Two weeks before their son was about to turn one, Navar Herbert married the love of his life, Maia Falwassar.
In an intimate wedding ceremony attended by close family and friends, Navar and Maia sealed their union nine months after Navar was diagnosed with an aggressive malignancy which had spread to his brain.
Navar Herbert was a 22-year-old rugby player with the Nerang Bulls Rugby Union in Gold Coast, Australia. Although, he was originally from Otorohanga, New Zealand.
Navar and his girlfriend, Maia Falwasser were enjoying their life together.
Their son, Kyrie Herbert, was born on July 2, 2018. They were prepared to be the best parents they could be for their little bundle of joy.
But things took a different turn last October.
From then on, Navar, Maia, and Navar’s family’s were devoted to getting Navar the best treatment they could find.
When they found out eventually that his condition has progressed to the point where there was no longer any available treatment to help him, Navar asked his family to take him to the mall.
He bought an engagement ring for Maia and proposed to her.
One week later, Maia walked down the aisle in an intimate backyard wedding ceremony with everyone close to them present. The guests also include his brother, Kohan Herbert, who flew in straight from his championship in Argentina to arrive that same day.
A true testament to what a great group of family and friends Navar and Maia had was witnessed during the wedding preparation and the wedding itself.
“Everybody just came together. We didn’t have to do a thing. In the space of three hours we had the yard decked out, we had flowers, outfits, someone brought Maia a ring for Navar. It was just amazing,” Vanessa Herbert, Navar’s mother, told news.com.au.
In the video, they showed Navar’s family and friends working together to get Navar dressed for this special occasion. They then escorted him to the backyard on his wheelchair to wait for Maia to walk down the aisle. Because of his condition, Navar had lost the ability to walk, so he needed assistance to get to his spot in front.
This spot was where he was able to get the best view of his fiancee and future wife, Maia, walking down the aisle, towards him.
When she reached him, he couldn’t keep his eyes off of her.
She reached down for his hand and Navar said, “Hello my wife, hello my baby. I love you.”
As the guests watched the couple exchange vows and swore to be “partners for life”, they fought back tears and kept themselves composed so they don’t miss a minute of the ceremony.
When they were declared partners for life by the officiant, the guests paid tribute to Navar and Maia and performed a moving haka for them.
On the day of the wedding, Navar already had a premonition.
He told his mother, Vanessa, that it would be his last day. His mom told him, “‘No it’s not because your brother’s coming home and you’re getting married at 4 pm.”
He did wait and got to marry the love of his life in front of their son, their families and their friends.
And they were given the chance to be together during one joyous occasion.
And everyone was glad they did, because 30 hours later and 34 minutes later, on June 26, 2019, Navar passed in the presence of his wife and the people closest to him. He was embraced by the warm and unfaltering love of his wife, his family, and friends.
Watch below for one of the most touching wedding ceremonies you will ever witness – but grab a tissue first. It is truly beautiful.
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