A BRIDE who tied the knot just days after finding out her dad was dying has described the day as “perfect”.

Bex Wood, née Cunningham, was not even engaged when she found out that her dad, George Cunningham, had just weeks to live.

Bex, along with boyfriend Ali Wood, quickly got engaged and got married just six days after the doctors broke the bad news to her dad.

She told the Courier: “The wedding was brilliant.

“It was quite bittersweet but from looking back at photographs, everybody commented on how happy everybody was.

“We could have made it a sad day but we did not want that.

“It was a still a celebration; it was perfect, the weather was great – everything.

“That was how it would have gone if we took a couple of years to plan it.”

George, 64, of Longniddry, had been suffering from stomach pains last year.

Bex told the Courier: “He was diagnosed with lymphoma last June.

“They said they were putting him on a curative plan and said to him he could be home and cured by Christmas.

“He was getting treatment but then in October he started to get more treatment.

“They did tests and just found out it was not working and he only had weeks to live.”

Ali and Bex had been together for five years and had spoken of getting married but had never really put any plans into motion.

However, after the diagnosis, Ali went shopping for an engagement ring and proposed on the Sunday.

The couple, who live in Prestonpans, tied the knot on the Thursday at Longniddry Parish Church before a reception at Archerfield House.

Despite the short timeframe, Bex said the couple were not overly stressed by the occasion, with Ali’s sister-in-law Lyndsay putting things together.

Bex, 30, said: “You need a team of people to help. We hardly did any of it ourselves – Ali’s sister-in-law pretty much did all of it.

“She was the events planner at Archerfield and she did pretty much all of it.

“Family did bits and pieces but Lyndsay did most of it so we cannot take any of the credit.”

The happy couple were married on November 1, with George walking his daughter down the aisle in front of 60 guests.

Medical sales rep Bex said: “He was absolutely fine on the day.

“He was a bit tired and went for a lie down but he walked me down the aisle no bother.

“He did his speech and the first dance together and then he just sat and everybody chatted to him.”

George sadly passed away on November 16, with the funeral taking place in the same church.

Bex and Ali, who works as a field sales manager, decided to hold off on a honeymoon, with the couple jetting off to Dubai and the Maldives next month.

Bex added: “We wanted to spend as much time with him as possible.

“We had no idea in terms of timeframes so we spent everyday with him.”

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