Here’s a bridal story to warm your hearts and bring a lump to your throat…
A bridegroom who has terminal cancer tied the knot with his lovely bride in a £20,000 dream wedding paid for by the residents of Burnley, Lancashire. Tammy Dale and Tom Cooper married yesterday in a lavish ceremony at Burnley’s Towneley Hall – just four weeks after launching an appeal for help in the Lancashire Telegraph. Everything from the venue and dress through to the wedding photo album and pictures was donated by the generosity of friends, family and community.
The couple were forced to step up their plans to marry after being told that Tom had an uncommon form of throat cancer. Due to the rarity of his particluar cancer, doctors told Tom that they do not know exactly how long he has left to live. Previous wedding plans had to be abandoned because of money worries, until their friends, family and the local community gathered round and helped them achieve their dream day.
Tammy arrived at Towneley Hall in a horse-drawn carriage accompanied by her dad. Dressed in a stunning strapless white wedding dress embroidered with diamonds, Tammy walked down the aisle to Shania Twain’s ‘You’re Still The One’. Tammy had two bridesmaids and four flower girls, including the couple’s two young daughters. Tom was dressed in grey tails and a peach-coloured tie and he was visibly moved as he saw Tammy for the first time. Around 100 guests watched the couple exchange vows and a family friend read the poem ‘On Your Wedding Day’ before guests witnessed the couple sign the register.
Family and friends decided to help organise the wedding and raise the cash needed so the couple could concentrate on enjoying their last weeks together. Every detail of their wedding, from the horse and carriage to the little details like the wedding photo album and table decorations were arranged so that the couple had the perfect wedding day.