With many modern couples now living together and making a home before they tie the knot, some are starting to think creatively about wedding gift ideas. If you are one of these couples who are newly engaged (congratulations!) and wondering whether you really need another toaster, we have a story to share with you that might inspire you to do something a little different at your wedding.
Heather and Craig met each other a lifetime ago. They both had families and were living happily, separately, in rural NSW.
When cancer claimed the lives of Craig’s late wife and Heather’s mother, they didn’t yet have each other to lean on. But a stroke of fate brought the two together, and they discovered an unmistakable connection.
It was at a food and wine ball in their hometown that they started a conversation that would turn into something completely unexpected. Their budding relationship brought two families together and challenged the grief that cancer left behind with new love.
Craig’s timing was perfect. He took Heather up in a helicopter and as they flew over a stunning view of Hillgrove, he proposed.
They were married at their house in Glenn Innes and started a new chapter in both their lives. To remember the loved ones they had lost, Heather and Craig created a Memory Well at the wedding where guests could donate to cancer research.
Heather and Craig’s wedding donations idea was a celebration of not just their love, but for the love of those who surround them and those who have shaped their lives.
“We would love other people to do the same thing. We have lost family members to cancer so to us there is no greater gift than a world without cancer.”
If you want to invest in the future of your loved ones at your wedding by funding cancer research – either in lieu of gifts, or wedding favours (bonbonniere) – you can find more information here: https://acrf.com.au/wedding-donations