Couple Ties The Knot In Between Contractions When Bride Goes Into Early Labor

Sara and Brandon smile as they get married by a stranger in the hospital.

Your wedding day never goes according to plan — still, this bride never expected she’d be in labor! Sara and Brandon Perry were engaged for nearly a year. In that time, the bride-to-be became pregnant. With her due date a whole five weeks after the date of their wedding, this couple thought that everything would work out perfectly. But little Oliver had plans of his own.

On February 13, Sara’s water broke. They rushed to the hospital where they were told she’d be giving birth that night. Unable to leave, and three days away from their planned ceremony, this shocked couple discussed their options.

Sara looks back at Brandon as they stand over their newborn, Oliver, in the hospital.

“We wanted to be married before our son was born,” Brandon explains.

As luck would have it, a man waiting for the birth of his own child overheard their conversation. As an ordained minister, he offered to marry the couple while the three of them waited for their little ones to arrive.

The ordained minister and his wife smiling as she holds their newborn.

Bride in Early Labor Marries In-Between Contractions in Hospital

Despite the periodic interruption of contractions, Sara and Brandon took up the offer of this kind stranger. In turn, hospital staff helped pull together a last-minute ceremony. In addition to donning a wedding dress made of hospital blankets, Sara wore a veil made of gauze.

Sara Perry smiles as she gets ready to throw a bouquet at the medical staff grouped behind her.

“We also ended up having a bouquet because they had flowers around the hospital for Valentine’s Day,” Sara says.

In fact, Sara even managed to have time to do a bouquet toss. Tal about an eventful labor!

Sara and Brandon smile as they get married by a stranger in the hospital.

Although Oliver chose to arrive at a rather inconvenient time, in the end, things turned out fine for the newlyweds. They officially got married at night on February 13, then, the next day, Oliver was born on Valentine’s Day. It’s been a whirlwind of a week, but this sweet couple couldn’t be happier.

“I literally blinked, and I was married and a dad within 12 hours,” Brandon says. “It’s just a feeling of comfort and love and warmth instantaneously.”

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