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Facebook campaign raises funds for couple’s dream wedding

Shaun Parsons and Emma Collins tied the knot this weekend after being engaged for 14 years

A south Wales couple tied the knot after 14 years this weekend after a social network campaign helped to fund the big day.

Shaun Parsons, 38, proposed to Emma Collins, 31, on her 17th birthday in 1996. The couple from Abertridwr near Caerphilly hoped to make their wedding a big occasion but couldn’t afford Emma’s dream ceremony.

They even entered a radio competition for a free wedding and made it to the final.

Watch an interview with the newly-weds

But when the couple just missed out on the top prize by coming second their friends and family started a facebook campaign to raise the funds.

Best friend Jenee Gatehouse set up a page to encourage donations for the disappointed couple, raising £20,000 for their dream day.

Donations included  rings, the  reception, a stretch limo and the wedding cake.

“I thought every girl should have her special day, so why not try and do it for Emma,” explains Ms. Gatehouse.

The new Mrs. Parsons said the ceremony was a dream come true;

“I’ve always wanted the big dream wedding, a Christmas wedding, a big dress. It was perfect.”


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One thought on “Facebook campaign raises funds for couple’s dream wedding

  1. Can’t afford a big wedding? Then just don’t have one. Simples! Let me see, a simple and tasteful ceremony at the Registry Office, no?

    Sadly, they’re indicative of the “I want, I want, I want, but I can’t afford” mentality we have in this country. My parents couldn’t afford a big wedding, so they only paid for the type of wedding that they could afford, and didn’t dream of tapping anyone for the money for it, not even the parents.

    Posted by Cymro | December 13, 2010, 6:42 pm

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