Charlotte Watson, 26, lost her father to cancer four months before her wedding and honored his death by using his ashes for her wedding day nails, an idea conceived by Kirsty Meakin, her cousin, states Ellen Scott of the UK’s highest-circulating newspaper Metro. In 2007, Charlotte met her now-husband Nick doing street dance. Nick proposed to Charlotte on a break in Carden Park in 2012 after they welcomed their first daughter, Ella.
The couple were not rushing to get married. However, in 2017, Charlotte’s father was informed that his prostate cancer had spread to his lymph nodes and bones. Charlotte and Nick decided to book their wedding for August 30, 2019. Sadly, her father did not make it to the big day. According to Charlotte, “In 2018 the cancer had spread even more into his spine and ribs. At this point, we had realised the cancer was incurable.”
|Photo Credit: Charlotte Watson (via Metro)|
By March 2019, the bride’s father needed to have his spine rebuilt because the cancer broke down his vertebrae. He still fought despite the complications he faced during his spine operation. “Unfortunately my dad ended up having sepsis from the spinal operation and we lost him on 29 April,” Charlotte laments. Then, nail artist and YouTuber Kirsty used “fine, dust-like pieces and tiny bits of bone fragment” from the ashes of Charlotte’s father for her nails.
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Kirsty created a French ombre manicure “with the ashes encased in the tips.” Charlotte’s nails were finished with gems. “I finally got my wish, which was for my dad to hold my hand and walk me down the aisle. That’s exactly how it felt.” She was also able to embed a photo of her dad on the back of her shoes, a pendant attached to her flowers, and a teddy bear made from his jumpers.
After her wedding day, Charlotte removed the nails and pasted them onto a photo frame to “keep them safe forever.” She hopes to use the remaining of her father’s ashes to create jewelry.