Family organised 'big Greek ' for new mother, 27, and baptism for her ... trends now

Family organised 'big Greek ' for new mother, 27, and baptism for her ... trends now
Family organised 'big Greek wedding' for new mother, 27, and baptism for her ... trends now

Family organised 'big Greek wedding' for new mother, 27, and baptism for her ... trends now

A family planned a wedding for a new mum and a baptism for her baby in just six days - after she was given just six months to live.

Sophie Watkins, 27, was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in April 2023 - after three years in remission from the disease.

Doctors gave her a prognosis of six months but said she may live for up to two years - if she was lucky.

Despite the heartbreaking news Sophie was desperate to marry her partner and full time carer, Alekos McGarry, 32 but was too ill to choose a venue, outfits and food.

Luckily her parents, Tara and Carl Watkins, 52, stepped in to plan the entire day for their ill daughter in less than a week.

Despite the heartbreaking diagnosis Sophie Watkins was desperate to marry her partner and full time carer, Alekos McGarry, 32

Despite the heartbreaking diagnosis Sophie Watkins was desperate to marry her partner and full time carer, Alekos McGarry, 32

Sophie's parents, Tara and Carl Watkins, 52, stepped in to plan the entire day for their ill daughter in less than a week

Sophie's parents, Tara and Carl Watkins, 52, stepped in to plan the entire day for their ill daughter in less than a week

Doctors gave her a prognosis of six months but said she may live for up to two years - if she was lucky

Doctors gave her a prognosis of six months but said she may live for up to two years - if she was lucky

Tara and Carl - who also help to care for Sophie full-time - organised a Greek Orthodox wedding in a church near their home in Reading.

Mother-of-the-bride Tara helped Sophie pick her dress from an online boutique shop, and invited friends and family over to the house for a buffet, karaoke and dancing.

Sophie had a 'big Greek wedding' and officially converted to Alekos' religion, Greek Orthodox, by being baptised alongside her 22-month-old daughter, Aria - all on the same day.

Sophie, a former customer adviser at a bank, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, said: 'After the diagnosis, this wedding really meant a lot to everyone - so many of us were in tears the entire day.

'We didn't know where the second diagnosis was going to take us and we'd always wanted to get married, so we thought, 'let's just do it'.

'It was up in the air whether I was going to get baptised, but we'd be baptising Aria anyway so I wanted it all to be on the same day.

'I've never been a religious person - but I wanted to be with my daughter and my husband. I want the same faith, the same values they have.'

Sophie was first diagnosed with stage one, triple negative breast cancer in November 2019, after finding a painless lump in her right breast.

Sophie went through chemotherapy, radiotherapy, a lumpectomy and fertility treatment including freezing her eggs to battle the cancer which unfortunately returned

Sophie went through chemotherapy, radiotherapy, a lumpectomy and fertility treatment including freezing her eggs to battle the cancer which unfortunately returned

Feeling at her lowest, she decided time was running out to marry Alekos and they should tie the knot as soon as possible

Feeling at her lowest, she decided time was running out to marry Alekos and they should tie the knot as soon as possible

Sophie danced to 'Hero' by Enrique Iglesias, with dad Carl

They celebrated their nuptials with Greek food and karaoke

Sophie bought a dress from an online boutique, with just three days to go for £800 and  £20 shoes from Amazon

Sophie and her daughter were also baptised. Sophie said: 'I've never been a religious person - but I wanted to be with my daughter and my husband'

Sophie and her daughter were also baptised. Sophie said: 'I've never been a religious person - but I wanted to be with my daughter and my husband'

Doctors gave her a biopsy and on December 31 2019 confirmed she was suffering from cancer.

She said: 'I'd only booked two hours off work so I could go to that appointment.

'I went back into the bank, headed straight for the toilets, and just felt like I was going to pass out.

'I was only 22 at the time. It was a pure shock for myself and Alekos.

'They told me I needed all this treatment - chemotherapy, radiotherapy, a lumpectomy - not to mention fertility treatment, as they were sure the chemo would affect my chances of having a baby.'

Sophie had four embryos frozen in January 2020, as she and Alekos had decided to try

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