A devastated groom, whose fiancé died just two weeks before they were due to walk down the aisle, bravely delivered his wedding vows at her funeral instead.
Ryan Dixon, 25, met Kate Wignall when they were just 15 years old after he moved to her hometown, Lost Withiel in Cornwall. The pair became teenage sweethearts and started planning their future together.
On 30 May 2020, after nine years together, Ryan popped the question – and to his delight, Kate said yes.
But the next day, she started feeling agonising chest pains that seemed to come out of the blue.
After seeing various doctors and being sent for tests, Kate was given a devastating diagnosis, just six weeks after the proposal. She had skin cancer.
Further tests revealed it was stage four melanoma which had spread to her brain, spine, spleen, kidney and lungs.
Last year, shortly after her diagnosis, Kate said: “It was heartbreaking telling Ryan. We’d been on such a high and now our lives were suddenly and sharply going in a different direction.”
Kate’s treatment seemed to be working well at first, but soon after spending Christmas with Ryan and her family at home, her condition took a turn for the worse.