Joined in sickness and health

April 27, 2018

Lesley O'Toole and Stacey Guthrie were married in Shepparton, thanks to big support from the community. Picture: Kim James Photography

Stacey Guthrie wanted to marry her partner before anything untoward happened with his health.

The Shepparton woman met Lesley O’Toole through mutual friends in 2016, just a few months before he was diagnosed with leukaemia.

‘‘We got told that by March this year he’d progress to stage four,’’ she said. ‘‘If anything goes wrong, I want to be married to him and I want to be an O’Toole,’’ she said before their wedding.

With plans to get married later this year, the community rallied behind the couple and helped to bring the wedding forward, and the pair was married at the weekend.

‘‘I was contacted via Messenger and I was told there was a couple who wanted to get married who were facing an uphill battle with health,’’ wedding celebrant Jennifer Broadbent said.

Ms Guthrie said Ms Broadbent had been a huge assistance to the pair in recent months, volunteering her time to help plan the event.

‘‘Until something like this happens, you don’t realise how generous people can be,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s amazing what the community can do.’’

Ms Broadbent was not the only person to donate supplies or their time for the preparations or on the wedding day.

‘‘A lot has been donated,’’ she said.

Kim James, Happy Snaps, Tanya Minotti and Brooke from Chubby Shots provided photography services for the couple, GV Party Hire donated marquees, tables and chairs, Sally Murphy made a cake, Brides and Maids discounted the wedding dress, GV Party Supplies provided decorations, Gouge donated table cloths, Michelle Baerken provided a brooch bouquet and Tasman Meats provided some of the food.

With Mr O’Toole being a car lover, vehicles were also donated by friends of Ms Guthrie’s bridesmaid Hayley O’Boyle, who was also instrumental in bringing the event together.

‘‘Everyone has been so lovely and has made the process stress-free for Les and myself,’’ Ms Guthrie said.

‘‘I’m overwhelmed there was so many beautiful people willing to help.’’

The pair was married at the rotunda at the back of Emerald Bank, Kialla, on Saturday, April 21, surrounded by friends and family.

Ahead of the event, Ms Guthrie said she was not nervous, just eager to tie the knot with Mr O’Toole.

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