A BARRHEAD businesswoman has been praised after she helped to grant a terminally ill man’s wish to give his partner a dream wedding.
Elaine Donegan, owner of Wedding Wise, came to the rescue of sweethearts Peter Pender and Diane Sutherland, who have been together for 22 years.
She teamed up with the Wedding Wish Makers charity to make sure the couple’s big day would be one to remember.
Elaine kitted Diane out in a beautiful dress, veil, tiara and jewelery for free after being told how Peter, who has an aggressive form of bladder cancer, has been given less than six months to live.
“When we were asked to help Diane, it was always going to be a yes,” said Elaine. “She came along with her dad, which was lovely.
“She chose a beautiful Romantica of Devon dress and was so lovely that I had to give her a veil, tiara and earrings to finish it all off.”
Peter, 53, and Diane, 43, tied the knot at the Coats Paisley building, which was formerly Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church and now operates as an events venue.
Their three children were among the guests.
Peter said: “I was determined to put on a brave face but, as soon as I saw Diane and how beautiful she looked, I had a tear in my eye.
“The past few months have been difficult for us all but we want to create as many memories as we can before I pass away and we’ve done that here with the people who mean the most to us.”
Wedding Wish Makers also worked with other wedding suppliers to make the couple’s special day as affordable as possible.
Suzanne Stevenson, the charity’s founder, said: “As soon as we heard Peter and Diane’s story, we immediately wanted to help.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the incredible response and generosity of everyone who made this day possible. So many businesses got in touch, offering to help with everything from bridesmaid dresses to wedding cars and a videographer .”
It was back in April that Peter, from Pollok, was told his cancer is terminal.
He said: “I’ve always been determined to fight and I’m over the moon that we made it down the aisle. I was planning my funeral and, thanks to this wonderful charity, I began planning my wedding instead.
“They have helped make our dreams come true and I can’t thank them enough. We’ve been so touched by the kindness of people who donated their services and skills to make the day one that none of us will ever forget.
“I don’t know how long I have left but I’m determined to enjoy every second. I get tired easily and can’t walk far anymore but I will make the most of every ounce of life while I still can.”