Joan Lyons had her fairy tale come true last Friday as she married her sweetheart in a traditional wedding that was anything but “traditional.”
Her and her now husband, Craig, have been friends for over 30 years, but it wasn’t until 18 months ago that the couple fell in love. Joan literally married her best friend after knowing him all those years.
Along with falling in love the couple found out that Craig has terminal pancreatic cancer.
To show support for her husband, Joan decided to shave her head during the reception of their wedding.
“On our wedding night, our celebration party will also serve as a fundraising event where I will complete my head shave task in his honor and to honor and support those affected by life limiting illness,” she wrote on her fundraising page.
She’s outlined three of her favorite charities of who she’s donating her money to.
“Charities such as this rely on public support and funds to help support families and sufferers during difficult times. Please help us to help others, no matter how big or small, every penny matters and will be received with heartfelt thanks.”
Craig opened up about the first time he saw his wife with her shaved head:
“It was obviously the first time I had seen Joan without her hair and she looked beautiful, absolutely stunning,” he said in an interview. “I fell in love with her as soon as I set my eyes on her when we were 14. I was a bit shy about it and Joan has been married previously, but it has always been about Joan for me. She is the woman of my dreams.”
Kimberly Struth, one of the photographers who captured the event, said the night was full of emotional moments.
“To be honest, it was one of the happiest weddings I’ve ever been involved in. The mood was upbeat and positive,” Kimberley Struth told TODAY. “The bride actually was the smiliest bride, the happiest bride, I’d ever had.”
Struth’s photography company donated their services through a company called Gift of a Wedding, a charity that provides free weddings to people with terminal illnesses.
What was expected to be a very sorrowful night turned into a powerful statement of life, love and making the most of the moments we do have left.
If you’d like to help the Lyons family you can donate by clicking here!