When it comes to wedding planning, it’s important to choose the right venue – and a hospital room isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind.
But as anyone will tell you, the guest list is just as important. And for one Arizona couple, that meant making sure the father of the bride was there to give away his daughter.
So they decided to throw a snap wedding at the hospital he was staying at, after a heart attack put him in hospital and doctors told them his life could be in danger.
“It was a very conscious decision,” the bride, Beth Hornbargner, told Channel 12 News in Arizona.
“We wanted our family and friends to have something to smile about, as well as ourselves, because this is a difficult situation.”
Two weeks ago, Charles Horbargner was admitted to Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz., after suffering a massive heart attack.
When doctors admitted they didn’t know how much timer he had left, the couple – who only got engaged in December and had no plans to wed anytime soon – decided to throw a snap wedding in his hospital room.
“I’m extremely close to her father so it means a lot to me, for her father to see her get married,” Brandon Middlebrook, Beth’s new husband, said.
Working with hospital staff, the couple was able to quickly pull together the essentials for a wedding ceremony. On Monday evening, approximately 15 guests joined them at and Charles at the hospital to see them tie the knot.
“We’re just speechless and beyond grateful that everyone could pull [this] together for our big day,” Beth said.
As for the father of the bride, he says being able to give his daughter away was an incredible upside to his current situation.
“Certainly I’m sick, but [being here] just makes you feel so loved,” Charles said.
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