A terminally-ill schoolboy made his mum’s dream come true when he walked her down the aisle.
Jack Connolly, who suffers from a heart condition, played a pivotal role in his parents’ Maxine and Michael Connelly’s wedding.
Dressed in a kilt matching to his father, Jack accompanied his mother down the aisle in front of 75 guests on June 30 at Dumfries Arms, Cumnock, East Ayrshire.
Maxine and Michael married after a 13-year long relationship and had four children together – Jack, Lucy, 9, Sophie, 4, and Ellie, 2.
Young Jack was diagnosed with a heart valve defect Tricuspid atresia while he was still in the womb.
Throughout his life he underwent three major operations to keep him alive – the first when he was just 5 days old.
His father, Michael, burst out into tears seeing his son accompany his partner down the aisle.
Maxine, 30, said: “When I was halfway down the aisle, Michael had tears running down his face.
“He hardly gets emotional so you never see that side of him.
“I always say to him, ‘it’s OK for men to cry’.”
Jack will one day require a heart transplant to stay alive.
His condition makes him tired often, and usually uses a wheelchair to get to places.
However, he managed to walk down the aisle without one.
Maxine added: “The wedding coordinator brought Jack up to my room after I got dressed.
“When he came into the room the first thing he said was ‘mummy you look so beautiful’.
“When he said that I had this lump in my throat, I tried my best to not cry, so I held it back.
“But my eyes were full. It was so hard, he was so cute wearing his kilt.
“He looked so mature.
“He was helping me walk by picking up my dress.
“Everyone kept telling him that it was fine but he kept trying to help, it was so cute.
“We kept telling him that he was such a good boy.
“It made him feel amazing because he loves to get praises.”
Maxine used to work as a dental nurse before quitting her job to take care of Jack full-time while saving up for a wedding.
However, the couple eventually married after winning a £15,000 wedding at Dumfries Arms, Cumnock, East Ayrshire.
Maxine, from Bathgate, West Lothian, said: “His condition affects his day to day life.
“I had to give up my job last year because I kept having to take time off for Jack being unwell.
“He’s had three open heart surgeries. His first one was when he was five days old and that lasted for 16 hours.
“The last one he had was at the start of July in 2015.
“He’s going through diagnosis for autism.”
The bride was even able to share a dance with Jack – to Robbie Williams, I Love My Life.
She said: “I also had a dance with Jack and literally everyone started crying.
“Michael said to me that I made all the men cry too.
“I really felt like crying, it was a moment that I honestly thought I’d never have.
“I’m so proud of him.”