Couple tie the knot in their dream wedding ceremony just a week before husband dies

Julian Coulston’s battle with a rare bone cancer wasn’t one he was left to fight on his own.

His girlfriend of seven years, Ayla Sharp, 27, stood by him when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2015 and when he tragically relapsed in 2018, with doctors in Melbourne, Victoria, telling the couple chemotherapy had failed.

And she stood next to him on March 28 at their dream wedding ceremony, promising to spend the rest of their lives together. 

Sadly, that only meant another eight days for Julian.

Julian's girlfriend of seven years, Ayla Sharp, 27, (both pictured) stood by him when he was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in 2015 and when he tragically relapsed in 2018

Julian's girlfriend of seven years, Ayla Sharp, 27, (both pictured) stood by him when he was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in 2015 and when he tragically relapsed in 2018

Julian’s girlfriend of seven years, Ayla Sharp, 27, (both pictured) stood by him when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2015 and when he tragically relapsed in 2018

The 27-year-old was told by specialists that the last round of treatment had been ineffective and they would have to remove 100 per cent of his sacrum – which is connected to the pelvis – if he wanted any chance of survival.

Vital nerves that control bowel and leg function would also be taken out as a result and he’d be unable to walk.

Above all else, surgery couldn’t promise that the cancerous cells wouldn’t return a third time either.

Ayla’s sister knew that despite their desire for a lavish wedding at Werribee Mansion they could never afford it and time appeared to be running out for the couple to walk down the aisle.

So she reached out to volunteer group My Wedding Wish in hopes they could help make their special day come true.

Ayla's sister reached out to volunteer group My Wedding Wish in hopes they could help make their special day come true

Ayla's sister reached out to volunteer group My Wedding Wish in hopes they could help make their special day come true

The company provides free weddings - with the help and support of the local community - to terminally ill brides and grooms

The company provides free weddings - with the help and support of the local community - to terminally ill brides and grooms

Ayla’s sister knew that despite their desire for a lavish wedding at Werribee Mansion they could never afford it and time appeared to be running out for the couple to walk down the aisle (Ayla pictured)

The company provides free weddings – with the help and support of the local community – to terminally ill brides and grooms. 

Julian and Ayla’s application was approved within the hour. 

‘The only issue was that Julian was currently in Peter Mac Hospital undergoing pain management protocols. We all had to wait, eager to create magic, but unable to without a time or place for the wedding,’ the company wrote on their Facebook page. 

‘On March 26 a date was set because doctors couldn’t get Julian’s pain under control and we were concerned this may change. We had two days. 

‘Ayla and Julian said they’d love to be married at the amazing Werribee Mansion. Our founder Lynette made some phone calls and Parks Victoria jumped on board, waiving all fees and bending over backwards to ensure the couple had a beautiful wedding day.’

'Ayla and Julian said they'd love to be married at the amazing Werribee Mansion. Our founder Lynette made some phone calls and Parks Victoria jumped on board, waiving all fees and bending over backwards to ensure the couple had a beautiful wedding day,' My Wedding Wish wrote on Facebook

'Ayla and Julian said they'd love to be married at the amazing Werribee Mansion. Our founder Lynette made some phone calls and Parks Victoria jumped on board, waiving all fees and bending over backwards to ensure the couple had a beautiful wedding day,' My Wedding Wish wrote on Facebook

‘Ayla and Julian said they’d love to be married at the amazing Werribee Mansion. Our founder Lynette made some phone calls and Parks Victoria jumped on board, waiving all fees and bending over backwards to ensure the couple had a beautiful wedding day,’ My Wedding Wish wrote on Facebook

My Wedding Wish organised the cake, Ayla’s wedding dress, a suit for Julian and the legal proceedings in just a few short hours, with a photographer, celebrant and makeup artist soon to follow.

With Julian’s health deteriorating the wedding was set to be one of the most emotional days for the two families joining as one, with images from the day showcasing just how close the couple were. 

‘The next day, Thursday March 28, 2019, a stunning autumn day, close friends and family gathered at 2pm to watch Julian and Ayla marry in a moving ceremony,’ the team at My Wedding Wish wrote online.

‘There were a lot of tears and there was so much joy.’

In writing to the charity foundation a few days after her nuptials, Ayla expressed extreme gratitude for the team who brought her the greatest gift of all: Eternal love. 

'Thank you again for giving me the most perfect day that my son and I will remember long after Julian passes on,' Ayla said

'Thank you again for giving me the most perfect day that my son and I will remember long after Julian passes on,' Ayla said

‘Thank you again for giving me the most perfect day that my son and I will remember long after Julian passes on,’ Ayla said

‘Thank you again for giving me the most perfect day that my son and I will remember long after Julian passes on,’ she said.

‘I can’t believe the generosity of everyone who helped pull off the wedding. 

‘I cried out of bittersweet happiness because I finally married my best friend of seven years and it will always mean the world to me.’ 

In the weeks prior to the wedding, Ayla had been packing up their home in Melbourne to move as Julian wanted to be in New Zealand surrounded by family when he died. 

They were due to fly out on the evening of April 3, 2019, and that night the new little family prepared to jet off abroad.

But in a heartbreaking twist of fate the young man didn't get his final wish to return to New Zealand

But in a heartbreaking twist of fate the young man didn't get his final wish to return to New Zealand

But in a heartbreaking twist of fate the young man didn’t get his final wish to return to New Zealand

Harry from Melbourne Portraits dropped by that evening to deliver their wedding album. Julian was able to reminisce on the day he married his wife.

But in a heartbreaking twist of fate the young man didn’t get his final wish to return to New Zealand.

He was in too much pain to board the three-and-a-half hour flight and had to be admitted back into hospital.

Julian died two days later in the arms of his beloved wife on April 5 and his funeral will be in the country he had hoped to return to on May 4.

You can donate to Julian’s funeral fund by visiting this website