Planning a wedding while pregnant is no easy task, especially when things don't go according to plan. New mom, Amanda Acevedo, and her (now) husband, Edwin, had planned an August beach wedding when the pair found out they were expecting. When little baby Oliver arrived early, the North Carolina couple had to get creative with their nuptials.
Born on June 14, two months before his due date, baby Oliver, who was delivered at 30 weeks gestation, weighed a mere 3 lbs 14.6 oz and measuring 17 inches long, which terrified his parents..
Knowing their wedding plans had to be put on hold after Oliver arrived early was placed in the NICU, the couple decided to get married at the courthouse since it would be more practical. Giving up on their dream of a beachfront wedding, Amanda and Edwin disappointed but more concerned with their new bundle of joy.
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How sweet it is! . Amanda and Edwin Acevedo were planning to get married when Amanda went into pre-term labor. They mentioned to their nurse that they were going to the court house to get married. . Mallory Magelli McKeown, WakeMed Family Navigator, heard the news and called to suggest that they could get married here (at WakeMed Raleigh Campus) and Oliver (their son) could be at their wedding. They thought this was a great idea and came to the hospital for the celebration. . Amanda carried Oliver down the aisle as her "flowers". Their doctor, nurse practitioners, and nurses from the unit attended the celebration. . Oliver Acevedo was born at 30 weeks and 3 days -- he was 3 lbs and 14.6 oz. Oliver was 37 weeks and 3 days at their wedding. Today, he now weighs 7lb 10.6 oz. Oliver wore a suit to their wedding and their nurses decorated their room to celebrate. . Mallory officiated the wedding- they had family present, and everyone celebrated them! . Congratulations to this beautiful family!! 🎉 👶🏻 #wakemed #WakeMed #WakeMedBaby #WakeMedBabies #nicubabies #family #babies #raleighnc
Hearing of their plans to be wed at the courthouse, a staff member at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh suggested something that would make their special day all the more memorable.
Mallory Magelli McKeown, Family Navigator at the hospital, suggested that instead of the courthouse, the new parents get married in the hospital where their NICU baby could take part in the celebration.
Oliver's mom and dad loved the idea and gathered family, friends, and hospital staff to join them for the ceremony. Baby Oliver was dressed in a preemie-sized suit and couldn't have looked any more handsome.
What really made the hospital wedding special was that Amanda carried her son down the aisle instead of a traditional bouquet of flowers, showing the union of not only husband and wife, but of their family. McKeown officiated the ceremony and then shared the news on Instagram, making the story go viral.
A spokesperson for the hospital says that "there was not a dry eye in the chapel, and the room was filled with love and celebration for Amanda, Edwin, and Oliver." The bride, Amanda Acevedo posted on Facebook that she "could not have asked for a more special or memorable wedding, surrounded by family and the wonderful people taking care of my baby! Thank you WakeMed Children's for letting Oliver be a part of our day and everything else you do."