Rowden and Liezl were a normal, cute couple with a two year old daughter and were planning to get married when tragedy struck. 30 year old Rowden was diagnosed with liver cancer and bed ridden but they went ahead with the wedding anyway and the video went viral and received over 9 million hits in only one week.
He was only able to go on leave at the last minute so naturally it was a pretty good surprise for his sister who didn't expect him to attend her wedding.
The wedding took place at the Don Cesar in St. Petersburg, Florida. The guests had no idea, neither did the hotel staff. The swords were in metal. The groom is a video game developer. The bride paid for the wedding.