Special mum Mary-Anne was remembered on Donna and Will’s day of joy and laughter

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David Curwen, centre, hugs his mother with whom he wa sreunited. Completing the group is his brother Keith

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The wedding of Will Hucklebridge and Donna Clarke was a day full of joy and laughter but also a time to remember someone very special.

Will’s mum Mary-Anne had been thrilled about her son’s marr-iage plans, but died of stomach cancer last August while the arrangements for the big day were being made.

‘It was a very emotional day,’ says Will. ‘But it was lovely and I think she would have been very proud.

‘It was very difficult planning the wedding but it was what she wanted. She said “you’ve got to go through with it”. I think she wanted us to be just like her and my dad.’

Mary-Anne had battled stomach cancer but the family were left shocked when it returned last summer.

As well as being a beautiful and romantic day, the wedding acted as a sort of tribute as there were Cancer Research pin badges on the tables and a charity box collecting money for the Rowans Hospice in Purbrook.

But Will, 35, and 30-year-old Donna made sure their special day was full of joy and laughter.

The Portchester couple were married at beautiful Botleigh Grange Hotel near Southampton on March 30, which was the date they had first met years earlier.

Among Donna’s bridesmaids and flower girls were Will’s six-year-old daughter Grace, Donna’s niece Chloe Clarke, 12, and Will’s niece Lilly-Mae Bowbrick.

Will’s son William, 11, was an usher and he and Chloe did a reading together. Will says: ‘I was very proud, they did really well. They were both little stars.’

After the ceremony the couple and their guests enjoyed a sit-down meal and a disco in the evening.

Donna wore a beautiful dress with embellishment on the bodice. ‘She wanted a little bit of bling, she likes her sparkle,’ laughs Will adding: ‘She looked amazing, really really beautiful.’

The bride is also a big fan of shoes and worked with a designer to create a unique pair – albeit ones that were hidden under a dress. ‘Oh, she made sure she showed everyone at every opportunity.’ says Will.

Donna, who works for a charity with young people who have fallen out of education, and Will, who works for a security company, enjoyed a very special honeymoon in Bali.

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