A COUPLE who organised a wedding amid a terminal cancer diagnosis enjoyed a ‘perfect’ special day.
Owen and Laura Murray from Long Itchington, held their wedding at Coombe Abbey, near Coventry and celebrated with 30 guests at the first ceremony of the year at the historic venue.
The couple met in October 2019, but days before lockdown restrictions started last March, Owen was told he had bowel cancer – and two weeks later Laura found out she was pregnant.
Daughter Luna was born on December 18, and on the same day Laura accepted a marriage proposal but four days later, doctors told the couple there was ‘nothing else the NHS could do’ to treat Owen’s cancer.
The 39-year-old has started a chemotherapy drug trial after £29,000 was raised in an online fundraiser to pay for alternative treatments.
The couple initially booked a wedding at a registry office, but with the help of friends and a offer from Coombe Abbey to hire the venue free of charge, they were able to enjoy the day of their dreams on May 17.
Owen, who previously served as a rifleman in the Royal Green Jackets regiment of the British Army, said: “It was amazing, I struggle to find the words.
“The venue was beautiful, and the staff could not have done any more to make it special for us. Everyone was so nice and friendly and accommodating with every weird and wonderful request.”
Laura arrived at the venue in a Lamborghini, before the couple enjoyed a ceremony with 30 guests, with video messages from friends also shown at the venue.
The couple enjoyed a special wedding breakfast with afternoon tea with a separate menu catering for Owen’s dietary requirements.
Laura said: “Organising a wedding so quickly meant there was a lot to do, but it came together perfectly.
“Everybody was really kind and generous, and staff at Coombe Abbey could not have been any more accommodating on every level – it made for the perfect day.”
The couple held a ‘mini-moon’ over the bank holiday weekend, with a proper honeymoon planned for the future.