'Courageous Caitie' laid to rest in 'wedding of the year'

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Posted at Apr 03 2016 05:04 PM | Updated as of Apr 03 2016 06:09 PM

MANILA - The family and supporters of Caitlin Soleil Lucas, more popularly known as "Courageous Caitie", held her last wedding-themed memorial service on Sunday.

 

You are the most beautiful bride anak. :) We are marrying you to Jesus today. We have tears of joy. :)

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In a Facebook post, Caitie's parents said: "We are giving away our daughter to the ultimate Lover of our souls."

The three-year-old girl, who inspired netizens as she bravely battled juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, was cremated in the "Wedding of the Year" at the Arlington Memorial Hall in Quezon City.

Before the service, Caitie's parents shared their preparations for giving away their daughter to her "groom."

 

Family wedding preparations :)

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Jericho Jose, the girl's father, wore a suit designed by Francis Libiran. Her mother, Christine Feliz, wore a pink creation of Mark Bumgarner.

Caitie, meanwhile, wore a pink dress designed by Veluz Brides.

 

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Christine Feliz also wore a bracelet similar to the one worn by her departed daughter.

 

I'm wearing your favorite bracelet and a gift that was meant for you but I chose to wear. You loved this bracelet and...

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(READ: How mom remembers 'Courageous Caitie')

Caitie's parents removed all her bandages before her "wedding," a symbol that she has been "completely healed" by God.

The Manila Philharmonic Orchestra serenaded guests while they paid tributes to the brief yet inspiring life of Caitie.

Pastor Roy Felipe of the Christ's Commission Fellowship led the official service at 3 p.m.

Supporters dressed as Stormtroopers from the Star Wars franchise -- Caitie's favorite movie characters -- escorted her "wedding march" to the Crematorium at 4 p.m.

A wedding reception was set to follow the cremation at 7:30 p.m.

Caitie was first diagnosed last January when her parents spotted rashes on her body, which were initially thought to be insect bites.

The first diagnosis was tuberculosis, prompting Caitlin to undergo a series of medication for the lung disease. Her condition, however, continued to worsen.

The family then flew to Singapore where doctors said that the girl has a rare type of cancer.

She passed away Thursday after a three-month battle with the disease. Her remains were flown back to the Philippines on Saturday.

Her urn may be viewed at Arlington until Monday morning.