Right after settling on the dream dress, most brides begin stressing on how to style their tresses come the big day. (Trust us: We've written countless articles on the subject...) Should your hair be pulled back in a sleek bun to show off your shoulders, or down in romantic loose waves for a soft, boho look? It seems like the bridal beauty possibilities are endless, and hair trial after hair trial has lead many a bride to a pre-wedding meltdown. One woman who definitely wasn't stressing over her wedding day hairstyle? Joan Lyons, an inspiringly brave bride who actually shaved off all her hair — in the middle of her wedding! — in support of her husband, Craig, who is currently fighting terminal pancreatic cancer.
This Liverpool couple has had quite the love story, after having known each other for 30 years before finally tying the knot. "I fell in love with her as soon as I set my eyes on her when we were 14," Craig shared with The Daily Mail. But it actually took quite awhile for the groom to finally confess his feelings. Just 18 months ago, Craig finally told his now-wife how he felt while aboard a ferry boat. (How very McDreamy of him...)
Craig and Joan had planned to marry later this year, but when his condition was recently determined to be terminal, they decided to move their nuptials up to earlier this month, with the sweetest of wedding plans in mind. They would encourage their guests to donate to various charities in lieu of wedding gifts and to give their friends and family a little extra incentive, the bride decided she would shave her head — at her very own reception!
After the couple said their "I dos," the big moment came. As a saxophonist played "Ferry Across the Mersey" — a nod to where their love story all began — Joan's hair was first cut (to be donated to the charity the Little Princess Trust, which creates wigs for children going through chemotherapy) and then her head was shaved as she sat there in her wedding dress. "I was really relaxed during the process," the bride later told CBS News. "Just thinking how thankful and privileged I was to be able to do this."
Almost all brides hope to stun their spouse in their wedding day getup, but it almost goes without saying that this was one groom who was truly blown away. "It was obviously the first time I had seen Joan without her hair," said Craig. "And she looked beautiful, absolutely stunning."
We couldn't agree more.