wanted to get married before the therapy caused hair loss. The venue for the wedding was a manor house in Theobald’s Park, Cheshunt. The venue was filled to full capacity and it was everything that the couple dreamed of. It was truly a perfect day for them.
Of her new husband, Lauren has this to say:
Even though it has all been overwhelming for us, Ben is just amazing, and the best husband I could ask for. Now we can’t wait for our honeymoon in a romantic hideaway treehouse in the Sherwood Forest.”