Daniel and Becca

PeeWeeToms Wedding

Weston Super Mare

Daniel Thomas, better known by his Youtube name PeeweeToms, married his love, Becca on 12th September 2018. He passed away only a couple of weeks later on 28th September.
Daniel had a very rare and aggressive form of Cancer which he had been battling for a while. He decided to start vlogging his journey on Youtube at the start of 2018. I discovered him and his videos in April 2018 when on the front page of Youtube I saw his video titled ‘Cancer has Won, It’s Game Over. It utterly broke me to watch this video which he records barely hours after being told that the Cancer is now terminal. His incredibly courageous attitude and refusal to let his illness ruin what little time he had left really stood out to me. He still wanted to live his life to the fullest and not let anything get in his way.
 
I really wanted to show my support to Dan so I emailed letting him know that I would be honoured to photograph him and his family for free. Dan was very grateful and said that he would love to when he has some spare time. Months rolled by and so did his very honest yet mostly positive videos, along with quite a large fan base of supporters. I continued to watch his videos and we occasionally chatted.
 
On 6th September, he uploaded a heartbreaking video, ‘The Cancer is Now Everywhere‘. Whilst he knew that his disease was terminal, it was on this day that he learned that time was no longer on his side. I remember watching this video and how my heart sank. Dan was hoping for further treatments and surgeries to keep the cancer at bay for as long as possible but this was now no longer possible.
 
That evening I received a message from him asking if I was still able to photograph him. ‘Can you keep this completely secret?’ Dan asked me. ‘I do not want anyone to know at all but I am getting married.’
Peeweetoms message with me
‘It’s all been such a mad rush to do and unexpected but I know I want to marry her and call her my wife and that’s I guess what it’s about’. This message filled my eyes with tears. Knowing that he has barely weeks left, the most important thing for him was to marry his girlfriend Becca. This is love like I have never seen before and it broke me into tears of both joy and utter sadness at the same time.
So of course I cleared my diary and rescheduled another photoshoot I had and made my way up to Weston Super Mare for what was going to be a very emotional day. I met up with Dan in the town center along with one of his brothers and a friend. I wanted to document the day as honest and true as I could.  Most of the day was also vlogged by Dan and his friends with gopros. 
PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wedding day
PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wife on wedding day
PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wedding day
PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wedding day

This wedding was arranged in less than 48 hours. Marriages or civil partnerships in the UK require 28 days notice at registry offices but there are special circumstances that can fast track this process. Permission was given less than 24 hours before the wedding took place for Dan and Becca.

For the most part, it felt like a very ordinary wedding day and it was easy to forget just how poorly Dan was with his incredibly positive attitude but every now and then I was reminded that this was no ordinary day and that Dan was suffering more than he let on. While he was changing into his shirt, he showed me the tumours that were visible all over his body, most notably the upper left side of his body which caused him pain. It was also apparent that his left arm and hand had completely swollen up due to a buildup of fluid where his tumours were blocking the normal flow. This meant he had difficulty getting dressed. Despite this, I didn’t hear him complain once and his smiled beamed on his face for most of the day.

PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wedding day
PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wedding day
PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wedding day
PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wedding day
PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wedding day
PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wedding day
PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wedding day
PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wedding day
PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wedding day
PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wedding day
PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wedding day
PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wedding day
PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wedding day
PeeWeeToms Daniel Thomas Wedding day