A man with financial punishment, who is in a relationship, has turned to the generosity of foreigners to help pay the wedding of his dreams for the love of his life in Thailand.
Kristian Hatton, 39, from Lismore in northern New South Wales, launched a GoFundMe page last week to raise much needed funds for his traditional Thai wedding on July 6 from his four-year partner, Roongaroon Bootprom, 39, too known as Nok.
He is desperate to make their union official after the couple were forced to cancel their marriage last year for unknown reasons.
The Australian Kristian Hatton and his Thai future bride Nok (photo) need the help of the community
& # 39; Canceling a wedding is a terrible thing in Thailand, as the date is determined by the culture. Because we canceled, my partner lost a lot of & # 39; face & # 39 ;, & # 39; says Mr. Hatton on the fundraising page.
The wedding was rescheduled, but the obstacles of life have since stood in the way of saving.
Although Mr. Hatton admitted that he is facing a tough fight, he is firmly convinced that the wedding will continue as planned.
& # 39; We actually have the money for the wedding, no matter what it is, but it is very touching and moving and I am very nervous because we had to cancel once & # 39 ;, Hatton told Daily Mail Australia.
With just over three months until the pair says & # 39; I do & # 39 ;, Mr. Hatton has saved less than half the $ 6,000 needed.
& # 39; That means I should save at least $ 300 a week. That would mean I have to live on $ 180 a week, & he said to the Northern Star.
& # 39; That's a bit impossible with rent, food and bills. I'll have to eat one meal a day to make things happen, actually. & # 39;
& # 39; I did everything to get extra jobs to participate in large poker games to make it happen, but I dug myself a bit worse. & # 39;
A GoFundMe page has been set up to afford the (pictured) wedding of the couple of their dreams
The fundraising page has so far increased $ 135 to the $ 5,000 target in five days.
& # 39; We knew it would be tight and difficult, but a few things got in the way of the general life that put things a bit at risk. I only get $ 525 a week from two jobs, Mr. Hatton posted on the page.
& # 39; We are very behind and have to move forward. We cannot cancel the wedding a second time. It is all or nothing. We are here to win this. & # 39;
Mr Hatton also organized a party fundraiser with live music, DJs and lotteries in May at The Gollan Hotel in Lismore.
& # 39; We hope that some people can come to our party, hear great music from local DJs and throw some dough in the bucket to our wedding, "he told Daily Mail Australia.
The 21st century can be very difficult for couples trying to make a living. I earn just over $ 500 a week from two courses and have to speculate with events and other ways to kick-start an event. & # 39;
& # 39; To be honest, we DO NOT NEED YOUR donations, but every bit helps make life easier because we are really broke in saving and struggling to keep up, & # 39; he published on a Facebook page especially for the event.
Kristian Hatton (right) and his fiancé Nok (left) have been together for four years
Like their dream wedding, the financially strapped couple will have to pay nearly $ 10,000 in visas for Nok to join her groom in Australia.
& # 39; Your money goes to the cost of our wedding, the basic cost for a few weeks with my loved one and allows me not to starve when I get home, & # 39; Mr Hatton wrote on the GoFundMe page.
& # 39; It can also be a start to save the costs we need for Nok & # 39; s permanent partner visa in Australia – which costs more than $ 7,000 and has an 18-month waiting period … we after the wedding. & # 39;
Kristian Hatton and partner Nok were forced to cancel their traditional Thai wedding last year
Of the four years that they were a couple, Mr. Hatton and Nok lived together for less than half of that period, but they talked through a video link every night.
& # 39; Some of you have followed our story and have seen what kind of things and risks we went through for our relationship. I chose this because I think she is totally worth it and we just want to be happy, & said Mr. Hatton.
Public opinion has forced Mr. Hatton to edit details of the couple's story online.
& # 39; What we went through for our relationship is real, and if all you have to do is criticize and sabotage our very real barriers, walk a mile in our shoes and then talk to us. This is not an internet spectacle to weigh and laugh at, this is real *** for real people, & he said.
& # 39; We cannot cancel the wedding a second time. It is all or nothing. "We're here to win this," said Kristian Hatton, pictured with his fiance, Nok said