Strangers pay for dream wedding after groom diagnosed with terminal cancer

Heartwarming and heartbreaking.

By Elisa Parry

Laura and Steve Monks got married on Friday and their beautiful wedding ceremony was funded by strangers.

The couple from Hyde, England, got engaged in 2013. They had planned to save for years for their dream wedding and new home. However last October, Steve was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer. In April, they received the devastating news that despite undergoing treatment immediately, his cancer was terminal.

Speaking with The Telegraph, Laura explained “everything changed when we got Steven’s diagnosis.” The couple decided to get married right away, and with the help of the charity Gift of a Wedding they were able to turn their dream wedding into a reality.

The charity “asks businesses and members of the public to donate things such as wedding cakes, name cards, dresses and makeup to couples like us who want to get married quickly."

Once Laura and Steven applied, the donations began flooding in; from decorations and a DJ to a wedding cake, string quartet and more, all entirely free. “We couldn’t believe how kind strangers were being,” Laura admitted.

The couple spent their special day surrounded by family and friends. Their daughter Lydia served as their flower girl.

While Steven is now in palliative care, the couple are grateful to have been able to celebrate their love; “We don't know what the future holds, but the kindness of strangers made our day completely unforgettable.”