A bride who organised her wedding in just 23 days after being diagnosed with leukaemia says she was totally upstaged on her big day – by her horse, who was her ‘best man’.
Told she was seriously ill and needed a stem cell transplant, biomedical scientist Natalie White, 30, was determined to finally marry her carpenter fiancé, Jack White, 29, eight years on from her engagement.
Restricted by time and budget, Natalie, of Wolverhampton, West Midlands, opted for a small ceremony, saying: ‘We only invited both sets of parents, but there was a very special surprise in store for me. ‘Jack, my friends and family had arranged for Gibson, my beloved horse – all decked out in special bridal wear – to be my best man!’
‘Although it wasn’t what I had imagined for my wedding day, it was simple and special. We headed off to the hotel afterwards, where the manager was talking to us, telling us about its history, all the while trying to lead us out into the garden.‘I didn’t really understand what was going on, but then I saw Gibson standing there and it was so emotional. I had been loaning him for a few years and I love him so much. He is such a sweetheart. ‘Having him there for the next few hours meant so much to me. I think I spent more time with Gibson than I did with my new husband, as I hadn’t been able to see him as much after falling ill and it was lovely to have him by my side for the rest of the day.’