Those were the beautiful and yet heart-wrenching words of terminally-ill Natalie Turner as she fulfilled her dream and married her childhood sweetheart.
The brave 20-year-old, battling a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma, looked stunning in a white fitted dress as she was walked up the aisle by overjoyed mum Denise and tied the knot with John Daniells.
Emotions ran high at the glittering service in Portsmouth Marriott Hotel as getting married was Natalie’s ultimate wish – and family and friends came to pour out their support for the delighted young couple.
Speaking to The News after officially becoming Mrs Daniells, a beaming Natalie – who celebrated her 20th birthday on Friday – said: ‘It’s a very special day and a dream come true.
‘It’s amazing to be able to marry the love of my life. The support from all of my family and friends means so much.’
It’s a very special day and a dream come true. It’s amazing to be able to marry the love of my life.Natalie Turner
Poems – including a poignant one about the meaning of love – were read out during the wedding ceremony, decked out with white chairs with beautiful blue and yellow ribbons.
The bride and groom were whisked away afterwards for photos at Portchester Castle, pictured on the front page, before they were able to celebrate with loved ones back at the hotel, which paid for the occasion after running a wedding contest.
An emotional Denise said: ‘This day means everything to Natalie and the family. It’s definitely a dream come true for everyone, to be able to share this special day with her. It’s been something special for her to think about and taken the focus off the cancer.’
John, 22, said: ‘It’s an amazing moment. It’s the wedding of the year, as everyone has said. Natalie just looks absolutely amazing.
‘I can’t really describe how beautiful she looks. It’s the best day of our lives.’