VIDEO: Dream wedding at Scawby of cancer sufferer Liam Thompson to Alice Faulkner enjoys celebrity support
A fairytale wedding has a happy ending for Alice Faulkner and cancer sufferer Liam Thompson – who have taken their first steps into married life.
Newlyweds Mr and Mrs Thompson have gone through more than their fair share of highs and lows together but their beautiful wedding on Sunday was the happiest yet.
After a sleepless night for both bride and groom who had spent the night apart, it was a 6am wake-up call to make it to the church on time.
When Liam and his groomsmen, arrived at St Hybald's Church, Scawby, shortly after noon, it was a cross between the A-Team and Dad's Army – with their heads poking out of the tank roof cheering to the engine's roar.
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The tank, complete with ivory ribbon and Union Jack flags had returned from its pre-drinks mission at the Sutton Arms pub which was followed by a tour of Scawby Brook, Hibaldstow and Brigg.
Wearing top hat and tails, Liam, best man Jamie Beacock along with ushers Tom and Bradley Wraith, had white avalanche rose button holes.
While their glowing faces masked their pre-wedding nerves, it was time for the groom to take his place in church ahead of his bride's arrival to the ceremony.
The Beauford brought the three beautiful bridesmaids, Hayley and Amy Thompson and Katie Gravel who each carried a bouquet of white gerberas and wore empire line dresses in fuchsia pink satin.
The streets were lined with people who applauded and waved as the Beauford pulled up with the bride.
Miss Faulkner wore a Ronald Joyce dress – an ivory taffeta strapless gown with a corset back and chapel train, encrusted with a design of beaded flowers on the bodice and gentle folds on the skirt held in place with the same beaded flower design.
In keeping with tradition and her "new" dress, Miss Faulkner had a heart-shaped necklace which was "old" and "borrowed" from Liam's twin sister Amy and a "blue" garter under her dress.
She looked simply stunning and carried a bouquet of cali lilies, gerbera and stargazer lilies, ruskas, eucalyptus and grasses.
Miss Faulkner's dad, Kelvin Gravel walked her down the aisle as tearful guests soaked up the warm atmosphere.
The service featured hymns All Things Bright and Beautiful and Morning Has Broken led by the Wold Singers choir. Miss Faulkner's grandfather Richard Alderson gave a reading before Reverend David Eames conducted the marriage, followed by a blessing and signing of the register.
The Wolds Singers performed a fabulous rendition of Love Is In The Air.
And the couple made their way down the aisle and outside for group photographs.
A flurry of confetti met them at the church gates before it was on to The Wortley House Hotel for the afternoon reception.
Alice and Liam arrived at the venue in the Beauford and were met with a gospel choir which lined the staircase and brought the main entrance to life with the sounds of Oh Happy Day.
Liam said: "It was like something you see on the films."
After a three-course meal and cake cutting, it was on to the speeches.
The father-of-the-bride reminisced about his daughter before the father-of-the-groom led the guests in giving three cheers to all the kind and generous people who have been involved in making the couple's special day.
Liam, who is now back in hospital having chemotherapy, thanked his mum and dad for all the love and support they had given him and thanked his wife Alice for planning their special day – admitting he did look up once or twice from the TV to give a nod of approval.
Gifts were presented to the parents, bridesmaids, ushers and best man before Liam presented a large bouquet of fresh flowers to his wife.
The best man spoke about how he met the groom – through St John Ambulance.
He explained that they went to school and college together and even worked together for a short time before raising a "toast" – literally – before taking a bite and raising a real glass to the happy couple.
When their evening guests arrived, the party continued with Liam and Alice sharing their first dance to Take That's Greatest Day – a song that fittingly summed up the whole wedding.
The couple and their guests enjoyed a giant firework display and as the sparks lit the night sky, their love warmed up the cold night.
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