In sickness and health: cancer groom granted wedding wish
LIFE is no fairytale for Andy Rahman but one of his wishes has come true and he has a princess for keeps.
Andy, who is battling cancer, married his fiancee, Emma Tilman, at Sunshine Castle, Bli Bli, on Wednesday afternoon after his wedding wish was granted by a team of local wedding suppliers.
The wedding had been on Andy's bucket list since he was told in December that the colon cancer he had been fighting was terminal.
At the suggestion of a friend, he approached My Wedding Wish, a project launched by Buderim marriage celebrant Lynette Maguire, who was happy to grant his wish.
About 20 wedding professionals and suppliers volunteered their goods and services to make the couple's wedding a dream come true, leaving Andy speechless.
"I'm blown away by people's generosity," he said.
Andy said getting married had become more important to him since he was told he might have only six to 24 months to live.
"The plan was always to eventually get married but the diagnosis sped it up a bit. I realised I wanted to make this commitment to Emma and get married and make it official."
Andy and Emma, of Caboolture, had started dating only two weeks before he learned he had cancer.
"It would be too much for most people to take on but not Emma. She's been right by my side," he said.
"She's a really support and she's beautiful. I'm just reminded every day how lucky I am to have Emma in my life."
Emma, who is fighting her own health challenge, said they were good for each other.
"I guess I wasn't scared off because I have degenerative muscle condition. Because I'm sick, I can kind of understand what he's going through and we support each other," she said.
She said Andy was inspiring in the way he was facing the hand dealt to him.
"He always looks on the bright side. He's always happy and having fun and doesn't let things get him down.
Although a shadow hangs over the couple's future together, Emma was determined only to be happy on their wedding day.
"I did have a bit of a cry with the videographer. I've been pretty good all day but having to talk about it is pretty hard," she said.
"I guess I'm just trying to face it in a positive way and enjoy the day as much as I can," she said.
The couple celebrated the day with 60 family and friends, including Andy's parents and three sons, who flew in from New Zealand, and Emma's son and parents.
The newlywed Rahmans have not got around to organising a honeymoon yet but Emma said they would probably head to a tropical island at a later date.
Andy will also continue to work on his bucket list. So far, he has ticked off a brewery tour and tattoo.
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