A ROUND of mini-golf isn’t usually part of what is supposed to be the most important day of your life.
But the fates conspired to put putters on the programme for one couple’s wedding day, and it couldn’t have been more perfect.
Lewis and Emma Collins, née Kitchener, tied the knot at the Portsmouth Register Office, and then had another wedding ceremony on Southsea beach.
Having a few hours to wait until their reception that evening, the wedding party passed the time on the greens of Treasure Island Adventure Golf at Clarence Pier.
The couple, both of Southsea, originally planned their wedding for August, but rescheduled the big day because Lewis was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Emma, 27, said: ‘It was an amazing ceremony.
We love each other and couldn’t see a reason to wait.Emma Collins née Kitchener
‘The beach was the perfect setting because we wanted the wedding to be themed around nature.’
The couple exchanged rings made of Indian rosewood.
Lewis, 35, has already survived colon cancer, and has to start chemotherapy treatment for peritoneal cancer this week.
‘We thought we would bring it forward and this was the only date available,’ Lewis said.
‘I can’t think of another person I’d rather spend the rest of my life with.’
Emma said: ‘We wanted Lewis to be at his best for the wedding.
‘We love each other and couldn’t see a reason to wait.’
A mutual friend, Victor Williams, of Southsea, introduced the couple to each other at a Christmas ball in 2012.
Victor led the couple’s ceremony on the beach in front of about 40 friends and family.
‘It was beautiful,’ Emma said.
‘It was all about the little things and people coming together to support us.
‘The words were heartfelt and personal, and it was so nice to have a friend marry us.’
Emma said the entire wedding was planned in two weeks.
They said their vows under an archway decorated with lavender and white muslin.
After the mini-golf, the wedding party had their reception at the Rifle Club in Fratton.
Emma’s hen’s party will take the form of a charity run.
She and a group of friends are taking part in Portsmouth’s Race for Life on July 19 to raise money for cancer research.
‘If we didn’t have research into cancer people wouldn’t be surviving it,’ she said.
Her fundraising page is at justgiving.com/fight4love.