Cancer couple's happiest day
TEARS of happiness flowed on Friday as cancer sufferer Stuart Cresser and his fianc�e Sandra Hicks enjoyed a dream wedding day donated free of charge by local businesses. Last week the Gazette revealed how the 41-year-old Ilfracombe cabbie proposed to San
TEARS of happiness flowed on Friday as cancer sufferer Stuart Cresser and his fianc�e Sandra Hicks enjoyed a dream wedding day donated free of charge by local businesses.
Last week the Gazette revealed how the 41-year-old Ilfracombe cabbie proposed to Sandra, 53, after being diagnosed with severe cancer.
They approached wedding planner Johanne Legge of West Country Wedding Boutique in Barnstaple, who worked a little magic and was delighted when numerous companies came forward to offer their services free of charge.
The Combe Martin couple's big day turned out to be a sensational success, with a register office ceremony before going on to a full reception at Barnstaple Rugby Club.
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Everything from the venue and wedding car to Sandra's jewellery and the entertainment, right down to napkins and floral buttonholes was all supplied for nothing.
Sandra told the Gazette the day had gone so well:
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"It was absolutely wonderful," she said.
"What Johanne did was just amazing.The reception room was fantastic; I have never seen anything like it.
"The day was terrific - it was everything I thought it would be and more. The minute I walked into the register office Stuart burst into tears.
"It just meant the world to us. We have been waiting to get married for so long but never got around to it."
Both Stuart and Sandra worked for his father's business, Mac's Cabs in Ilfracombe, until he became ill.
He was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus, lung and liver just over three months ago. Doctors then discovered a spinal tumour that left him paralysed and although regaining movement, he needs 24-hour care.
Wedding planner Johanne said the day had been "amazing" and thanked all the contributors, including Roly's Fudge and Ridd's Florist, who both stepped in at the last minute to help out.
"It really was fantastic and we could not have done it without all of them," she added.
"It was great to see Barnstaple and North Devon come together to create something amazing for Sandra and Stuart.
"It was very tiring for them both, but they were very happy and Sandra was in tears of joy."
Johanne added special thanks for Barry, the cook at the rugby club, who stepped in to organise the food and turned out a wonderful spread as a result.
She also thanked all the club staff for their hard work.
n The full list of those who contributed to the wedding:
West Country Wedding Boutique, Barnstaple - wedding planner, favours, place settings, venue dressing, table centre pieces, chair covers, invitations, thank you cards; Balloon Surprise, Barnstaple; Tiara's Made For You, Goodleigh - bridal and bridesmaids' jewellery; Iceland, Barnstaple - buffet food; Marks and Spencer, Barnstaple - three tier cake; R&L Digital, Ilfracombe - Video; Andy Casey Photography, Barnstaple; Twigs florist, Barnstaple - buttonholes; Roly's Fudge - favours; Barnstaple Rugby Club - venue;
Devon Sound and Light Disco; Michael Clarke Wedding Car Hire- bridal car; Shine Hair Design, Ilfracombe; Condor Marquees- venue dressing; Cookmate - cake stand and knife; Rainbow, Barnstaple - drycleaners for bridal dress; Cantel Cakes, Knowle -
cake toppers; BJ's Valuehouse, Barnstaple - napkins and serving dishes.