New wedding venue to help terminally ill people have a ‘perfect day’

Terminally ill patients can now get married at a special bespoke venue after the company obtains its own marriage license.

Leek Weddings was launched in April by Emma Wisely, who was able to treat couples to their special day.

Now Emma has found a space that she has turned into a wedding hall, in addition to getting a marriage license.

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StokeonTrentLive previously reported how the caring mother of four helped terminally ill Ann Ruddock marry Keith Pearce at their Blurton home in October.

A social media appeal by the Douglas Macmillan Hospice allowed Leek Weddings to arrange the wedding in just 48 hours.

Ann, 56, who was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer, sadly died eight days after the couple’s special day.

Emma now hopes to help even more people after transforming the premises of Leek’s Town Yard Industrial Estate into an impressive wedding venue.

The 38-year-old said: “I have always done charitable work.

“A lady came to me who had a bridal shop and she had headbands that she didn’t want. It made me think it would be amazing if we could create something for people who are short on time.”

Emma now takes referrals from Blurton-based Dougie Mac and Stafford’s Katharine House Hospice.

Leek Weddings offers hairstyles, makeup, nails, photography, videography, flowers, dresses, costumes, bridesmaids dresses, dress and venue, balloons, catering, cakes and transport.

The dress or costume will then be sent to a company who will create a keepsake bear or pillow.

Emma just got a marriage license to marry people there so they don’t have to travel.

The company also attends bedside ceremonies where patients are bedridden to help them still have the magical wedding.

Emma has been running a catering and baking business for 14 years, but dreamed of becoming a wedding business.

She said: “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

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“It’s really personal and we want to make sure everything is perfect and exactly the way they want it, even if it’s rushed and last minute. Some have a few weeks or a few months.

“Ann and Keith’s wedding went quickly.

“It all falls into place pretty quickly and I have a good network in that regard. It’s nice to be involved in their special day.”

Learn more about leek marriages here.

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