A north-east mum with incurable cancer today told of her joy as her final wish came true – to marry the man she loves.
Laura Colborne, now Watson, from Peterhead, got diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer in January and was told she had less than 12 months to live.
Since getting the devastating news she launched a crowdfunding campaign so she could tie the knot with partner Steven Watson.
In the months since, offers of help flooded in and the happy couple marked their big day with an emotional ceremony at Aberdeen’s Norwood House Hotel.
Mum-of-two Laura, 28, said the wedding even gave her respite from her cancer symptoms.
She said: “I kept saying to everyone, the day before the wedding, day of and day after were the best I had felt in weeks.
“I don’t know if that was because of the happiness, adrenaline and excitement. It was perfect. I didn’t feel ill on the day. It couldn’t have gone more smoothly.
“Everything that everyone has done for us made the day an absolute dream.”
Laura, a mum to Hillary, 4, and Arianna, 5, previously told how her world came “crashing down” since being told of the neuroendocrine cancer, which originated in her cervix before spreading to other parts of her body.
She described her wedding day as “amazing” and thanked everyone who had helped make it so special.
Laura said: “We had 90 guests. I had a lot of family from Southampton there and they have never been to a Scottish wedding before.
“Our humanist celebrant Neil Mellis did a perfect ceremony.
“The Norwood House Hotel is just a stunning venue. The staff were so friendly and were so helpful in helping us get organised on the day.”
Laura said parts of the day were overwhelmingly emotional.
She said: “During the firework display, I was in absolute bits and floods of tears.
“I had managed to keep it together the majority of the day until then.
“As soon as the fireworks started I realised and it really sunk in how much everyone had done for us. I just couldn’t stop crying during it.
“I took in every single moment throughout the day. It was simply amazing.”
Steven, 32, said: “It was extravagant and could not have been any better.
“The wedding was everything I could have hoped for and it was great to see the look on Laura’s face when she walked down the aisle. It had been the moment I was looking forward to the most.
“Seeing her walking down the aisle in her dress – I just couldn’t wait to see her.”
Steven said the fireworks were “better than any Bonfire Night” and called them “incredible”.
Since launching a crowdfunder in January, scores of generous people came forward to support the couple.
Services and items which were donated or paid for by the crowdfunder included the venue, wedding rings, photographer, videographer, transport, flowers, hair jewellery, make-up artist, hairdresser, DJ, LED dancefloor, bagpiper, a humanist celebrant and fireworks.
Laura was also able to have her hen party at Meldrum House last month and was given two wedding dresses – one from Elmar Bridal in Peterhead and the other from The Wedding Wardrobe in Aberchirder.
She added: “I just want to thank everyone who made the day so special and help contribute.”
Other donations are going to be spent towards outings with their girls to create lasting memories, including a trip to Deep Sea World and Blair Drummond Safari Park.