Couple get the dream wedding they never thought they'd have

WATCH: Couple gets dream wedding they never expected to have

WHITE dresses draped in crystals and lace, and picture-perfect wedding venues are pushed aside for many Sunshine Coast couples when hardship hits.

Once again, wedding suppliers on the Coast are pooling their resources to donate a magical "white wedding" to a deserving couple who are battling a terminal illness.

The team of organisers at My Wedding Wish, headed by celebrant Lynette Maguire, are looking for nominations for a free $22,000 wedding.

More than 30 Coast and Brisbane suppliers have donated their time and products - from the dress to the venue at Sunshine Castle, photographer, flowers, cake and hair.

Last year the inaugural winners, Coast couple Nathan and Christina Moon, celebrated the marriage they never thought would be possible after Christina was diagnosed with a terminal illness earlier in the year.

HARDSHIP CLAUSE: Fire-eater Tanya Abbey, Birte Benecke-Uhrig and Lynette Maguire are searching for the perfect couple to benefit from an all expenses paid wedding.
HARDSHIP CLAUSE: Fire-eater Tanya Abbey, Birte Benecke-Uhrig and Lynette Maguire are searching for the perfect couple to benefit from an all expenses paid wedding. Patrick Woods

"After the success of last year we have just been inundated with offers, it's incredible," Mrs Maguire said.

"Nathan and Christina's wedding was just beautiful and so emotional.

"I'd seen Chrissie at her worst, battling chemo, and then on her wedding day to see her all dressed up with a beautiful smile on her face was wonderful."

Mrs Maguire created My Wedding Wish when the father of a 24-year-old man with liver cancer approached her to fulfil his dying son's wish to marry his fiancee.

"I met the family and the couple signed the Notice of Intended Marriage and the paperwork was organised," Mrs Maguire said.

"There was just one small hitch. One month's notice is required for a legal marriage in Australia."

Within an hour a request was granted with a magistrate to shorten that time and a photographer and florist came on board to wed the couple that afternoon.

"The groom wanted to walk to the ceremony which was held on the veranda of the family home - it was clear that those 10 steps were difficult, but important," Mrs Maguire said.

Visit http://www.myweddingwish.com.au. Applications close on September 30.



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