A young mother from England, suffering with tongue cancer died just 12 hours after marrying the love of her life during an emotional service.
Emma Gilhespy married RAF serviceman Michael Gilhespy in the chapel of St Johns Hospice in Lancaster.
However, on the night of their wedding Emma, who was just a month away from her 29th birthday, died in front of her new husband.
Grieving Michael, 28, said: "I was with her when she died, and I will never forget that."
Emma's heartbroken family now want to spread the word about the tongue cancer which cruelly took life and left her five-year-old lad, Callum, without his mum this Christmas.
Emma and Michael, who had been together for three years, have never spent a Christmas together due to Michael being overseas.
Michael, of Morecambe, Lancashire, said: "This year would have been our first Christmas. The first one I was in Afghanistan and last year I was in Cyprus."
Speaking about her daughter's illness, mum Debbie Grice, 56, said: "It all started with an ulcer on her tongue; she told me she kept getting it."
Ailing Emma underwent two operations in a bid to fight the disease, including surgery to remove part of her tongue in February. But despite intensive radiotherapy, the family was given the devastating news in July that the cancer was non-curative.