When Estelle and Daniel Harris got married in February, their friends were a little taken aback, for the Derbyshire, U.K. couple had initially planned to tie the knot a few months later in May.
The backstory behind the couple moving up their wedding date, though, had everyone in tears.
With months to go before their planned wedding date, bride Estelle was given some devastating news following a trip to the vet with her longtime pet bullmastiff, Brucie.
Brucie had been rushed in to receive medical treatment after he started showing signs of oxygen depleting. The Harris couple had noticed white gums and a blue tongue for the 5-year-old pup, who had been with Estelle longer than she had known her future husband-to-be.
The vet hospital diagnosed Brucie with a pleural effusion, and went to drain the fluid from around his heart and lungs. But what was supposed to be a simple fix ended up revealing something far more dire; there was a cancerous mass in his chest, and after a seven-hour surgery to remove it, Brucie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer called hemangiosarcoma.
Brucie was given between one and four months to live, which would have risked his presence at the Harris wedding.
So despite the guests who would be unable to make a last-minute date change and the lost money in forfeited deposits for things like a venue and catering, the couple made an easy decision: they would get married at the Burton Registry Office three weeks after finding out that Brucie didn’t have long to live.
It was a rushed affair, with family pitching in to provide food and half the guests unable to attend. But for Estelle and Daniel, it was a no-brainer; if the pet described by Estelle as her “kid with four legs” was able to attend the service, that was all that mattered.
The reason the wedding was brought forward.. our beautiful boy had to be there… aka Bruce Harris 😍😍
It was a heartbreaking situation, but one that made Estelle happy despite the circumstances.
“Having Brucie there with me on the day was the most important thing, hence why we changed it,” she said, via LadBible. “I think some people think we are nuts for changing it, as some people see him as just a dog, but to me he’s a lot, lot more.
“Everything I do in life revolves around him. I love him more than anything and every day my heart is broken because he’s dying and there’s nothing I can do about it, except love him and make memories.”