I was devastated and heartbroken. As my parents' only child, it had always been their dream to walk me down the aisle and watch me get married.
Luckily, the woman who married us was a GODSEND. She agreed to perform an additional wedding ceremony right at the hospital so that my parents could see me get married and exchange my vows after all.
The hospital staff did a wonderful job trying to make the wedding ceremony as beautiful as possible. One of the nurses brought in 2 hydrangea plants to adorn the room and another ordered a cake for everyone to enjoy afterwards. They moved some of the chairs aside to create a makeshift "aisle" for me to walk down and even played Here Comes the Bride on my husband's cell phone. It was a very beautiful, touching ceremony indeed.
Right after the hospital ceremony, I went over to the hotel where my actual wedding was going to take place later that afternoon. Even though my parents weren't present at the hotel wedding, I felt comforted by the fact that they still got to see me get married beforehand. The hotel wedding turned out to be just as beautiful as the one in the hospital, but in a completely different way, of course. All the guests were very supportive, and we all managed to celebrate my big day in spite of the circumstances.
Needless to say, my wedding turned out to be way more dramatic than anticipated. I ended up getting married to the same guy twice in one day!
Unfortunately, my husband and I ended up cancelling our honeymoon in light of the circumstances. Had we gone away, we never would have felt relaxed, knowing that my father was still hospitalized. (He had to remain in the hospital for a week). Eventually, my husband and I took our honeymoon in mid-November. It was very relaxing and we had an awesome time together.
This experience only goes to show the importance of flexibility in relationships. As you just saw, life sometimes throws real curveballs at you when you least expect it. It's so important to have a partner who is resilient and able to support you during difficult, challenging times. Having my husband there by my side definitely helped me and my family get through all this.
Whenever you date, make sure you're with a man who's flexible. Because God only knows, things don't always go according to plan, and sometimes you have to make changes in order to adapt to what life throws at you. The last thing you want is a partner who's so rigid that he'll freak out the moment things don't go his way. If you ever meet a man like that, RUN!! Save yourself for someone who will stand by you thick and thin. I did, and believe me, he was well worth the wait.