On the 11 December a very special wedding took place at St Paul’s Church in Addlestone when David Kingston and his Fiancée Vanessa Smith took their wedding vows. The couple who live in Chobham have been together for ten years and engaged for nine of those.
David who is now under the care of the Hospice was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer at the beginning of September and underwent two rounds of chemotherapy. When the couple were told time was short they wanted to get married as soon as possible so with the help of the hospice the local community, friends and family came together to make the day possible.
“When I met with David and Vanessa for the first time David’s wish was to give Vanessa the wedding day of her dreams. Despite being so unwell he was focused on their special day and I could see how devoted they are to each other. It was fantastic to see the support from family, friends and local community, we had the whole day planned in about two weeks! It’s always wonderful to be able to help our patients to fulfill their wishes and I’m so proud that this is the fourth wedding I’ve supported whilst working for the hospice”. Caroline Hodgson Social Work Lead Woking & Sam Beare Hospices
The couples friends and family helped bring the day together Vanessa’s friend Janie lent her a wedding dress, her something borrowed, David’s sister Ange Shine was the photographer on the day, Sarah Hatch made their wedding cake, Ashleigh Philips did all the hair and make-up and Sandra Taylor and Heidi Fast created the bouquets for Vanessa and her bridesmaids.
Local businesses also offered their support including Liberty Cars providing the couple with their wedding car for the day. “It has been an absolute pleasure to have been able to assist, massive congratulations to David and Vanessa” commented Stuart from Liberty Cars.
The Vicar Rev Ben Beecroft of St Pauls in Addlestone married the couple and had met with David and Vanessa in the lead up to the wedding to join in prayer before the big day. David’s best man long-time friend of 25 years Jim Buckingham watched as Vanessa was walked down the aisle by her best friend Georgina.
The reception was held at local football club Abbey Rangers FC who kindly provided the venue with Sara Pearson, Rachel and Gemma Whitehead providing the catering which included a pick and mix table for the younger guests to enjoy and David Jackson was DJ for the night making sure all the guests filled the dance floor.
Around 50 guests attended the Chelsea themed wedding David is a massive Chelsea fan and has supported them for 60 years the cake, flowers and table decorations were all Chelsea coloured and even the wedding car sported a Chelsea blue ribbon. David was also presented with a personalised signed picture of Frank Lampard which he proudly carried around with him all day.
Vanessa commented “David and I would like to thank everyone that helped us to make our wedding so special we had a fantastic day thank you everyone”
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