Wearing a stunning lace embellished white dress with her hair swept up and a beaming smile on her face, beautiful Louise Wilson looked every inch the blushing bride.
But underneath the dress and the makeup she was hiding a grim battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
Now Louise has been hailed as an inspiration by other sufferers of the crippling disease after vowing not to let it stop her being a mother to her precious young daughter and teenage son.
At the age of 37 the one time avid dancer who lived for festivals now depends on a mobility scooter to get around, gifted to her by her local MS Society.
Louise, from Crosshouse, East Ayrshire, said getting her scooter has been life-changing in her ongoing battle with the disease.
She said: “My scooter has given me the confidence and independence I had been missing for so long.
“It gives me the freedom to go shopping or take the kids to the zoo without worrying about somebody pushing me in my wheelchair the whole time.
“It’s been a complete godsend. I’m so grateful to the society for giving me it.”
Courageously, rather than let her disability eat away at her Louise has been publicly sharing her battle with MS on social media to help combat stigma surrounding the condition.
The mum-of-two’s Facebook page documents her everyday struggle while she manages to be a normal 30-something devoted mother and wife.
Her popular blog – My MS, My Story – offers advice to people with similar symptoms.
Louise said: “There’s no shame in admitting when you don’t feel well or accepting help.
“It’s taken me a while to get to that stage though.
“Each day is different, MS surprises me every day. I wake up some days and wonder what’s not going to work today.”
In September, 2009 pretty Louise started to have problems with blurry vision and was told she had optic neuritis – inflammation of an optic nerve – which is largely linked to MS.
But it took doctors two years to diagnose her with the neurological condition – despite countless trips to the hospital.
Louise, who had just started a nursery teaching course when she was diagnosed, said she was relieved to finally know what was wrong
She said: “Everything that had happened to me in the past two years – the blurry vision, falling over – finally made sense.
“Even though it was horrible to be told it was actually a relief.
“It was terrible though – I was in hospital at the time and couldn’t move. I could barely even lift my head when the doctor was telling me.
“I thought I was never going to be able to sit up or feel my legs again.
“I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.”
Over the next few years Louise needed a walking stick and had to give up work at her local Spar shop.
But in September 2014 she enjoyed one of her happiest moments – marrying partner Stephen, father to their two-year-old daughter Asha.
Louise and Stephen, now 25, met in 2010 – one year before she was diagnosed with MS.
After a whirlwind romance, Louise pleaded with him to leave her when she found out about the crippling illness.
She recalled: “I told Stephen to run for his life.
“I didn’t want him bundled down with me but he wouldn’t leave.
“He was just a young lad at the time – I don’t know how I would cope without him.
“In sickness and in health they say but Stephen has had more than his fair share of dealing with the sickness.”
Unfortunately, Louise’s dream wedding day to was marred by her MS.
Waking up, the Crosshouse mum said she should have been excited about the day ahead but struggled to even get out of bed.
She said: “I was gutted because it wasn’t what I’d planned for it to feel like – I had to put on a brave face the whole day.
“When we were getting our pictures taken, even holding my bouquet was hard. It felt like I was carrying a ton weight. My arm just kept falling.
“But I got down the aisle and I will always have that memory.”
Last November Louise turned her life around and started to fight against her MS.
Stephen, a student at the University of the West of Scotland, was set to accept a top sports coaching award at a glitzy event in Edinburgh – and Louise didn’t want to miss it
She said: “It was then that I thought I wasn’t going to let MS beat me.
“I was so proud of him for getting this honour, there was no way I was missing it.
“That determination reminded me of what I used to be like. I realised I had lost a bit of myself and I wanted it back.
“I went with my wheelchair which was a big deal for me, but it wasn’t about me it was about Stephen so I didn’t care.
“He’s my husband and my best friend – I couldn’t have cared if I went on the back of a pig, I was going to watch my husband collect that award.”
Stephen said when Louise was first diagnosed he was “completely clueless” what MS was “which scared me a little bit”.
He said: “When I started to read different stories I felt myself getting more and more worried with what the future might hold for us both.
“At first the condition wasn’t a big problem for us. I felt we handled it well.
“The big problem started when Louise had to give up work and from there I started to see the Louise I fell in love with slowly disappearing, but I knew I had to stick by her and give her all the support I could.
“Around the time of my awards ceremony the Louise I fell in love with started to come back – which I knew would, I just didn’t know when.
“Louise may have MS but I know for sure it will never break our family.”