Saskatchewan

'He's my rock': When her fiancé was given 3 months to live, Weyburn gave her a wedding to remember

When her fiancé Jason Court was given only three months to live, Jennifer May decided to move up her wedding date. Shecommunity members in Weyburn to help the way they did.

Bride says she was not expecting overwhelming response, and help from community

Jason Court and Jennifer May celebrated their wedding this past month, with the community of Weyburn pulling together to help them both, following a devastating medical diagnosis. (Submitted by Jennifer May)

When Jennifer May looks at a photo from her wedding day, she sees in it the true definition of her relationship: her partner is the one that always holds her head up.

"He has always been my rock but when your rock cracks, it's tough," she said.

May's partner, Jason Court, recently found out his cancer had spread, and that he only had a few more months left to live.

The couple was already engaged, but May said the crushing news prompted her to move up their wedding date.  

"He's my soulmate. I wanted to make sure he knew that," she said. "I'm not going to do this again. This is it for me."

Jennifer May says sons Jordy Court and Draven May were supportive of the decision to move up the wedding day. The dress shirts both boys wore to the wedding were also donated by the community. (Photo courtesy of Patty Stables/Big Dog Photography)

An unexpected community response

Her sons got right behind her thoughts for a Valentine's Day wedding, with plans for 10 guests gathering at the hospital for the ceremony. 

But when May put out a call on social media for wedding advice, she didn't anticipate how news would spread of the impromptu wedding in their community of Weyburn.

I guess you don't know what you have in a small town until you really need it.- Jennifer May

A woman May now calls her "earth angel" put out an all-call, and within 24 hours, people had pulled together to collect all the items for a wedding, including a dress for May and a tie for Court, shirts for their two boys, decorations, jewelry and photography services.

"I guess you don't know what you have in a small town until you really need it," said May, describing it as heartwarming beyond measure, and something she hopes to pay forward in the future.

"People step up in the strangest ways."

In the end, the couple ended up holding hands and exchanging rings before an audience of 65 people at the Captain's Hall in Weyburn, in what May calls an "emotional" ceremony.

The wedding ended up taking place on Valentine's Day, with the unexpected help of many community members. (Photo courtesy of Patty Stables/Big Dog Photography)

Through it all, May said the strength of her boys blows her away. While she's set off crying simply by picking up socks, her kids tell her, "Daddy will be in a better place and not hurt any more."

As short as their marriage may turn out to be, May hopes to make the most of it.

"We are enjoying our time together now — not focusing on the negative, just focusing on spending time together."

with files from CBC Saskatchewan's The Afternoon Edition and Samanda Brace

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