A proud mother who was terminally ill with cancer died just 10 minutes after watching her daughter marry in her front room thanks to a special wedding licence.
Tragic Susan Hope, 49, who was battling breast cancer and three brain tumours, hung on just long enough to give newlywed Gemma a tearful hug, before passing away.
The ceremony was possible thanks to a special licence granted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, allowing Gemma, 28, to marry Darren Russell at home in Ruardean, Gloucestershire.
This meant Susan could see her dream come true from her death bed, after her condition rapidly deteriorated ahead of the planned August wedding due to a lung infection. Gemma said successfully arranging the service after the race against time was a 'miracle'.
She said: 'Ever since I was a little girl me and my mum spent every single day together. There wasn't a day I didn't see her.
'She was my best friend and she was supposed to be my matron of honour. I always said that if she couldn't be there I wouldn't get married.
'But when we knew she didn't have long left we asked our local vicar if we could get married at the house so that mum could be there.'
The family vicar spoke to the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, which sent through the licence allowing the living room service at Susan and her husband Alan's home on February 16.
Gemma, who has three children - Tia, 14, Leo, three, and Jai, 12 months - said: 'By the Tuesday she had gone downhill, her breathing had slowed and her heart rate was slow and the nurse told us she would be gone by the night.
'But when we told her the vicar had got the licence it was like a miracle.
'Her heart was beating faster and she seemed better. She squeezed my hand and it seemed like she was telling us to hurry up and get married.
'We had the ceremony in the house that day and as soon as the service finished I walked around to her bed and gave her a hug and said thank you to her.
'A tear rolled down her face and she took her last breath and I knew that she had hung on to see me married, which she had always wanted.'
The marriage ceremony started at 1.45pm and Susan passed away at 1.55pm.
The couple - who tied the knot in jeans and T-shirts - said they will have their marriage blessed in the summer.
But they were glad Susan got to be there for the formal ceremony.
Gemma added: 'It was more sad than happy because I have time to be happy with Darren but that was the last time I could spend with mum. I am glad we did it though.
Darren, 32, said: 'It was like a fairytale with a very sad ending.
'Her wish was to see her daughter get married and that is what she hung on for.'