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Bride Walks Down the Aisle Holding Preemie Baby at Hospital Wedding Ceremony

Cue the waterworks.
ByStephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
Aug 2019
couple exchanging rings at their wedding ceremony
Photo: iStock

One couple is coming down from the greatest high of their life: Having a baby and getting married.

Amanda and Edwin Acevedo had plans to tie the knot, but when Amanda went into labor early, those plans were put on hold. Their baby, Oliver, wasn’t supposed to be due until August, but Amanda ended up having him in June. Born at 30 weeks and 3 days, he weighed only three pounds at birth, according to WakeMed Hospital, where the baby was born.

Mallory Magelli McKeown, a WakeMed family navigator, heard the news and reached out to suggest the new parents get married right at the hospital. This meant Baby Oliver would be able to attend his parents wedding ceremony. Needless to say, the couple was on board with the plan.

Ditching her flowers, Amanda carried her baby down the aisle instead, where they were surrounded by family, as well as Oliver’s doctor, nurse practitioners, and nurses from the unit. The hospital shared the sweet photos on social media, capturing the joy and happiness of the day’s events.

“Could not have asked for a more special or memorable wedding, surrounded by family and the wonderful people taking care of my baby,” [Amanda writes on Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/amanda.withrow.50/posts/10156130004792364? tn =-R). “Thank you WakeMed Children’s for letting Oliver be apart of our day and everything else you do.”

Not too long ago, another couple’s love story took a similar turn of events. Michael Gallardo and Marie Margaritondo got married and became parents in a matter of seconds. They too had been planning on celebrating an intimate wedding a few weeks before, but baby had other plans. Margaritondo was rushed to the hospital when her water broke. The couple didn’t want Dad to be listed as “fiancé” on the birth certificate, and asked staff for some last-minute help making it official.

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