We’re going to start featuring some of our Real Weddings and we thought we would start with an amazing story of love.
This is a story about a Wedding Vow Renewal.
There are lots of reasons to renew your vows – but here’s the story of Glasgow couple Pauline and Guy Lyons – who renewed their wedding vows at Boclair House on Saturday 12th January 2019, and also raised £1,000 for charity.
Pauline and Guy reached a milestone of five years married, which for most couples isn’t much of a benchmark, but for them, it was almost miraculous.
After living together for 18 years, Pauline and Guy married on 17th January 2014. At that time Guy was undergoing treatment for lung cancer and had been given only 18 months to live. Their wedding was organised in three months and was a small intimate affair. Guy was extremely ill and had to go to bed shortly after the ceremony.
Remarkably he survived cancer and is now five years in remission.
However, the couple were dealt another cruel blow. They were on holiday in Ireland last July when Guy suffered a massive stroke. Had he not been in Belfast, where he was able to have a life-saving operation called a thrombectomy, he would most certainly have died.
The charity Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) are currently campaigning to have this vital operation brought back to Scotland. Many Scottish stroke patients are missing out on receiving life-saving thrombectomies, which can help people who have suffered a stroke to recover quicker and lessen the devastating impact it can leave.
Guy, 65, spent 18 days in an acute stroke unit in Belfast Royal Victoria Hospital and was then airlifted home to Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Stobhill Hospital for further rehabilitation. He has since made a remarkable recovery and shows no outward signs of having suffered such a recent massive stroke.
As Pauline tried to come to terms with almost losing Guy for a second time, and the sudden finiteness of life, she also knew their fifth wedding anniversary was on the horizon. She decided to be grateful, to celebrate their time together, and to regard their future years as a bonus.
On Saturday 12th January 2019, Pauline and Guy renewed their wedding vows in front of family and friends at Boclair House. The atmosphere was relaxed. The grand ballroom was perfectly set up to conduct an informal ceremony, which was written and presided over by Pauline’s good friend, Roberta Doyle. She made reference to cat-lover Guy’s diminishing nine lives, as well as commending the unconditional love and strength of Pauline as she was beside Guy’s side nursing him through two life-threatening illnesses.