A young woman who contracted a rare brain stem tumour died just before marrying her fiancé.
Rachel Scowcroft, 25, was diagnosed with the condition 10 months ago.
She had planned a “dream wedding” for herself and partner Adam Wilson – but passed away before it at her home in Bolton, Greater Manchester, on October 2.
Her family paid tribute to Rachel, saying she battled her illness with “strength, bravery and determination”.
Her father David said: “Rachel was an incredibly popular individual who was loved by so many people.
“She will be missed immensely by her parents David and Gill, fiancé Adam, sister Jade, Nanna Florence and all of her friends and extended family.
“Our lives will never be the same without her. Rachel could not wait to marry her fiancé Adam, meticulously planning every detail of their big day.
“It breaks our hearts that due to the progression of Rachel’s illness her dream wedding was never able to go ahead.
“Rachel will be remembered as someone who was incredibly caring, generous, selfless and loyal, making her an amazing friend to so many.
“Her sense of humour and infectious laugh will be remembered by all who knew her.
“Rachel had several passions including music, singing, hosting social events for friends, quizzes, fitness and travel.
“Rachel was vibrant, intelligent and had achieved so much in her life.”
David added: “We have so many amazing memories of Rachel and take some comfort in knowing that she is no longer suffering and is at peace.
“Rachel was an inspiration to so many people and we will always remember her as a ray of sunshine who loved rainbows, unicorns and life itself.”
The young woman was awarded a first class honours degree in linguistics from Lancaster University and went on to work at the university’s communications department.
Her funeral will take place on Thursday October 15 at 12.30pm at East Lancashire Crematorium in Radcliffe.
Everyone has been asked to wear bright colours and not black – which is what Rachel wished for.
In her memory, her family are raising money for cancer charity Marie Curie, which they say offered ‘invaluable support’ while she was being treated at Salford Royal Hospital and The Christie.
She was also supported by CLIC Sargent, a charity that specialises in caring for young people battling cancer.