THIS was the poignant moment a woman married the love of her life – just one day before he died of a brain tumour.
Guests performed an emotional haka as Maia Falwasser and Navar Herbert, 22, got hitched during a romantic backyard ceremony.
Maia Falwasser and Navar Herbert got married in this emotional ceremony in a backyard[/caption]
The newlyweds embrace[/caption]
Friends and family perform an emotional haka at the ceremony[/caption]
Navar died on Tuesday night after a lengthy battle with a cancerous sarcoma tumour.
The Gold Coast rugby union player was diagnosed with the tumour several months ago and his condition quickly deteriorated.
His wife Maia, who has a son with Navar, has since shared this footage of their day on a GoFundMe page she set up to raise money to fly Navar’s body back to his hometown of Kotahitanga Marae , New Zealand.
Maia says on the page: “Today my heart is heavy and sad, I lost my best friend, husband and the father to our son,” Maia wrote. “I feel absolutely showered in LOVE by friends and family, this is a hard time, however I do find my strength and refuge in everybody’s support.”
Today my heart is heavy and sad, I lost my best friend, husband and the father to our son
In the footage, Navar’s groomsmen are seen helping him get dressed for the big day before wheeling him outside to wait for his future wife to walk down the aisle.
As Maia appears at his side, he holds her hand and tells her how much he loves her.
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After the ceremony, family and friends perform a haka – a traditional war cry and dance – for the newly married couple.
Navar’s football club, the Narang Bulls, have also organised a celebration of his life and have been fundraising for Maia’s cause.
A club spokesman said:”The effect will be across the whole club. My understanding is there has probably been between 20 and 30 of the players there at any given time over the last couple of days.”
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Navar tells Maia how much he loves her[/caption]
Navars groomsmen helped him get dressed for his nuptials[/caption]
Maia, who is fundraising to bring Navar’s body back to his hometown, tosses her bouquet[/caption]