IT was a special day which was tinged with an inevitable sadness.
Both Peter and Deborah Wareing knew that their time as a married couple was going to be terribly fleeting.
Deborah, 43, was just 11 days from death after a lengthy battle with cancer but they were determined to make the wedding celebrations as happy and memorable as possible.
And the 42-year-old groom today paid tribute to all those who had made it happen at such short notice, not least the Bellingham Hotel in Wigan Lane which had just two weeks to prepare for the ceremony and reception.
Mr Wareing said: “It was all a bit of a rush and Debbie was in hospital for much of the build-up to the big day but the staff at The Bellingham were first class.
“Nothing was too much trouble for them. They were happy to take most of the organisation out of our hands and they hardly charged us anything.
“It was just a really special day that we’ll all remember forever.”
Mrs Wareing was a member of St Patrick’s ARLFC – where her 11-year-old son, Reece, plays – and spent many weekends on the touchline there.
She also leaves behind her 13-year-old daughter, Ellie.
St Pat’s rugby club chairman, Joe Charnock, described Mrs Wareing as “a very brave lady who was a pleasure to know”.
He said: “Debbie was such a bubbly personality and always had a smile on her face.
“She never let anything get her down and was immensely proud of Peter and her two children.
“She was an inspiration to everyone who knew her and always put others before herself. She will be very sadly missed, not only by her family, but by everyone at the club.
“Everyone thought the world of her.”
Mrs Wareing’s funeral service took place at St Patrick’s RC Church in Scholes on Monday.