Terminally-ill five-year-old marries her best friend in dream fairy tale wedding

By Pam Magwaza
21 June 2017

"Even if we are apart, I will always be with you."

This little girl's dying wish was to marry her best friend.

Five-year-old Eileidh Paterson knew that she was terminally ill with neuroblastoma, so she made a bucket list of all the things she wanted to do before she died.

At the very top of her list was marrying her six-year-old best friend, Harrison Grier.

In honour of her wish, their families arranged a little 'wedding' ceremony for the adorable pair. Family and friends of the little couple, from Forres in the UK, attended the celebration at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

Harrison's dad Billy told Metro that although his son had never attended a wedding before and this was all new to him, he was extremely excited and glad to do it because Eileidh was his best friend.

"It was a beautiful ceremony and he enjoyed every minute. He was quite excited to do it. Ever since he met Eileidh, they have been inseparable. I think he knew what was going on. He certainly knew how important it was to her and wanted to do whatever he could for her," said the dad.

Little Eileidh was dressed in a dreamy white and pink fairy tale dress as she was walked "down the aisle" by her older brother Callum.

When You Wish Upon a Star from Disney film Pinocchio played in the background as the little girl entered the room. Her 'prince' Harrison looked dashing in his traditional Scottish attire.

The cute pair met at the altar, held hands and exchanged St Christopher’s necklaces to signify the journey they had been on together.

A story about Eileidh's life was read out by children’s entertainment firm Love Rara, Zara Grant and a poem was read out by Eileidh's sister Cerys.

At the end of the poem were the heartfelt words, ‘even if we are apart, I will always be with you’.

Harrison and Eileidh were then pronounced 'best friends forever' before walking out together hand-in-hand. The 'reception' took place in an auditorium, where they celebrated with candy floss. The two best friends had their first dance to Gangnum Style by Psy. The celebration continued with pop songs and Disney anthems while guests toasted to the pair and danced the day away.

Eileidh's mother, Gail said her daughter had just had blood transfusions on that day which she feared would affect her daughter's big day.

"She was just extremely drained, but she was like a different girl during the ceremony.The spectacle of it really perked her up, she was in her absolute element getting to play with other kids and have fun. These are going to be lasting memories." she said.

Gail, who raised over £120 000 (R2 million) in 2015 for her daughter's treatment and continues to raise awareness of her child's illness through her Facebook page, Eileidh’s Journey, was extremely proud that her family was able to pull this off so well.

Harrison's mother, Stefanie Grier said, "The two of them just have this magical bond. Harrison has always said that he loves her and that he wanted to marry her, Harrison doesn’t really like to play dress up or anything like that but Eileidh has this way of convincing him."

"She has been telling all the nurses that she has a boyfriend and that they are going to get married," said Stefanie.

Sources: Metro UK, The Sun, NY post

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