Paul Wynn, a groom suffering from cancer, has died at the altar as his wife-to-be was walking down the aisle with their eldest son.
Wynn, from Ayrshire, Scotland, collapsed at Saltcoats town hall on June 25, 2021, shortly before he could wed his fiancée, Alyson.
The 57-year-old was said to have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that had spread to his liver and lungs eight days before his wedding.
Doctors had told him that he would likely only live for between six and eight weeks.
The deceased and his bride had been in an on-and-off relationship for 21 years, and had five children together.
Alyson told Ayrshire Live that her fiancé’s death has left her whole family devastated.
“If I had known we didn’t have long I would’ve tried to arrange the wedding for the beginning of the week. He never actually got any treatment,” she said.
According to the report, she had left her home on the afternoon of her wedding feeling overwhelmed from having to organise a wedding in such a short period of time, that she forgot her flowers at home.
She stated that she spent about 10 minutes waiting outside the venue of the wedding for a friend to retrieve her bouquet.
“By the time I had gotten my flowers and went up the stairs, everything seemed to be okay, although Paul seemed to be a bit uncomfortable by this point and his kilt had been loosened a wee bit to help him feel more comfortable”, she also said.
Alyson added that her late fiance had been wheeled into the venue in an office chair and that he struggled to breath.
After her flowers were retrieved, she was joined by their eldest child, Sandy, to walk down the aisle.
She said she knew something was not right when Paul slumped in the chair in which he was brought into the ceremony.
“He didn’t turn round, he didn’t look at me and I realised there was something wrong and I started breaking down and I started shouting his name and we knew something wasn’t right”, Alyson recounted.
Danielle Sood, who was the best woman at the wedding and friend of the couple, moved Paul to the ground from the wheelchair.
First-aid givers administered CPR and a defibrillator, but to no avail.
“It’s taken me a wee while to get where I am now and every day just seems to merge into one”, she explained.
“I’m having to get up and moving every day for the sake of my children but I can’t eat”.
She said that she and Paul had lost a child in a miscarriage in 2004, “so it gives me a bit of comfort that he’s up there with our child.”
Their wedding was initially arranged to take place on July 16, but was brought forward because of Paul’s diagnosis.
Alyson added that her late fiancé was a “fantastic dad and his kids were his life.”
A GoFundMe page has reportedly been launched to help the family pay for Paul’s burial scheduled for July 6, 2021.