Celebrating love during hard time
ADAM and Trudy Maher had been engaged for nearly three years and were not in a rush down the aisle.
But a shock diagnosis of motor neurone disease (MND) for Mr Maher changed their plans quite suddenly.
In July last year Mrs Maher said she had noticed Mr Maher would start slurring his words after a couple of drinks.
"He was having trouble getting his words out and speaking but at first we thought it was because of the drinks," she said.
"He was also a professional rugby league player so we thought maybe he'd had a few too many knocks in the head.
"Gradually it got worse and started happening when he wasn't drinking so went to the doctors and got brains scans."
Mr Maher was diagnosed with bulbar palsy last month, a common symptom of MND that effects the part of the brain needed for swallowing, speaking, chewing, and other functions.
"So far it (MND) hasn't gone anywhere else and isn't progressing yet so we are really thankful for that but we don't really know what the future holds," Mrs Maher said.
"Despite being engaged for so long we didn't have anything planned.
"But when he was diagnosed it changed a lot of things and you start to look at things a little differently and you realise you never know how long anything will last."
So with a lot of support from their family and friends, and the wider Sunshine Coast community, the couple were married in a park on Currimundi lake on April 6.
"We organised the wedding within a month with the help of a lot of beautiful people donating their time to help make it a possibility," Mrs Maher said.
- DANIELLE FORD