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After 16 years together, Kelly and Greg Standen (pictured) planned a lavish wedding with 120 guests for October of next year.

After 16 years together, Kelly and Greg Standen planned a luxurious wedding with 120 guests for October next year.

But the Sydney-based couple, who have spina bifida, were told to move the nuptials forward, because Kelly, 37, might not live long enough to say, "Yes, I want to."

"I told my doctor all the plans for the wedding … and he told me:" If I were you, I would push him as much as possible, because in my opinion you will not be present in October of next year, "Kelly told him. to FEMAIL.

After 16 years together, Kelly and Greg Standen (pictured) planned a lavish wedding with 120 guests for October of next year.

After 16 years together, Kelly and Greg Standen (pictured) planned a lavish wedding with 120 guests for October of next year.

What is spina bifida?

It is one of a kind of serious birth defects called neural tube defects (NTD).

It is an abnormality of the folding of the posterior surface of the embryo, which normally forms the spinal column with its muscles and spinal cord and spinal nerves.

Because of this abnormality, the growing embryo does not develop normally and the spinal cord and nerves are exposed on the surface of the back, instead of being inside a bone channel surrounded by muscle.

This means that the spinal cord and nerves can be easily damaged.

Source: Better health

So his dreams of arriving in a horse-drawn carriage to the Auburn Botanical Garden and departing on a honeymoon cruise through Australia were put aside.

Instead, the couple organized an outdoor service in Greg's backyard and had two close friends by his side as witnesses.

His celebrant Lou Szymkow said that despite the hurried preparations, it was still a moment of pure joy and love.

"They are very affectionate," he said.

"Greg is completely in love with Kelly, he takes care of her constantly.

"The wedding was a very beautiful moment." The great joy on his face when they made the announcement was very comforting.

Its celebrant Lou Szymkow said that despite the hurried preparations, it was still a moment of pure joy and love

Its celebrant Lou Szymkow said that despite the hurried preparations, it was still a moment of pure joy and love

Its celebrant Lou Szymkow said that despite the hurried preparations, it was still a moment of pure joy and love

Greg's balance became unstable at the age of 25, after years of playing soccer and participating in athletic carnivals, before being told to "prepare for life in a wheelchair". .

Greg's balance became unstable at the age of 25, after years of playing soccer and participating in athletic carnivals, before being told to "prepare for life in a wheelchair". .

Greg's balance became unstable at the age of 25, after years of playing soccer and participating in athletic carnivals, before being told to "prepare for life in a wheelchair". .

"I think both of them were overwhelmed … I can feel my own tears welling up now."

Greg's balance became unstable at the age of 25, after years of playing soccer and participating in athletic carnivals, before being told to "prepare for life in a wheelchair". .

That was almost 20 years ago.

For Kelly, who was diagnosed with syringomyelia, an accumulation of fluid in her spinal cord, at age 30 it is much more complicated.

"My brain is herniated: it is sucking the trunk of my brain in my spine, and it is crushing all the internal organs of my body," he explained.

But despite the perspectives, the couple still turns to their many years together as a source of hope

But despite the perspectives, the couple still turns to their many years together as a source of hope

But despite the perspectives, the couple still turns to their many years together as a source of hope

But despite the prospects, the couple still turns to their many years together as a source of hope.

"We met in 1999 playing wheelchair soccer, we were on the same team," Greg said.

"Kelly told one of her closest friends that I liked her but I did not find out until later."

The casual way in which they met has been followed by a series of marriage proposals relaxed over the years, but one day it stagnated.

"We were sitting in our local bowling club and Kelly said:" Let's get married! "I thought I just wanted to talk about the idea of ​​marriage, but after a while I realized that I was serious," Greg said.

Now that they have married, Greg and Kelly still hope to have the second wedding of their dreams.

Now that they have married, Greg and Kelly still hope to have the second wedding of their dreams.

Now that they have married, Greg and Kelly still hope to have the second wedding of their dreams.

"I'm a woman who knows what she wants," Kelly joked.

Now that they are married, Greg and Kelly still hope to have the second wedding of their dreams.

Both work for The Big Issue in an attempt to get more funds and have not yet set another date, but they are hoping that the white wedding will take place.

For now, however, they are very happy.

I always wanted to marry Greg. It is a good feeling. We're just trying to adapt to the housing arrangements. But once that stabilizes we can live like a married couple, "said Kelly.

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You can help fund the couple's dream wedding by visiting this registry.

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