Bride Shaves Her Head On Her Wedding Day In Bold Moment Of Support

"I've loved her since the moment I laid eyes on her."

Some women spend a lot of time trying to find the perfect hairstyle for their wedding day. Some opt for hair extensions to create intricate looks that'll look perfect in pictures, while others scour Pinterest for styles they can do with the hair already on their head. But this bride decided the right style for her would be to shave it off — mid-wedding reception. 

Joan Lyons from Liverpool, England made this decision as a way to lovingly honor her terminally ill groom, Craig. Four days ago, the couple's story went viral after being shared on The Way We Met Instagram, an account dedicated to sharing the photos and love stories of real couples around the world. 

Joan and Craig Lyons have known each other since they were 14-year-olds. Craig always had feelings for Joan, she just didn't know it. "I've loved her since the moment I laid eyes on her." Craig said, according to the post. After 30 years, Craig finally made his feelings known. 

"I was a bit shy about it and Joan has been married previously, but she was always the only one for me," he said. He proposed to her with a milkshake in hand inside a McDonald's. 

"That is how we are," Joan said. "That is our little heaven enjoying the simple things, as long as we're together." 

Sadly, Craig developed stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 2015. His diagnosis gave him nine to 12 months to live, so the couple moved up their wedding date and made it into a fundraising event.

"In an act of solidarity with Craig, and others affected by life-limiting illnesses, Joan shaved her head in front of all of their guests," the Instagram post said. "Her hair was donated to Little Princess Trust — a charity that makes wigs for severely sick children." 

In addition, the couple donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, Zoé's Place hospice and Woodlands Hospice. They sold sports memorabilia to boost their fundraising, according to HuffPost

In the Instagram post, the Lyons' wedding photographer, Kimberley Struth, of Struth Photography, shared what it was like to capture the couple. "It was very emotional ... but the love these two have for each other filled every inch of the room," she said. She called the Lyons' wedding one of the happiest she's ever shot. 

Dealing with Craig's heartbreaking diagnosis couldn't have been easy for the Lyons, but we're glad to see that they were able to find special ways to show each other how much they care about each other. They celebrated the love they share, honored each other, celebrated with loved ones, and made their wedding an opportunity to help others who are suffering, too. 

Craig passed away just before Christmas 2016. 

(H/T: Refinery29

Cover image via


Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest news and exclusive updates.